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Bourbon Barrel Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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337 Ratings

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 146
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace and Old Fitzgerald bourbon barrels. 2011 batch was aged in Stranahan's barrels.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 09-12-2009)
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Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with trep & friends at a Thanksgiving beer tasting. Thanks to bonsreeb85 for the trade!

Pours somewhat thin for an imperial stout, much like Odell's non-bourbon version, but the pitch black body is unmistakably true to the style. A sizable tuft of light tan head slowly settles to a cap of foam that leaves some nice rings of lacing along the inside of the glass. Good notes of cedar wood planks and hints of dark chocolate in the nose, but the bourbon-aging left me relatively unimpressed. Hints of coffee and dark fruits alongside an earthy hop presence.

The flavor matched the aroma well, but brought more dark chocolate and dried fruits such as raisin, fig, and cherry. Hints of vanilla and wood chips, but the alcohol is (a little too) well-hidden and not as flavorful as I had hoped. Mouthfeel is on the over-carbonated side of the spectrum for the style, giving this imperial stout more of a porter-like feel to its medium-thick body. Still, for a plus-10% ABV beer, Odell's Bourbon Barrel Stout drank quite easily and was tasty enough for me to want more than just the 750ml bottle. A slight let-down for me given the brewery's track record, but a good beer overall.

wagenvolks, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of GregSVT
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into my Rahr 5th Anni glass.

A: Pours black as night with a big tan head that sticks around for forever and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S: The nose is huge with whiskey, vanilla, and sour barrel notes. Couldn't really pick out any Stout aromas but that's fine...I love bourbon so I think I might like this.

T: The taste is great and starts out with a slight sourness from the barrel aging then vanilla, cocoa, and malt take over and leave you with a sweet finish. This has great aging potential and I will be keeping one to drink in a year or 2.

M: Creamy and thick with tons of small bubble carbonation.

D: This is a great beer but I don't know if I'd call it drinkable. The upfront whiskey aromas and flavors might be a bit much for some people.

I can't wait to try it in a year or so to see if the whiskey fades and the stout flavors come forward a bit.

GregSVT, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with friends... sort of wish I'd had it all to myself. Unlike so many big barrel-aged stouts, the barrel doesn't dominate the character and the stout isn't too thick. This is a dark and deliciously drinkable beer. The barrel's actually added a little sour tang and the bourbon's vanilla adds a little candy taste before super smooth cocoa grains and roast roll in. The aroma is similar with vanilla bourbon upfront and chocolate beer undertones. Find this beer if you can. It's a great example of an expertly-made barrel-aged stout.

tempest, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big want here I get to check off, that always makes for a good night! Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 11/12/2009.

The pour was huge, jet black with a big tan head that rose up nearly three inches across the top before finally settling down. Nice side glass lacing as webs of tan stretched out across it. Aroma is rich with notes of vanilla, woody tones, coffee, molasses, hints of cherries or dark fruit coming through now as well as warms, and as it hits room temp, the coffee really shines. Nice feel here, lots of carbonation lets the flavor really pop for me. Smooth, and subtle vanilla tones turn to coffee and hints of light hops, especially in the finish with a nice touch of dark fruit thrown in. The alcohol was totally absent for me here, really well done.

Overall this one was intresting and not at all what I was expecting. More in line with a belgian style stout it had the huge carbonation and nice use of fruit in it. I really enjoyed it through and was glad to be sipping on it tonight for sure.

mikesgroove, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by HopHead84, bottle provided by mrkrispy. Thanks, guys.

Black body with a short-lived but creamy tan head. The nose has a light barrel mustiness, some chocolate and roasted malt, and an odd fruity tartness. Coffee in the background, and a bit of heat. The taste has the same tart cherry-like character that I detected in the aroma. Strange for an imperial stout, tastes like the beginnings of a lacto infection, but it's not too detracting at this stage. The cherry flavor combined with the chocolate/vanilla interplay from the bourbon barrel and the base beer gives it a chocolate-covered cherry flavor. There's some booziness mid-palate, but it's overtaken by flavors of coffee and a big tannic finish. Fairly hot, but the barrel flavor is reserved. Decent stuff, I'd like to try this sans infection.

largadeer, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole corked 750 .. inflatablechair corked this first at the recent tasting at his house.. Poured into MNFG.

Lite tan head has great lacing.. the brew is expected black.

Nose is a nice mashup of everything great about American ingenuity in brewing.. no stout or barrel aromas are really out of whack.. instead.. just a well balanced brew... vanilla and cocoa mixes great with dark malts.

Flavor has more traditional RIS elements.. the coffee is present .. with bunches of dark dried fruits... this is very very good.. the bourbon and vanilla come in more on the finish..

maybe too much carbonation.. but the overall quality of this brew is outstanding... Thanks to Sam for corking this one.. I'm glad I still have mine. :-)

JohnGalt1, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 11/06/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks for the bottle, mrkrispy! The beer is black and crowned with a one inch light brown creamy head. Retention is good and some scattered lacing is left behind.

The nose strikes a nice balance between coffee and roast. A touch of astringency is present, as well as light bourbon. Dark chocolate is evident as well as oak, and there's a touch of lactic character accompanying the oak and vanilla. There's a touch of musty and earthy character as well. largadeer commented that the beer may have picked up some bacteria from the barrel, and I think that's a reasonable assessment.

The beer is immediately coffee and chocolate with a moderate roast. That lactic sourness I detected in the aroma is present in the flavor, and stronger. There's a note of dark cherry, as well as wood. Bourbon is very faint and alcohol is pretty well hidden. The beer is light full bodied with moderate carbonation and a creamy, sticky mouthfeel that is just a touch too thin.

HopHead84, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Brandt
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had to check this one in my suitcase to bring it back from boulder, CO and boy was it worth it!

this poured out a dark black with a frothy tan colored head

the aroma of this beer could be smelled before you even put your nose up to the glass. the main feature in this is obviously the bourbon and with that came some oak and vanilla notes. behind that is chocolates both bittersweet and a more subtle milk chocolate. there is also a good amount of toasty and more burnt black malts.

the taste what wonderful, this beer exceeded my expectations and was full of oaky character and a rich bourbon smokeyness. there was a softer vanilla and dark sugar taste in there that helped balance the bite of the bourbon and a warm boozeyness that was jsut plain welcome in this beer.

the beer finished out with a lingering bourbon and oak character and a warming efect on the chest. this beer was wonderful if you like bourbon and maybe even if you don't!? this showcases what a good bourbon barrel stout should taste like and i wouldn't hesitate to get another of these....if only they sold them in montana :(

Brandt, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a bourbon up front stout. A dark brown/ruby pour with a semi-huge head for the style. quite shocked by it. pretty good lacing throughout. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, wet wood and chocolate in the nose. alcohol is noticeable.
Yup, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and wood in the flavors. Seems it would be thicker, but it's quite thin. Alcohol warms it up. This one has a complexity of flavors, but I think some cellaring time can help join them a bit more. A bit tough to drink, especially a big ass bottle.

Mebuzzard, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours standard black for a stout with quite a bit of carbonation for a beer of this ABV
S- Smells like bourbon and chocolate. The bourbon seems to come through pretty strongly. Was hoping for some coffee aroma, but was unable to pick up any. Chocolate adds a nice balance.
T- Taste is like the smell. The bourbon comes through rather well, I just wish there was more flavors to balance it out a bit more. The chocolate does a nice job of keeping the bourbon in check. This is a good tasting beer, but was hoping for a more complex flavor profile.
M- Mouthfeel is thick yet carbonated
D- Drinkability is decent, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one because it's a little oon the boozy side.

aewinte1, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of danryankc
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imagine my delight when a recent morning at work was interrupted by a phone call from one of my favorite people asking me whether I wanted her to pick up any special beers from Odell's Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was standing in the brewery gift shop, and mentioned a limited edition Bourbon Barrel Stout. Sold!

Tonight, I uncorked the 750 milliliter bottle, after letting it warm up to around 45-50 degrees. A good rich beer should not be served tongue-numbingly cold; the warmth allows the complexities of the beer shine.

The aroma is all coffee and chocolate, and the color is dark brown just this side of black. No hop aroma can cut its way through the rich, malty smell. A note of vanilla gives just a hint of the complexity to be found just underneath the dark tan head. At 10.5% alcohol, it's not surprising that the head does not last long, though a film remains, and a lace of foam decorates the side of the glass as the beer disappears.

The mouthfeel is perfect. A beer this tasty is sometimes syrupy, but this one is enjoyably, perhaps dangerously, drinkable.

Appearance, aroma and mouthfeel are good, but the flavor is what makes this beer memorable. I'm not a huge fan of bourbon, because I don't enjoy the burn of high-alcohol liquors. This beer delivers the wonderful flavors of bourbon without the burn. Aged for 4 months in barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery, this imperial stout yields agreeably to the vanilla, caramel and slight smokiness of bourbon in a cooling mouthful of chocolate and coffee maltiness. You get the pleasure of bourbon without the pain.

Don't let the word "stout" bring expectations of lots of dry roasted barley. Without the bourbon, this would be a big, creamy milk stout, leaning toward an imperial porter. I wonder whether I would find it too sweet without the added spiciness of the bourbon, but it is delightful as served.

This beer was around $16 for a bottle the same size as a bottle of wine. Frankly, it's worth every nickle. It has much more going on flavor-wise than even a very good bottle of wine, and the creativity and skill demonstrated by the brewers outshine the work put in by 99% of winemakers.

I don't know what I would pair this beer with. It's a little sweet to go with a steak, but it might be the perfect accompaniment to a dark chocolate mousse and a cigar. It certainly goes well with the handful of pretzels I'm tasting it with.

This is definitely one of the best beers I have ever had. The fact that a friend took time out of her journey to visit her friend to pick it up for me certainly makes me appreciate it more, but, if I see this on the shelves of any local stores, I'll be picking up a few bottles to cellar for special occasions.

danryankc, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep brown, but in the glass it is obsidian black. A nice bit of tan head on top, that has dissipated to some rings and bubbles.

S: Sweet fragrant bourbon. As a buffalo trace drinker, I can certainly smell the whiskey. A nice oak note in the end, and maybe just the smallest hint of malty. This baby is all bourbon.

T: That really is lovely. Sweet chocolate up front, but the finish is all bourbon. a bit of corn and oak in the finish with vanilla all the way through. Though I could do with a bit more stout flavor in it.

EDIT: Let it get a little warmer.. Just sayin'.

M: Very thin for such a big beer. Fairly highly carbonated as well.

D: This one is dangerous. I could put this down all night until the federal agents took my liver away due to abuse. a nice drinker, smooth, and mellow, perhaps just a little hot.. But I have a second bottle to age... so now worries.

Beejay, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, David!

Black with dark brown highlights. There a thin brown head that lasts, leaving gorgeous lace. The nose is bourbon-forward, with bourbon, coconut and vanilla dominating. Chocolate and mild coffee round out the aromas, with a mild creamy character. A touch of light fruit is also present, with pears and peaches. The flavors on the palate are similar, with an opening combination of bourbon, chocolate, cream and plenty of vanilla. Mild roast and milk chocolate appear mid palate, before a mildly sweet finish with sugar, vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium in body with soft carbonation, this is an enjoyable beer that I'd love to try again.

DefenCorps, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque dark brown color which verges on black. Thick, creamy tan head drops slowly, leaving a nice cap and a sheet of lacing as it recedes.

S - Oaky, bourbon and vanilla tones very up front in the aroma, with some roasted coffee and chocolate in the background.

T - Flavor starts out with a sweet, creamy milk chocolate that leads into oaky, vanilla and caramel tones. Finish is nice and dry - accompanied by bourbon and rich roasted coffee flavors that linger into the aftertaste. Quite a bit more balanced and complex than the aroma led me to believe.

M - A smooth, finely carbonated brew that leans to the lighter side of full bodied, maybe just a bit thinner than the typical imperial stout. Has a pronounced alcohol burn in the finish that fits it well.

D - Another very well done offering from Odell. For the strength of this one, it is quite drinkable, and makes for a great sipper on a cold CO evening. The only small issues I had with it were the somewhat thin body and it is perhaps just slightly overdone on the bourbon character. Very pronounced flavors and a nice complexity. Glad I decided to check it out.

GarrisWH, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudylaw for busting this out at the CE release. Served in a weird conical pint glass thing.

A - Lots of foam that slowly dissipated and left tons of sticky lacing. Transparent black body with some ruby highlights at the fringes of the glass.

S - Tons of coconut and vanilla, roasted malt, oak, hints of smoke, cocoa. Very sweet, but also very good.

T - Taste is a little less complicated - it's very sweet with plenty of coconut, butterscotch, and baker's chocolate. Not much of an aftertaste.

M - Feel is very thin - somewhat underwhelming for a 10.5% brew. It's almost watery, with lower carbonation. A little bit of residual stickiness and char.

D - I can see myself getting really drunk on this, as the thin watery feel makes this go down super fast. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and the taste and smell are quite excellent.

MasterSki, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the Safeway Liquor store in Casper, about $14>

A: Deep rich black color with a cream colored head about half an inch thick, but very dense, not much head retention, but lots of thick lacing. Opaque, excellent looking double stout.

S: Bourbon, hints of vanilla and oak barrel, slightly charred, roasted coffee, strong dark chocolate, this is fantastic. Lots of different flavors, but seems a little subdued. Pretty damn nice though.

T: Oak barrel woodiness, vanilla bourbon flavors, chocolate and coffee, some strong alcohol flavors as well. Lots of different things going on. Really strong bourbon flavors. This beer has all the flavors that should be in a strong whiskey flavored beer.

M: This is the only place a little lacking, feels quite thin in the mouth, definite alcohol heat, and dry oakiness. Big time dryness here and that wins over, even if it is a little bit on the thin side.

D: Easy drinking double stout, strong flavors for a strong beer. This would really be a lot nicer as a dessert beer, but it hits all the notes that it should. A little thin in the mouth, but overall, excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Nice beer for two years on BA. Here's to many more!

pokesbeerdude, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of rijanyoung
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is out of this world!

the smell is absolutly intoxicating, very potent even through a stuffed up nose!

the taste, is something else, you can really detect the burboun in this beer, very evident throughout the entire experience! drink it slow, love it more.

it had a balanced feel to it, even though i did think the burboun was a little strong, the oak character really made for a nice lasting flavour even after swallowing.
top notch

rijanyoung, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles while in Colorado at GABF. Lucky for me, it had just gotten to the store I chose to visit since it will clearly never be sold in Los Angeles!

Pours dark brown/black with a nice tan head. Good looking.

Nose of whiskey and oak. The oak (a vanilla character) is pretty assertive and gives way to coffee, roasted grain and black chocolate.

Mouthfeel is the most disappointing part of this beer as it is a bit thin. Some will feel that this character makes it more drinkable and it goes down easily, clearly one is unaware of the high 10.5% abv. Goes down too easy.

Flavors follow nose and are very complex with lightly creamy coffee with whisky and vanilla. Hints of sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate with a balance of pleasant hops and layers of roasted grains. Nice beer.

I'm a huge stout fan and love the thick, chocolate, coffee, whiskey etc. etc. character. (You get the picture...) This is very good. However, being a huge fan of the style there are examples that I'd rather drink.

This one is sure to age well. I'm not opening my next bottle for a year with hopes of a more refined and viscous mouthfeel and more integrated chocolate character. Time will tell.

Nice now but there is a chance for something really better here. However, very good with food and went extraordinarily well with BBQ.

GRG1313, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of SpruceFish
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1st of all wow my hat goes off to you odell i am impressed

pitch black great just that way this style of beer should look the head is tan could be a bit darker the smell is great vanilla, oak, bourbon and sweetness like dark fuits. the taste wow a bourbon explostion tones of vanilla oak and tannens also drak friuts and some choloate delictious the carbonation a great not to stong but just enough to tickle the tounge phenomanle the drink is great for a bourbon stout and as fresh as it is there is relivaly no booze it is just geat

i cant wait to see how this beer ages im sure it will be great

SpruceFish, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a bottle I bought in Colorado for $14.99. Casper now has a couple of cases and they are going for $15.49. Either one is a good value for 750ml bottles of these fancy BB Stouts that seem to be all the rage these days. Of course, good value is in the eyes of the beholder and depends heavily on how good the beer is. I shall see....

After removing the cage and cork, I get a "mild" pop, so I pour the beer and get, what looks to be, a pitch black brew with a very impressive 2 finger head of billowy tan foam. I'm using my NB goblet and when a brew is this dark, I hold the glass up to the light to see if there's any colour variance near the stem of the glass. I don't see any red hues but I'm still not sure if this is pitch black or not. Enough ranting on that...

First whiff and wow. Big note of bourbon starts things off with an almost equal nose of vanilla. Those 2 dominate so much, I'm having trouble trying to pull anything else out. Yeah, some alcohol is also near the forefront but I was looking for more but I still hold the nose of this Imperial Stout in the highest regard.

The taste is very bourbon forward as well with vanilla notes that are delightful. Hmmm....now some light coffee flavour is becoming noticeable as well as a nice sweetness that smacks of chocolate.

I started this session off with the bottle near room temp, you know, so I wouldn't "waste" any of this liquid during the normal warm up that occurs if I pulled it straight out of the fridge. That usually pays off for me and I think it has done it again. Oh, and to go off on a tangent for a moment, I'm looking at my glass and the lacing is superb.

The mouthfeel is close to full with a light level of carbonation...perfection? In my book. I think if there was more fizz, I wouldn't be as happy a camper.

Drinkability? The abv, which I haven't addressed "directly" yet though bourbon forward might be a clue, is hidden so so but in all honesty, it's not a super hot warming that I'm getting so I can't really complain about it too much. Not when the flavours and smells and look of this beast are keeping me happily satisfied, not to mention how smooth of a mouthfeel it has. I think Odell has hit the ball out of the park with this beauty and I'm so glad I have the other bottles I bought in CO and now have access to it locally. A...wonderful...brew..!

Edit: I found the cork pretty easy to remove on the bottle that I've had. I've had some corks on other brewers' bottles that I've had to use a cork screw on!

Bitterbill, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a redoak glass

A-- Cork was a pain in the butt to get off! Poured a jet black with a 1/2 inch of head, a light brown color. Left a little bit of lacing on the glass. Not a lot of carbonation

S-- Bourbon forward. Either that or I need to drink more bourbon! Next is the vanilla and then the sweet milk. Very impressive in the smell catagory.

T-- Same as above. Bourbon, sweet milk, vanilla, and chocolate. Very well balanced and in a lot of ways each ingredient gets its chance to stand out alone. Impressive.

M-- Full bodied yes, but still creamy, rich and stands out. A decent amount of carbonation in the mouth but the flavors really take shape well. At the very end and once the beers warms up a bit you do get an alcohol burn. Small one though.

D-- Scary, scary, and scary. Very drinkable for a 10.5%. Without the bourbon this would be an awesome sweet stout. With the bourbon it is still awesome, even though I am not a fan of bourbon. That said opnce the beer warms up the bourbon becomes much more apparent. Excellent beer. Why Odell's has been my favorite brewery for a long time! Will also add it might be a good idea to cellar this baby. It will get much better in time.

mulder1010, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered from LiquorMax and sampled fifth in a ten stout tasting. Placing ninth for me, but top two overall. I will say that when it comes to bold, bourbon stouts, this is probably my favorite. It may have placed low on my board, but I will forgo that ranking for this review because I think drinking this on its own is the way to go.

Pours dark brown with about an inch of tan head.

This smells wonderful! Bourbon, milk chocolate and vanilla.

Tastes similar with the main attraction... bourbon! We have a lot of oak and wooden flavors as well. This is definitely still hot! It's smooth, but this could probably use some more time mellowing out. My guys absolutely loved this beer, and if you like bourbon bombs, this is for you! Goes hand-in-hand with GIBCS.

A nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. A solid effort from Odell, even if it's not right up my alley.

rudylaw, Sep 27, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! I have had two of these since its release in bottles. Good God! This is a terrific stout. I had it on tap earlier in the year at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver and while it was good, the bourbon was way over the top. Now, even young, this thing is pitch perfect. I am leaving the country for a year and won't be able to age this thing for quite a while, but truthfully, I'm not sure how much better this can get. Odell is one of the most criminally overlooked breweries in the country, IMHO.

ETA: after reading some other reviews, I figured I should echo the comments about the cork being much too difficult to remove.

jkendrick, Sep 24, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: This cork is ridiculously difficult to remove. Took me 5 minutes and made my hand absolutely raw.

Black, with no real hints of brown seeping until close to the end. Rocky and thick medium brown head that laces densely, but in a random pattern.

Wood (presumably oak) is the first notable aroma, but there's certainly some bourbon and dark fruit, with a bit of chocolate and sweet cream in there.

The taste takes a bit to decipher, as there's a lot going on. Obvious flavors - Oak, chocolate, raisins. Subtle flavors - Vanilla, Bourbon, coffee, bread. The alcohol is present, but is masked by a combination of a couple of the flavors pretty well.

I was expecting a little more in the thickness department, but I was pleasantly surprised how well the carbonation held up. Once you get used to it, the body is not necessarily a drawback, but I feel it could have been improved with some meat on the bones.

For what it is, this is a readily drinkable beer, but the wood flavors start to grate a bit throughout. I do enjoy this beer a lot, but maybe if there's a next attempt a better route may be a mixture of % barrel-aged like Deschutes is fond of doing.

sevopie, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

The cork takes some real effort to get out but eventually pops, instantly releasing pleasant bourbon-rich fumes.

It pours into a globe a very dark brown color with creamy alabaster head. The fine bubbles don't last long but they leave some nice lacing in their wake.

Aroma is sweet and full of bourbon and oak barrel. Dark malts come through but it's mostly the rich dark malts and whiskey.

Flavor is really enjoyable - each small sip bringing sweet milk chocolate to the tongue, followed by vanilla and carmel from the oak, and finishes with bourbon and dark roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and full bodied. Carbonation is minimal and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Overall another great success for Odell.

GilGarp, Sep 24, 2009
Bourbon Barrel Stout from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.