Bourbon Barrel Stout - Odell Brewing Company
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast
Poured almost pitch black even when held up to the light... Dirty mocha brown head poured quite very loose and bubbly and faded instantly to almost nothing... no real lacing..
Aroma - Very strong oaky bourbon to the fore straight away, very woody and earthy, lots of fresh vanilla, roasted malts, hints of tar, cigar smokiness, rich stewed dark fruits (blackcurrents and prunes), molasses and burnt brown sugar, alcohol is pretty noticeable, fresh black pepper, hint of sourness
Taste - Roasted and charred malts mixed with strong molasses / black treacle sweetness followed closely by warming bourbon, lots of vanilla, liquorice, defnite cigar / tobacco smokiness, rich dark sweet fruits (prunes, figs, raisins, blackcurrents), very earthy, espresso, light sour soy notes, alcohol definitely comes through, dark chocolate...
Feel - Smooth and slick although not as full bodied as i would have expected... suprisingly drinkable for an 11% brew although you definitely notice the alcohol after a while
Overall - A very complex stout... definitely recommended although my bottle cost about £18 so not something i'll be having too often
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2012 14:03:36 | More by mdagnew
2/5 rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Poured from 750ml bottle into KtG snifter
I'd really been looking forward to this one based on great experiences with other Odell brews, and positive buzz about this one. I purchased in late 2011, and cellared the corked & caged bottle on its side since then. The cork was tight. In most cases, when a c&c bottle is properly carbonated, the cork will get easier and easier to pull as it works its way out. Unfortunately, this one was a struggle the whole way, leading me to believe the was a carbonation issue...
A hard pour straight into the bottom of my snifter only resulted in a small group of large bubbles--no tight collar of foam here. Reminiscent of one of my early homebrews that failed to carbonate. Color is a dark cola brown/black-- a bit thinner than anticipated.
Before even tasting this one, I suspect that there's a major issue. With a sip, this one falls flat, both with respect to carbonation, and also flavor. Some malty, chocolate sweetness, moderate cardboard, a hint of oaky barrel, and a slight bitterness. This is obviously not what the brewer intended, so I'll stop the review there. Proceed to kitchen sink. Pour.
Unfortunately, I believe this bottle set me back $18, which is very frustrating. After reading other reviews, it appears that there is some significant inconsistency with last year's batch. Short of being offered a free replacement bottle this year, I won't be going after this one again.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2012 21:03:20 | More by mdvatab
Bourbon Barrel Stout from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.