Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Ratings:
473
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
28.31%
 
 
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Bourbon Barrel Aged HellfighterBourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
F.U.N. Series 003 (Apr 2012) aged in barrels from Heaven Hill Distillery which included: Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Old Fitzgerald

F.U.N. Series 005 (May 2013) aged in barrels from Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Old Fitzgerald

F.U.N. Series 007 (Nov. 2013) aged in barrels from Makers Mark and Four Roses

Added by BgThang on 06-05-2012

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 473
Photo of h0wdy
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep black coloring with a thin amount of head ontop of it.
Smell: Chocolate with a little bite of liquor in it.
Taste: Chocolate with just enough liquor to enjoy it while not being overbearing.
Feeling: A nice kick that leaves me feeling very pleased with my trade.
Overall: A highly enjoyable drink that is worth a purchase of!

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Photo of smanson56
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a dark black color into my Nightshift Snifter. A fairly light thin tan head on top.
The nose is barrel aged bourbon I'm pretty sure. I'm fairly sure that are some hints of chocolate in the nose.
The taste is a smooth barrel aging nice bourbon overtones. I'm finding some dark chocolate in this beer maybe actually a dark Aztec type chocolate.
The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a nice thickness to this beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Trying the Hell fighter 3 at Mojos Sports Bar and Grill. It is a monster first beer. It poured an opaque black with ecru head that is leaving a lace. The scent had waifs of bourbon. The taste has bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer....for sipping....not sessioning.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours deep brown body with cherry highlights. Small light tan head that reduces to leave little lacing and retention.

On the nose is heavy bourbon and vanilla, some chocolate and caramel.

On the tongue is very sweet milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, molasses, finish is lightly roasty. Mouthfeel is a little thin, low carbonation.

An enjoyable brew to sip, made for a great Easter morning treat.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown.

S: mild bourbon and vanilla.

T: no one flavor predominates; vanilla, bourbon, cocoa.

F: Average.

O: Good but not great. Barrel presence could be amped up
sinigicantly.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives pitch black without much head; a bit of a swirl helps out and creates some dots of lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee and Bourbon

Taste: Dark chocolate and roast, up front, with brown sugar and vanilla in the middle; a hint of dark fruit joins with the coffee and Bourbon, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad to find this on tap while in Houston; a pretty impressive beer with the Bourbon deftly handled

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, burnt sugar, and a hint of graham cracker. Taste is vanilla, fair bit of booziness, cocoa powder, rich bourbon, and a hint of caramel. Much more like a stout than a porter. My first and only beer from Karbach and I'm really impressed!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libby Embassy snifter. F.U.N. Series 007, 2013.

Appearance: Deep, dark, inky brown with a thick cap of tan foam.

Smell: Toffee, oak, vanilla and brandy soaked prunes.

Taste: Deeply malty, molasses, roasted grains, boozy fruitcake, vanilla and espresso bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A rich, malty sipper. Nice booze and barrel notes while remaining mellow and balanced.

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Photo of cavedave
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick looking black with a fine knit head of tan that only grudgingly kicks back to lasting, thick cap. Sheets of oily lace coat the glass. Beautiful.

Mmm, vanilla and dark caramel, coffee and dark chocolate, with light oak and bourbon notes make a truly delectable, full strength aroma.

Nice medium/full strength taste that captures a clean and balanced version of all the aroma flavors. Sip ends nicely semi-dry with lingering alcohol spice and light roasty bitter. It carries a good degree of sweetness that makes this super tasty

Easy drinking, medium bodied, yet nicely viscous, super clean flavor profile, medium carbonation with a finish that rocks a linger that stays clean and yummy.

Alcohol is super well hidden and this is just a delightful beer I highly recommend.

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Photo of alexpcat13
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Nearly black, with just a twinge of deep brown. Minimal head

S: Rich coco, vanilla, bourbony aroma.

T: Dark chocolate, vanilla, dried/aged dates or possibly figs(even had a slight coconut... i might be alone in this one), finishes with a nice bourbony-firey-goodness

M: Heavy

O: Really excellent, would highly reccomend... probably the best porter i've had

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Photo of enrique_m
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is my favorite porter! it pours jet black with about a 1 inch of cinnamon colored head and very nice lacing. in the smell you get dark chocolate, vanilla, and fig. the taste is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of sweetness from dark fruits like figs and dates. the feel is amazing on the tongue since it is the right amount of carbonation. and overall this is a tasty and well crafted brew!

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Photo of Tommo
3.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a season full of rich big bourbon barrel beers, this falls well short of anything remarkable. I had this on draft 2 years ago in Dallas and thought it was nice (boulder, bitter, bourbon), however the new release is something pathetic

2015 bottle bought at central market in austin tx. Pours a brown liquid filling the cup with a dark, albeit not very dark, beer with very little head. it smells sweet and not very bourbony, and this is matched in the taste. The body is paper thin, and i get almost no barrel character. The cloying sweetness is in no way balanced by the booze or bitterness.


When a 4 pack of barrel aged legion is 16 dollars, this bomber for 14 is just not worth buying

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Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lot 120115 I think. I assume that's Dec 1st?

A: Pitch-black pour with a mid-sized fizzy brown head. Soda-like head fizzes out fairly quickly. No sign of lacing or head retention.

S: Sweet caramel and chocolate. Some vanilla. Malty and inviting.

T: Super smooth caramel from the barrels up front. Lots of milk chocolate with a vanilla backing. Finish turns a little more semisweet chocolate with hints of toffee and oak and caramel. Long lingering bourbon finish with a hint of alcohol dryness.

M: Heavy, very soft and easy drinking.

O: Malty, creamy and smooth. Very, very nice bourbon barrel porter. Not big and roasty like a stout and not harsh like a lot of barrel-aged brews. Super smooth and drinkable. Really great package overall. A little sweet but I enjoy the sweeter spectrum of beers.

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Photo of mdgogiants
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had at brewery and now got it in a bomber. Wow! Can stand up to other bourbon barrel aged beers from GI or anywhere else! Great bourbon taste and a very smooth, smoky feel. Has to be top beer this great Houston Craft brewer has made!

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Photo of dga5030
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at the brewery, and again from a bottle a few weeks later. It's dark and thick like a stout, and brilliantly brings together the complex flavors of being barrel-aged in a way that makes it sweet, but not boozy. I'd definitely seek this out in the future.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with a light brown head
S: Bourbon, sweet, brown sugar, cola, vanilla, dark chocolate
T: Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, oak, dark chocolate, light roast, dates
M: Creamy, medium
O: One of the best bourbon barrel porters I have ever had. Great balance

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a snifter. Very dark, thin head, nice lacing. Dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate. Some coffee. Very enjoyable for the last beer of the evening.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

FUN Series 005. One of the great BA porters. Pours very dark brown, definitely not black, mocha colored head that lingers, sticking to the glass. Nose is bakers chocolate, cocoa, a hint of licorice, vanilla / oak, lots of caramel & brown sugar bourbon sweetness. Flavor stays shy of hot but there is a ton of bourbon. Finish brings in more of that licorice and maybe a bit of molasses. Plenty thick for the style but light enough to remain nimble.

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Photo of pmangold
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

almost missed this one at a share. what a great BA porter. wasn't too thick or thin - the bourbon was a pleasant addition to the rich flavors of the chocolatey porter.

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Photo of chrismann65
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is just one of the best BA. Porter I have ever tasted .! Rich vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, and chocolate. ! Houston we have a winner , Wow great Job Karbach !! I'm Drinking #07. BA, Hellfighter...Can't wait for the new BBH. will be released several times a year, sometimes with other ingredients (cherries anyone?) in the mix. The brew's rich malt character, along with chocolate and vanilla notes, make it the perfect beer to warm your toes! What a nice beer , WOW . !!!

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Photo of bobv
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured (medium on the vigorous scale) into a Tree House snifter.
Not quite black with a one inch tan head, which has dissipated slowly.

S: Ah, roasty vanilla and bourbon at first.
As it warms a bit, mocha!

T: Ooh, baby!
Milk chocolate and bourbon!

M: So frickin' nice and velvety!

O: Please, sir, may I have another!!!
Definitely in my top 5 BBA Porters!
Thanks John!

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Photo of OneEye78
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured from a bomber into a snifter. Dark black with an almost white head. Smell was primarily bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste lead by coffee, with brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon heat. Mellowed as it warmed, with more sweetness and chocolate tones. A very solid BBA porter, interested to try it with some age.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.24/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBH has, at this point, undergone so many releases, and, as is the case in any barrel aged beer, each release has been different. However, I have to say the inconsistencies in this case have at times been so extreme, it's a detriment. I first had their experimental batch at the Monsters of Beer festival in 2012, and have been fortunate enough to try most batches since. The review below is an "averaging" of reviews, taking into consideration the good batches and the less-so batches.

The color is wonderful, the head is medium-dark, nice with light retention. The aroma is rather one-note, the major failing of every batch, almost entirely barrel and bourbon. The taste, when good, is very good - bourbon, chocolate, just light hints of barrel, toffee, and coffee. Unfortunately, like nearly every Houston dark beer, the body is thinner than desired.

Overall, BBH can be a great beer. At its height, it certainly was. Unfortunately it can also be a rather mediocre beer, and that seems to be the case often.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into KBS goblet. Date of review is 8/9/14.

Appearance- HUGE light brown head! Slowly creeps down into the glass. The liquid is black but not pitch black. Fantastic looking beverage.

Smell- Big boozy bourbon fills my nose right away. I get chocolate, roasted malt and honey too. Vanilla is there too, but I get no coffee, which the description on the bottle said I would.

Taste- Bourbon and chocolate blow you away. Now I get the coffee and vanilla and it's wonderful. Surprisingly, there is still quite a hoppy presence too. Roasted malt pops up for a second at the very end.

Mouthfeel- Thick, deep and awesome. Again, a surprising amount of hops coat the tongue and linger a while. Chocolate flavor just won't go away.

Overall- Really solid offering from a brewery I had never heard of. This is how barrel-aged beers are supposed to taste.

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Photo of chinchill
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Big Hops Growler Station in San Antonio during a Karbach tap takeover.

Excellent appearance with an exceptionally creamy and durable tan head.
Excellent use of barrel aging: the whisky and wood are prominent but do not bury the fine porter base. Near perfect bitter/sweet balance. Very smooth full body with spot on carbonation.

O: highly recommended.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
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