Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter - Karbach Brewing Co.
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4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
thanks to egrace84 for the share.
poured into tulip glass.
reviewed from notes taken 1/17/13.
Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with 1 finger of medium brown head.
Smell: a splash of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.
Taste: bourbon and fudge. a hint of bitter dark chocolate. vanilla and oak in the finish. Simple and effective.
Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Its a touch thin, but nothing distracting. Fairly smooth drinker.
Overall: Nice to see some good beer coming from Texas! Solid on all aspects of the beer just wish it was a little full feel on the beer.
01-18-2013 19:40:18 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle to Live Oak pilsner glass. Thanks rainerschuhsler for the bottle!
A: Pours very dark as expected. Little thinner than I was expecting...light head. Looks like a barrel aged stout.
S: Vanilla, oak, dark fruit, roasted malt. A bit of sweet chocolate.
T: Follows the nose well. Bitter bourbon bite up front, slight hops followed by a roasty sweetness. Very well done.
M: Little thinner than I would have liked and this detracts from the mouthfeel for me. My only knock on this fine brew. Doesn't come close to killing the experience for me but could be improved.
O: My expectations were blown away. Wasn't expecting this kind of greatness from a little, upstart brewery out of Houston. Fantastic BA Imperial Porter...It pains me to say that I would take this over Black Butte XXIV. I love Deschutes...but this is something special. Keep 'em coming Karbach...
01-18-2013 05:14:08 | More by lokieman
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Near one inch light mocha head on a dark brown body. Good head retention.
Almost has a sweet vanilla nose to it. Yum!
Wow. Well integrated -bal presence with chocolate/fudge. Alcohol heat present but not overwhelming.
Very smooth. Lower end but adequate carbonation. Full mouthfeel.
Pleasantly surprised with this Texas offering. Half step below standout but definitely an under the radar beer. Thanks egrace84!
01-18-2013 01:55:15 | More by Duff27
4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a growler into a pint glass.
Appearance: Flat black with about a finger of tan/khaki head. A little bit lacing down the glass.
Smell: Whoa tons of burboun up front, not as much as straight up hard stuff but this beer is really hot. Chocolate, and toffe, roast malts also detectable. Just a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Deep dark chocolate and bourbon. A little bit of spice and vanilla. The bourbon flavor really pairs well but it's just a little to"fresh" for me. Given time to mellow out this beer could be epic.
Mouthfeel: Probably my favorite part of this beer. Excellent carbonation and feel, there is no better way to describe it then like smooth velvety liquid bliss. Incredibly easy to drink.
Overall: A must have! Wish I could drink it more often. My only compliant is that it had too much bourbon heat, but surely a year or so of aging would mellow it out.
01-13-2013 05:00:38 | More by afluentturtle
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev -7.8%
1st pour from the keg at the petrol station.
Snifter. Tan head color is black.
A fair amount of roast with a nice dose of oak and bourbon. Vanilla and lots of chocolate. Fairly sweet. Lots of malts.
Very smooth and creamy. Full bodied but ends a little dry.
Overall, not BCS good, but still pretty solid and tasty. I'd give it a try!
01-12-2013 05:56:10 | More by mothman
5/5 rDev +15.2%
Just good lord man. This is like, all I could ask for in a fucking beer.
If you haven't tried it, try it.
If you can't get it, they just recently bottled it, so trade for it.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINT MY BROTHERS.
Pours dark as night, tan head that lingers throughout the experience...tastes...it's like candy in a bottle...smells amazing, and coats the mouth. The booze is hidden so well and the bourbon barrel shines through perfectly..
if you see this, bottle it more. JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY
01-11-2013 21:16:07 | More by tofuspeedstar
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
22oz bomber poured into snifter.
A: great looking beer. dark cola brown, almost black. thick creamy head.
S: scores well here too. obvious bourbon and vanilla notes. sweet, bready. smells like a dessert.
T: tastes like it smells. reminds me of kbs at first sip. sweet vanilla and warming bourbon. dark roasted malt. toffee.
M: full bodied and creamy. very easy to drink. a little warming from the alcohol, but its not hot. coats the mouth.
O: i had tried this one on draught about a year ago and recall liking it but not being blown away. i was blown away by this bottle and will now try to find some more. this is a great beer.
01-08-2013 04:27:18 | More by PhatAtUT
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
New review on 01-05-13
A much needed updated review. I have had this several more times since my first review. Plenty of times at the brewery, and most recently on tap at Jackson's Watering Hole of all places. Go figure. Either I was off my rocker the first time around, or I had a bad keg...Anyway here you go.
A: Pours opaque black color. A two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. Spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass. Very impressive considering the high ABV and barrel aged to boot.
S: Oh man everything is perfectly integrated. At first the roasted malt hits you in the nose. Then deep dark bakers chocolate. I love roasted and toasted malt, and this has them in spades. Then comes the barrel. So well integrated. Wood, smoke, vanilla. Amazing.
T: Follows the nose. A big roasted and toasted malt character. Bread and biscuit. Dark chocolate. Smoke, wood, vanilla from the barrels. An amazing integration.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. So silky smooth. This is like silk. Just a lushes full body that works perfectly. If I did not know better, I could drink this like water. So enjoyable and easy to drink. The alcohol is non nonexistent. A real treat.
Besides my first go around, which I thought was rather one sided, this has constantly been one of the best barrel aged beers around. Let alone Texas. Like I said, a much needed update to a beer that can hold its own, and maybe best Bourbon County Stout. For me that is saying something.
Original review on 06-11-2012
On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX.
A: Pours a near opaque black color. A one finger bubbly tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. The head finally recedes to nothing.
S: Bourbon, wood, slight char. Vanilla and chocolate. Not much else.
T: Follows the nose, and fairly simple. Big woody Bourbon flavors. Light charred wood with a big sweetness. Vanilla and chocolate. Some lingering alcohol.
M/D: A medium to full body. Medium carbonation, and maybe just a tad watery. Another slow sipper. The bourbony alcohol flavors take its tool.
I like it, just not nearly as good as the base beer. I think the Bourbon barrel has muted this a bit. All the great nuances in the base are taken over by the barrel. Nice try, but I will take regular Hellfighter any day.
01-06-2013 04:28:19 | More by champ103
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Another football game, another Karbach beer. Growler this time, but hopefully bottles soon.
A - brown, borderline black with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly.
S - Big bourbon/vanilla aroma, not too hot, almost mellow. Reminds me a bit of Parabola.
T - Extremely integrated barrel flavor, the base beer stands up well and there is a good bit of vanilla here too. The finish has a bit of roast to it and the barrel flavors linger.
M - minimal carbonation and dense feel, but I think a) that's OK for a beer like this and b) it's a growler. Very drinkable despite the heavy weight - 32 oz was way too easy...
Bottles will be fun to try.
01-04-2013 15:27:23 | More by drummermattie02
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks Scott for the growler!
Pours black with a small tan head leaving spots and good lacing. Looks a little too bubbly.
Rich notes of chocolate and raisins in the aroma. A slight bourbon nose, but takes a backseat to other flavors.
I could tell this would be tasty when I got flavor out of it while still cold. Lots of chocolate and rich roasted coffee up front. A bit of raisin/fig, but not as much as the nose. A little smoke and licorice as well. Then the bourbon kicks in. Biting booze at the back end to provide some heat, but doesn't completely overpower the base. Finishes with almost a rye like spiciness along with the booze.
Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is perhaps a touch high for the style, but pretty close. Alcohol is present, but not harsh.
Might tasty and major props to my friend for hooking me up with this. Very tasty brew.
11-23-2012 20:45:11 | More by jmarsh123
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.