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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter - Karbach Brewing Co.

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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 121
Gots: 97 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BgThang on 06-05-2012

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
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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle of the FUN 005 vintage pours a rich, opaque black color with a rich cap of brown head. Nice retention and lacing...pretty much perfection on the appearance.

Nose is light bourbon, woody coconut and pineapple...not sure where the tropical fruit is coming from, but it is interesting and something I dont remember smelling in the FUN 003 and tap BBHF.

Taste has a nice compliment of coconut woodiness and what I imagine a 20% ABV pineapple bourbon liqueur would taste like. There has certainly been some negativity on the bottled versions of BBHF compared to the tap version, but this one is very satisfying. There is some definite underlying hops and it tastes nothing like the base beer (thankfully). Mouthfeel is silky and would fare well even as a stout. I just love the coconut/chocolate/vanilla interplay...Almond Joy anyone?!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

they tell me this is the best texas has to offer, and after a careful drinking of this stuff, I still have to give a nod of the cap to jester kings better beers, but this is downright impressive. it pours a chalky black color with an inch of dense off white foam that leaves sexy lacing all along the glass. the nose is bourbon heavy, really intense warming alcohols and some gentle sweetness. I like that its a porter not a stout, the English ale yeast is evident, and the malts just aren't quite as big, which gives this a degree of drinkability for this time of year. its got a lot of character in the grains, maybe even some rye in here, but more than anything I taste a gentle chocolate roast and some patient vanilla that doesn't really open up until the finish. alcohol isn't quite hot, but its very resonant in the finish. I like that its not too sweet, and finishes a little dry. full body but not brutal. a wonderful example of the style, and a beer I will look forward to drinking again. a nice introduction to karbach, ill have to find some more of their stuff.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle (003) into a snifter.

Just how the style should look, dark brown with a thin cap of custard foam--could use a bit more retention but I'll let it slide given the ABV and barrel-aging. Aromas of sweet vanilla and milk chocolate plus light roast. Barrel notes are in the background, hiding a bit, but ever-present.

The flavor is perhaps one of the best usages of barrel-aging I've encountered in quite some time. I'd place BB Hellfighter up there with some of Firestone Walker's better examples (Parabola, Sucaba) in that respect. The imperial porter flavors of coffee, roast, and chocolate balance perfectly with vanilla sugars and caramel from the bourbon soaked wood. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium in body with a pitch-perfect carbonation level. Lingering flavors of tangy coffee, dark fruit, and more bourbon. Overall, a masterpiece of a beer and highly drinkable. A solo bomber kill is entirely within reason.

Photo of canders0927
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Andonato
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WickedD365
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of truesolution
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bmurray10
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Wanted to like this more but too heavy mouthfeel for a porter.

Photo of SSEngelbrecht
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

served on tap in a half pint glass.

The head was light with caramel color, the beer is black as my ex's soul.

The smell is dominated by the aromas imparted by the barrel: bourbon and oak, followed up with a licorice and dark chocolate.

The taste is pungent and the oak and bourbon flavors are very prominent, but the chocolate, licorice, coffee and roasted malt are still readily accessible. It has mild bitterness and the hop presence muted.

The beer has a medium mouthfeel not quite syrupy, not thin.

Overall this is a delicious example of a barrel aged porter, even though the line between porter and stout is pretty blurry. This beer is a gem, if you can find it.

Photo of illy0sis
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Fr_nk
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Brokentalontsi
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of strib
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of hopswap1
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kevinscott
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mreek
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wtkphoto
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JayAre46
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.