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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter - Karbach Brewing Co.

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286 Ratings

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 98
Gots: 78 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.80% ABV

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

(Beer added by: BgThang on 06-05-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SFASteve, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Dajtai007
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Dajtai007, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of HoustonZ33
5/5  rDev +15.5%

HoustonZ33, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -7.6%

marine1975, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of StArnoldFan
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a pint from the growler I got at Nobi Public House. Almost no head but that might be from the loss of carb. from the growler. Poured a dark brown/black color. Smells of strong bourbon to me. High alcohol content masked very well on this one. Tastes again of good bourbon flavor. This is a solid barrel aged porter, I hope I can find a few more bottles when it hits the shelves.

Poured into a snifter from a bottle today. Needed to re-review and add some points. Perfect pour, nice and black with a thick head. Just a beautiful beer with the best nose ever. Just about perfect for me. Karbach is taking over with these F.U.N. series beers.

StArnoldFan, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of acbe
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

acbe, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKevin
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CarolinaKevin, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

thegerm87, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

H0rnedFr0gs, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Hophead717, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of SavvyStudent
1/5  rDev -76.9%

SavvyStudent, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of UHCougar12
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

UHCougar12, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SBoyar1, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of lokieman
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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...

lokieman, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TATURBO
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

TATURBO, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

Duff27, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

HopAG, Jan 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

canadianghetto, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of PaulUH
5/5  rDev +15.5%

PaulUH, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of afluentturtle
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

afluentturtle, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

mothman, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of tofuspeedstar
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.


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

tofuspeedstar, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TXhomebrewer, Jan 11, 2013
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.