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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

260 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 90
Gots: 75 | 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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texasnomad


3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

01-09-2013 13:29:00 | More by texasnomad
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-09-2013 02:58:10 | More by Gagnonsux
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:27:18 | More by PhatAtUT
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champ103

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 04:28:19 | More by champ103
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2013 15:27:23 | More by drummermattie02
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hsus0225

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-03-2013 19:51:48 | More by hsus0225
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Azzy

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-29-2012 05:19:07 | More by Azzy
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-23-2012 23:54:28 | More by Hopmodium
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2012 20:45:11 | More by jmarsh123
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-29-2012 17:55:04 | More by jheezee
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-29-2012 00:19:09 | More by ilikebeer03
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wsnich

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

10-23-2012 00:48:38 | More by wsnich
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-18-2012 02:43:07 | More by Rhettroactive
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Whole Foods in Houston.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a few small brown bubbles, but no real head. The aroma is heavy on the brown sugar and vanilla, with a hint of whiskey thrown in. The flavor has a lot of wood and whiskey notes, as well as a good dose of maple. The molasses and vanilla notes are also present. I get a little chocolate and roasted malt in the flavor, but this beer is all about the whiskey barrel aging. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Delicious.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2012 02:38:30 | More by Mora2000
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-17-2012 02:37:34 | More by t0rin0
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-16-2012 01:32:18 | More by bbadger
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JGZ

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

10-14-2012 00:11:56 | More by JGZ
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jbeezification

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

09-26-2012 03:01:45 | More by jbeezification
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vcoggins

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-24-2012 01:37:14 | More by vcoggins
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Ford

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Karbach brewery tasting.

High alcohol content. The bourbon really smooths it out. So easy to drink. Great dark color. Did I mention the fantastic smell. Just awesome.

Probably the best beer I've tried. Wish it was something I could get regularly, but then it might not be as special. Karbach hit this one out of the park. I can't wait to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 03:32:33 | More by Ford
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bum732

Lesotho

4/5  rDev -7.8%

09-04-2012 02:09:14 | More by bum732
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billab914

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Poured from a mini growler into a tasting glass. Pretty close to black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

I get some very nice notes of Bourbon, brown sugar, oak and dark chocolate to it. It really comes together very well. The Bourbon is a little more subtle in it, but really compliments it nicely.

The taste shows more of the dark chocolate flavors to it throughout. The Bourbon, brown sugar and oak all really compliment well without overpowering the base beer. A little more roasted malt bitterness comes out in the finish to help give it some balance.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Overall, it was a very solid beer that really came together well. The bourbon wasn't that bold in it, but really played a complimenting role well. This one was definitely one of the highlights of the afternoon.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2012 15:01:55 | More by billab914
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JohnBender

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

08-21-2012 04:31:49 | More by JohnBender
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black in color with soft carbonation. Intense vanilla and wood notes with a mild booziness. A nice roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Just a bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor is quite nice with a nice chocolate, caramel, and roast combination along with the intense barrel flavors of bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Still a touch boozy, but enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2012 19:42:03 | More by womencantsail
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-31-2012 14:42:28 | More by duceswild
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.