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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series) - America's Brewpub

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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series)Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series)

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
America's Brewpub
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in 10-year-old Heaven Hill barrels.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 03-08-2008)
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Photo of westweasel
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured out like a dark brown syrup. The color is opaque and dark brown. There is a thin ring of tan bubbles on the surface that leaves some lacing along the glass.

The aroma has a strong bourbon scent with a bit of vanilla and maybe just a little bit of oak. The taste goes in a slightly different direction. Of course, the bourbon flavor dominates everything. But in the taste I'm getting a little bit of roasted grain and coffee.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, with very little carbonation.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but too heavy in the bourbon flavors for me. (I actually had this at the brewery and was told there that I was sampling some that had been in a barrel for 475 days. That sample was very smooth and the bourbon was more of a component of the flavor rather than most of it.)

westweasel, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wasn't going to review this one, seeing as that I had low expectations for it, but man, was I surprised. I have pretty high expectations for Bourbon Barrel Aged beer, and I did not think this beer was up to the task. Into the Ommegang anniversary goblet...

A - Not much in the way of head... The cap has a big dent in the middle, bottling line issues perhaps? Dark body.

S - Very pleasing aroma dominated by sweet vanilla. Alcohol is not in the nose, but not overwhelming. Sweet coco mix and bitter chocolate with mild cinnamon (?) thrown in made this a pleasing aroma.

T - Starts out with caramel and chocolate sweetness that begins to melt into the familiar bourbon flavors of cherry and vanilla. Fruity esters seem to compliment every flavor from right after the entry to the long finish. Alcohol his still somewhat hot, suggesting laying this down for a bit would be advantageous. The finish is still sweet with chocolate dominating, but a good presence of smoke and bitter chocolate
M - Not quite as big as the best examples of the style, but still nothing to complain about either. Silky mouthfeel, with very little carbonation. The alcohol does leave a bit of lingering burn on the mouth.

D - Might not be the most complex of flavor profiles, but considering the price and the availability, this beer will definitely have a place in the market and in my cellar.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Val-Dieu goblet.

A: Pours a slippery looking and very still coal-black color. Covering this is a foamy/bubbly one-finger head that's a lovely dark khaki color. The head recedes very quickly and leaves a few little gobs of lace in the glass.

S: The bourbon really comes through in the nose with this one. Add to that a large helping of vanilla, cherry, licorice, dark fruit, molassas, tobacco leaf, and charred oak.

T: Once again, big bourbon shares the stage with dark chocolate covered cherry, tobacco, black licorice, vanilla, blackened malt, dark fruit, burnt bark, and brown sugar/molassas.

M: Slightly on the thin side but there is a lot of interesting things going on here to draw attention away from that. Quite tingly/spicy on the tongue. Leaves a nice and sweet coating on the lips which contrasts nicely with the spicy and bourbon-y burn going on in the mouth and throat. Creamy chocolate and tangy fruit in the finish.

D: Not sure of the abv, but this feels like it weighs in at the 9%-12% range. Very interesting and great to see this bottled and available for sale at the beer store.

GbVDave, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottled 12oz given to me at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago. This is an Imperial Stout aged in a Blantons bourbon barrel for 10 months. It pours from the bottle a big, viscous inky black with a half inch of bubbly dark tan head on top. Zero light passes through this one..a bit ominous. Aromas are a collision course of rich chocolate and coffee coupled with a big dose of vanilla, caramel and some woody tones. Smooth bourbon integrates into the aroma nicely. Rich, roasty and downright wonderful.

First sip brings a rich, sweet, roasty chocolate maltiness with an equally impressive roasted coffee flavor. Seemlessly intertwined is a rush of vanilla and a warming ribbon of bourbon. Hints of toffee and caramel mix in. A bit of a woody aspect as well, I really enjoy how the bourbon accentuates the flavor here. Finishes smooth with a great balance throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with a laid back carbonation that works really well. Begins warming me up around halfway through the glass. Still, it's really tasty and quite drinkable, although not in great quantities. A stellar bourbon barrel aged imperial stout in my humble opinion. Cheers to brewmaster Mike Rybinski and everyone at America's Brewing for this one. I hope to get over the Walter Payton's Roundhouse and sample more brews soon, maybe I'll get a chance to have this again someday!

orbitalr0x, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine imperial stout. Like most, this beer looks opaque, black, and with remarkable tan head retention. Smells of roasted malts and barley sweetness. A light lactose sugar aroma adds a twangy scent. Hop detection, but not overpowering. Flavored with roastedness, coffee, chocolate, and a fruity touch (plumbs?) Unlike most imperial stouts, this one is aged in Blanton's Boubon Barrels which adds a serious kick of cocoanuts, vanilla, pecan, and caramel. The wood age always mellows out the hops to very smooth levels. The bourbon aging adds another layer of alcohol warmth and sweetness. Thick and heavy to the palate but smooth and silky. Not over carbonated or prickley to the palate. Mild cherry notes in the alcoholic finish. Lingers with roasted grain and fruity alcohol. Very nice.

BEERchitect, Nov 15, 2005
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Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (Signature Series) from America's Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.