Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
3.81/5 rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a growler into a MadTree snifter. The pour is a dark, hazy, murky coppery color with low carbonation and very little head (perfectly acceptable for a barrel-aged beer). The nose has sweet bready notes, toffee, hazelnuts, and bourbon.
Medium-full body with a slick feel and a very sweet flavor. Predominant flavors are sweet malt, toffee, molasses, caramel, and butterscotch candy. The oaky vanilla and bourbon notes arrive very quickly and persist to the finish. Unfortunately, the preponderance of sweet notes combined with the barrel-aging may have deprived this beer of some of the dark fruit and roasty flavors characteristic of the style. The sweetness subsides on the finish and is replaced by a fusel alcohol note that warms, but doesn't enhance the flavor or linger for long. Some roast would really enhance the finish of this beer.
I really like the opening salvo of flavors in this beer. It could almost pass for a Bourbon-Barrel-Aged English Barleywine. It's rich, sweet, syrupy, and scrumptious. Unfortunately, it's not an English Barleywine and it needs some complementary flavors such has coffee, licorice, or dark fruit to offset some of the sweetness and provide complexity. As is, the beer starts out delightfully sweet, then gets boozy and dull on the back of the palate. I'd like for some other flavors to come forward and linger a bit on the finish. The warming alcohol would enrich and enhance just about anything, but there's just nothing there. Nevertheless, this is a very good beer that I hope Abita will brew again and continue to develop.
Serving type: growler
05-28-2014 02:09:35 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.49/5 rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at Wino's And Taco's in Covington, LA
Not what you'd typically expect from Abita, obviously they aren't known for their barrel aging. This should change soon as I saw the room where Abita plans to expand their barrel aging program very soon. (should even see bottles of BA Stout as well at some point) The color was a dark brown and their was no head or lacing. The mouth feel was pretty thin honestly but that's not a bad thing. It smelled wonderful (bourbon, raisins, chocolate, etc), like you'd expect from a beer aged in Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. The taste was sensational and tasted much like the smell, chewy raisins, vanilla, subtle oak, a slight oxidation but just the right amount to give it nice complex quality. I was told it was only aged for 3 months but boy did this beer take to the barrel well. I hope they consider doing this again as it was a homerun in my opinion.
Serving type: on-tap
06-15-2014 22:28:39 | More by Wayne17
Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter from Abita Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.