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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CaptinRedBeard on 05-05-2010

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Ratings: 434 | Reviews: 174
Photo of LonesomeTraveler
4.21/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good bourbon barrel stout, not too heavy

Photo of ONUMello
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled in 6/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark black with a two-finger head that slowly settles to the one-finger level
S: Pleasant cocoa, dark malt, vanilla and bourbon notes
T: Largely matches the nose, mostly cocoa and vanilla, but a touch dilute/bitter
M: Thin-bodied, a bit hot, a touch bitter. Not what I expeted
O: Despite the poor mouthfeel, this beer looks and smells great and is tasty enough. Just for kicks I added a small pour of bourbon to the second half of the glass and it made it quite nice

Photo of Russell_L
4.91/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bourbon Barrel Stout is a great tasting beer. I prefer the beer taste from the tap instead of bottled. When you open the bottle you smell bourbon. You can taste the bourbon, but it is not overwhelming. You should try this beer

Photo of SierraFlight
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Ford’s Fish Shack in South Riding and served in a small snifter. The beer is a dark brown that’s nearly opaque, but shows some cola highlights when held to the lamp. Minimal head once it got to the table which settled to a sheen. Clearly a barrel aged beer from the aroma which is deep with vanilla and oak. There are roasted malt, molasses, and char notes as well. Taste is not exciting and leads off watery. It is moderately sweet with vanilla, molasses, and a dusting of cocoa. It is also moderately bitter on the finish with espresso, oak, char, and roasted malt flavors. A weak medium body, thin texture, moderate carbonation, and a sweet woody finish.

Photo of Mhpendleton
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffdillon
1.18/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into aTulip, dark thin, not much head, first sip tasted like vinegar, is that "infected" beer?
I poured it in the sink after three sips.

Photo of sendbeer
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being from Louisville it makes me sad to say that BBC just does not come through on anything. Poor execution.

Photo of Viperman1316
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This was very nice and balanced. Bit of bourbon, bit of chocolate. Unfortunately, I sampled it after Extremely Angry Beast. If you like subdued barrel aging, like I normally do, this might just be for you. More of a gentle pinch than a bone - crunching hay maker.

Photo of dmgeng
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Got this from a coworker and he said it was good but could use a bit "more".

A - Black color, akin to a dry stout in color. Pours thin with minimal head and minimal lacing. (Could be batch specific)

S - Significant stout smell with the traditional roasted, chocolate, caramel, and then mixed with some bourbon and vanilla. Smells much better than anticipated but no where near as strong as Bourbon County.

T - Really good flavor very similar to the smell in the same order. The stout flavor really shines and is mixed well with the bourbon. The bourbon is remarkably smooth and full of flavor like vanilla, oak, and just a hint of alcohol to round it out. The best way to describe this is to take a really good bourbon barrel beer like KBS, Bourbon County and just cut it in half with water. The flavors are all there and true but they are just not as strong or as tasty as many other bourbon barrel stouts. Some roasted bitterness but overall balanced.

M - Moderate to light mouth-feel with very light carbonation. Very underwhelmed by the amount of body and lack of any way to help the flavors really stand tall. I feel this is the kind of beer that would happen if Guinness released a "Bourbon Barrel" stout.

Overall, solid flavor and aroma but due to the wateriness and poor drinkability this would never be my first choice. I do enjoy it more than other harsher versions of the style (i.e. dragons milk, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel stout) but I would take a Ten Fidy first every time.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of Fordknox
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of robebo44
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of eball33
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Camjmorton
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JtheHorn
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

S- a weird tobacco scent mixed with very very light whiskey.

T- the taste is a lot better than the nose. Some light bourbon upfront and a touch of dark chocolate.

M- a lot of carbonation and very thin almost refreshing.

O- a decent entry level BBA stout, nothing special.

Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of obarryrules
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Best Bourbon stout by far. You can really taste the bourbon!

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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