Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.58/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in Los Feliz. Expectations are low given its current ratings. I'm starting to see this brewery as one that needlessly bourbon barrel ages everything whilst lacking the finesse to pull it off. Reviewed live.
Bottled November 2012.
I do think it's intriguing that this is currently labelled simply an American Stout and yet it's barrel aged. Not sure what to make of that. I naturally assumed it'd be an imperial stout.
Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a quarter finger pathetially thin dark khaki colour head of no real cream, okay thickness, and abysmal (~20 second) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style, with a below average head.
Sm: Bourbon is prominent, but I get little subtlety; there are no vanilla or toffee notes, for example. Dark malts. Maybe a light buried roasty character. It's simple but appealing; the bourbon in particular is intriguing. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.
T: Bourbon, certainly. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. The bourbon character is certainly dominant, and is more rounded here than the aroma suggested; I do get traces of vanilla and toffee. Caramel. It's decently balanced but disappointingly simple. That said, it's quite a success as a stout with bourbon notes; I don't understand its current low reviews. Sure, it lacks the complexity and subtlety needed to be great, but I don't think it's merely average. No yeast or alcohol comes through, and that's fairly impressive at 8.6%. I like it. As it warmed, I noticed a very light buried chili pepper like spiciness.
Mf: A bit too smooth and wet for a stout, but it suits the flavour profile so I won't complain too much. Carbonation is good. Slightly creamy; I'd love more of that. Good palate presence. It's not unique or special, but it really works for the beer.
Dr: I quite like this one; I think many reviewers expect the complexity of an imperial stout. The price is a huge turn-off, but if I get out to Kentucky I'd seek out more beers from this brewery. It gets better as it warms. I'd have this again at a better price. Very drinkable for the well hidden ABV. What you see is what you get; it's a bourbon-forward stout. And a pretty good one at that. It accomplishes what it sought to, and I always applaud that.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2013 04:50:34 | More by kojevergas
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3.43/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Had this while waiting entirely too long for my takeout Thai food to be ready. Second offering from these guys. Nice brownish/black color. Relatively mild bourbon flavor, could've used a little more...some slight pecan notes in there as we'll. Faint aromas considering the genre, expected stronger. Not as smooth of a mouthfeel as you'd expect either. Decent, maybe a little underrated on here.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 03:04:41 | More by MarkQ617
2.49/5 rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I was a little disappointed by this. If you want a good Bourbon Stout I'd suggest Alltech's brewing. Their brewery is shared with Town Branch bourbon distillery so the barrels they use are fresh. Literally the barrel empties 5 year old bourbon, and hours later is filled with a batch of beer to age. They have perfected the art of bourbon barrel aging for beer.
Serving type: on-tap
02-19-2014 06:00:12 | More by jbridge127
3.25/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured into a snifter
A: Black/bronze with oak highlights. No head to speak of. Light lacing.
S: Chocolate, espresso, bourbon, oak.
T: Smooth, semi-sweet chocolate. Oak-y. Smokey. More like chocolate coffee. No bourbon in the taste. The high ABV is well-hidden. A bit watery.
M: Light to medium with low carbonation.
O: Was really hoping for a more robustness. Really missed the bourbon.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 20:31:33 | More by brewskifan55
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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