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

Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 20.3%

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:
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(Beer added by: CaptinRedBeard on 05-05-2010)
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Photo of jbridge127


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
Photo of garuda


2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Black, with a thin mocha head that has some retention and lacing.

S - Strong roast, oak, vanilla, booziness, burnt sugar.

T/M - Roasted malts hit first, and are followed up by the bourbon notes. Mouthfeel drops after the initial taste, feeling thin and watery. Booziness settles in and dominates the lingering aftertaste, which lacks depth.
O - Looks good, smells good, but the thin body and booziness just seems out of place.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 15:55:08 | More by garuda
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on Tap.

Pours black with an off white head that lasts all the way down. Red around the edges. The nose matches the taste. There is a bit of chocolate, a bit of coffee, some roastyness, a bit of vinalla, and of course a touch of bourbon. The tastes all seem balanced and in check but its not extremely exciting and I didnt get a ton of the bourbon character. The feel of this beer is decent, It has a nice size but it has a somewhat unpleasant soapyness that I cant quite put my finger on. It's a pretty decent beer, nothing to really seek out by any means but if your into it, not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 02:21:54 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at BBC (4th St) in Louisville, KY.

A: Pours a jet black in color. The beer has a half finger tall dark beige head that reduces to about a quarter finger tall but never completely goes away. Very light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is not as intense as I expected - a little on the mild side. Aromas of burnt and dark roasted malts, some light oakiness, and bourbon + vanilla.

T: Lots of intense bourbon and vanilla flavors along with some light amounts of oakiness/woodiness. Light amounts of dark roasted (almost burnt) malts. The beer has a light lingering bitterness. I can also taste some of the harshness of the alcohol from the bourbon.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some alcohol warming is present. Slightly thin.

O: Not a bad beer but a little thinner that I wanted/expected for the style. There is a nice complexity to the flavor but it is a little harsh to be a sessionable beer. Alcohol could have been more well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 14:19:38 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.8/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a becker glass at Doc Crowes

A- Poured black with a one-two finger frothy mocha head that leaves coating lace. Everything you want a stout like this to look like

S- Strong and complex aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and roasty notes.

T- Big flavoful stout with notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted coffee, and bourbon. Nice balance between sweet and roasty, the bourbon notes are not overdone and complements the stout very nicely

M- Soft, creamy, chewy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Really a silky smooth mouthfeel perfect for a stout.

O- A great barrel aged stout that is very drinkable. Hardly a trace of booziness in this beer, just some nice warming. Really flavorful and a great mouthfeel. I have not had a ton of bourbon barrel aged beers but many I have had really overdo the bourbon but this beer strikes a great balance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 04:18:55 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of FanofHefe


3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the brew house in a fluted pilsner glass (not sure about the bartender's choice of glassware here). Deep black body and a small tan head. Not much lacing.

The aroma is weak overall, maybe due to the glass (snifter or tulip may have been better). Some define bourbon aroma and only a small amount of roasted malt.

The flavor is a little better. Heavy bourbon and vanilla flavors dominate the taste. Roasted malt and oak come along for the ride but in minor roles.

The mouthfeel is very thin for a stout. Overall, I find this beer to be too sweet and thin to compete in the -bal aged category. Decent try but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 21:36:43 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of dmfrench


2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Weak artificial flavors trumped by an even worse aroma

A: Very dark but still clear ruby body with a quickly settling light khaki head.

S: Coffee, light dusty hops, and a foul stinky aroma that I can't identify... kinda like you smoked a cheap cigar through you ass and then belched it up through your mouth.

T: Biggish but stale chocolate coffee roast. Syrupy sweet, almost artificially so, yet still thin tasting. Slight drying earthy hops on top. No aspects of barrel aging are apparent.

M: On the thin side but with a decent texture.

O: Taste is not exactly a winner, but the aroma is a complete deal breaker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 12:45:15 | More by dmfrench
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a BA member recommendation, we headed out to the Blue 5 restaurant in Roanoke, VA. This was one of the beers on tap. Served in a standard pint glass.

A-Nice, dark, opaque color. Little to no head but a slight frothy ring around the glass.

S-Very nice. You can smell a sweetness that also has that bourbon smell in the background. So far, so good.

T-Ah, nice stout. A nice mix of carmel, coffee and chocolate. The ending is where you get that slight boozy taste of bourbon.

M-Not an overly heavy beer which is usually associated with a stout. Slight burn from the alcohol.

D-I enjoyed this beer. It does have a decent ABV at 8.6% and that is really the only thing holding me back from having several of these. We were sampling some other beers they had on tap so I had to stay sober enough to call us a cab to head back to the hotel...HA, HA! Overall, not an everyday beer but a nice stout none the less.

I enjoyed this enough to purchase a bottle at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA to share with my buddy at our next tasting.


Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 14:59:55 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of Redrover


3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to see this on as a tap offering at the Tip Top in Columbus.

Served in a standard shaker, the beer is jet black with a smallish tan head.

It has a nose of molasses, bourbon, charred malts,

The taste is similar to the smell; it is sweet with charred malts, very subdued bourbon. It also has percolated coffee and brown sugar.

Mouth is thinner than expected. But it does make for a pretty drinkable beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 00:57:21 | More by Redrover
Photo of argock


3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Nearly black with 1-finger tan, big-bubbled head with good retention and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Strong cardboard bourbon aroma with fairly weak roasted maltiness and earthy hoppiness

T: Bourbon occupies most of the flavor as the maltload falls way short of adequate. The flavor is by no means bad but just isn't up to snuff for the style. Unfortunately, BBC undermalts most of their brews.

M: Medium body at most which is below the bar.

D: Just doesn't have the girth to even approach the 2nd tier for this style. Middle of the road.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 02:07:17 | More by argock
Photo of BWED


3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft pint.

A- Black, dark red highlights. Brown head retains at a quarter inch. Slight lacing.

S- Vanilla, cocoa, roast, slight bourbon.

T- Mild, sweet roast. Vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.

M- Full body. Smooth, and clean. Easy drinker, not like most bourbon barrel beers. Boozy burn isn't there.

O- Decent. Mild in all sense for this style. Light on the flavors and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 11:46:20 | More by BWED
Photo of MarkQ617


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
Photo of brewskifan55


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
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

1.89/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle with bottled date notched of April 2013 from Liquor Barn (KY).

Solid pssffft upon prying the tap, and the oversized bubbly head both suggest an over-carbonated stout. Given the appearance, the aroma suggests this could be an infected bottle: it smels dank and sour. There is a hint of bourbon and maybe the dank is just from the oak barrel. ... (sips)... Definitely over-carbonated. Flavor features spoiled dark grains. It's drinkable, barely, at best. ... (a few more sips) ... actually, I think I'd rather pour this out and have a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:36:49 | More by chinchill
Photo of Omnium


3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours black with a finger of khaki colored head, moderate lacing.
S - Not a lot of aroma, some dark roasted cocoa thats about it.
T - Taste is ok, a lot of sweetness to it some more of those chocolate malts coming through, a touch of smoke.
M - Nothing special either, sweet, chewy.
O - This was a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 22:25:30 | More by Omnium
Photo of Brabander


2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the worst Bourbon barrel aged stout i have had in years....very disappointing beer and i had so much high hopes form the Bourbon state.

I got this beer is a trade this week with a guy i know from Facebook. We met at Westvleteren.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer has some problems to get some head. I had to pour the beer firmly in the glass. No particular smell and that is odd for a beer which should be barrel aged.

The carbonation was way too much, it blew out the rest of my sences...in the taste no hints of oak or a barrel at all....

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 12:36:53 | More by Brabander
Photo of AmishLightning


3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Black as midnight. Very little to almost no head to speak of, and almost no bubbles appearing on the surface. Did they forget to add carbonation?

Smell: The nose showed through to be incredibly bourbon heavy with strong notes of roasted malts. The bourbon seemed a bit too overpowering.

Taste: At first drink the roasted malts seem to be the most defining characteristic of the brew followed by a prominent bourbon finish. However, as the beer warmed up the bourbon started to take hold of the palate. As the beer neared room temperature the bourbon became literally overpowering. The flavors were heavy on the wood and vanilla notes. Not that I know much about bourbon, but those were the two accents that stuck out in my experience. My friend made a good observation when we were rating this; "Tastes like Kentucky".

Mouthfeel: Thicker body. However, the lack of carbonation ended up ruining the strong well-rounded body that, I feel, the brewer was going for.

Overall: I was a bit sad with my experience of my first barrel aged stout. I feel that the bourbon was overdone without the flavors of the beer remaining in the taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 18:09:56 | More by AmishLightning
Photo of fitrock2112


3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured Bourbon Barrel Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with a skim of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - I can smell the bourbon while this one is being poured. On first sniff getting vanilla, whiskey, some light roasted malts.

T - Vanilla, light roasted malts, smooth whiskey with char notes mid palate.

M - It is a little thin on the mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation.

O - It's a decent barrel aged stout that is easy to get in my area. I would like just a little bit more flavor and a thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:01:19 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of MDDMD


3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown black color with a smart tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark malt, light bourbon, hint of vanilla and brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, light brown sugar, light bourbon, light vanilla, mild char, mild bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body'with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-average stout, barrel-aged adds a little, but still does not have notable flavor and light body for a stout

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 19:46:58 | More by MDDMD
Photo of jason_guidry


4.48/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best bourbon barrel stout I've had. It's my 'go to' when I feel like a bourbon barrel stout. The bourbon flavor is not over the top like some (New Holland Dragon Milk for example). It's smooth and easy to drink. You can taste the bourbon, but it doesn't overwhelm the stout. I recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:54:08 | More by jason_guidry
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness pint glass nearly jet black except for ruby highlights when held to the light,a very thin beige head that was one in a blink atop.Big vanilla/bourbon and sweet brown sugar in the nose,smells very sweet...almost cloying.Thin and borderline watery feel just takes any steam this beer may have had away,flavors of vanilla and brown sugar,faint char but it doesn't impede the sweetness much.Wow this is a clunker,I was hoping for something much better.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 19:45:57 | More by oberon
Photo of uld2541


3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Black (it's a stout, surprise, surprise), with very little to no head. The aroma was nice, but very subtle. Like some other reviews, I would've appreciated a stronger hint of bourbon, but it definitely was not offensive by any means. The taste reminded me a bit of something oak-barrel aged (I.E. vanilla notes), not sure if that's the case or not. It was a bit watery, for lack of a better word (not as creamy as I'd like), but overall, pretty solid stout, one of the better ones I've had in awhile, would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:00:33 | More by uld2541
Photo of Earpe

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I look at the reviews and it seems like people can't make up their mind one says it's this one says that. another says it tastes like this another says it tastes like that.

well here you go... I was surprised with this brew as the guy at Total Wine recommend it to me. it definitely pores black and it has a thin head. it smells of bourbon, not overly strong. it is slightly low on the carbonation scale, and has a slightly watery taste. this stout is not going to blow your socks off, but it is by no means as bad as these reviews are saying.

definitely not as strong as what I would like the Bourbon flavor. I would definitely buy this again. try it you'll probably like it

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 22:28:13 | More by Earpe
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on April, 2013 punched on the side.

pours a pitch black color with a half inch beige head that quickly dissipates. Slight bourbon on the nose, but not as strong as I would have anticipated. Taste is very smooth. Bourbon flavor is apparent but the alcohol is quite subdued. Would guess in the 6-7 % range. It's not as strong as I first anticipated. Good feel, medium bodied with low carbonation. Not as thick as I intended it would be either.

Overall this is a pretty easy drinking stout with a touch of bourbon flavor. I'd say the flavor was added instead of it being aged in bourbon barrels like most other beers. It's very easy to drink and isn't necessarily a sipper. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:20:50 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a thick black pour with a slight bit of head which quickly dissipated. smells of delicious sweet chocolate, hint of vanilla and bourbon, molasses. the bourbon smells really subtle, which is honestly relieving for a change. OOH YEAH! a delicious coffee/chocolate flavor blast up front followed by a nice mellow vanilla bourbon bite. a really nicely done stout, i honestly cannot for the life of me understand the average rating.. this is one of my favorites so far. nice bitter dark chocolate flavor lingers for most of the drink and every gassy burp brings up hints of vanilla. really loving this one. medium in bod with moderate carbonation.. light for a heavy bourbon barrel stout, but honestly nice for a change. a very nice easy drinking stout mellow on the bourbon, but it's still very noticeable. really like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:02:53 | More by facundoCNB
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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
76 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.