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

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

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CaptinRedBeard on 05-05-2010)
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

04-13-2012 01:56:35 | More by JustinWhipple
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

04-06-2012 09:03:55 | More by xraided81
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3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown body with head that stuck around for a brief moment.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, and cola.

If the wasnt called bourbon barrel stout, I'd never know bourbon was used. There are hints of vanilla, but otherwise there are no other bourbon qualities. It tastes more like a brown ale than anything else.

Mouthfeel is thin and under carbonated.

It was an ok beer in general, but a complete miss on the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:59:54 | More by Vonerichs
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

03-30-2012 23:31:10 | More by GoodOmens1986
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.8/5  rDev +44.1%
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
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New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle begins gushing slightly upon cracking the cap. Pours with a huge open head - not very attractive with very large gaps and bubbles. Black color with a bit of darkest red showing along the edges. Leaves decent lacing on the glass, when the head does eventually die away. With a careful pour, and letting it sit for a few minutes, it looks pretty good.

Smell of chocolate with notes of vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Flavor is a bit grainy with some chocolate, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. A bit simple, it seems to rely on flavors from the barrel more than from the base malt.

Fizzy carbonation is the first impression in the mouth. Overall this beer shows some of the promise of a barrel aged double stout, but perhaps also some of the difficulty in finding the right balance in the barrel treatment.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:32:40 | More by CliffBrake
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-20-2012 01:12:35 | More by pohldogg356
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

03-18-2012 02:31:37 | More by mecmd
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

03-16-2012 18:54:21 | More by imperialking
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-12-2012 00:38:20 | More by buddyvelt
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

03-11-2012 22:46:49 | More by thegerm87
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

03-11-2012 20:42:50 | More by UltimateLivewire
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

03-10-2012 14:53:42 | More by BierAdvoNikk
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

03-09-2012 17:26:03 | More by Cariadmum
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

03-07-2012 00:48:52 | More by neckbracesub
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

03-05-2012 17:12:40 | More by mhagler
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

03-03-2012 16:51:36 | More by CPditka
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

03-03-2012 00:49:53 | More by Cris4545
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a haul of beer my parents bought me on their way back from Florida.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled Jan. 2012.

Appearance: Totally opaque brown with an ecru head about 3 fingers worth. Gradually recedes to thin ring before disappearing.

Smell: Traces of vanilla, wood, BBQ sauce and faint bourbon. Not in your face, very mild.

Taste: Mild vanilla, twinge of bourbon and some smoke but this is far from robust. Being bottled a month ago, this should be bursting with flavor but instead is bland.

Mouthfeel: Weak, watery, thin, mildly flat. Lacks substance and body.

Overall: Extremely disappointed in this one. You can barely tell there's bourbon in there. Tastes like a weak brown ale, not even close to a stout. Not offensive taste-wise but offensive to the style. Stay away!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 21:54:40 | More by papat444
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

02-21-2012 05:01:46 | More by dianaelaine
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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


1.78/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle to snifter. No indication of ABV. Bottled July 2010 and sampled on 10/16/11.

A: Four fingers of frothy fluffy head erupt on the 3/4-of-a-bottle-pour. The light brown head slowly fades into an uneven wavy cap. Long lasting film over the black body. Lacing coats the glass entirely but quickly slides back down.

S: A big oaky component and artificial vanilla stand out. Chocolate, caramel and grain roasted to a near acrid degree. Soily and musky. The hops impart notes of grass and pine.

T: Follows the nose closely. Adds cardboard. The base beer lacks depth of flavor – and the bourbon barrel character is very faint – if surface level only. Flavor duration is short, but vanilla lingers long.

M: Thin and over-carbonated for the style. Finishes chalky somehow?

O: Not a very good beer unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 12:55:36 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

02-10-2012 14:43:18 | More by matt062286
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3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled September 2011, served at around cellar temperature.

Pours very dark brown to black with a one finger brown head that leaves some spotty lacing and recedes to a ring and wispy cap.

Aroma features a lot of oak, some bourbon and vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits. Quite oaky. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is some bourbon, vanilla and oak, good roasted malt, chocolate and coffee components, a fair bit of dark fruits, fairly sweet as well. A bit of alcohol but well integrated, and less than expected for 9%.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but still medium bodied in the grand scheme of things, somewhat creamy, somewhat sticky, moderate carbonation.

I found this to be pretty good stuff and better than the BA score here indicates. I had only modest expectations going in but was pleasantly surprised. Not up to the level of the big barrel aged heavy hitters out there but I would put this on par with something like Weyerbacher’s Heresy.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:32:15 | More by elgiacomo
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-10-2012 00:59:30 | More by mgroothuis
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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