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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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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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:
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(Beer added by: CaptinRedBeard on 05-05-2010)
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev 0%

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.

dbrauneis, May 29, 2012
Photo of writingjesse
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

writingjesse, May 22, 2012
Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Ted, May 21, 2012
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -9.9%

smartassboiler, May 21, 2012
Photo of fastrodney
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

fastrodney, May 13, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

sgoro, May 13, 2012
Photo of stevefinny
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

stevefinny, May 11, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Zaphog, May 10, 2012
Photo of cagocubs
4.23/5  rDev +27%

Picked up in Louisville KY. Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pours dark, pretty much an opaque black. Real thin off white head dissapears to a thin ring around the edges. Slight lacing.

S: toated malt, oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and buttery bread.

T: Toasted malt, barley, vanilla sweetness, chocolate and coffee bitterness, and a definite oak and woody character. Intresting tastes that are pleasant. Aftertaste is toasty.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation for a stout. Good flow and a pleasant aftertaste. Good stuff. I liked it alot.

cagocubs, May 10, 2012
Photo of YalovaIA
3/5  rDev -9.9%

YalovaIA, May 09, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +20.1%

laxer8811, May 04, 2012
Photo of Samichez
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Samichez, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of JustinWhipple
4/5  rDev +20.1%

JustinWhipple, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of xraided81
4/5  rDev +20.1%

xraided81, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.03/5  rDev -9%

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.

Vonerichs, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of GoodOmens1986
2/5  rDev -39.9%

GoodOmens1986, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.8/5  rDev +44.1%

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.

Hoptometrist, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

CliffBrake, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of pohldogg356
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

pohldogg356, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of mecmd
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

mecmd, Mar 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

imperialking, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

buddyvelt, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

thegerm87, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BierAdvoNikk
4/5  rDev +20.1%

BierAdvoNikk, Mar 10, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
76 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.