Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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2.35/5 rDev -29.4%
A: The pour is noticeably thin, but produces a very dark body with about a finger of thin light brown head. It dissolves quickly, but what remains laces down the side of the glass quite nicely.
S: The smell seems to be more of oak than of bourbon initially, but the bourbon flavors arise after a few whiffs and are mixed with vanilla. Roasted malts are the other predominant smell and some chocolate is also noted. The smell as a whole is pretty weak though, too light without bold enough characteristics.
T: As soon as the beer hit my mouth I know it was going to be too weak to hold its own in this style. The bourbon and vanilla are present (especially at the front and back), there's just nothing holding this together. Roasted malt flavors do make themselves known, it's just not enough.
MF: Far too light, thin, carbonated well though. The ABV is just too low for a beer of this size to compete in the category.
O: Huge disappointment. Not very happy about having 3 of these left in the fridge.
06-20-2011 01:25:14 | More by russwbeck
2.08/5 rDev -37.5%
I picked up a 4 pack of this on a whim, so unfortunately, I'm stuck with 3 more. Review is from notes taken on 9/5/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour just looks thin on the way to the glass; starts dark brown/near coffee black; starts with a one finger dark brown cocoa head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven, yet complete skim; body is entirely opaque; a few swaths and spots of lacing are left holding behind.
Smell: Rather weak - bit of a roasty burnt coffee scent and a slight cocoa sweetness; absolutely no aspects of bourbon or barrel; as it warms there is a slight tart cherry scent that begins to creep out.
Taste: More of a tart cherry fruitiness with a hint of cola-like sweetness and just the bare minimal presence of bourbon and slight cocoa. Very disappointed and I feel the FDA should look into the name of this one... If something claims to be something, then shouldn't it actually be just that?
Mouthfeel: Thin, loose and watery; carbonation is quite foamy and frothy in the mouth at first but then essentially disappears entirely; a thin dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth and the gums and cheeks are left a little tingly from that initial blast of carbonation.
Drinkability: I will certainly not be seeking this one out again and I really think that BBC should be ashamed of themselves for trying to pass this off as bourbon barrel aged.
09-05-2010 19:02:22 | More by bamadog
3.8/5 rDev +14.1%
[Best served in a Pint galss]
Poured a deep rich black with a large light brown frothy head that lasted about 3/4 of the way though the glass and produced some really excellent lacing. The aroma was strong of burnt dark chocolate malts, a medium leathery yeast with notes of roasted coffee, molasses, some chared oak and a mild dose of bourbon with a hint of vanilla. It tasted, (WOW) pretty awesome with a nice bitter coffee flavor from the onset and then slowly maturing into a nice chocolate, molasses, coffee medley with an ever so slight whiskey finish. Mouthfeel was kind of bold but not as full as I would have thought, more medium than full in body. The texture was absolutly smooth and creamy with a flat carbonation. Overall an outstanding stout, although I would have like a little more body and a tad more of the bourbon flavor.
06-15-2011 13:00:42 | More by KajII
3.66/5 rDev +9.9%
A- poured into a snifter. Vigorous pour gives a pitch black appearance with a small, fizzy tan head that reduces quickly and eventually completely dissapears leaving no lace.
S- melted Hershey bar, tobacco, and charred wood. Just a hint of woodsy bourbon at the end.
T- chocolate continues on the palate with notes of day old coffee. Chocolate and roasted malts give a bit of charred character, finishes dry with just a hint of bourbon. Can't really pick up any of the oaky barrel flavors. I actually get a bit of cola on the back end.
M- low carbonation with medium body, somewhat slick mouthfeel with with light-carbonated foamy finish. Mouthfeel felt a little thin overall.
O- my grading is based on what it is, a stout, although the ABV may suggest otherwise. I was looking for more bourbon flavors but its still a pretty tasty stout nonetheless.
02-16-2013 02:05:52 | More by Treyliff
3/5 rDev -9.9%
Big thanks goes out to JJ for picking this one up for me. He's my sixty-four year old co-worker who bought me a 4-pack of this for no apparent reason. Now, on to the review.
A: Resembles a darker, flat coca-cola with a few bubbles around the edge. Or day old coffee, if you prefer.
S: Smells of chocolate pretty heavily. No bourbon aroma to speak of, unfortunately.
T: More chocolate. Not offensive, but not very exciting either. Still no bourbon. Cloyingly sweet, maybe? In a Dark Lord kinda way?
M: Here is where this beer loses me. It is a bit too carbonated and very thin for the style.
O: Again, this beer is not bad, but not awesome either. I'm pretty sure it is going to get a "C" from me, and I think that is a very fair assessment. Thanks again Joe!
11-19-2011 22:13:53 | More by antoines15
3.45/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-10-2012 02:32:15 | More by elgiacomo
1.78/5 rDev -46.5%
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.
02-18-2012 12:55:36 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-13-2012 02:21:54 | More by TwelveOunces
3.78/5 rDev +13.5%
First brew from these guys for me. 12oz bottle bottled on Jan 2011...
A: A very dark black that has very faint ruby highlights around the edges. A huge 2+ inch tan head that fades slowly. Good.
S: A nice vanilla chocolaty scent upfront with some bitter roasty scents in the middle. Some sweet malts on the backend. Smells more of a smoked milk stout or something like that. Good.
T: A very milky flavor upfront followed by some mild chocolate in the middle and a faint bitterness on the backend. Tastes like milk, kind of odd. Decent.
M: Medium body with an amazing carbonation! A nice creamy finish. Very good.
O: All in all, this one is slightly strange in the taste, but not unbearable. Just kind of taste like milk with a hint of chocolate syrup. Good to try if you want a milk chocolate stout.
04-15-2011 01:39:25 | More by steve8robin
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.
03-27-2012 04:18:55 | More by Hoptometrist
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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