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

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76
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425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of stakem
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I could have swore I reviewed this brew before because I vividly remember the experience being below average. Here we go again, 12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of October 2010. This brew pours a very dark brown that once held to the light displays some clarity around the edges. An initial formation of khaki head forms with more than a finger strength and slowly fades to a film that maintains across the top seemingly throughout the entire duration.

The smell of this brew initially has a pleasant character of faint, sweet milky chocolate, vanilla, oak and a bit of roast. More smells reveal some hints espresso-like coffee character that starts to turn like char. When swirled, a bit of sulfur comes out that mixes with quite a bit of mineral component. And there it is, the initial pleasing and expected character of this brew abruptly turns to quite a mineral filled scent that is slightly earthy with mixed notes of stinky cheese.

The taste is char with a bitter roasted grain element that gives way to a light amount of bitter chocolate that lasts into the aftertaste when only a small sip is taken. When larger gulps are taken, there is a tartness present that is a bit distracting and gives a chalky quality that is a bit out of place. Sulfur and mineral flavors run throughout the middle of the profile. Surprisingly this off-character gives way towards the end and leaves an aftertaste of cocoa powder on the tongue. A very strange experience for sure.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an abundance of carbonation that is effervescent and bubbly on the tongue. I dont want to be the one that screams infection over this brew but this is a drastically different experience from the last bottle I had. The previous bottle I consumed had an abundance of dark cherry tartness and minerals that was not enjoyable at all. While this bottle was slightly better, it still tasted a bit off to me. This brew flirts with having potential but something has gone wrong. I wouldn't mind having this again when it is fresh but I would be hesitant.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled Dec 2010. Pours pitch black color with an instant 3 finger than head with great retention that reduces to a nice lacing cap that lasts. Some moderate lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of dark fruits, roasted malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some chocolate and coffee in the background. Some interesting and bourbon forward aromas here. Taste of big oak, bourbon, and roasted malts on the front, that leads to chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee on the finish. A bit of bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of bourbon. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, not too bad. This was pretty enjoyable.

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours a layer of tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Marshmallows and cocoa powder. It has vanilla with a bit of roast malts. Not a lot of bourbon, but I like the nose.

Taste: More marshmallows and vanilla. Very sweet and creamy. Cocoa powder, chocolate, and roasted malts. Again, not a lot of bourbon notes here, but I do like it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry and roasted.

Overall, I like this beer, but the bourbon notes are no where to be found. The flavors are good. Rating this as a stout, it is good. Rating it as a bourbon bal stout, it is not up to par. I like it though.

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

A faint head is barley made that doesn't stick around much, leaves a soapy collar. Body color is a dark walnut brown, with red and looks actually just a little see through on the edges

Bouquet is high on barrel notes, wood, cedar angles, sawdust, with some nice malt backbones. Interesting, not much going on but I do enjoy it. Very very dry.

Mild subdued barrel palate. Faint hint of the classic bourbon notes but very buried of caramel and vanilla and richness, instead the roast malt dominates primarily. Char action much like an American porter. Wet bodied a bit with some very noticeable carbonation. Dry sense on the nose doesn't come off on the taste with it's wet angle.

Overall this actually isn't a bad beer, but for slapping the bourbon barrel name on there, this is not quite pulling it off. It's more of a roasty American porter/stout to me but still enjoyable.

Photo of chinchill
1.89/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, alcohol (bourbon), hint of smoke, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol (bourbon), and hint of wood. Overall, weak in appearance, but the bourbon aroma and taste is well apportioned with all other notes.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

-- This has been in my cellar almost a year --

A: It looks ok, though wholly unremarkable. The proper charry burnt umber color is there. A standard pour yields a dissapointing .5 finger head and zero lacing.

S: I can't believe I'm actually getting some toasted coconut here. It's got a great bouquet that gets me excited for the first taste.

T: Well, the excitement didn't last long. It's simply too thin on flavor. Nothing stands out here but some harsh tanninic acid that I can only assume comes from cheap, shredded wood.

M: Sharp and underwhelming. Where's the body here? It's overcarbed, which I assume they feel covers for a lack of actual flavor.

O: Bluegrass' Bourbon Barrel Stout isn't a bad beer, it's simply average personified. Nothing here, sans the nose, is worth mentioning. Middie of the road is a dangerous place to be. Here's to Bluegrass picking it up a bit, as producing beers like this can very quickly lead to a dead end.

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Ping glass.

A - Deep dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Dark Chocolate and coffee.

T - Smokey coffee, and some tobacco.

D - Thin for a Bourbon Barrel Stout.

O - flavors are here, just not right some how.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in November 2010.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet molasses, bourbon, chocolate and slight coffee notes.

T - Bourbon is the dominant flavour but is not overwhelming like it can be in many beers of this style. There are some light chocolate and molasses notes but overall this is a fairly one dimensional beer.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but somewhat one dimensional. Would love to see a little more character in this one.

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate in the aroma - much more than most stouts - with traces of malt and coffee.

T: Like the smell, the taste had a lot of chocolate, with a bit of malt and coffee. Not much of the advertised bourbon. Tastes and feels more like a porter than a stout. Not a bad flavor, but not strong enough.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a terrible beer, but definitely not as good as others in the style.

Photo of jrallen34
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nothing like picking up a bottle tick then checking the review to see a c+, this will be yummy! 12oz bottle in August 2010, poured into my Darkness glass...The lightest shade of black with dark brown fringes. A really light tan head rises a full finger then disappears to a thin ring, no lacing...Light and boring aroma that is very malty at first, chocolate syrup mostly. The syrup has really generic qualities that are not appealing at all. I can't tell this was barrel aged, no typical indicators...The taste is horrendous, light chocolate syrup poured into a glass of water that then was used as an ashtray. The feel is super light, very water like.

There are no redeeming qualities to this beer, it should be avoided.

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

Aromas are of faint bourbon and some cork, nort oak, but cork. Sweetenes, but not in a good way, I am leary...

The tatse is miserable. Watered down bourbon and soggy oak, tastes like a homebrew which is very premature. Light smokiness and roasted grain. Mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation.

One and done definitely. I remember drinking their bourbon brown ale last year and feeling the same way. This brewery is a long way from pro status in my opinion. Way too thin and watery. Flavor is weak and needs more behind it. Worst bouron barrel or any wood aged beer I have consumed to date.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on May '10 notched on the label.

Thanks again to Wisconsinality for another beer from Kentucky!

A - Dark black with a clear ring around the outside of the glass. A thin foam of light-tan head has a nice ring around the outside.

S - Light wood with a solid bourbon barrel nose that accompanies coffee and chocolate. An off scent of metallic refrigerator in the background is a bit off-putting but the roasted malts even it out.

T - Dark chocolate and molasses with light coffee. It's blended well with a bit of woody bourbon. Something seems off a bit though.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth but rather thin for a bourbon barrel stout. Dry and lightly bitter.

D - Meh. Too thin and something seems a little bit off otherwise it's a fair bourbon barrel stout.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a modest cap of tan head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is chocolate, marshmallows, vanilla, wood and char. Smells like a pretty nice barrel aged stout.

Taste is a little light in the loafers so to speak, the malts need some beef. The barrel character is pretty nice, and the roast well integrated. It just seems to lack body and sweetness that would go a long way here, certainly thin is a good descriptor. The aroma was good here, but the taste leaves me wanting [a better beer]. I would be hard pressed to give this one another go.

Photo of thagr81us
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a flared pilsner. Poured a dark red brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, subtle caramel, and smoke. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I saw this one on the menu and that it was bourbon barrel aged and had to try it. However, while the barrel was definitely there in this one it really made me wonder how good the actual base beer really is as the barrel was pretty much the dominate factor on this one. While being okay to drink it did leave a little to be desired. Worth trying at least once if you can, but I would leave it at that.

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
76 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.