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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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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -9.9%

smartassboiler, May 21, 2012
Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBC fell a bit short of the mark on this one. Poured tarry black wiht light mocha head. Aroma was toffee and coffee. Sweet, roasted malt flavor with coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and a bit of charcoal. Not much bourbon came through - overall this struck me as a middle-of-the-road American stout, with no real barrel aspects, othter than perhaps the contribution of the charcoal note.

Brent, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque. No head, no lacing, no carbonation. Intimidating.

S: Complex. Toffee sweetness, coffee, dark chocolate. This portends for an excellent stout.

T: Here the bourbon makes its presence known, lurking in the background as a caramelly alcoholic sweetness. I detect light smokey notes as the slightly bitter coffee flavour takes over and carries me out to the aftertaste.

M: Nothing special here, move along.

D: This is a pretty tasty beer, but I don't foresee me drinking more than one of these at a time. Highly recommended.

AgentMunky, May 20, 2010
Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -9.9%

thegerm87, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April of 2012, as notched on the label.

Pours black as night with a light brown head. Retention is average. The capper is slowly fizzing away. Can't see much else through or in this beer. 3.5

Kind of funky-smelling. Dark chocolate, underarm, black coffee, dark syrups, roasty malts, woodsiness, and compost. A little off-putting.

Hints of vanilla bean and light oak is about all the evidence there is to recognize bourbon barrel aging. Tootsie Roll chocolate, sweetened coffee, and aged hops. Spicy bite to the finish. Pretty simple taste profile. Nothing to write home about. Not sure what that body odor that lingered in the aroma was, but thankfully it does not show up in the mouth.

Medium-to-thin. Oily and slick with that prickly finish. Light on the effervescence. One of the easier drinkin' bourbon barrel-aged stouts.

For 'Bourbon Barrel Stout' to be in the largest font on the label, this beer doesn't live up to its namesake. It's an okay stout, but it's missing the mark on many levels. This is an average-to-half-decent American Stout that happens to be barrel-aged, although it didn't pick up many complexities. I'm going to give it a 3.5 overall, but mostly for effort.

thecheapies, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

bigred89, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of argock
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

argock, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jmdrpi, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -9.9%

birchstick, Today at 04:16 AM
Photo of homebrew311
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium globe.

A: pours deep brownish black with a tiny bit of light barely peaking through at the edges, tannish white head, some retention and lacing

S: nose features raw oak and vanilla up front, some chocolate mixes in, but not nearly as much as I'd hope for. Really losing the stout base. Perhaps the base beer isn't hearty enough to stand up to the barrel aging.

T: thin vanilla at the front along with some sweet malts and a hint of milk chocolate. The finish is primarily creamy vanilla. The roasted malts seem to be lacking in presence,

MF: thin body for style, medium carbonation

O: not a bad beer for its price, no bad flavors, just falling a little short of its competitors

homebrew311, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily black with a toasted solid tan head that looks good while it lasts, though it crackles down to nothing pretty quickly, despite a hard pour.

A surprisingly sedate smell for a bourbon barrel stout. Hints of anise/licorice and gooey melted chocolate come forth, as does a bit of milky sweet cream. Only with warming does the bourbon come through, and it's neither intrusive nor too subdued.

Things improve in the taste department. I still get hints of anise, while the chocolate is bigger and gooier, and a healthy dark roast coffee bean element comes into it. Sweet dark fruits muscle in as well, giving an added edge to the flavor. Bourbon is here, though it didn't bring much wood along with it. It's nice and mellow, really laid back, and that's how I like my bourbon-ed beers. A slightly mineral taste pervades underneath it all, and actually comes out just a little too much in the finish, but chocolate-covered caramels come in strongly and try to snuff that out.

The enjoyment of the flavors is brought down a couple notches due to the surprisingly thin/watery and also too-carbonated texture. A little confusing getting both characteristics together, and in a stout no less. It's not terrible, and would pass if it were any number of other styles. But it's trying to be a premium stout, and something rounder, creamier and smoother would have been better.

I found more to like about it this second tasting than I did the first a couple days ago. This isn't amazing, but the bar has been set so high for bourbon barrel stouts that one performing merely B-level ("good") gets slapped around a lot. I'm not sure that's fair, but hey, life isn't fair, and beer is one of the best things in life, so...just give it a shot and think for yourself.

Metalmonk, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass; shared with a few friends.

Appearance: brown body almost black. Tanish brown head with decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like bourbon stout.

Taste: Mild bourbon flavore, but do not ever semem to get a taste of a nice thick stout. Mild chocolate and some more bourbon.

Mouthfeel: High levels of carbonation and moderate beer body.

overall: this was a good attempt at a barrel aged stout. This beer is taken to much barrelling and not enough time being a stout. Less carbonation and heavier body.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +20.1%

WDJersey, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

ADTaber, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Lovely85, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -9.9%

ncstateplaya, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of jsanford
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up a single of this at a Total Wine while visiting the parents. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours cola-black with a big foamy mocha-colored head that swells up considerably, only to quickly dissipate to a flat black. Really strange, I've never seen a beer lose it's head so quickly, kinda reminds me of a glass of Pepsi.
S - Bourbon dominates the nose, along with chocolate syrup and coffee. As a bourbon fan, this smells pretty good, if a bit one-dimensional.
T - Dark malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate syrup and bourbon. Flavors are nicely on-point but...
M - ...Horrible mouthfeel. Thin body with a weird, fizzy carbonation. Once again my soda comparison comes in. Feels like chocolate-bourbon Pepsi.
D - I'm struggling to get through this, I can't believe how badly they screwed up the mouthfeel on this. Make it creamy with lower carbonation an you'd have a great beer on your hands. As it is? A trainwreck.

jsanford, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +20.1%

lupercmda, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -9.9%

oldp0rt, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3/5  rDev -9.9%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown/black with a foamy half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Roast malt, chocolate, coffee, and oak form the initial aroma. There's a bit of nuttiness and hints of dark fruit, adding complexity. Vanilla and bourbon surface as it warms.

Flavor is fairly roast dominant initially, fading to chocolate mid palate, and coffee bitterness at the finish. It's a touch acrid. Oak underlies the profile, with bourbon being just a subtle note. Vanilla is present, but not overwhelming. There's a bit of nuttiness and toast, as well.

Body is a tad watery, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Lacks in bourbon character. Good notes of chocolate, but may be a little overly sweet.

barczar, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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

Redrover, Aug 24, 2010
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
76 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.