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

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

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BA SCORE
76
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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 20.3%


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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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
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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rangerred

Tennessee

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with no head to speak of. There is a very thin ring of carbonation around the top of the beer but that is it.

Aroma has a distinct chocolate character along with somewhat subdued bourbon. A little bit of coffee and roasted malt as well.

Lots of bourbon and vanilla up front in the taste. Chocolate quickly rushes in along with caramel and some dark fruit. All this quickly fades, however, leaving a chalky feeling on the tongue. Mouthfeel is extremely watery and does nothing to support the heavy flavors. This really kills the beer for me. All the flavors are there to make this a very enjoyable brew but it needs a much more heavy mouthfeel.

Overall, a real missed opportunity here. I think if the mouthfeel could be improved this could really be a top notch brew. Until then, not really worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:48:02 | More by rangerred
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wisconsinality for yet another Kentucky beer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black with no head. A small beige lace ring forms on top of the beer.

The aroma is quite nice and complex. Lots of dark roast coffee and sweet chocolate. Plenty of bourbon as well. Pretty much what I expect from barrel aged stout.

The flavor is pretty much a mirror of the nose. Coffee and chocolate stout with a solid dose of bourbon and barrel. No flavors were out there but solid all around.

Medium body maybe a touch thin. Low if any carbonation.

Overall a very decent barrel aged stout. I might seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 03:00:35 | More by beerwolf77
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RickS95

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and dark. Cross between burnt deep brown and a light shade of black. On top is a thick brown head.

Smells like a forest. Earthy flowers and oak, with vanilla in the background.

It tastes like a watered down coffee/cola combination. Peppery notes as well. As the beer warms, the vanilla tickles the tongue.

There's some bitterness all the way through. It starts early with the pepper then finishes with the bittering hops.

It's an easy beer to drink. It's not sweet like a porter, despite the vanilla. While there is some bitterness, it seems to be the right amount. Full-bodied with lots of alcohol, but drinks easier than you'd guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:45:02 | More by RickS95
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 07:16:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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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n2185

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with some faint brown highlights around the edges and a finger of light tan head that disappears almost completely with no real lacing.

S: Some roasted malts with lots of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas. Vanilla is also very much present along with a touch of oak and bourbon. Slight alcohol aroma on the finish.

T: Again, some roasted malts with creamy chocolate flavors. Vanilla and oak follow with a surprisingly subtle touch of bourbon. The finish has a slight alcohol burn along with a little char flavor.

M: Medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery feeling.

O: Not a bad beer and it's nice to have a bbal beer that isn't super thick, super sweet, and/or super boozy. Still, I could go for a bit more bourbon flavor and a thicker body.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:23:11 | More by n2185
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 16 oz. Snifter.

A- pours black with very thin tan head. Some lacing that resides quickly.

S- roasted malts, coffe, cough syrup, faint vanilla.

T- roasted malts, very faint bourbon and vanilla, a bitter coffee taste that is slightly off but can't pin point what.

M- medium body, medium carbonation.

O- poor attempt at a BA stout. Missing the bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors and aromas acustomed to the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 05:17:30 | More by kawilliams81
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: midnight black with a healthy head. retention is decent with some lacing left as it goes down my gullet. pretty stout looking.

S: woody and big time vanilla bean. coffee as well. same thing on the next visit and the next. kind of dessert-like. i would rather be challenged with some other complexity.

T: boozy and oaky. the wood is a little raw. definitely a vanilla flavor in there as well. maybe some roast, but definitely a bit muted of a roast flavor. not enough body to balance out the first two flavors. leaves me wanting some oats to smooth this body out.

M: starts a bit too lively, but letting it sit allows it to drink like it should. tastes pretty medium-bodied despite the large ABV.

D: overall, this is a miss for me. the backbone just doesnt work with the wood and bourbon and like i said above it leaves me wanting something more from this brew. potential, but i think some tweaks need to be made.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:59:57 | More by Jimmys
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bamadog

Kentucky

2.08/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 19:02:22 | More by bamadog
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russwbeck

Virginia

2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 01:25:14 | More by russwbeck
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KajII

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 13:00:42 | More by KajII
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Brabander

Netherlands

2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the worst Bourbon barrel aged stout i have had in years....very disappointing beer and i had so much high hopes form the Bourbon state.

I got this beer is a trade this week with a guy i know from Facebook. We met at Westvleteren.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer has some problems to get some head. I had to pour the beer firmly in the glass. No particular smell and that is odd for a beer which should be barrel aged.

The carbonation was way too much, it blew out the rest of my sences...in the taste no hints of oak or a barrel at all....

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 12:36:53 | More by Brabander
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:20:50 | More by Axnjxn
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.05/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle served into a stein.

Pours a cola brown sort of color. I have to remind myself that this is labeled as a bourbon barrel stout, not an imperial stout, so a lack of intensity (in color, taste, etc.) relative to, say, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout is actually appropriate. ¾ of a finger of light khaki head form, though the large size of the bubbles concerns me; the beer looks like it’s going to be pretty thin in terms of mouthfeel. This looks pretty average for an American Stout, on the whole.

Uh oh. If the aroma is any indication (and it almost always is) then this beer has some serious flaws. You might be thinking to yourself as you look at the label of this beer: “Hmmm. Why would someone –bal age a single-strength stout? Wouldn’t the barrel dominate the flavor profile because the stout doesn’t have enough malt flavor to stand up to the barrel?” The answer to your rhetorical question is Yes. The barrel does dominate. The aroma of this beer is aggressively astringent. There is so much wood here that it smells almost green, like recently produced oak chips. Oak wood and vanilla for days. To the beer’s credit, it doesn’t smell overtly boozy. Underneath all of those barrel aromas are, erm, nothing, really. There’s an utter lack of maltiness. This beer smells like a hollow shell, like termites have eaten the entire center of a tree.

The taste confirms as much. This is a hollow, thin excuse for a stout. You have to struggle to pick up any roasted malt flavor at all. I’m never entirely sure whether it is because there just isn’t any malt flavor (which, at nearly 9% ABV, I would expect there to be some) or because the barrel is just so strong that it masks any trace of malt. Oak oak oak oak oak, some vanilla, and a sweet bourbony twinge make up nearly the entire flavor profile. It’s like flavored water, where the flavor is bourbon barrel.

The mouthfeel is predictably thin. It isn’t water-thin; in fact, it is almost within the range of appropriateness for the style. The strong carbonation doesn’t help, though. Nothing about the mouthfeel works to bolster the flavor profile. Overall, this is not a good beer. This is bourbon barrel aging just for the sake of it. It’s kind of a shame that a Kentucky brewery can’t get a bourbon barrel aged beer right, but then I’ve never once had a beer from Bluegrass Brewing Company that I was impressed by. I shouldn’t be surprised by how poor this effort is.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 15:19:00 | More by Reaper16
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:30:34 | More by Rhettroactive
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours black with a finger of khaki colored head, moderate lacing.
S - Not a lot of aroma, some dark roasted cocoa thats about it.
T - Taste is ok, a lot of sweetness to it some more of those chocolate malts coming through, a touch of smoke.
M - Nothing special either, sweet, chewy.
O - This was a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 22:25:30 | More by Omnium
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:05:52 | More by Treyliff
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projectflam86

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark brown almost black color with a HUGE rocky foam head that is not settling down very quickly...

S- With this being an 8.6% Bourbon Barrel Stout I would have expected alot more from the nose. Some faint roasted malt aromas but I'm not getting much bourbon or anything else for that matter.

T- The flavor underneath all of these bubbles helps me to breath a sigh of relief because I really thought that this might be infected (20 mins and the 4 inch head hasn't settled a bit). Thankfully there is a decent stout flavor here with some chocolate and roasted flavors. Still not much bourbon though.

M- Medium bodied and wildly over carbonated. As I popped the top the cap almost launched across the room. Even with a delicate pour I struggled to keep the foam from taking up most of the room in my glass. Very sudsy mouthfeel and certainly not typical for a stout.

D- The flavor was decent but the nose was lacking and I didn't get any bourbon. Way too carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:29:01 | More by projectflam86
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +45.5%
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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Mosstrooper

California

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black coffee in color with a very minimal brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves some floating foam. Many bubbles on the inside sides of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt dominates, but this definitely has a bourbon-esque aroma to it.

Taste: Begins with a sweetened coffee and molasses flavors that has notes of woodiness, finishing with bittersweet roasted malt and a bourbon hint.

Mouthfeel: Heavier body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty good, and very drinkable for its ABV, but it lacks depth to make it very good. Not quite worth its price tag, but still solid and worth a try, if only once.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 20:31:36 | More by Mosstrooper
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -46.1%
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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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Every bottle of the 4 pack wouldnt pour right no matter what I did. It always had so much head, that I had to pour an ounce then let it sit. Very discouraging.

The head was a thick off white color that really stuck around. Liquid was pitch black. Lacing was good.

Smell was bitter and roasty. Slightly sweet near the tail end.

Taste consists entirely of over-roasted malt. Slightly metallic taste comes through later, and is not good. Body is non-existent. Its like drinking a porter, only not--its a stout.

The roasty malt kind of just sits on your tongue, like any good roasty porter should.

As a porter, this would be a solid beer, but as a stout, its lackluster in its finest moments. I was expecting smoothness from the bourbon barrels, but it was absent. The metallice taste is disheartening.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:50:07 | More by VncentLIFE
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
76 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.