Love Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Yards Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.3/5 rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On Tap at Kite and Key for their 3rd anniversary.
Bourbon Love Stout came to me looking very dark with a nice inch of tanned/beige loose foam on top that dwindled. small splotches. Looking into the brew it appears a kinda dark brown approaching black. Smell is basically the love stout. Deep roast with some lingering floral hops. Get a bit of vanilla from the base and spent grain. Surprisingly not alot of bourbon, if any at all. Taste is pretty much love stout as well. The bourbon influence is very muted but I do get some oak/wood from the barrel and some vanilla without the bourbon. I just cant taste it. Feel is at about medium and a bit bigger than I was expecting for a 4.5% beer. Nice bubbles from the force carbonation and a roasty aftertaste. All in all, this beer needs more time in the barrels. I would not call this Bourbon Barrel aged, i would call it barrel aged, because there is no bourbon.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2011 16:46:28 | More by BARFLYB
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
In contrast to the nitro or cask pours of the standard Love Stout, this appears a slightly less opaque, but still dark brown with some suprisingly active bubbles, small thin cap of brown head gone quickly. Scent is quite the 50/50 blend of notes of bourbon, oak, char and vanilla from the barrel aging mixed with the dark roasted grain, chocolate and cream from the base beer. Taste begins with a slight rush of smooth bourbon and all its related notes, but that does not last throughout the taste. In contrast, the base beer is sort of muted by the barrel aging, but without the bold flavors from that method, in the end the taste is lighter than i would have hoped. Almost full bodied, lightly creamy with maybe a touch too much carbonation, dry and roasty on the palate, not much alcohol lingers. A good beer that could have benefited from some longer time in the barrel or a fresher barrel if it had been used prior.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2011 14:35:54 | More by rfgetz
Love Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Yards Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.