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Bourbon Barrel Aged Drago - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 164
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 18.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xdtfx on 03-16-2014

Russian Imperial Stout aged on bourbon barrels.
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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the palate, this beer smells great, as I pick up vanilla, light milk duds, chocolate, coffee and considerable bourbon. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this beer, and as others have advised, the beer opened up considerably as it warmed and sat in the glass. The beer was a tad sweeter than I would have liked, but that's really my only complaint. Also, I found the mouthfeel to be soft and fairly full, so I'm puzzled by some of the reviews that noted a thin mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability was terrific.

Couple of thoughts. I really wish more breweries would go with the 12 ounce format for beers like this, as it's pretty hard for me to work my way through a 22 ounce bomber of 10% abv (or more) BA RIS. For me, a 12 ounce pour of a beer like this at the end of the evening was just perfect. Also, maybe it's just my imagination (or perhaps this just the style that brewers go for in the Chicago area), but this beer reminded me very much of a somewhat lighter, less boozy version of BCBS. Whatever, this was an excellent beer that I wish I had access to a regular basis.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, 2014 release, 9.5% abv
A - jet black, but flat - no head whatsoever - even with a rigorous pour
S - roasted barley, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate
T - similar to aroma - dark chocolate, roasty, vanilla, oak, heavy bourbon
M - thinner side of medium, no carbonation, sticky and sweet, fairly boozy, but appropriate for the style
O - big disappointment here. I'm usually not overly picky with imperial stouts, but this one lacks in quality control. Flavors are good, but the lack of carbonation is a big problem for me.

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Photo of oldmankoch
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this while in Chicago earlier this week and had the 4 pack shipped home along with some Surly and Pipeworks at the suggestion of the owner of Fischman Liquors.

As an aside, I strongly recommend stopping in there if you're in town. Super nice employees and an awesome selection of Midwest brewers that don't distribute to the Northeast.

Appearance is pitch black like dirty motor oil with an almost non existent head and no lacing (the only negative with this beer)

Smells of Vanilla Bean, Almonds, Mocha, Bourbon, Cream, Butterscotch, Dark Fruits, Cloves, and Maple Syrup. Simply one of the best palate wetters ever.

Taste follows the nose immensely well. Drinks strong and warm for only being 9.5% A great sipper and is quite reminiscent of BCBS (which is why it was recommended)

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side but is still super smooth with low carbonation & goes down slick and leaves a splendid bourbon flavored coating on the tongue

Overall and awesome BBA Stout and a deal for $16 in my book. Would love to see this over in Philly but will most likely have to wait until the next time in town

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.76/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4lo
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tappangordo
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Elumbeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12oz into an oversized snifter. Initial sips at about 51 degrees.

Deep dark caramel-brown in color. Light can get through, but not much. Aggressive pour yields a respectable tan head with very little lacing or retention.

Smells like bourbon. I genuinely got very excited while pouring this, purely because the smell that filled the room was straight bourbon. I mean I've had a lot of bourbon barrel-aged stouts, and none of them smelled more like bourbon than this. The scent is definitely more sweet and vanilla-y than actual bourbon, but it even pierces the nostrils in a similar manner when you get close. I'm a fan.

Taste is on the sweeter side. Maybe even a little too sweet, but I can appreciate that. Fairly strong vanilla & caramel flavors, with some milk chocolate. Creamy. I'd almost believe it if you told be this beer was made with Milky Way bars.

Definitely not the thickest beer I've had, but it's got a nice weight to it. Carbonation isn't biting me at all. Plenty sticky. 'Refreshing' is not in this beer's vocabulary.

I'll be the first to admit that I have a soft spot for sweet bourbon-barrel stouts, but I absolutely believe this beer is massively underrated right now (4.12? Who's drinking this- hop-heads?). Not on the same tier as a Bourbon County, but not a far cry either. Oh, and I don't think there's anything RIS about this- whatever roastiness the base beer might have started with has mellowed-out to American levels, but I'm not knocking any points for that. I will not hesitate to buy more of this the next time I see it.

Very similar taste to Central Waters' [reserve] Bourbon Barrel Stout, but a tiny bit thicker than the 2015, for anyone that's had one of Wisconsin's finest on-the-shelf offerings.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MynamesRickJames
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of larryarms847
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slick and oily with minimal khaki foam even after a hard pour.

Nutty, deep roasted notes, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a hint of bourbon sweetness.

Lush roasted barley, chocolate, oak, earthy, vanilla, and bourbon.

Heavy bodied, very light carbonation, slick, and unfortunately thin.

Smells wonderful, tastes alright, but the thin mouthfeel is off-putting for the style.

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Photo of raeman70
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sahd-1
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with little to no head, there's a fizzy momentary skim that fades away after a few seconds, no lacing. Still glassy obsidian surface, sort of dull but par for the course.

Aroma is reminiscent of BCS, big oxidized roasty malt blended with malted milk balls and vanilla, traces of alcohol as it warms.

Roasty malt, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, trace woodiness. Sticky on the lips, fairly thin bodied though the base beer is too. It's a pretty good BCS clone, though the nuances of the base beer seem lost. Not as boozy as BCS, so that's a plus if you're looking for a less heavy substitute.

Why did this get released in the middle of summer?

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weaselbob74
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Czarkazm
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nearly opaque in the glass with dark chestnut highlights along the edges. Thin tan ring of bubbles quickly recedes to nothing. Smell of toasted coconut, tobacco, dark roasted malts, bourbon, and vanilla. Getting molasses, cherries, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, some nuttiness, and sweet bourbon on the taste. Awesome smell and flavor, kind of like if Bourbon County met water. Medium mouthfeel, a little syrupy but lacks the dense chewiness I get off on. An excellent bourbon barrel imperial stout that doesn't rely on adjuncts to keep it afloat.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a small filming tan head with a thick very black body.
S: Bourbon, chocolate, definitely pickup the wood characteristics too. Smells great.
T: Wow! First sip is mellow bourbon, then chocolate. Well made, so smooth, no alcohol burn. Sweet flavors that last throughout the entire drink. This is everything a bourbon barrel aged stout should be. Very drinkable at 9.5%.
F: Coats my mouth wonderfully, so smooth, flavor lasts beyond the drink. It is only lacking in the thickness. But on the flip side, so drinkable.
O: I hope nobody buys this, leave it all for me and the few that know about it. LOL Readily available in the winter for $16 per 4 pack too.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Drago from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.