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Bourbon Stout - District ChopHouse & Brewery

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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District ChopHouse & Brewery visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A portion of our Oatmeal Stout is aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels. Six weeks of conditioning lend it a bourbon overtone with mellow vanilla flavors from the American White Oak barrels. Served cool, not cold, via a traditional English beer engine. Intense and bold! Try it with dessert.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-27-2014 00:04:39 | More by Jeffwildcat
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-26-2014 23:17:02 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of paulish

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-19-2014 18:16:34 | More by paulish
Photo of MattXT


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-07-2014 02:56:05 | More by MattXT
Photo of challenja


4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a cask into a shaker pint glass at the chop house.

A: thick dark chocolate with a consistent light brown finger head.
S: sweet milk chocolate, vanilla bean, cooked oatmeal, Woodford reserve bourbon, sweet cherry wood, maple syrup with bakers chocolate vapors.
T: This is the most bourbon ever placed in a mix with oatmeal stout! I caught a serious buzz just off one beer. You get a full milk chocolate mouthful in sweet oaked bourbon. Very heavy presence of cherry wood and sweet corn mash. Luscious vanilla bean.
M: very smooth. Medium bodied. Frothy and easy drinking deliciousness. You get a nice bourbon lingering finish that drags the cherry maple corn mash with you.
O: this is a delicious cask bourbon stout. Frothy, sweet, booze filled chocolate stout goodness. Not to sweet but damn heavy on the bourbon.

12-31-2013 19:37:53 | More by challenja
Photo of apasternak

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-26-2013 00:01:20 | More by apasternak
Photo of deNerval


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

10-30-2013 22:20:36 | More by deNerval
Photo of mendvicdog


2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

04-09-2013 21:50:04 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of 2dogbrew


3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

03-28-2013 22:26:03 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of darkstar12


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-27-2013 22:06:29 | More by darkstar12
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-24-2013 23:11:10 | More by bckayaalp
Photo of TheLittleMrs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

My husband and I were incredibly pleased with this beer. We're planning our next visit from NJ just to get this again; hopefully they'll have it! I could taste the vanilla and we both thought it was velvety smooth. I wish DC Chophouse could sell growers and get a place near us. Definitely one to get again.

03-02-2013 16:08:42 | More by TheLittleMrs
Photo of Jfowler05


3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

08-03-2012 17:49:50 | More by Jfowler05
Photo of fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-01-2012 23:53:10 | More by fountainofyouth
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-17-2011 19:37:57 | More by nmann08
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from the cask into a shaker pint.

Great looking large one finger super soupy light tan head. Surprised by the head size on this. Sits on an almost jet black body with some hints of red hues. Great looking beer here.

A real good solid nose of vanilla, some chocolate milk, and just a hint of heat. Not much else but no complaints that's for sure.

However, even out of the cask the feel is quite light bodied, even just a little too wet for my tastes. There's a small hint of whiskey just barely, but there is still the flavor in the palate that was hinted on the nose. A big vanilla finish on the swallow, some mild chocolate sensations, strangely also some sour fruitness but not much luckily

Overall it's a great example of an easy and not booming bourbon barrel beer. This is the kind of beer I would give someone new to try this style first, before diving into something large. It's quite easy drinking too, just felt a bit too light in body.

06-23-2011 22:30:36 | More by smakawhat
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose.
T: The taste is very well balanced and is not overpowered by the bourbon flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very smooth and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The bourbon flavors are well incorporated into the taste of this beer and this good balance makes it relatively easy to drink.

06-07-2011 03:38:34 | More by metter98
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3.83/5  rDev -4%

Had this on cask at the brewery while in D.C. At first the guy didn't tell me this was on cask, so my first thoughts were quite odd and sort of negative towards the brew, but when I found out that it was, I understood the beer better. This is an oatmeal stout aged in Woodford Reserve whiskey barrels. It was tapped on 3-18-2011, so it was pretty fresh. Poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a dark brown, coca cola black with fizzy bubbly head that starts to die in the middle and leaves a solid foam ring around the edges. No lacing. Looks like soda.

S - Wow! Huge bourbon whiskey notes. Oatmeal, toffee, earth and oak. Minor roast notes but huge booze notes, which I liked quite a bit.

T - The taste was kind of a let down. Kind of thin stout with minor roast and oatmeal. The bourbon notes are there but in the background. I know that it was served from a cask, but it seemed like they also just washed the glass with hot water, so it wasn't that enjoyable. Bit of heat and oak and slight chocolate.

M - Thin and watery. Very little carbonation. Heat from the barrel.

D - I was expecting so much more when I saw this on the menu. I'm huge into barrel aged brews, but this wasn't it. Not sure if this might have been a bad base beer to start with but the really only good thing about this brew was the smell.

03-24-2011 03:52:06 | More by joshuaseresse
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2.1/5  rDev -47.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown bordering on black. No real head, legs, or lacing. The nose is just a straigt bourbon bomb and is incredibly hot. With both the nose and the taste, I'm struggling to get anythig other than fresh bourbon and a lot of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a mess. I did not enjoy this.

11-09-2010 23:31:46 | More by Thorpe429
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Inky black in color. 2-finger dark cream head.

Very strong alcohol aroma. All I'm gettin is the bourbon. Faint anise makes a small appearance as the beer warms.

Thin hit, much thinner than expected from the nose. Quickly, the bourbon takes over and it is very strong in flavor. Slight caramel malt in the finish.

Body feels more of a porter than a stout.

The bourbon is just too strong here for me to really appreciate this one. One and done.

03-29-2010 12:28:56 | More by beer2day
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Drank from cask at District Chophouse in DC.

a - A dark brown/black color with a brownish head that leave after about a minute. No carbonation, looks great.

s - Smells heavily of bourbon, a little bit of oak and some chocolate. Don't really taste the oatmeal stout that they claimed.

t - Very good taste. Warm because it's cask and a good burbon taste. Some oak and chocolate just like the smell.

m - medium body, no carbonation at all. Kind of creamy and smooth for a boubon stout.

d - It was a good bourbon stout but not as good as the GI Bourbon Country. If you ever find yourself at the District ChopHouse in DC and like Bourbon it is a very good choice.

01-17-2010 07:37:28 | More by mdfb79
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%

d: I just wanted to note that this was one of the most drinkable beers (for me) that I've ever had. There are few drinks that I've ever come across that are dangerously good- so easy to drink that it could cause problems of restraint. This is one.

t: And the taste was delicious. The bourbon came through clearly but without the alcohol punch. The stout flavor was a nice platform, not in itself powerful like many stouts are- but perhaps the bourbon just put it in perspective. However, this came across to me as lacking complexity in flavor range. But whatever- I'd rather have delicious and drinkable with my meal than hunting for flavors.

a: And that's how I think of it: simply good. Just like pasta with pesto can be uncomplex and heavenly, so is this pairing. Perhaps boring if taken every night but always something to come back to and enjoy. The appearance is the same: just a good dark brown-to-the-point-of-being-black beer with little head retention, mildly carbonated, served warm (the menu says in the English style). Not magnificent or beautiful like a nitro but faultless.

Notes: I'm glad my group wound it's way over when in DC. Not offered in the sampler. A sign at the entrance says formal wear required- but they didn't stop us who were modestly well dressed and I saw patrons in jeans. Lunch is affordable, brunch starts at 3, and I would avoid dinner (prices). An interesting restaurant. The portions were too large for anyone in my group to finish. The brown ale of a friend's that I tasted was one of the better brown ales I've tasted- tasty and drinkable but not as drinkable as the bourbon stout. The waiter did insist on bringing me a sample of the stout before I had it as it seems many people don't like it.

28 nov. '9

11-30-2009 16:16:29 | More by CaptYellow
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District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +9%

An iconic draft/cask offering from the District Chophouse. It fluctuates a bit from batch to batch but it is typically a great brew to have, and revisit often.

Presentation: Draft serving at its own brewpub. The menu offers a good description of the brew and how a portion of their oatmeal stout is aged in Woodford Reserve barrels noting the vanilla effect. The chalkboard notes Alc. by Vol (7%). Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, nice 1" frothy head, fair retention, and some nice lacing.

S - Bourbon and vanilla scent, very pleasing and obvious withouth being overwhelming. Notes of the roasted malt also present.

T - Good bourbon, vanilla and a minimal sour roasted malt taste that works very well in the finish.

M - Creamy and smooth, and in this cask offering almost a touch watery but not in a bad manner, actually the flatness and coolness give it a nice range of flavors and adds to the smoothness.

D - Rather drinkable, works well on a pint but would probably benefit from another type of glassware.

Notes: It goes up and down in quality, typically a good one but sometimes it feels extraordinary. This tasting was one of the best I have had in a while with a difference. Rather tasty and pleasing. Not too assertive for a barrel aged stout but with a nice sense of balance and memorable stimulation.

11-15-2009 01:35:43 | More by Daniellobo
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4.15/5  rDev +4%

Cask version had at the brewpub. Aged in Waterford Reserve barrels.

Pours one shade from black with a large-bubbled brown head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, and dark chocolate, in that order. As the beer warms the intensity of the alcohol increases a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors hold a bit more sway than they do in the nose and kick things off, eventually giving way to large amounts of vanilla and bourbon. The ending holds a small amount of dark chocolate that gives way to a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's not quite as thick as I'd like but the cask conditioning gives it a nice smoothness.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I have to say I'm a bit jealous that Washingtonians can have a cask-conditioned bourbon stout whenever they like. If you're in the area give this one a shot.

10-13-2009 03:56:31 | More by glid02
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -16%

A: black... full creamy khaki head off hand pump. Decent retention.

S: Smooth burbon, vanilla and ash. slight hints of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar

T: Heavy burbon.... decent amounts of oak, ash and valilla...very little oatmeal stout charachter

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied... no realy creamyness.

D: Heavy burbon, lack of beer charachter and thinner body keeps me from wanting another.

09-07-2009 18:11:11 | More by rfgetz
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Bourbon Stout from District ChopHouse & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.