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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout - South Shore Brewery

Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint StoutBourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 22.38%


Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: battlekow on 02-26-2006)
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Reviews by cokes:
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany brown bodied with a mocha-tan head that fades quickly but laces well.
Fudgy, chocolate mint aroma backed with mild roast coffee. Vanilla creeps in as the primary barrelled note, but later (especially with warmth) charred oak and toasted coconut materialize.
The aroma hints that it brings loads of unbridled sweetness, and though sweet-leaning, that's not that case.
Powdered cocoa, light roast coffee beans, and macadamia nuts stroll through the mouth first. Mint seems to levitate above it all, adding fresh peppery notes from start to swallow. It's an assertive flavor, but it never gets obnoxious. It deepens and sweetens midway, as it congeals towards fudge and vanilla-mint ice cream. Some flashes of berries and dark fruit pass through. Bourbon barrel traits are on the low side, but better for it. Toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. There's just enough woody, tannic dryness to balance.
It's not a monster stout, but it's sturdy enough. Glossy and sleek in feel, with a low, almost hard to detect level of CO2, but it's there when one pays attention. It's never sticky or cloying.
A sweetish, chocolatey stout base, perked up with coffee and mint, and given the Bourbon barrel treatment seems like an enticing recipe that has a likelihood for confusion and chaos. The fact that everything seems cohesive and sensible here is a compliment of the highest order.
This is an experiment that is greater than the sum of its parts...and there are a lot of parts here.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 07:50:41 | More by cokes
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3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Jeff! The body is extremely black, pretty much no hint of color to be found anywhere along the way. A dark beige head, not quite dark enough to be tan, piles up good and then quickly shells away where it sits still at about three or four millimeters nearly the rest of the way. No lacing, really, though I can't say I'm surprised by that.

The heaviest aroma right out of the gate is definitely mint. Mint freshness, all up in this bitch. Mixed with a significant amount of cocoa malt, the nose brings about nice reminders of a York Peppermint Patty. There's a touch of coffee grounds buried in the background with an even milder hint of bourbon and oak. Is this 100% barrel-aged? Because it sure doesn't smell like it.

Just like the aroma, mint is the first thing to come piling onto my senses with the first sip, like licking the backside of a mint leaf with some wintergreen gum in my mouth. There's a moderate tobacco flavor backing up the mint that I'm not so sure I love just yet. Bourbon hits quick up front, slightly more potent than in the aroma, but fades quickly into an abyss before it even has time to be appreciated.

A touch of roasted malt here, a dash of coffee grounds there, and a mild plum sweetness that carries into the finish. A little warmth brings out heavier coffee grind flavors, as well as a raw whiskey tone that kind of makes this harder to drink. Thin bodied for what it is, though it's probably more like medium-heavy overall. Low-moderate carbonation with a wet, silky mouth feel.

Eh, this is one that sounds okay on paper, but was executed poorly. Not a good integration of bourbon or oak, really - too light at first, then when it comes alive, it's far too unabashed and not well meshed. Flavors present are alright, but this probably isn't something I'd consider purchasing again. With some adjustments, it could be alright, but it's a little too messy to be enjoyable now.

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1.83/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee (separate review hopefully on its way), around $6.

I love stout. And bourbon barrel aging is my favorite thing you can do to beer. And I love coffee, including in beer. And I love mint, though I rarely have had it in beer. I grow both peppermint and spearmint, cook with mint, eat mint straight, make mojitos with mint. So the stars looked aligned here.

Unfortunately, this beer is like a cross between a dark ale mouthwash and a menthol cigarette.

Appearance: this is fine. Deep, opaque brown to black. Light, middle brown head, leaves a little lacing. Everything goes downhill from here.

Smell: sharp, harsh medicinal. That's the mint. Little to nothing else. No coffee evident.

Taste: phew, this stuff is almost a drainpour. Like I said, it's like drinking a menthol cigarette. Ummm, sharp, strong, astrigent.

Mouthfeel: the astringent, sharp, biting mint is so strong that it overwhelms the mouthfeel. Leaves a slightly slick coating in my mouth -- not sure what that's about.

Overall: I don't even know if I would cook with this stuff. I'm struggling right now with drainpouring it. And I hate drainpouring stuff.

I love experimental beers, and brewers that are willing to take a chance. Unfortunately this one just didn't pan out. I dunno: less mint? more coffee? A little more residual sweetness to balance the sharp astringency of the mint?

BTW, South Shore Brewery's website lists this beer as 6.1% ABV. I'll try to submit an update.

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06-28-2013 13:57:30 | More by warmstorage
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2.28/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Let me preface by saying I have been pleased with South Shore so far. Been on 2 brewery tours and all the beers I tasted were good if not great...now on to the review of this beer. Bought in Duluth in the bomber format.

Ap- Looks yummy. Typical stout, deep brown color with a nice tan head that lingers for awhile. I can't wait to taste this baby.

Ar- Peppermint, chocolate, dark fruit and a hint of bourbon...looking forward to tasting this one.

T- Whoa, something is up here? I have never had an infected beer but this tastes wrong. Pretty sure this is my first experience with an infected batch. REALLY sour up front and not in a good way. I have had sours before and this just doesn't taste right. Pretty sure this beer got infected and I can't believe how bad this tastes. My wife and I split a bomber and she took 1 sip and left the rest. Just a bad initial taste. The finish was good though with chocolate, dark fruit and some mint, but the overall taste is just bad.

M- medium to thick with good carbonation

O- something went wrong with this one. Looked great, smelled great but the taste was terrible. I am chalking this up to an infection. This won't keep me from getting other South Shore offerings but I am left wondering WTF???? I would honestly rather drink a Bud Light Chelada than this thing...

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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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The look is blackish with a bubbly tan head, ok lacing. The aroma is crazy,cut literally smells like a grasshopper pie or a candy cane covered in milk chocolate. Some very herbal notes in the nose as well.

The taste is sort of sour, what? An infection? Some more herbal mint with a little sweet too in the taste, bizarre. Tart candy cane, with a bit of mint m and m. Very strange. The feel is very weird for a stout, it's like a wild ale in the feel, not stout like in feel.

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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout from South Shore Brewery
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