Brown's Whiskey Porter - Brown's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 108
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 5.96%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drseamus on 03-31-2007

Brewed with caramel, chocolate and domestic 2-row pale malts, Cascade and Willamette hops and aged in whiskey barrels for a minimum of 2 months.
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Photo of sraimondi
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A--Dark brown, opaque coloring, not much light comes through. Very small head which dissipates quickly. Very little spot lacing.

S--Whiskey notes prevail, with some brown sugar notes, very slight.

T--WOW! This one is very complex, whiskey (mostly bourbon) dominates at the front, but unlike many barrel aged beers, it gives way to the base beer's characteristics, porter in this case, with some hops' bitterness in the finish. Extremely balanced, especially for a barrel aged brew. One of the best tasting beers I have ever had, for real.

MF--Interesting. At first it seems a bit thin, then fullness becomes evident. Not sure what hops they use, but it brings a near-perfect balance in the finish.

D--Unlike many barrel aged beers, which seem to emit a "hot" finish, this one is under 6% ABV. Again the balance is evident.

I picked this one up at Halftime in Poughkeepsie. I'll be there again next weekend, so I'm going to pick up a case. If any of you are whiskey or barrel beer people, you have to opick this one up. It is truly an exceptional brew.

Steve (1,101 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. Brought it back from a trip to Brown's in the bottle. Amazing. It has a nice dark brown color with a beautiful caramel colored head. The smell is sweet with the hint of whisky over dark roasted malts and a nutty aroma. The taste is exceptional. It is a complex flavor with the taste of roasted malts and a hint of whisky and nuts. The aftertaste is excellent - very dark roasted flavor with a clean sweet finish. Very good mouthfeel and very drinkable. This may be Brown's best beer they make. (522 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler while visiting family. This is one of my favorite beers, by far. Poured in a pint glass, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring, almost black in the deepest points. The brew starts with a thick, chunky, airy head that starts around three inches and quickly settles into a thin film. Good level of bubbles throughout the brew, and there is a decent lacing on the glass. Nose is extremely robust and round, with a strong mocha chocolate backbone, a hint of coffee bitter, and a good overtone of rich vanilla from the barrel aging. Flavor is coffee initially, with a rich, creamy vanilla and whiskey hue, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Body stays rich and creamy throughout, with a great feel for the flavors. The aftertaste is roasted coffee and chocolate, and the finish is creamy and slick. Tremendous brew! (840 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a translucent brown color. Not nearly as dark as I thought this was going to be. There was a touch of brown lacing that quickly retreated to the rim of my glass.

S: Tons of oak. You really smell the wood in this beer then the whiskey. Really enjoyable usually a barrel aged beer smells like the spirit that was in the barrel beforehand. This had quite a bit of porter in it.

T: The barrel/whiskey really went well with this beer. The balance was outstanding. You actually got more oak than whiskey. This is not that big a beer so I thought it would get buried by the barrel but it really shined.

M: Almost had a cask like mouthfeel. Super light on the tongue. Carbonation was perfect.

D: We split the bomber and one could easiely drink this by themselves. Massive taste with a very reasonable ABV. Well done Browns. (829 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of 2009. Almost forgot about it. Glad I did!!!

A- Deep dark brown porter that shines ruby red when held right up to the light. Poured into a Tulip glass, nice head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- Vanilla and apple pie spice jump forward. A little bit of wood and alcohol... chocolate, coffee and caramel notes follow.

T- Sweet vanilla, honey and cocoa... A touch of burnt char with no alcohol bite. It sure has mellowed over the last year. Caramel sticks to the tongue... Gets better as it gets warmer... Just a touch of bittering hops at the end. You can really taste the wood... friggin' delicious!!!

M- Vanilla, malt and wood really coat your mouth and stick around. Not very viscous, but few porters ever are.

D- So smooth and easy to drink! Perfect match for a sweet honey BBQ'd glazed Venison tenderloin, or Maple/Pecan glazed turkey breast! (876 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass. the beer pours a clear cola brown with creamy beige head.
Aroma is bourbon and sweet, with caramel and some chocolate powder mixing in, also some dry oak wooden notes. First sip reveals an average body and silky smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. Quite easy to drink as it rolls across my palate. Flavor is malty with caramel and rich bourbon, some chocolate as well, with no hops anywhere to be found.
The beer is sweet but not cloying and the bourbon notes are strong causing anticipation of some heat, but it isnt there. Nice smooth brew that any true malty will love! (634 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

APPEARANCE

Nice and dark. It's not quite pitch black, as there's some brownish-red light that pokes through a little bit. The head was about a finger, and is mocha-latte colored. It left some really nice lacing as I drank this brew.

SMELL

Whoa! This is intense - lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. There's some nice whiskey aroma, which brings some oak and some toasted coconut. There's some really nice roasty notes and some slight coffee. This is unexpectedly great smelling.

TASTE

This follows the nose very closely, though not nearly as intense. Lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee, toasted coconut, and vanilla. On one hand, it's very complex. On the other, it's a little watery. I think they could increase the recipe's malt bill a little bit. That being said - wow this is tasty. Nothing is overpowering, and everything seems to work really well together.

MOUTHFEEL

As i said for the taste, it's a bit watery. The mouthfeel is medium, and there isn't much carbonation which makes it feel a little bigger. It's incredibly drinkable for a beer with this much going on.

OVERALL

This is really nice! It's sort of like a light version of a barrel aged stout. It's got all of this great whiskey-barrel character while being an easy-drinking brew - weird! I'm glad I got the chance to try this beer, and I'd definitely like to have it again.

Cheers. (1,398 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of creamy offwhite head that mostly dissipates but leaves a small lingering layer on top of the brew, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: great scent, nice maple and caramel notes, great deep malt backing

T: nice light syrup like taste, slight woody taste from the whiskey barrel aging

D/M: drinks smoothly but slightly heavy, warms the pallet, very slight carbonation tingle, overall loved the brew (453 characters)

Photo of GarrettMD
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfect black color with 1 finger of very light tan head. Stays around for a bit.

S - I can smell it from a few feet away from the glass. Slight hints of whiskey with a nice rounded roasted malt base with chocolate. As I get closer to the glass, the whiskey becomes increasingly more prominent. Whiskey, leather, and what smells sort of like Brett but I know it isn't dominate. What chocolate aromas there were from far away are gone.

T - There's where the chocolate, coffee, and general roasted malts went. Still dominated by the whiskey, but perfectly balanced with sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, black patent malts, and that still subtle brett/leather aspect. Very well rounded flavor.

M - Heavy body, light carbonation, very smooth. Doesn't coat your mouth like you would expect with something that has this much flavor, but it does leave a very nice lingering aftertaste of whiskey and vanilla with hints of nuts.

O - I have lived in Troy for 4 years and haven't had this beer until today. I have wasted 4 years. (1,028 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Brown's in Troy, NY.

Dark brown pour, bronze. Light brown head forms, about one inch. Not much lacing.

Smells like whiskey, chocolate, and oak.

Tastes pretty similar- strong chocolate flavors, with subtle and well-integrated whiskey flavors. Oak and vanilla come through as part of the aging process. There is a more subtle presence than a typical BA beer, because of the shorter time in the barrels. However, there is still a surprising amount of rich whiskey and vanilla flavor for such a low ABV beer. One of the most drinkable BA beers I've ever had. Really easy to finish the bomber down.

Medium to slightly thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.

About as close to a session barrel-aged dark beer as you can get. Really impressive how they can cram in a ton of flavor to a lower abv porter. Of course, it's not as thick or bourbon forward as a lot of big BA stouts and porters, but that's not what it's trying to be at all. For what it's trying to be, it's damn near perfect. (999 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours shiny black with a thin tan, foamy, lasting head. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of dark, slightly smoky, malt with a touch of whiskey and wood.

The taste is of dark, slightly smoky, sweet malt, leaning towards chocolate. Whiskey and vanilla notes mix in nicely. Subtle smokiness gives it a nice balance. Smooth and creamy in a medium body.

Incredible smoothness and delicious flavor just begs for more. Nice subtle complexities. Easy to drink and is versatile enough to accompany a burger, have with desert, or just enjoy on its own. (567 characters)

Photo of ironbike1
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer has been calling me from the shelf at the store for a long time. Poured into a basic nonic pint.
Excellent dark brown very hard to see through color with an off white head about 1/2" thick. The head slowly fades throughout the drink leaving a nice ring all the way down to the last drop.
Smell is chocolates, and caramles with a smokeyness and then the whiskey scent is so very light in the back drop. Just how I like it. Not strong to the nose but still there.
Taste is very robust and full of flavor while being light on the mouth (no alcohol burn like some barrel aged beers). The whiskey is very well hidden yet you can taste a little coming through the chocolate and caramel flavors, they blend perfect.

Overall this is an excellent porter & one you can easily drink the entire 22oz bottle in a sitting, running in at 5.75% it is not a head crusher like most barrel aged beers.
A must try for porter fans, get a bottle if you can. I will buy another bottle next time I am in the store. Even though I am trying to stay away from bombers this one is easy on the wallet and very drinkable. (1,108 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It is an English Porter that is aged in Jack Daniels barrels. It pours nice and dark with no head. The aroma has some light roasted malt but a good amount of sweetness as well. The flavor is great and is similar to the aroma. There is a good roasty flavor with a good smooth sweetness from the whiskey. It is on the upper end of medium bodied from the sweetness and has great drinkability. (411 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours darkest brown with 2 fing. dark beige head that hangs in there for the ride Beautifully opaque. Nice.

It's a med. aroma, complex, whiskey, caramel floral hop, oak, vanilla, even some hints of coffee, quite inviting.

Lotta whiskey in the sip, beginning to end, luckily plenty of flavors along for the ride, and the mix is exceptional. All the flavors in the nose, presented cleanly and lusciously into a finish that still features the whiskey barrel notes, but nice balancing flavors with it, an excellent finish.

Mouthfeel is right on for style, low/med. carb. good cling, refreshingly light in mouth, good clear out, wonderful finish.

Drinkability is dangerously good.

Biggest surprise of the season for me, this "local" beer is incredible. (752 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a natural syrup consistency with a light brown head and good lacing.

Smells great, light whisky scent that is not overpowering, nice earthy oak scent with
Maltiness. I couldn't wait to taste this one.

Tastes very similar to its scent, nice and light for a porter but has great complexity for its ABV
Whisky hints are there, but not so much as to be overpowering.
Nice chocolate malt taste and light patent malt. Aftertaste reminds me of a maple syrup

Medium mouthfeel, light and crisp for a porter

This beer is delicious, I can't wait for more, thanks to my sister for bring some home (595 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown-black color with about a half finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a small ring and leaves behind only a touch of lacing.

S - The aroma has a lot of oak and vanilla elements to it. There is also a rich roasted malt aroma that goes along with the oak.

T - Starts out with a really powerful malt and oak flavors. This transitions to other elements such as vanilla, whisky, and coffee flavors. The finish reveals just a touch of hop bitterness followed by a more sweet toned down whisky finish.

M - Medium-light bodied and a low level of carbonation that really allows the flavor to shine. The beer feels really crisp and light on the tongue and smooth all the way through.

D - Very drinkable beer. Has a nice balance of feeling light but still having a lot of flavor and not feeling empty at all. The flavors are very well balanced and overall the beer is very smooth. (915 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on Cask as part of their Cask Thursdays

A-Deep black, one finger bubbly head

S-Whiskey, chocolate and caramel

T-Some whiskey, good deal of chocolate, some roasted malt. As it warms Vanilla pokes through.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation also not as creamy as I was expecting.

O-First review of a cask beer, it did have the notes of being on cask but it seemed to add an oak flavoring to the beer above all else. (425 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy mahogany brew. What head there is lasts nicely, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Taste is a quick whiskey character to start along with ample dark sweetness, dark fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a lightly boozy tartness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with the tart prickles, and drinkability is good. Very interesting brew, I'd like it better without the tart, but there it is. (551 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours close to black with a tan head about 1.5 finger widths with pretty good retention
S-chocolate, caramel, oak, cola and a nice roasted/smokey aroma. The whiskey is apparent, but not up front, comes more in the form from the oak and caramel characteristics. Nice and complex
T-Caramel and chocolate create a sweet flavor immediately (which brings in the sort of cola flavor that lingered in the aroma). Great oak and smokey flavor, pretty well balanced beer.
M- Medium to full bodied and very smooth
O- A pleasant beer. Has nice characteristics from the whiskey but still maintains the boldness of a porter. Well crafted. (628 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a quarter inch eggshell head. Aromas of mildly roasted malts with caramel and chocolate. Lots of wood in there as well with a nice mellow kiss of whiskey that is in no way overdone. Quite nice.

First sip brings crisp malts, lightly roasted with a swirl of chocolate and caramel. Lots of wood in the flavor as well with a mellow sweetness. Whiskey is there but mild and not at all overpowering which is somewhat a nice change of pace for a barrel aged beer (albeit it is only aged 2 months in the barrel). Smooth finish. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side with solid carbonation that makes this what I would call a session barrel aged porter. Quite tasty and I would imbibe in this more often if I was able to purchase it locally. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this tasty brew! (854 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sort of opaque-translucent reddish brown beer sits in the glass, and a pretty active carbonation builds up a small light tan head that sits firmly on top. It lasts most of the way and doesn't fade much, leaving a thick foam. Deposits of patchy lacing with spidery legs remain on the glass as it's emptied.
This is a boozy beer in the aroma more than in the flavor. There's not quite the same complexity I can get from sipping, as the alcohol almost overshadows the deeper, more subtle notes. I do get plenty of wood and a touch of earth along with just a bit of dark fruits. A hint of a vanilla-like sweetness can also be found. Malts are fairly strong but don't shine.
In the taste, however, much more is allowed to come out. The boozy aspect remains but drops underneath a very nice complexity of flavors. Sweetness that abounds without being cloying is primarily vanilla but with a ghost of dark fruits. Some roasted notes allow the malts to come out more strongly and form a bed for the subtler notes to rest on. This is exceptionally "oaky," very woody,which I like a lot and coincides with the brewer's intent. Earthiness comes out that's not as much the peaty aspect of, say, a scotch ale. This isn't a huge beer and proves itself as a porter.
The body is medium, and the highly alcoholic aspect manages to stop short of astringency, which can be a problem with aging a beer in a barrel of something like whiskey. It's just crisp enough and flows just smoothly enough to make for easy sipping. (1,502 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a nearly opaque brown color with one finger of tan head. The retention was good especially as a collar and the lacing scattered. The aroma was surprisingly subtle, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of whiskey barrel wood. The flavors were damn tasty, full or roasted malt, chocolate malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, whiskey, wood and hints of vanilla. The sweeter notes lead me to believe the whiskey used was bourbon and the bite of the bourbon really came through. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation perfect. (598 characters)

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a wild rollercoaster ride this beer is! Stay away if you are easily intimidated by BOLD beers.

Had on tap, out of a growler and out of the bottle. Been drinking this for three years now. Just won "Best Beer in NY" and yet at the same time placed "Second Best Beer in Hudson Valley" at the recent TAP NY beer fest. Ah NY - go figure!

This beer changes tastes depending upon the brand of "whiskey" barrel pieces used. IMO opinion, the first year was the best. Still, this is one BIG, wild and uneven beer, Kudos for your successful experimention. One of Brown's best. (577 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JSBILK for throwing this bottle in our last trade box -- thanks, Justin! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky, dark brown that isn't fully opaque ; rather, I can see through at the very outer edges. A creamy beige cap of head sits atop the brew, with some nice retention.

S - A very caramelly aroma, with some vanilla in there as well. They whiskey comes across in a strange way -- it reminds me of root beer, actually. More wood character comes through as the beer warms.

T - Nice and complex. I was expecting the whiskey aging to dominate the base beer since it is only a 5.75% ABV porter. In contrast, the roast and caramel notes of the base beer carry the day, with the barrel coming through only at the close. There is also a nice bready malt aftertaste.

M - Relatively light-bodied, but pretty much what I was expecting given the style and ABV. A good amount of carbonation and a slightly drying effect on the mouth.

O - I feel like they did a very good job crafting this as a low ABV barrel-aged beer. It is often the case that I would like a barrel-aged beer, but I'm reluctant due to the high amount of alcohol. I could see this filling in nicely, especially if they put it in 12 oz. bottles. (1,245 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lis and Dustin for bringing me this bottle for my B-day! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a thin brown-black with some soapy quickly falling khaki head.

Nose is fairly muted and has the typical roasted malt aroma of any solidly made American porter. Some faint oak toast and a hint of vanilla, but nothing that screams whiskey-barrel.

My first sip tastes exactly like a Chocolate-covered Pretzel. A little doughy, a little salty, a little bitter-sweet chocolate note. Wow. Ok, moving on. There's a nice acidity there that a classic porter should have (I think). A nice light- to medium-light body and a little roasted coffee flavors, some vanilla bean, and that pretzel dough thing. Just crazy.

Notes: A very drinkable BA-ed porter. It succeeds at both being a decent porter and at integrating the barrel flavors without white-washing the beer. Not an "extreme" barrel-aged brew, but a nice one for sure. (933 characters)

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