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 rayjay
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from the SectretBunny.07 BIF from bwyker. It's a computer-printout label with no gub'ment warnings. No date.

Pours a deep black, slightly transparent, with a slightly off white head. Sweet bourbon whiskey and black malt nose, with mild phenolics. Smells very good.

There is a base beer which is a deep roasted English-style porter. A few other dimentions include a mild sourness, butter (diacetyl), Irish whiskey, and an isovaleric/sulfur note. Some of these are obviously defects, although I don't know how old this bottle is. Alcohol is well hidden. Slightly salty.

I really like the mouthfeel; very light carbonation along the lines of a cask ale. In fact, this would be a great beer for the cask. Only a tiny bit sticky, but not off-putting.

Unfortunately, I had to dump most of the bottle because it's a big glass of butter. Probably much better right from the brewery. Cheers! (907 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle consumed from my Excelsior glass. Came recommended by a shop owner of a store near me. Label also shows a 2008 World Beer Cup silver metal award...

A- Pours with a healthy light tan head that settles out to a light covering on the surface. The beer is very dark black/brown in appearance, with hints of brown light poking through at the edges.

S- The smell is pretty underwhelming for a whiskey barrel beer. Smells like an imperial porter would, perhaps with a touch of oaky barrel smell. I get a little bit of the hops coming through as well.

T- Tastes like a decent hopped porter that was aged in oak barrels. I am not really getting a whole lot of Whiskey flavor, or any of the booziness. I also get notes of chocolate, carmel, and even some vanilla/cinnamon notes.

M- Has a very nice mouth feel. I expected the beer to be a little bigger. After realizing it was less that 6% alcohol, I thought the mouthfeel was one of the better things about this beer.

D- I had to push myself a bit to drink this bottle. I opened it expecting a nice warm, full bodied, whiskey barrel beer. It was by no means undrinkable, but wasn't exactly inviting.

Probably wouldn't seek this out again, but it was a decent beer. A little light in body and whiskey for a barrel aged porter. Worth a try though, and not terribly expensive (1,332 characters)

Photo of mjaskula
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Pours dark black with a thick tan head. The head thins but doesn't go away, it leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is sweet vanilla and dark roast malts, slightly medicinal at the end. Flavor is full of roasted malts, ending with a bit of coffee flavor. An off medicinal flavor and a bit of sourness is also present. I think that this bottle is a few months old, but I'm not sure, i couldn't find a date on it. Not sure if this flavor is to be expected at any age. if it wasn't there it would be a much better beer.

Mouthfeel is fine, dries up nicely, but the medicinal flavor does not leave me wanting more. I've heard good things about this brew, and like their others, so I suspect that I got a bad bottle. (729 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a a bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice deep dark almost black colored brown with a small yet ample off white head. Really had a nice porter look to it. There is also a big whiskey barrel aroma, some scotch like vanilla characters in it that make this really inviting for the winter and colder months. Big maple roasted malts also. The flavor is a little off and tastes a bit of infection because of a sour cherry component it gets. Really nice on the palate as it's light bodied but off balanced and disjointed on the flavors. I get a little bit of whiskey and porter like qualities, but the cherry flavor puts this off. Tangy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice as this is perfectly low carbonated as should be a porter. I would like to revisit this, especially in troy at the brew pub fresh and on draft. Nice beer but not doing it like I thought it would. (870 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours mahogany with chestnut folds, a 1 finger light khaki crown, moderate retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, minor oak barrel notes, an amount of whiskey so reserved that its tinge comes off more like the beer is slightly sour from infection (it isn't) than anything, a nice amount of fruity esters from the presumably english yeast, and a touch of floral/herbal hops.

Taste: Same as the nose only watered down.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A badly crafted beer that suffers the most at the hands of the mouthfeel and minimal time given in the barrel. (700 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a small snifter. Had this on tap several times but never reviewed it.

Brown in color, ruby in the light. Moderate head and lacing.

Vanilla dominates the nose, with oak notes also.

Flavor is heavy on vanilla. The barrel notes here lack a complex bourbon tone. Other wood notes evident. Chocolate and coffee take a back seat, but are detectable. Flavorful, but not complex or robust--which is not surprising given the low ABV.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer that I prefer on draft. Interesting for a 5.75 percent ABV porter--but not for a whiskey-barrel beer. It's nice to have a barrel-aged beer that's not of a hefty ABV, though. (688 characters)

Photo of Naugled
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown, crystal clear but with a thin and quick head.

Nose is all coconut, no whiskey, just raw oak.

Flavor is nice if you like the coconut flavor in raw oak. This is an oak lovers beer, not a whiskey drinkers beer. I like whiskey and this ain't whiskey. However, the malt/hop balance is good, it's just the oak flavor that's out of balance IMO.

Mouth feel is good, clean, rich and even crisp for a bigger beer.

Over all very drinkable in spite of the raw oakiness.

I had to try this because I heard it won some award at TAP NY this year. Maybe I'll try it again some day. Perhaps I just had a young bottle. (625 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generosity of EnronCFO for this bottle

A - Deep dark brown with a slight reddish highlight. Tan head falls to skin, nice lace.

S - Rich roasted malt, some char and bourbon notes

T - The first surprise if after the first rush of roasted malt and bourbon comes a slight sour taste followed by a bitter sour aftertaste. I think there might be some infection...it's taking away from what would be a very good beer.

MF - Medium body and pretty smooth.

D - Well though certainly not bad the taste and drinkability are hurt by the sour notes that I am getting. Would love to try this one the way it was intended!! (625 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was an extra some time last year, and after rediscovering it in a box I'm opening it tonight. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a light tan foam. It has a sort of sour scent to it, as if it has a touch of infection. But the flavor is damn nice regardless.

Light whiskey notes over modestly roasted malts, with a lingering sweetness that never gets overpowering, really tasty. Light bodied, this goes down much easier than many other whiskey barrel aged beers, I guess this treatment works very well for a porter. (524 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Bottle I got from a friend who went to school near the brewery. 22 oz bottle poured into an East End pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown color with about a finger and a half of a light tan foamy head. The head settles to a cap and collar of the same color.

S - Whiskey comes out first along with oak and vanilla mixed with a nice milk chocolate aroma. A hint of licorice comes next along with a sweetness that reminded me of a light molasses scent.

T - Barrel aging isn't as prominent on the palate as it was on the nose. Chocolate and vanilla dominate the profile along with some light oak and just a bit of whiskey on the back.

M - Light-medium bodied beer that seems more light than medium bodied. Creamy though and an easy drinking beer. Medium carbonation level. Slightly dry finish.

O - I liked this one a lot for never hearing of the brewery. I was skeptical of a barrel aged beer with such a low ABV, but this was a tasty, easy drinking beer. (977 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brown with a small tan head that smells of whiskey, straight out of a barrel; smells like a shot of whiskey, yet tastes like a porter or stout, which was quite nice.

Tastes of sweet malt, bourbon and/or whiskey, smoked wood, caramel, toffee, mild citrus and some coffee (maybe burnt coffee). A very smooth and creamy beer on the tongue with no carbonation, it goes down smooth with a sweet malty, caramel, whiskey ending that has hints of alcohol showing towards the end in a good way. A very tasty beer that slides down easy after the deceptive nose and initial flavor burst.

The bourbon or whiskey appearance would normally indicate that this would be a sipper rather than one to drink straight up, but the flavor from any barrel aging was so subtle and smooth that this was easy to take down. A very nice beer that was enjoyable and which I recommend trying. (878 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra from aerozeppl. Served in a taster glass at the September Goose Island gathering.

A - A nice finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the fringes.

S - Sharp whiskey and light oak, vanilla, chocolate, and perhaps a bit of soapiness to it. I was initially skeptical of a barrel-aged beer with such low alcohol, but this is surprisingly tasteful.

T - Taste is more chocolate and vanilla, with less of the barrel influence showing. There's light whiskey bite in the finish, but minimal oak flavor. Mild astringency and a hint of oxidation in the finish.

M - Creamy medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a lightly tannic and dry finish. Quite nice actually, and not overly thinned out as a feared it might be.

D - Surprisingly solid beer. It'd be hard to drink a bomber of this on your own, even though it's fairly low in ABV. Still, it was plenty enjoyable for 8-12oz. (981 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from a trading partner. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This brew pours a 95% opaque black two finger head, thanks to a SDTM pour. The bourbon's faintly noticeable, but there's a decent amount of coffee in the nose. The taste isn't domintated by the bourbon, but it's there, and it's a nice addition. There's a lot of coffee, vanilla, and toasted malt in the flavor. Really a good mix. The mouthfeel is a bit on the astringent side, but it's not overbearing. Finishes off smooth, leaving the bourbon behind. Very decent beer. Would have again. (572 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown. Light does penetrate most of the beer's body. Head is a spoonful of tan fluff.

S-The whiskey notes are evident right away. Oak and a dollop of vanilla as well. Brown malt with roast.

T-Whiskey is well proportioned. It's probably the most noticeable aspect of the flavor. Roast and some light chocolate flavor. Vanilla. Oak.

M-Feels fuller than the ABV would suggest. It's creamy. More booze than there should be.

O-A non-Imperial barrel aged beer that maintains enough whiskey flavor to keep my interest. It has it's flaws but it's a tasty beer overall. (577 characters)

Photo of Sam21
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery for ~$3.50. Poured into snifter.

Appearance – Dark brown that shows a mahogany body when held to the light. Tight tan head that recedes to a thin cap. Light spots of lacing here and there, although the second pour yields a bit more.

Smell – Soft caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee build a foundation. Whiskey barrel aging is noticeable, but not overly so. Sweet vanilla, wood, and a bit of whiskey. Well rounded.

Taste – Roasted malt, hints of coffee, and caramel enter first priming the taste buds for what’s to come. There are nice additions of oak and vanilla partway through that increase the depth of complexity. The whiskey itself comes out in the finish adding a woody boozy bite that blends nicely with the sweet foundation that sets its stage. Nice long finish with a melody of oak and coffee lingering nicely on the tongue. The hops add a little bitterness, but are subdued for the most part.

Mouthfeel – Solid medium body with smooth and lightly prickly carbonation. Dependable.

Drinkability – Well-balanced, complex, and quaffable. For those that love barrel aged beers, but get tired of the high ABVs, this may be the beer for you. Browns gets it done yet again. (1,240 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at The Man of Kent in Hoosick Falls,NY,poured a deep dark brown nearly black with creamy one finger slight off white head atop.Aromas were pretty light just light vanilla and roasted notes,the oak flavors come out more in the flavors somewhat woody and highly roasted the vanilla tones are tame wich I like its not like so many wood aged beers that are just overpowered with woody flavors.Creamy easy going down mouthfeel a nice beer to have with lunch,I was hoping to have on cask but nitro was fine. (514 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Was listed as Barrel aged.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark amber brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: oak and whiskey

Taste: oak, whiskey, chocolate, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, smooth

Drinkability: A sipper. The oak is done well. It is not too overpowering as to lose the porter taste. This beer is incredibly smooth. One or two per sitting, but a very good job. (459 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Clear, dark mahogany body with a creamy finger of off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Chocolate, oak, crackers, vanilla, glazed doughnut. A hint of whiskey, licorice. Delicate and complex.

T: All the complex notes from the nose condense into a simple, sweet, boozy assault. Lots of chocolate and oak. Quite tasty and direct.

M: Smooth, somewhat thin body with light carbonation. Ok

O: Solid beer. Nothing spectacular, but very satisfying. I do wish that the whiskey flavors were more evident, but we can't have it all, can we? Thanks for sharing, Tony!

Cheers! (652 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to thickfreakness for this one.

This pours medium brown with slight highlights, a nice one finger head rising and falling leaving no lace. On the nose there are toasted malts, caramel, dry oak, and a decent hit of very restrained whiskey. It's a porter aged in barrels, but obviously not for too long, imparting much more dry oak than vanilla or booze. In the mouth, the roasted and caramel malts come out most, with dry oak more in the medium finish than elsewhere. The body is medium, a bit thin and unsatisfying on the palate. I wasn't expecting a huge stout, but this is getting towards Diet Coke territory for me.

Overall, this might be the closest thing to a barrel aged session beer I've ever encountered. The short time spent in barrels here added just a little extra dimension to a pretty good tasting base beer. This isn't even in the same neighborhood as the more gigantic barrel bombs I'm familiar with. A nice diversion, especially if Brown's wanted to bulk up the body just a bit. (1,003 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours dark brown with long lived off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of coffee, caramel malt, dark fruit and whisky. Body is medium and smooth. Caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, whisky and hint of hops combine on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Interesting tasty porter. (324 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice whiskey notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of whiskey, some chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first brew from Brown's and it's pretty tasty. Don't see too many Whiskey Porter's in the under 6% ABV range. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. (526 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip. Body is brownish with ruby highlights. A small tan head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Nose is dominated by the oak. Hint of booze underneath, but mainly oak.

T: First impression: nice balance. Roasted malted barley with a touch of smoke is balanced by oaky astringency and some bourbon. Almost gave it a 4.5.

M: Medium in heft, but feels lighter than expected, if that makes sense.

D: Very good. (454 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)

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)

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Brown's Whiskey Porter from Brown's Brewing Company
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