Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LauraAlberts on 07-02-2009

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Ratings:
130
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 37
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. Faint hints of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edges.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging along with hints of dark malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Notes of warming from the bourbon barrel aging are also noticeable.
O: This stout isn't that difficult to drink and has nice flavors fo bourbon from the barrel aging process. No alcohol is perceptible.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso brown color and a modest tan cap that hangs around as a ringlet and leaves a few wisps behind

Smell: Subtle wafts of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla

Taste; Opens with a black bread and chocolate flavor that is quickly joined by the soft bourbon and vanilla aspectsa; some dark fruit joins in as well; after the swallow, the biurbon grows slightly more pronounced though the overall effect is understated

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasure to drink; subtle flavors and well-disguised alcohol

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into old guardian glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color is a deep brown, near black. Head fades to a thick ring, but doesn't leave much lace.

Aroma: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate notes. Very sweet profile.

Taste: Roasted, almost burnt malts. Very rich still. Caramel with warm bourbon and sweet caramel. Burnt sugar flavors with vanilla. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a slight warmness to it. Lighter bodied for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is pretty great but the body is the big disappointment for me. I like the flavors but I wish it was thicker. I also could have gone for a bit more bourbon flavors in this beer. Still, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Sexual Chocolate release in February 2010.

Poured into my mini snifter. Color is black with a tan head and a touch of lacing. The nose brings some really nice notes from the bourbon-barrel aging, with bourbon, oak, and vanilla coming through along with some chocolate and roast. Taste is mostly bourbon and chocolate in a really nice combination. Good heavy feel. I preferred this to Sexual Chocolate and was really glad to have tried it.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily my favorite of the barrel aged beers I have had from Foothills.Poured near jet black with a deep brown hue when held up to some light,a thinner but well retained tannish colored head atop.Aromas of bourbon/vanilla and chocolate really stand out,its almost like a dessert in a glass- type aroma.Deep bourbon notes melded with fudge/chocolate,a great combination,there is a enough earthy drying in the finish to make it not only rich but drinkable.Smooth as hell and rich,I really liked this beer alot.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown bordering on jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some subtle dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall thin sudsy light tan head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon with some lighter notes of oak and coffee.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with moderate flavors of roasted malts that quickly has the coffee and dark chocolate flavors take over. All of the that pales in comparison to the strong flavors of bourbon with lighter notes of oak and vanilla. There are light to moderate amounts of bitterness but they fade quickly with the bourbon flavors.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly on the thin side with some light notes of alcohol warming towards the finish.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink, especially for a BA stout, and the bourbon aromas/flavors really complement the base beer. Very enjoyable and one I would gladly consume when I came across it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Foothills Brewing Company on 12/12/09 during the Olde Rabbits Foot release.

Pours pitch black, with a thin covering of brunt mocha colored head. Retains with some rich bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving mostly spotty lacing and some brown oily residues behind. Bourbon is pretty strong here in the aroma, but luckily isn't overbearing, with some equally assertive notes from the Stout of dark chocolate roast, caramel, coffee, and maybe a touch of some dark fruity tones. Overall, this leaves, a sticky, woody, and boozy feel behind in the nose, which I'm really digging.

The taste starts with a thick base of chocolate, coffee, and dark roastiness. The bourbon is well integrated here, giving this some extra sticky notes of vanilla and burnt molasses. Leftover tannins and wood stick in the finish, which has a VERY dry and spicy lingering feel going on with it. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge creaminess to the proceedings that spreads out across the palate. There is maybe just a touch of slickness from the barrel but for the most part, this retains that big mouth-filling feel to it. There's definitely some warmth going on with this, both from the ABV and bourbon character, but I found that just taking my time with it kept the palate from getting fatigued out.

The Total Eclipse was a great choice to put in a barrel, with its rich flavors and depth being more than up to the task of complimenting that added strength from the bourbon and wood character. Lots of spice & dryness here from those Pappy Win Winkle barrels. It was real pleasure to be able to try this version. Great stuff!

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The final in the trio of offerings from Foothills that I was just insanely anxious to try. This a new takes on an old favorite.
 
The pour was the best I saw all day for a stout, hands down. Rich and completely black with a huge towering head on the top that would not quit. Spilling over the sides it left everything just completely soaked and sticky with a thin chocolate covered film. A wonderful mess indeed. Rich notes of bourbon and Vanilla welcome you in on this one and play off each other nicely. Warming lets a touch of the chocolate underneath peak its head up but not as much as I would have liked, still, very nice. As I take a sip, it crashes over the palate. Richness that is well served to say the least. Creamy and full bodied the deep chocolate and roasted malts interact with vanilla and a leather and tobacco note making it all so smooth and full that it was absurd. Enormous flavor here that was simply hard to withstand. I really could have just sat there with a glass of this all day, it seemed to really come together quite well. Long and very sweet finish had nice hints of molasses and vanilla leaving me looking around to find out just what had happened.
 
Overall solid as could be. It appears they cannot go wrong with aging their offerings. Very impressed with what was going on here and rightfully so. A lot of time went into these and it really shows. Very well done.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at 2010 SC Day, 2/6/2010.

a - Poured a very dark brown, almost black, with about a finger of a lighter brown head. Decent retention.

s - Smelled of bourbon and chocolate, as well as small hints of vanilla and oak.

t - Taste was similiar to smell, largely of chocolate, roasted malts, and bourbon. Also taste a little bit of vanilla.

m - Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this feels very smooth and creamy.

d - Overall I liked this stout a lot. I enjoyed the smooth/creamy taste of chocolate, bourbon, and malts and thought that this was a very balanced, more subdued stout than some others I tried this weekend. I thought the balance of bourbon and other flavors, mainly chocolate, as well as a lower ABV than Sexual Chocolate, made this a great and very drinkable stout.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Brandon for sending this one out to me in a trade recently.

A: The pour is a dark brown color, nearly black, with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. The bourbon provides a nice booze note and some oak, too.

T: The roasted character is quite intense on the palate, giving off an almost charred flavor. Underneath there is a good chocolate flavor, some hints of caramel and vanilla, and bourbon.

M: The body is a little on the thin side from an imperial stouts. A moderate carbonation to go with it.

D: A pretty nice imperial stout, though I would have actually preferred a bit more bourbon character (surprisingly).

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a thin, filmy, tan, clingy head. Nose of smooth chocolate, boozy bourbon, woody notes, vanilla crème, and rich mocha. Flavors are bourbon forward, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone. Smooth and balanced, with woody highlights, hints of coffee bitterness, and crème highlights. Deep and layered; smooth throughout. Boozy and vanilla highlights on an otherwise cocoa aftertaste, with a subtle warmth building. Smooth, bittersweet linger in the finish. Damn good brew!

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Photo of BEER88
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill into a FW tulip.

pours a pitch black with a small head. smell is slight bourbon...not bad. taste is again slightly bourbon with a good malty backbone. bourbon is slight and not overwhelming. body is medium and low in carbonation.

overall pretty impressive..

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Macs Steel Creek.
Opaque black/brown pour with a thin layer of tan head.

Served waaay to cold, hoping that's why the nose was so muted. Malt cocoa, light vanilla. Not much barrel speak of.

More barrel presence immediately in the taste. Roast malt, chocolate, vanilla caramel and oak blend well. Caramel and oaky barrel dominate the finish.

The carbonation keeps it just shy of being creamy. Nice medium body. No alcohol presence. Still, another barrel aged stout from Foothills that I prefer the regular, the other being SC.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.15 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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