Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by infestaxion on 08-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
2.86/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served into a snifter on site

A - a medium brown small head, 1/2 finger, which dissolves before you can blink. the body is pitch black. head and body are the right colour, but not nearly enough of foam.

S - very strongly brewed coffee, maybe espresso, with a huge whiff of bourbon. the alcohol has no problem cutting through the coffee veneer of the nose. roasted or almost burnt malt notes in the mid ground. the scent of this beer is way too one sided; its this bold coffee, that then gets cut in half by a huge boozy blade. by the time I can discern the malts I am already burnt out on the cheap smelling bourbon.

T - yeah, wow, thats basically like having a shot of ten high or some other equally cheap whiskey and then following it with a chocolate liqueur. I asked why the hell it tastes so powerful and the answer was that they casked the beer in the barrels the day after they had been emptied; this would explain the almost unbearable strength of the whiskey. the initial taste is basically whiskey, and some muted malts. the finish is a chalky kind of chocolate with the bourbon ripping all the way down my throat. so basically malts and whiskeys fighting all the way down. the aftertaste is a bit more chocolate than whiskey, but the rest of the drinking stages are so dominated by the bourbon it is hard realize if the taste of bourbon is actually there or if it is just residual. maybe they should have let the barrels dry out, or rinse them out, or soak them in water: the taste of the bourbon is far too strong and really hurts the beer. asides from that, the beer is far too simple. having only chocolate, whiskey, and some fleeting malts is fine, but the character of these elements is quite one sided, they have no depth beyond what their basic flavour.

MF&D - way too thin. the massive carbonation does nothing to build up the crippled body. the body is a simple medium light viscosity, and the only way it makes up to the medium is by having a bunch of carbonation. asides from that, this beer doesnt really taste all that great. It would have to be really freaking cold outside for me to be able to want another one of these guys.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Thorpe429
1.61/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a non-offensive moderate brown color, toward the darker end of the spectrum. No real head or lacing to speak of. Holy crap is there a lot of hot, hot bourbon in the nose. Nothing really else to speak of. The taste and feel are much worse as it's no longer bourbon, but just straight alcohol that takes this over. I believe they had just put it on tap, so maybe it wasn't ready yet, but wow was this just completely undrinkable.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.25/5  rDev +46%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Black with a tan head that fades quickly but leaves a very nice lacing.

S - Strong bourbon on the nose followed by vanilla and a touch of toffee. Surprisingly little chocolate.

T - Again strong on the bourbon. The vanilla and oak come through very nicely. The chocolate comes through in the finish along with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - It's a bit thin for the style. When a stout is thin I like it to have some good carbonation and this doesn't have enough to make up for it.

D - For a bourbon stout this is easy to drink. Which is good because I had to hurry and drink it to catch Los Campesinos!

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Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.91 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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