Beastie Barrel Stout | Barley Island Brewing Company

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Beastie Barrel StoutBeastie Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Oatmeal Stout aged in Buffalo Trace barrels."

Added by roadhouse on 10-24-2008

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 62
Photo of kstrickler
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had several beers tonight and this is going to be my last one. The head was a very dark caramel in color appearnce that was 1/8 thick in my snifter. I am quite surprised at the minimal taste of bourbon barrel compared to GI BCS. Although this beer is a very fresh beer for being a 2008 bottle. I am pleased to have a few of these in my collection so I can age it for another year or two and see the difference in taste.

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Photo of Cresant
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date but I've had this maybe a year. The old cliche of used motor oil applies here. Dark brown/black body with a dense chocolaty head. A thick cap remained throughout.

Smell was not subtle or complex, just cocoa powder and coffee.

Taste was light sweetness with a nice bitter chocolate aftertaste. Oak. Drying woodiness. Very subtle bourbon hints.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Zippy carbonation. Rich. Better than expected. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Overlord
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Bitterpachyderm (!).

Pours a nice, deep black with brownish edging and a huge dark tan foam head. Gorgeous pour.

Smell is of roasted malt, some cocoa, some vanilla, and a bit of molasses. not much chocolate, coffee, or bourbon in the nose.

Taste is more complex than the smell. There's a sour tinge to the roasted malt that I assume is from the oatmeal, along with a bit of coffee, some sweet cocoa/chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. There really isn't much in terms of barrel aging to this. I guess maybe a tad bit of bourbon ... or maybe not ... Really the barrel aging hasn't done much, but it's a solid stout nontheless.

Nice creamy mouthfeel.

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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I over did it a bit as my pour creates a three finger beautiful chocolate brown head that creeps over the top of the glass and onto the table. Body is used oil blackness. Nose is of soured dark fruit and smoked maltiness. Silky and rich all at once as you take first sip. Full of coco, burnt malt, dark slightly soured fruit and bitter coffee. The bourbon doesn't really show up except to smooth this beer out. It is quite smooth and thick on the palate. A sweetness does show up on the back half of the tongue as you drink. Overall exceptional drinkability to this brew. Mouthfeel is big rich and creamy. Better than I remember from the original version of their barrel aged stout but this may be a whole new version which I believe it is.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a fairly shallow foamy dark brown head that fades quickly to surface, with stringy patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is really nice; substantial, sweet malty, chocolate, licorice. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium-full bodied, creamy and lightly coating. Very smooth; a nice compliment to the flavors. The lightly roasted nutty oatmeal taste is a real winner. Way too easy to drink...and at 6% ABV I'd look forward to spending an evening with a few of these in the Barcalounger. Many thanks to infestaxion for this quality extra...Cheers!

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Photo of PDXHops
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BitterPachyderm for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Body is close to black. Head is 2 fingers+ of slightly reddish tinged tan fluffy foam. It reduces to a thick skim. Decent lacing.

Bourbon and oak are present in the nose, but as complimentary aromas to plenty of dark malt and general sweetness. A touch on the mild side, but pleasant.

In the mouth, the bourbon is once again restrained, a nicely proportioned sidekick to big bitter black malt and coffee flavors. A nice little sting of hops, hints of cherry and raisin. Bolder in the mouth than the nose would have led me to expect.

Mouthfeel is full, coating and creamy. Lightish carbonation works really well.

Overall impression: Really nice stout, one of my favorite local surprises I've received in a trade.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at local BA gathering.

Poured a clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roast coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Another good smooth brew.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short creamy tan head.

Scent of oak, oats, chocolate, and some earth. Not bad, balanced well with a nice oak and bourbon character, but it could stand to be a bit stronger.

Taste of chocolate, oak, oats, and roasted malts. A sessionable barrel aged stout, I like this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used this one as a night cap to end the evening. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/06/2009.

The pour was the best part as the deep and dark brown liquid was nearly opaque except for some light touches peeking in around the sides and the bottom of the glass. Really quite nice looking though as the tan head quickly reached a height of nearly two inches before settling back down into a thin wispy puff on top that lasted well into the rest of the session. Light bourbon and vanilla on the aroma, but not as heavy as I would have liked. Molasses, a hint of tobacco and oak as it warmed, but it lacked that really big push I was looking for. Same could be said for the flavor as smooth as it was with light vanilla and sweet notes going through it, it just needed that little extra bit to throw it over the edge and it would have made it fantastic. Still though nice smooth medium feel and easily very drinkable. I had no problem at all putting this one away.

Overall a very solid offering, if presented again I would surely go for it.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a hugely thick looking black under a small brown head. Slight retention, no lace.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate up front. Some sweetness and fruitiness. Very nice.

T: Surprisingly sweet up front, then a big hit of chocolate and espresso, with the bitter roasted character clinging to the tongue in the finish. Yummy. There is a splash of bourbon midway through tasting, but the story here is the espresso character and how it's big, but not overwhelming. Really balanced for such a bold tasting beer.

M/D: Full bodied, mostly silky but a tad bit over carbonated. Drinkability is really good for such a huge beer. I could sip on a lot of this stuff over the course of a night. Excellent beer.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.92/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark with red highlight; pours with a strong dark head that persists

S: Strong bourbon aroma with alcohol off the top - a bit of a surprise, given that it's only 6% abv.

T: Big malt flavor with prominent bourbon accent, of course. Subtly hopped. No sense of its being an oatmeal stout at all, but I won't hold that against it. I'm not rating the style. I'm rating the beer. And it's really good.

M: Complex flavor that hits a lot of the parts of the palate. The bourbon flavor predominates at the start, but the big malt character takes over. Some sweetness. Chewy.

D: Some of the bourbon-barrel beers (Goose Island's Bourbon County comes to mind) have overwhelmingly high abvs, heading into the 10 - 15% range, which means you don't drink a lot of them at a sitting. This one is extremely flavorful and NOT high in abv, so it is a highly drinkable beer.

This is a grand effort from a very small brewery (2000 bbl/yr). They also brew a bourbon barrel porter, which I'd love to find and try.

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Photo of cnally
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

semi local beer for me tonight! what a joy.

the appearance is really grand, deep balckrown with a carefully dissipating dark tan head that leaves enough to stick to the side of the glass.

nutty, malty smell, very mellow and not much of an aura to it.

very nice mellow smokiness right off the bat, the malt fades in very nicely with the smoke flavor. good taste of the hops lingering in the background, the taste mellows even more to the aftertaste, where the burnt caramel and coffee flavors come full circle.

creamy, full and filling feel. not sticky or over done, very balanced feel. perfect for this style.

I am duly impressed. really really easy to drink considering the style and that I am not a huge fan of it. this is a balanced, mellow stout that uses those characteristics to bring out the flavors subtly instead of clubbing you over the head with it. wow.

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Photo of stumac
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up super dark brown in color with a big frothy tan head. great lacing. the nose is oats, big bitter malts, charred wood. the taste is the same as the nose but with big sweet malts, subtle sour taste from the barrel, full bodied, medium carbo. Never heard of this brewery before now. Good brew

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black, like a stout should, into my trusty Unibroue tulip glass.

Generous tan head that quickly fades giving way to some lacing.

Faint aroma - a tinge of bourbon.

First sip, an oatmeal stout? Where's the mouthfeel? Very underwhelming. A bit upset I provided this as an extra in a trade without first tasting.

Label description says "richly flavored stout." I beg to differ. If not for a hint of bourbon aroma, this would be a stout with very little flavor.

Halfway in I totally loose aroma and the finish is becoming more watery.

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Photo of Drew966
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beastie Barrell Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is too mild, maybe a touch of cocoa is present. The flavor has some cocoa notes, caramel is definitely noticeable and I taste some oak, but no bourbon (this is supposed to be a bourbon stout). Not bad, but there are better versions of bourbon stouts out there.

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with an erupting head of mocha that fades into a foamy topper with nice lacing behind.

Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruits. Nice.

Not overly complex but easy drinking with a nice roasty character. Chocolatey with some light coffee grind notes. Slight anise, with a good amount of bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, and other dark fruits and a little smokey character.

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Photo of nick76
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very much what I like in a stout. Its got chocolate, toasted malt, coffee, and just the right amount of sweetness. The appearance is dark brown with a nice tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth but not as thick as I would like. The beer is overall very good.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark color with decent head, but almost no lacing. Nice scent, agood burnt grain/coffee aromas, although the bourbon aroma takes away the sweetness of the oatmeal that I find in the regular oatmeal stout. A nice combination of flavors, but again, it's overpowered a bit by the bourbon barrel. The usual smoothness is also detracted by the barreling.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color, damn near black. There's a very nice, frothy brown head. Smell is very roasted coffee and some chocolate. No hint of the bourbon barrel at all.
Taste is very much all coffee. Again, no trace of bourbon at all. This has a nice, huge and creamy mouthfeel that's very nice. Just can't get past that this isn't quite what was advertised on the bottle. If you're looking for a good, smooth, coffee stout then this is for you. If you're looking for a bourbon barrel aged stout, then you will be utterly disappointed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark black body capped by one full of inch of tannish-hued head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of creamy roastiness and notes of bakers chocolate and medium-roast coffee.

Taste: Roasty maltiness with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, coffee grinds, and fire charred sugars. Roasty, earthy bitterness. Only a faint woody and vanilla kick on the tail end of the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's kinda sorta okay in way. Yes. One of the lightest bourbon barrel jobs I've encountered in my many years of liver killing I must say.

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Photo of inhoc00
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this with their Single White Friar - not a fan. Let's see how this is.

A- Pours dark like one might expect.

S- WHOOOOAAA! Is this stout aged in bourbon or bourbon aged in stout? This is the funny thing about the whole bourbon aged genre of beers. Some beers like Old Viscosity has such a subtle bourbon to it. GI BCS is certainly more pronounced, but this is crazy. Don't know if its a good thing. Bit biased I guess since I watched Three Sheets episode in Bourbon County today. MMM Pappy ...but back to the review.

T- Yea. Defintie bourbon. Is this a beer? I mean if you like bourbon/scotch, then this is a dream. It might be just too heavy as it really mutes everything else out. I like it but nothing else there except a bit metallic taste at the end...

M- Good amount of carbonation which makes this even more wacky as its like a carbonated bourbon...

D- Only 6%. This is actually pretty drinkable...if you don't mind bourbon. Did I mention the word BOURBON in this review??? I think I like it. Its kind of a crazy beer, but I will actually remember this one and might grab it again!

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black color with a decent sized two fingers worth of creamy tan head. The nose is quite balanced with scents of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, some wood, and a touch of vanilla. The flavor profile is loaded full of roasted grain, chocolate, wood, and some bourbon on the backend of my palate. The flavors work really well here and a really nice balance without being overpowering. The mouthfeel though is a bit thin for my liking, but overall is silky smooth with moderate carbonation. At 6% I think the drinkability is fantastic on this beer and this is a well balanced stout when you are not looking for something really heavy on the body or ABV.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a nice cloudy and windy day in San Diego today so I decided to go with a stout today. This one was sent by my buddy SPLITGRIN, thanks!

Great looking beer! Dark body with two inches of milk chocolate foam on top. Excellent retention, small bubbles packed closely together. The foam settles to a thin ring.

Wonderful mocha on the nose, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted barley, sugar cookies, and oatmeal. The combination of chocolate and coffee seems to intensify as the beer settles. Some notes of molasses and brown sugar, maple syrup also in there. As great as the aroma was at the start it is now becoming a bit too reserved, still pretty good.

A little more oak on the palate, milk chocolate, cocoa, biscuit and toasted malts, with a little vinous and dark fruit flavor in the aftertaste. More roasted barley flavor on the following sips, there's also a wheat like tanginess or husky flavor. A little lemony wheat flavor on the finish.

Soft carbonation on the palate, feels smooth and almost creamy. I would like to know the abv. on this one as it seems to be on the low end, it's really easy to drink. A tad thin on the finish though.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a tarry, pitch-black with a creamy, dark-tan colored head that leaves a good amount of pretty lace webbing on the inside of the glass.

S: Aromas of toasted oats, dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla, smokey char, and a hint of tangy citrus. i didn't much care for the citrus, it seemed out of place.

T: See above and add small pinches of molassas, cherry, coffee, milk chocolate, oak barrel, and more smoke. Once again, the tart/tangy citrus seemed odd and out of place.

M: Equal parts smooth & thick and roasty & prickly. Pretty sticky and coating. Sweet and roasty finish.

D: This drinks really well. Lose the citrus and this could be killer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utterly impenetrable black, with a mocha foam that easily sticks to the glass in little bridge formations. There's a good skim on it that regenerates with a swirl. Mild cocoa and tobacco aroma, with a vague sweet hint at bourbon, but not well defined.

Very mild feel, and thin body. This distracts from the flavors, which are ok, but muted. Some subdued chocolate and roast in the aftertaste. Vague hint of oak, but not much bourbon unfortunately. It's easy enough to drink, and for a 6% bourbon stout it should be. Unfortunately it just left me wanting a Bourbon County to wash the taste out.

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