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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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 52
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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle - Pours pitch black in color with small caramel colored. Slightly below average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts and some coffee. First sip is smooth with roasted malts and coffee leading the way. There is a fairly nice malt backbone. Dark chocolate notes also presence. Very nice and drinkable. Some bourbon in the finish.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Barley Island website: "Our Oatmeal Stout is aged in bourbon whiskey barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky."

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears black in color though not quite opaque, there are some red highlights visible. One inch fluffy tan head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolatey with some coffee hints. Perhaps a bit of vanilla bean. The bourbon is not noticable at all and it's quite mild overall.

Taste starts out with lots of chocolate and roasted notes with a creamy oat taste. The finish brings out a bit of the oaky bourbon notes but it's never really that prominent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy and silky.

Overall I must say I was disappointed. Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels always sounds appetizing but this one didn't quite do it for me. Though it was quite good, everything was just too much on the mild side for what it is.

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