Bourbon Barrel Porter | AleWerks Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel PorterBourbon Barrel Porter
BA SCORE
4.27/5
598 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel PorterBourbon Barrel Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerSox on 08-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#817
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
598
pDev:
8.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
136
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radek's bottle, thanks for sharing. A good porter, 2009 edition. A tad of smoke, clear bourbon taste that is showcased well, some coconut, some cocoa. Middling mouthfeel, a llittle creamy. Bubbly head on dark body, spidery lace. Bottle 1251 out of 2009.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

how phenomenal is this? my first alewerks brew is a winner to say the least. downright delicious. new cork and cage 750 ml bottles different from what is pictured here. obsidian luster to this impenetrable coffee brown liquid. a two inch dish soapy khaki head sits permanently on top. a nose od sweet vanilla bourbon and oak, above a dense charred barley base, which is both viscous and light, which is uncommon and even paradoxical, but a lovely interplay. bourbon first on the taste, with layered porter background. i taste a nice robust ale yeast in there, lighter than a stout in grain, but still incredibly sturdy. vanilla is there, oaky density too, but an airy feel and a long sweet finish make this beer seem far lighter than it really is. amazingly delicate on the palate, rounded edges, no heat. the bourbon highlights this beer really well, accentuates what is already beautifully brewed. im wishing for nothing but another pour. carbonation levels are only medium, but thats all that is necessary. more would be too much. porters dont get enough barrel love, and in this arms race of huge stouts, there seems room for more beer like this. highly impressed.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a nice black color and light tan colored head. The lacing is pretty nice looking and the retention is thin but there along with the lacing. The smell of this beer as It warms up gets better and better. The aromas of bourbon and wood shine through with a moderate boozy note on the nose. The taste is sensational, it's got some of the best natural vanilla flavors I've ever had. There is a spicy note in there too probably from the bourbon. The beer has a light dry roasted finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick feeling. Moderate carbonation also. Overall it's a beautiful beer. Very very good stuff here.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with lovely ruby highlights; the bubbly one finger head retains with dignity and leaves nice patterns of lace on the glass

Smell: Toated marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, oak and hints of coconut

Taste: Toasted marshmallow, up front, with a developing bourbon vanilla flavor arriving at mid-palate; there is also quite a bit of hop bitterness in there, too; lots of alcohol becomes apparent both before and after the swallow, where a burst of bourbon flavor jumps out; toffee sweetness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I'm glad I bought two bottles, as I will want my other bottle to age for at least a year; I suspect this beer will improve a lot with age as it is certainly rough around the edges right now, as the hops and alcohol need to settle down; I loved the Rapidou, which I tried after aging it for a year or so, so I suspect this will be no different

Note: Had my second bottle on 9/25/11 and, with two years of age, the beer has settled in nicely as expected - bumped up the overall score to 4.5

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poyrs a fluid black with a trace of tan head. Sweet aroma bourbon and toffee. Rich bourbon boozy taste with hints of toffee and caramel. Fullbodied mouth...guite wonderful.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nick. Mocha brown, nearly opaque but not quite there. It has a solid tan cap that settles to a collar. Pretty nice aroma, the barrel is well-integrated, lending some caramel sweetness to the roasty base porter. A bit tootsie roll-like as it warms, this smells good. Chocolate-caramel candy flavors are prominent, plenty of barrel, but it's at balance with the dark malts. Medium in body with a slightly fruity, roasty, sweet finish. This is great stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle.
Rich and rather boozy although the alcohol is well hidden in the mouthfeel. Still, warms as swallowed. Light wood but plenty of whisky in this ale. Full body with good if light carbonation. Bitter sweet with too much booze in the flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one thanks to msulinski, and shared with the Central New England BA Meetup.

A: Light creamy darker head over a pitch black beer.

N: Chocolate my friend! Chocolate is the key word here. Chocolate malt, chalky chocolate milk, bakers chocolate, nibs, etc. Some roasted malts, a slight fluffy malt, chewy nougat malt and some bitter hops with that, and a slight booze. A slight hint of oak and bourbon, but barely.

T: Again chocolate on the taste, lots of bakers chocolate, choc milk, malt, chewys malts with some caramel and nougat again. Then comes a strange wood flavor, woody esthers and like chewing on an old wooden shelf. A slight oak and bourbon that some out a bit more as it warms. Some vanilla too, with creamy flavors too. It starts to get bitter too with some roasty earthy charred malt flavors, but a little spicy earthy hop presence too. Slightly sweet in the flavor as well.

M: Semi thick and creamy, with decent carbonation.

F: bitter earthy charred malts, with lingering creamy chocolate milk and bakers chocolate. Somewhat malty finish too, a little more roasted malt and the slightest hint of warming booze. Semi dry as well. Again just a slight hint of oak and bourbon that seems to come out a bit more as it warms.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from writerLJberg's cellar, consumed at Beermongers, Portland, OR
Thanks for the share!

Poured a dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a small cap of tan head. Aroma of oaky bourbon, roasty malts, a bit of coffee, notes of vanilla and maybe a hint of diacetyl. Bourbon-soaked oak and sweet vanilla in the taste, roasty malts and cocoa, with a bit of coffee. Medium body, maybe just a little thin, with moderate carbonation. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

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