Bourbon Barrel Porter | AleWerks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerSox on 08-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
595
Reviews:
170
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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153
Gots:
138
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14
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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ghirsh
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong bourbon aroma and flavor. Nice thick mouthfeel. So smooth. Almost no head due to the low carbonation. Makes for a slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a bit of transparency at the edges. Small khaki head and a very thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon is strong. Oak behind it. Vanilla rounds it out. Some milk chocolate and roast.

Taste - Bourbon is equally strong. Dark chocolate. Coffee roasted malts. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Impressive. Great bourbon flavor that works well with the beer.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: very dark brown, light black, mild carbonation, skimming brown head.
N: warm burnt sugar, vanilla, caramel, boozy bourbon, roasted malts, light coffee w/ heavy cream, low hop presence.
T: vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, oak, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, creamed coffee, boozy burn finish.
B: creamy, full bodied, low carbonation.

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Photo of mbmiche
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of baybum
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black color with almost no head. Small patches of caramel colored foam manage to cling to the side of the glass.

S: The aroma is that of strong bourbon vanilla and oak notes, with roasted malt in the background. 

T: Hits with an initial bourbon heat that subsides into a fantastic coffee/chocolate experience with subtle vanilla and oak hints. More bitter then sweet, but very well balanced. 

F: Feel is smooth and creamy, full bodied, with a surprising little carbonated tingle. 

O: Super pleasant to drink, I'll have no problem finishing the bomber in no time at all. A little more bourbon forward then some of its counterparts, but in a good way. That heat would probably fall off slightly if given more time, but I see no reason to go there when it's this smooth already. Very impressive. 

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CBodamer
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uvachief
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 6 month old aged 14 bomber into a snifter. Pours oily dark brown with a full finger of tan head that dissipated within a minute. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee and maybe cherries. In the mouth it is lighter than it looks. Not as full in the mouth as I would have hoped, a little thin. Tastes are all of the above with the bourbon present but not overpowering. Very smooth. Pleasant aftertaste of bourbon and cherries with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Excellent porter. Tried another one 6 months later and it had mellowed and improved. Going to age another one longer and try it 18-24 months out. EXCELLENT PORTER.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neurobot01
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber (no date, but bottle itself is '13) at cellar temp into a snifter.

Look: pours a robust, slightly oily brown with a short-lived light brown head.

Smell: bitter chocolate, booze, toffee, cherry, vanilla.

Taste: the bourbon isn't shy, but as someone who doesn't drink strong liquor, I don't find it offputting or overwhelming at all. Milk chocolate, cherry, oak.

Feel: very light feel for the style. Medium-dry, not much carbonation (but okay for style).

Overall: reminds me somewhat of something like Velvet Merkin. Better than a random BBA beer, very enjoyable, but nothing really kicks it to the elite level. I don't mind the thinner body, but people who need used-motor-oil thickness in their BBA beers should look elsewhere.

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Photo of Archangel34
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kaiyotee
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WallingBrew
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In my opinion this is on par with Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Ok - the review, like a dark chocolate tootsie roll dipped in bourbon and smooth as silk. Well done Ale Werks. Well done.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robwestcott
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep chocolate brown that doesn't want to let any light through. Aroma is very strong bourbon and not much else. Taste is, well......bourbon, with a beer back. The bourbon is strong and takes away from the actual porter flavor, too much bourbon. I do agree, though, that this a is a good beer, but I wish the bourbon is less. A nice alcohol burn on this one and a bourbon lover's dream !!

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Photo of vancean2
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SVance
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cj8311
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 595 ratings.
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