Bourbon Barrel Porter | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel PorterBourbon Barrel Porter

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Ratings: 595 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber (dated March 15) into a pint glass
L: Black in the glass with a thick finger of mocha head.
S:Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and chocolate notes on the nose.
T:Follows the nose with lots of bourbon, toffee, vanilla and caramel flavors. A little alcohol warmth and lightness is present, and the it finish with more toffee, caramel, and chocolate notes.
F: Creamy but more towards a medium-light mouth feel. Consistent with other Porters.
Overall this beer has great bourbon flavor. Would like to try this with maybe a year on it to see how it changes.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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 WesMantooth
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in March of '15. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

It is almost pitch black in color. Slight ruby hues in the light. A frothy tan head that is very impressive and lasting for a barrel aged beer.

Tons of bourbon dominates the aroma. Vanilla, chared oak, alcohol, and even the mash bill junp right out. Their is subtle chocolate and roasted malts in the background.

The chocolate is much more prevalent in the flavor. Especially in the aftertaste. Fairly sweet initially, with oak, vanilla, and molasses. Then some charred flavors along with a lightly bitter milk chocolate and maltiness.

The carbonation is a tad prickly, but otherwise I am really impressed by the mouhfeel. The body approaches those blurred lines (not Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye style) of stout - porter. Especially considering it is a barrel aged beer.

I highly recommend this one. I think my favorite aspect may be the ABV. You usually don't come across a quality beer like this under 10-12%, and this one comes in at 9. Easy to polish of a bomber on a Sunday afternoon and not time travel to Monday. For me it is as good as Framminghammer, maybe better.

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

Photo of CCutch
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Good solid bourbon presence with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. A bit of alcohol heat.

T- Once again, good solid bourbon presence with some grainy oak near the finish along with some char. Notes of dark chocolate, caramel and more vanilla. Definitely on the sweeter side but that's how I like it.

M- Milky texture with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Everything here checks out for a repeat buy: contains well-integrated flavors from the barrel and base beer, high drinkability for the ABV and all at a good price. If this were available in 4-packs, it would rival Dragon's Milk for a year-round (?) affordable BBA dark beer that hits all the right notes.

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Photo of gopens44
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just gorgeous. That thick beige head wasn't forced too much, but it was eager to show off certainly. Lacing is sleek and decorative as the head slides down. Coloring is equally remarkable as it somehow makes dark seem matte and stunning.

Nose is of sweet bourbon to start but gives way to vanilla, fig and faint plum.

Magnificent taste. Molasses, vanilla, fudge, maybe a little eggnog and of course, bourbon. Bourbon is nowhere near overpowering as it compliments the rest of the flavors. Balance between all the flavors in fact, is just art.

Mouthfeel is immediately dry before a hint of carbonation teases the tongue. Aftertaste is sweet mostly and maybe just a little cloying.

Clearly this deserves every bit of praise it receives. Just a magnificent beer.

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

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

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

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Perfect amount of bourbon, coffee, and booze. Smells great and tastes better.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

From a bottle in TH Dudley Teku.
L: dark chestnut brown with a bone head.
S: barrel dominates without overwhelming; oak, some vanilla, a travel of menthol, underlying roasted malts
T: just like the nose, barrel is in the forefront but tight enough not to overwhelm, less vanilla, more oak and a notch or two more of pleasant methol (think maker's mark). Delicious. Warmth in the finish, but at only 9% and great BA beer without ridiculously high above
F: medium heavy. Definitely a lighter porter body and not a stout.
O: Alewerks has something special here. excellent.

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

Photo of Armando_Perez
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewduder
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zraly
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

World class bourbon aged porter on tap at their Tap room. Decent mocha head and the bourbon is smooth and soft; no harsh bite. Fudge, vanilla, dark coffee. Alewerks nails it. Lovely.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ebony with a thumb of tan head. Some viscous notes, okay lacing & worse head retention. Viscous, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bourbon, figs, mocha upfront, Raisins & oak as it warms

T: Follows the nose, much dryness too up front. Vanilla, raisins & leafy hops as this warms, some oakyness too; boozeyness starts creeping in. Finishes dry with much dark fruit &a little leafy hop

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, warming

Drinks easy enough, well worth a go

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Photo of oldn00b
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had many times, most recently on tap at the brewery.

Pours black, thin dark tan head forms and takes a while to recede.

Nose is primarily bourbon forward, lot of a dark malt flavor and sweet sugary caramel.

Flavor is big on the bourbon, with a nice dark malt sweetness taking over to balance the slightly boozy punch. Very nice body, good weight without being syrupy or too heavy. Might be the best batch of BBP I've had. I generally prefer it on tap though - I feel like keeping it on CO2 helps and bottles are typically more flat which I like less on this beer.

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