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Bourbon Barrel Porter (BBP) | AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.27/5
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606 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Porter (BBP)Bourbon Barrel Porter (BBP)
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:
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Added by BeerSox on 08-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#814
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
606
pDev:
8.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
136
Trade:
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Ratings: 606 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Josholson666
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tgates
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of beergorrilla
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly full and very well done this showcases every aspect of the barrel. Woodsy oak, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, bourbonesque creaminess with a bit of toffee. Delicious!

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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 jmartinger
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 WesMantooth
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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 -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CCutch
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3%
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 +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TildenKatz
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AppaZappa
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon Barrel Porter (BBP) from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 606 ratings
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