(Woodford Reserve) Bourbon Barrel Porter | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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4.18 w/ 1 ratings

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 02-24-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque mahogany with root beer colored highlights and a small, ecru cap. The head was short lived and disappeared quickly with the exception of a thin rim at the convergence of the beer's surface and the mug. Thin, soapy lace made a brief, valiant attempt at posterity before giving up entirely.

The nose was underpowered; surprising given the relative intensity of the flavor. It smelled like a whiskey-laced porter, which is pretty much what it is. Good, but not a knockout.

Bourbon barrel my ass. This beer may have been aged in bourbon barrels, but the only way that it could taste as much like bourbon as it did was if it actually contained the whiskey itself. This is not a beer for macro drinkers, this is not a beer for the faint of taste bud, this is a beer for the true beer connoisseur. It doesn't hurt if that beer connoisseur loves bourbon as much as I do.

To most, (WR) BBP would be over the top. Whiskey notes asserted themselves from the start and gained in strength throughout the mouthful. The usual porter elements of dark chocolate (especially) and black coffee were also present, but managed to hold their own and not be overpowered by the liquor. I'm well acquainted with the bourbon used in this particular beer, Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve, since I had two fingers of it last night before bed. Delicious without a doubt.

The body was a little bigger than the average porter and was smooth without being silky. A nearly unnoticed amount of carbonation promoted drinkability. The bourbon asserted itself to an even greater degree on the finish, changing what could have been a lightly slick, coating mouthfeel to a clean, arid one with lingering notes of vanilla and oak.

Bourbon Barrel Porter is a wonderful creation that managed to satisfy both my beer and my bourbon 'jones' in the same glass. The one thought that kept occuring to me as I savored the pint was 'why don't I visit this place more often?' Outstanding.

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