Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious
Allentown Brew Works

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,730
Ranked #4,993
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged InsidiousFegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Beer Peddlers. Dark brown, ring of beige head. Aroma is roast malts, chocolate and light barrel notes. Chocolate and malts in the taste, and again I'm not getting too much of the barrel. Maybe I shouldn't have had this after a J. Wakefield. A bit disappointing.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 15, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

Pours black with tan colored head. Boozy bourbon aroma. Taste is decent but the flavors are a bit harsh. Too acidic, the roast is harsh. Medium bodied.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Dec 09, 2019
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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't understand why this beer isn't rated higher. This is hands down, my favorite beer. I love the huge espresso and vanilla nose. I love the syrupy, gooey, thick mouthfeel. I love the rich caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate flavors. I love the warmth the slight booziness brings to the finish. I Love This Beer : - )

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dresserinthecorn from Pennsylvania, Dec 12, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark black pour with 1.5 fingers of tannish head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Dark roast... bourbon and booze... vanilla and espresso with mild tartness.

T.F: Follows the nose. Dark roast and charred sugars. Coffee and bourbon... definite vanilla and oak. Some tartness from the roast... less sweetness than I was expecting and a little unbalanced. Medium bodied... well carbonated and sticky on the tongue. Dark chocolate comes in late... and the finish is boozy and warming.

O: A pretty average bourbon barrel Imperial Stout. Reasonable flavor but not exceptional. I'd have it again... wouldn't seek out.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jun 03, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with appropriate mocha head that hangs around a bit. Aroma is a bit yeasty, chocolate and bourbon prevail. Taste is a bit tangy, tastes like chololate covered cherries. Barrel rounds out the creamy mouthfeel with a lingering finish of chocolate, vanilla, light roast coffee. Light bodied for the style yet quite flavorful, worth buying a 4 pack and revisiting annually to see how it developed.

12 oz bottle, do date, about 1.5 years old
4 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Apr 12, 2018
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in Jult 2017. There was no bottled on date, but drank it less than a week after purchase.

Appearance: Dark black with a medium tan/brown head. Head is thicker than some other imperial stouts, and left more lacing on the glass than other imperial stouts.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted coffee, toasted malts, and bourbon. There is some bitter aroma like hops, and a hint of sweetness like chocolate and caramel as well, but overall the roasted coffee and bourbon dominate the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the roasted malts, the coffee flavors, bitterness from hops, and sweetness. The chocolate and berry sweetness is more pronounced than the bitter hop flavors, but the bitterness does enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other Imperial Stout.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with a smooth body, that is not too creamy.

This is a nice, complex, strong Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and really enjoyable to drink. I will buy this again.

An interesting comparison is with the imperial stouts from another local brewery Weyerbachers, including: Sunday Mole Stout, Sunday Morning Stout, and Tiny Stout. I really enjoy all three Weyerbachers stouts and drink them often. Fegleys Insidious is most similar to Weyerbachers Tiny Stout, but is a nice contrast to them. The combination of barrel aging and the sweetness makes this unique, and enjoyable. I've rated all 4 of these imperial stouts very closely, and my ratings are:

1) Sunday Morning Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
2) Sunday Mole Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
3) Insidious Stout: look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
4) Tiny Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania, Jul 15, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very under rated for this stout. Pours a great dark color with nice head and has a smooth mouth feel with excellent barrel flavor and after notes. Stands up much better than its 9.0% rating with that nice barrel aged taste. West coast quality with an east coast brewery.

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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania, Mar 05, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had couple of these this weekend. Real strong bourbon presence, big aroma and flavor chocolate and bourbon bomb. Smooth, good mouthfeel and real easy drinking. Tremendous effort from this local brewer. May pick up 1/2 case at the brewery ...

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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania, Feb 21, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour

S - Bourbon, caramel, creme, roasted chocolate, and oak.

T - Definitely a bourbon forward stout. Dark roasted chocolate, oak, some smokey char, bourbon, and a slightly acidic finish.

M - Silky and full bodied.

O - Pretty solid. A little harsh around the edges but still worth trying.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Jan 08, 2017
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3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a bad nose. Kind of metallic smelling. Flavor was not very impressive at first, but by the time I had made it halfway through the glass the flavor seemed much better and much more complex. I think I will allow this stout to warm up a little before drinking it the next time I buy it.

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dfconnor from Pennsylvania, Mar 21, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent BA stout. I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this beer was at this price point - $14/4. Thin coconut-colored head over a black body. Aroma on the lighter side of roasted malt and chocolate, so much so that the robustness of the taste surprised me. Roasted malt, baker's chocolate, toffee, oak and that smooth vanilla and caramel from the bourbon. A little thin on mouthfeel; not as creamy or silky as I'd like. No heat and the bourbon flavors are a soft complement to the stout so I wouldn't let this sit for too long; there's no need.

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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts, Mar 13, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Bottle to pint glass.
AROMA: Whiskey, Oak, Acetone?, coffee.
LOOK: Dark Black Color, small head.
TASTE: Dark Chocolate and Coffee; bourbon. All good things.
FEEL: A touch flat.

Acetone Aroma threw me off at first, but I warmed up to the beer.

Bottle to tulip glass, refrigerator cold at start. Dark black, oily thick, small light brown head. Aroma is very boozy considering cold.

Taste: malt, whiskey, and salted caramel are prominent flavors. Dark fruits linger late, pomegranate, blackberry, plum. No attempt to mask alcohol. Some veggie. Tastes Young, maybe a year in the cellar will mellow it out..

Mouthfeel: hollow, flat, thinnish, boozy. Smooth, nonetheless.

Overall a good beer, I love stouts and bourbon Barrel aged ones even more so, but i've had much better than this one. Will be aging the other 3 i have to see if they age.
Here we are, 9 months later to the day.
Still seems a bit like a fake barrel aged stout, whatever that means. Fruity Finish is almost wine like, and the mouthfeel lacks body and carbonation. I would settle for one or the other, but this has neither. Aroma is still super fragrant with whiskey, chocolate, char.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Feb 17, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a libby stout glass and warmed as I drank. Picked in up in PA in July, not sure on a bottling date.
Look = 4.5 Pours an opaque black with 1 finger of dark brown head that fades to a cap with a nice dense sticky lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Chocolate and dark fruit, cherry notes, a sweet smell; bourbon characteristics are complementary, some bourbon, oak and vanilla.
Taste = 3.75 Chocolate forward with dark fruit notes on the finish; bourbon also comes in on the backend leaving a boozy taste that lingers with some roasted malt bitterness in the after taste.
Feel = 3.75 Medium bodied, a little creamy, low carbonation.
Drinkability = 4.0 Pretty drinkable for a BBA imperials stout.
Overall = 3.95 Pretty solid brew, chocolate forward in the nose and taste with bourbon playing a more complementary role.

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kbwalters from Wisconsin, Sep 24, 2015
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black. Smell is all bourbon and barrel. The taste is sweet caramel, followed by roasty dark chocolate, some vanilla tannins, and a slight bourbon kick before a sweet and roasty finish. The mouth feel is a little to thin. For the style, this is pretty crushable too. Damn good beer.

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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey, Sep 04, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baybum for this bottle…wait, when did I trade with him? I swear there’s a time-continuum loop in the back of my fridge. Anyway, this 12 oz. has now been liberated. Down the hatch.

The pour is maple bat black with slightly more carbonation. The smell is pretty close to a maple tree, perhaps with a cup of coffee at four paces. Faint.

I never saw Insidious - it looked terrible, but then, most movies are. Strong chocolate girded with a lovely roast that’s edged with bitterness - why isn’t that the Wal-Mart greeter? No bourbon - the barrel consists of a nice shot of vanilla that spreads out from the point of contact & gets into everything; no woodiness, either. Smooth & nicely drinkable, this is a barrel-aged stout (at least it says so on the bottle) that you could swig mindlessly. And happily.

Simpler. Easy. Lacking in barrel, but hey, a good, solid stout.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Aug 15, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. The color is nearly black with a thick light brown head and lacing. It has a very nice chocolate smell with some dark fruit. You can also smell the bourbon. The taste is chocolate forward, followed by dark cherry and vanilla. You can also taste the bourbon but it isn't overpowering as is the case with some aged stouts. Nice carbonation and mouth feel with little alcohol burn. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout; you can taste the bourbon but it doesn't dominate. The 9% ABV is sneaky; you really don't notice it. I'll definitely drink this one again.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Jun 28, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours deep black, tan head

carries chocolate and bourbon aromas

taste is very chocolaty with a bit of boozy bourbon. tastes are mellow and blend well together.

medium body and carries a touch of alcohol burn but doesn't detract from the overall taste and feel

a really well produced BBA stout, priced right, and pretty accessible in my neck of the woods. I'll surely grab more of these when the next batch comes out.

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hopflyer from Pennsylvania, Jun 23, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this from the corked and caged bottle in a snifter chilled and gradually allowed to increase in temperature to cellar temp.

The color is black with a thick tan head that recedes. The smell is great - lots of vanilla from the barrel aging with a slight toast and gentle caramel element from bourbon with dark malt rounding out the aroma. the feel is very good not extremely roasted or sweet very mild for the strength yet enough barrel character to add dimension.

The taste is very good with some malt with cocoa and mild roast elements yet some dried fruit sweetness with a good warmth and taste of bourbon rounding out this strong stout. Overall this is a very good example of the style and one I return to frequently based on the quality

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, May 30, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Thick, creamy, tan head stays around awhile. This stuff is seriously jet black - no light gets through whatsoever.

Bourbon and chocolate and a very slight hops bite, followed by dark fruit (raisins or dates or something). Slight alcohol burn - this might mellow with time, but with only the one bottle I'm kind of out of luck there. Creamy smooth, thick, full-bodied. Moderate to low carbonation. Hint of caramel at the finish. Overall impression is sweetness, especially since that's what lingers.

My first brew from Allentown Brew Works. Good, but not exceptional for the style.

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, Mar 29, 2015
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Woodstock Station Snulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very slick near black with a 3,finger dark tan head that leaves a thin layer of lace behind.

Smell is dark chocolate, dry roasty coffee, vanilla bean, leather, tobacco, Oak, and pretty aggressive bourbon.

Taste follows big bold oaked vanilla, expresso beans, leather, tobacco, deep dark chocolate, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is pretty big, plenty of carbonation, maybe a little dry, and drinks pretty darn big for only 9% ABV.

Overall this is a very nice and very aggressive 9% ABV BA stout that definitely leaves its mark. Thanks jzeilinger for this one once again.

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Mar 21, 2015
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4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! All I can say is wow! Up front off of the pour all you get is the strong aroma of bourbon and the sweetness of chocolate. It pours a dark black with a slight creamy brown head. The bourbon continues into the taste which you may love or hate. I personally love imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels. The strength of the bourbon aging definitely plays a role in the flavoring of the brew. It has a strong warming alcoholic sting to it as well as a sweet chocolate taste with a hint of coffee and caramel or molasses. This has an almost candy like sweetness that works really well with the complexity of the bourbon presence. The 9% alc/vol content is definitely detectable and I would say this is a sipper. I could also see this being a PERFECT after dinner drink or dessert beer. This blew me away for sure. I cannot wait to try pairing this after a meal or with a dessert. This is a FANTASTIC stout worth trying. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried thus far!

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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks man!). No dicernable bottling information. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of pale tan head. The froth lingers before settling to a modest ring that deposits small lace splotches.

Nice inviting aromas of vanilla, bourbon, caramel and brown sugar. May sound simple but there is something about it that keeps me coming back to enjoy.

Tastes smooth and rich. Bourbon, charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, mildy earthy and a hint of vegital bitterness all wrapped up in some mild alcohol heat.

Creamy, medium feel with soft carbonation. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate covered caramels make for a sweet, lingering finish.

Bourbon Barrel Insidious is a well made imperial stout. Quite good but lacking a distinction to raise it above the crowded field of competitors. I'd happily have it again if the opportunity arises.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep dark black with a small brown head on the pour. Aroma is of toasted caramel malt, has some cacao essence and dark fruity esters. Taste same as aroma with some mild flavors of bourbon barrel aged wood notes and moderate bitter notes of cacao. A full creamy body, smooth with sweet bitter flavors and caramel malt on the end adds some balance to a flavorful brew. A very good, tasty and enjoyable brew.

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Samp01 from New Jersey, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a dark brown, nearly that of motor oil. Off white head forms and recedes to a near perfect circle. The smell is of old bourbon barrel and char. The taste has chocolate, roasted malt, bitter smoke, and some bourbon.

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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania, Sep 15, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

(poured into a balloon)

A: very dark brown liquid... tan, messy suds - fine bubbles mostly, but some fish eyes as well

S: real bold espresso/coffee-cake notes ahead of the pack, but with a just as bold rich, dark chocolate cake right on its trail - just a fantastic 1-2 punch!... fine thread of fruity booze drilling up through the middle... you just know this is gonna be sweet and decadent...

T: strong vinous notes screaming through, pushing the charred silk to the sides... apparent wood notes and tannins in the finish, and perhaps a mild cool mint flavor in the aftertaste... the malt flavors are ground down to wet ash, lacking any curves... marginally sweet - mostly dark, burnt sugars

M: somewhat soft and mellow flow - the body is delicately slick and rubbery... the barrel aging seems to have dried what, on the nose, was measuring up to be a bit thicker and chewier... it just disappears in the finish - which isn't a bad thing - it's a dangerous thing... the booze doesn't get that warm either - more of a dull acidic tang from the dark malts seems to hang on

O: not all that bad!... very American in its lack of depth, but still well done and flavorful enough... I could knock back a couple, but would probably forget what its face looks like the next day

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Sep 03, 2014
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 339 ratings