Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious
Allentown Brew Works

Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged InsidiousFegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,776
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,181
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
341
From:
Allentown Brew Works
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  30
Gots
  73
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Jan 16, 2017
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

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 ...

Feb 21, 2017
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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.

4/11/18
12 oz bottle, no date, about 1.5 years old
4 rating

6/12/20 - revisited. Not very good...

Apr 12, 2018
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 05, 2017
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 15, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Nov 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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ESeab from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -20%

Mar 13, 2013
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JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2014
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Tom_Gilman from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Jan 21, 2013
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dbattey from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Apr 13, 2014
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starshockey9 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Mar 06, 2014
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beans923 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

Mar 16, 2013
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KeyWestGator from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Mar 19, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Sep 01, 2014
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xseanprimex from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jun 11, 2014
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emottram from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Mar 02, 2013
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DarkLordPsycho from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Jun 26, 2013
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Mar 03, 2013
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hmich176 from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 18, 2015
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Dannynoonan123 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

Jun 26, 2013
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BubalooBrewMaster from Nevada

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 341 ratings