Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious | Allentown Brew Works

Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged InsidiousFegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious
BA SCORE
89.1%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 329 ratings
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged InsidiousFegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MerryTapster on 12-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,362
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
329
Liked:
293
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
9.65%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
74
Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.98/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So delicious! Super smooth and fragrant

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4.85/5  rDev +20%
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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4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again I am surprised that this is not rated higher. This brew is good! has incredible drinkability. The bourbon flavor is subtle so you can taste the stout...a good balance. This beer hides the 9% well and I would purchase it again.

Bottom Line: Hidden gem from the Brew Works! buy it, drink it or age it cause it's good!

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
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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4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at St. James Gate Irish Pub at Sands Bethlehem.
Poured into a tasting glass

A: Pours an opaque black with a tan creamy head that slowly builds

S: Hints of chocolate on the nose with a slight bourbon

T: tastes sweet on the tongue with a dry roasty finish after swallowing. Hint of bourbon lingers

M: Feels smooth and does not have a whole lot of carbonation on the tongue, but does prickle a little bit on the finish. Slight burn from the abv afterward.

Overall: This is a great beer! Dispite the abv I could probably drink quite a few of these. Not a ridiculous overwhelming bourbon flavor like some bourbon stouts have. I am a big fan of bourbon and of stouts, so this beer is right up there on my list!

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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 329 ratings
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