Distill My Heart Bourbon Stout | Right Brain Brewery

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Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by GordonQuid:
Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

RBB pub glass.

Jet black with a wisp of a tan head and nice thick lace.

Smells like Old Grand Dad, vanilla, dark roasted malts and strong wake the fuck up coffee.

Taste is blow your mind good! An exceptional medium bodied (not what I was expecting) blend of dark raosted malts, vanilla oak and burbon. There is an ever so slight smoke quality that lingers in the finish too.

This is a scary smooth elixir. Sip and enjoy...

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Photo of ecdunn
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of glid02
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a murky brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted malts with good amounts of dried plum aromas and hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted and sweet roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly tampered down by good amounts of dark fruits - prunes and raisin - along with mild amounts of cocoa powder. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla make an appearance, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall the flavors in this beer just didn't seem to work together that well. Not a terribly beer but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Right Brain.

A: The stout is appropriately dark, a full caramel brown that could be mistaken for black by those with poorer eyesight. A tan colored head lingered for a few sips.

S: The nose is loaded with sweet caramel and a light bourbon finish, as though it spent time in a barrel that was used several times before.

T: More caramel than you can shake a stick at. The sweetness of the malt sets up the bourbon, a one two punch that isn't strong. Oaky notes are present with vanilla. Lots of caramel malt in this one.

M: The atout is a nice sipper that isn't too strong. I mixed the last quarter of my glass with a Cherry Festive Ale to amazing results. Check that one out.

D: I don't wanna leave this place. Traverse City is iucky to have this brewery in town.

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Photo of foggymountainman
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love beer and I love bourbon as much as beer. I had my cake and drank it too. definitley strong notes of bourbon, which can affect drinkability. not a chugging brew, i could have polished off the growler with my buddy on the porch but thought better to share and move to a lighter bodied beer. a great beer for cooler weather, i'd like it they made it again and perfected it, but that isn't what right brain is about.

it was a nice deep brown, not much it way of head retention but the growler could have affected that. smelled strong notes of woodford reserve and got more of it tasting. it was pretty creamy, good mouthfeel, not thin. like i said, i could have drank more, but its a slow drinker.

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Photo of TCgoalie
2.89/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Notes from 3/21

The beer looks excellent, nice white head and excellent lacing. You can see light through the glass even though it is black in color.

There is a woody oak scent with some smokiness. There isn't a whole lot going on that makes me believe the taste will be better.

The dark malt and oak mix in relative harmony for a decent balance. There are quite a bit of hops for a bourbon stout. Oh yeah?? This is a bourbon stout...where is the bourbon? The good news about this drink is it doesn't have the chalky hop bitterness present in most of their other beers.

The mouthfeel is very thin especially for a bourbon stout.

This is very easy to drink, too easy to drink for a bourbon stout. The board at the brewery says 6.8% ABV(hard to believe), though this site lists 7.7%.

Simply a forgettable beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels.

A-Deep reddish brown with a thin light tan head that held strong and left nice lace.

S-Typical bourbon notes up front with present but not over the top vanilla, oak and caramel being most present.

T-Woody vanilla up front with support from a pleasant sweet roasty malt profile.

M-Medium bordering on medium-light. Just a bit too thin. Luckliy the silky, woody smoothness rescues this brew from becoming watery.

D-A solid, BBA stout. Light mouthfeel aside, this is a very tasty and silky smooth, roasted malt delight.

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Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hosehead83
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Right Brain Brewery on 7-18-10
Served on-tap into a goblet/snifter type glass
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam
Aroma-Nice bourbon notes mingled with roasted malt
Taste-Warming bourbon, but not overpowering, coffee, caramel, subtle smokiness and sweetness counterbalance the bourbon bite rather nicely.
Definitely one of the best bourbon stouts I have had.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at brewpub.

Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy chocolate and woody bourbon aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed @ Brewpub 07/30/10. Reviewed from notes.

Deep brown teetering on the edge of black. Malted milk colored head is set atop. Retention is decent leaving slight scattered lacing.

Bourbon strong in the nose. Roasted caramel malt set behind. Slight hints of vanilla and oak but frankly the bourbon is a bit overpowering.

Smooth but assertive bourbon flavor on the front end. Roasted malt and caramel come in to play more mid palate. Vanilla flavors interwoven through out but more subtle than anything. Flavor is good, lacks some complexity though.

Medium bodied, mouthfeel much thinner than I prefer. Moderate carbonation and smooth across the tongue. Medium finish.

The beer is much better than my score lets on. Distill My Heart is a solid beer but just not too terribly exciting. I suppose if you were to session a barrel aged stout this would be a good choice. Would consider again but more likely to try a new option on tap.

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Distill My Heart Bourbon Stout from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 11 ratings