Bourbon Barrel Mudpuppy Brown (Drunkpuppy) | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

8 Ratings

Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by philbe311 on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Muddy, muddled copper kissed brown with a towering light tan head that slowly reduces to a wispy cap of foam that leaves spotty lace.

S-Toasted oak, light waft of vanilla overlying a sweet bed of brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup and toffee. Astringent notes of coffee and damp earth in the background.

T-Brown sugar coated walnuts tossed into a Pacific Northwest morning blend coffee all wrapped up in astringent oak and vanilla sweetness. Subtle hint of dark chocolate and toffee (Heath Bar) in the drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied and quite smooth with building oak dryness. Even though this one feels a bit light this one drinks bigger than it really is.

D-Mudpuppy with the a light barrel aging treatment equals quite nice! I have a feeling that this was barreled in a multiple used vessel or was aged quickly. Bourbon notes are present but subtle and suggestive. Most notable is the oak astringency. Smooth and easy drinking this one served via cask makes for a quick glass!

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Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask, via hand-pump, @ the SGB on 6/12/11. Served in a stemmed goblet.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with roughly a ¾ finger of light mocha head. This retains with a thin creamy layer, leaving back a foamy cascade that slowly sinks down the sides of the glass and settles into some thick swathes of lacing. The aroma smells of bourbon up front, which is quickly followed by notes of vanilla, cocoa, nuts, and acrid roasted coffee, which is in turn all wrapped up in an overall fruity and oaky feel.

The taste has a VERY strong mix of herbal character and an oaky astringency to it, which interweaves with notes of cocoa, caramel, vanilla, nutty roast, citrus, and burnt coffee. Just a lot of astringency from the barrel, which combines with the other flavors to give the profile a deep, almost fruity, tartness and then leaves the finish very dry and oaky feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer creamy sharpness to the carbonation. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, all of that tannic oakiness really thins the body on this out more than it probably should be.

A rare miss at the SGB for me, the wood here was just too strong, thinning and muddling the rest of the flavors a good bit. I believe I would have maybe liked this one more on draft, as I think that the combo of cask conditioning and the barrel were just a bit too much for that base Mud Puppy Porter to handle.

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Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of airy light tan colored head that is comprised of mostly large bubbles... It is a medium-to-dark brown color that is moderately hazed... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there...

S - Brown sugar... Caramel... Faint notes of weak coffee... Lots of nutty character... Some very faint woody oak notes... Earthy...

T - The nose doesn't lie... Brown sugar... Very nutty... Caramel... Toffee... Weakly brewed coffee... Faint chocolate notes... Wood notes... Just the faintest hint of smoke...

M - Medium bodied... Incredibly smooth... Slightly seek... Even and consistent with each sip...

D - A very nice brew where the barrel aging is extremely subtle, but adds a lot of depth and complexity... Quite quaffable - This one disappeared from my glass in rapid fashion... A job well done...

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Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at the Brewpub into a 8oz. pint.

A - Pours murky brown with a thick pillow of one and a half finger tall tan head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smell was a bit muted at first but it got a little better as it warmed up. Hints of nuts, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and only a touch of warm bourbon.

T - Starts off with a good bit of cloying sweetness with hints of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Once the sweetness dies down a bit you start to detect hints of roasted nuts, coffee grounds, and the warm bourbon. The finish is a mix of dry wood tannins and more sweetness, lingering for some time. I was expecting a bit more bourbon flavor in this one.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel initially slowly becoming very thin toward the end. Finish is a mix of dryness and sweetness.

O - While this one was still good I was really expecting more out of it. The base flavors were a bit muddled and the bourbon flavors weren't very strong. I would say this is the worst of the three to date.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cask offering at SGB. This brew appears a brown color with a creamy finger of tan head that displays pretty decent retention. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves patches of lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew is a bit muted but as it warms up some sweet malty chocolate notes come forward. As more sniffs are taken, this brew picks up a bit of a mineral aspect with a faint touch of vanilla across the back and more chocolate to cocoa notes.

The taste of this brew is tangy with alcohol with a faint backing of barrel aged sweet vanilla smoothness. The malt imparts flavors of cocoa powder before turning sharp and tangy. The mineral and tangy aspect is a bit distracting and really contrasts the enjoyable cocoa flavors of this brew.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It is smooth and creamy to the feel but has a sharp twang to it that is almost lactic but not quite. I enjoy most of SGB offerings but this one just didn't transcribe well out of the barrel. It doesn't fully come across like a typically infected beer but it also isn't something I would be quick to revisit again.

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Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the last one poured off the hand pull on my visit.

A - Served with a brown body that show cased some ruby highlights towards the bottom of the glass...two fingers worth of foamy, light brown head...the head showed some retention in the form of a foamy cap...not much lacing was left

S - The bourbon notes were very light...there was some roasted malts and toasted nuts as well...rather light overall

T - The flavors start off with a sweet kick...a nice dose of vanilla hits you first...the bourbon is also sweet...after that fades there is a roasted malt flavor that creeps brings in deep chocolate notes...the bourbon comes back in the finish but is less sweet

M - Medium bodied...thin since it was the last one in the keg...a chocolate finish with underlying bourbon notes

O - I was hoping for more out of this one...I had high hops after having the Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter but this one feel short...the flavors did come together better than everything else the beer was providing

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Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at SGB on 5/13/11. This is a bourbon barrel-aged version of Mudpuppy Brown.

A - Dark burgundy brown reminiscent of deep velvet with a one and a half finger dollop of dense beige foam that retained exceptionally, but yielded virtually no lacing at all.

S - Aroma is muted at first, surprisingly, only hinting at nutty malt with a tinge of cocoa sweetness. Bourbon presence remains mild at best, although some vanilla and milky lactic notes emerge as the liquid warmed a bit.

T - Malty up front with chocolate and roasted nuts, which then segues into a wash of vanilla and a light bourbon character. However, I definitely get more of a woody, oaky character in lieu of the bourbon, giving the flavor a bit more astringency than I was anticipating. Finishes with a hint of herbal hops and wet wood.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, albeit tad watery, texture and minimal alcohol heat. Finishes with some oaky astringency, a touch of earthiness and mild herbal bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a pretty tasty, safe and approachable BBA offering from SGB. That said, it is my least favorite of the three thus far (the other two being a Baltic Porter and Wee Heavy). Still, this was enjoyable.

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Bourbon Barrel Mudpuppy Brown (Drunkpuppy) from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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