8 Maids-A-Milking - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
4.24 | pDev: 4.72%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
8 Maids-A-Milking - Bourbon Barrel-Aged8 Maids-A-Milking - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky two finger light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malts with some boozy barrel notes.
T: Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, hints of coffee, charred wood along with some hints of peppery yeast with a little bit of fruitiness. Hints of caramel, vanilla and oak from the barrels as well. On the swallow there's a lot of vanilla, caramel and oak along with some more peppery yeast, chocolate and roasted malts.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium in body with a creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low side of things but it is adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer is pretty solid but there's a surprising amount of heat for a sub 14% beer that has about four years of time in the bottle. It still tastes good though. Otherwise the beer has a nice amount of complexity and good flavors which blend well together.

Dec 05, 2020
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown body with a fluffy off-white head that reduces pretty slowly to leave spotty lacing and nice retention.

Aromas or caramel and milk chocolate, lightly boozy bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruits in the background.

On the tongue, sweet caramel and vanilla chocolate, roasty coffee, light toasty malt on the follow through, bourbon booziness on the finish, syrupy sweetness on the aftertaste. Medium-heavy body with low carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of toasted malt which I like.

Still drinking great!

Dec 25, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black with a thin head.

S - Aromas of vanilla and light bourbon. Little bit of chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice caramel and vanilla. Pleasant chocolate with light alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a very solid stout. Surprisingly nice caramel notes. How can the base be so different??

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 01, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud

Decent foamy creamy thick head, good lacing mild retention, nice legs, thick black beer

Nose is much better than the original, sweet candy with some toffee and caramel, plenty of cocoa and chocolate, a bit of sweet caramel candy and burnt creme brulee,

Taste sweet milk chocolate cocoa, candy, caramel, creme brulee like again, burnt lactose sugar, mild dark chocolate and creamy melted cocoa, mild bourbon and vanilla barrel but not much, sweet brandy molasses booze, touch of fruit

Mouth is med to heavier bod, a touch creamy and nice fluffy carb, flash of alcohol

Overall not too bad, nothing special although much better than the non BA version

Dec 01, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have the original 8 Maids of milking non-barrel aged was going to drink that one first. This beer has been in my cellar for a year or longer. Decided to drink this beer on a whim. Opened the cap and the beer emitted a pleasant hiss. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The gentle pour of the beer in the glass produced a two finger head. The head on the beer is dark tan creamy and foamy. The head dissipated quickly leaving no signs of its existence. The color is SRM 37 a dark brown nearly black. The beer is opaque with no other signs of life.

The barrel age comes through on the first nosing. Additional aromas in the beer are wood, bourbon, bready, dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, cream, yeasty, and earthy.

The flavors in the beer are dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, bready, char, milk, earthy, yeasty, and citrus, and burnt sugar.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and rich.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer is tasty, although I thought it could use more body. It was a touch thin. Great flavors throughout with an unusual yeast profile.

Oct 11, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 10/21/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown like black tea with about three fingers of foamy beige head. An impressively persistent surface haze and frothy crown linger, yielding a few scattered dashes of lace.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roast, Belgian yeast, mallow and shaved coconut. Rather enjoyable.

Full, rich flavors of bourbon, chocolate, milk sugar, sweet, dark fruity, mildly funky Bruery house yeast, toffee, vanilla, wet oak, faint coconut and plenty of alcohol.

Full, slick feel with reserved carbonation. A syrupy, boozey finish of bourbon-soaked German chocolate cake with reduced Bruery yeast balsamic glaze.

The Bruery has once again shown their deft hands in barrel aging. It sometimes seems that the signature Bruery house yeast was bred specifically to spend part of its life in bourbon barrels. I was admittedly not fond of the yeast signature in the base but spending a year in barrels has truly transformed and elevated it.

Jul 21, 2017
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Bowers-Brew from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think I screwed up this review and rated the non barrel aged version. Drinking the 2016 barrel aged version now and this is tasting really good. Comparing to a 2017 BCBS and liked this slightly better, which is saying something. Prost!

Apr 08, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't exactly enthusiastic about the non-BA version of this beer. A Belgian milk stout just didn't work for me.

L - Pours a black coffee body (not too thick looking) with a light khaki one finger head.

S - The nose is fantastic, really reminiscent of Bourbon County to me. The bourbon barrels are so pungent and yield just vanilla, oak, brownie batter and bourbon. I'm not picking up any Belgian qualities.

T - It's just hard to hide the Belgian aspects of this beer on the taste. Still gobs of bourbon barrel mixed in with cocoa nibs and vanilla.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Sort of a wet/dry finish. The abv heat is there, but not a bother.

O - This is a great improvement over the base. The bourbon barrels help me get over the Belgian qualities.

Mar 24, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at close to 50 degrees, which is the recommended temp on the bottle. Pours jet black with good carbonation. Smell is delicious. I'm getting a good amount of bourbon with some cherries and caramel. Definitely chocolate sweetness. Taste follows the nose. A punch of bourbon, a tad bit of bitterness, and a sweet aftertaste with a good amount of caramel. It's a bit hot, but overall really nice.

Feb 18, 2017
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KevSal from California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i'm pretty excited about this one but heard mix 750 into a fw tulip

nice mocha head, dark dark brown. see through on the pour and outer edges. looks alright, nice kahki head

nose is fantastic, great chewy brownie, definitly notice the lactose in the base. my expectations just went up. nice vanilla and bourbon.

taste is good! better than i was anticipating. great bourbon and chewy brownie, vanilla chocolate and some milkiness in the finish, zero arch burn.

mouthfeel is great, lactose really helps here. velvet mouth feel, good amount of carbonation

overall this was exactly what i was hoping for when 8 maids base was announced. nice approachable barrel aged bruery beer, and those words never mix together! i like this better than so happens! reminds me a lot of the ba milk porters put out a few years ago by cigar city. i do have to ding it on the price point tho. very good but at $23-25 range, twice as much as the base, i think there are better beers out there at the same price point

Jan 26, 2017
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IKR from California

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a medium-sized dark beige head that quickly faded. A good looking Imperial Stout

Smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, and mild vanilla notes.

Taste: The taste profile features Bourbon notes, brown sugar, mild tannic oak notes, and mild roast malt notes. The beer starts with the bourbon and brown sugar notes and finish with the oak and roasty notes. The bal-aging notes notes are well represented. The beer presents a restrained alcohol presence for the listed ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A very good "Imperial milk" Stout. As far as the approachable (lower ABV) Bruery Imperial Stouts go I'm not sure if I prefer this or an uninfected S.H.I.T. At the moment I'm thinking the nod goes to bal-aged 8 Maids a Milking. This is a good Bruery offering.

Jan 08, 2017
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Mnigro from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm no longer a huge stout drinker but have always fancied a good milk stout. I'm also not schooled well enough in look and mouthfeel to make an informed rating on those two categories. Frankly, as long as they're in the ball park, I'm ok.

Smell and taste:
I purchased two of these in Nov 2015. One for drinking and the other to age. Beer smells awesome with all of the profiles of a good milk stout.
The first bottle, which I opened immediately, was quite overwhelming. The alcohol and yeast dominated whatever lactose was present and it was much too bitter for a milk stout. Malty sweetness was masked by very spicy yeast profiles and the alcohol was just overwhelming. Understanding it's an imperial and having an 11.3% abv was beside the point. However, I just opened the bottle that was aged for a year and the experience was very different. Lactose, rich malts and sweetness were all very pleasant. The warming alcohol didn't dominate the flavor profile. Delicious beer and it paired very well with a few various Christmas cookies during the second snifter.

This Christmas series is meant to be aged - I know/knew this going in. The Bruery knows what they're doing and you should heed the purpose of this series and not expect the intended result when drinking these beers if young. Age and enjoy.

Dec 18, 2016
8 Maids-A-Milking - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
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