Great Crescent Bourbon's Barrel Stout | Great Crescent Brewery

Great Crescent Bourbon's Barrel StoutGreat Crescent Bourbon's Barrel Stout
55 Ratings
Great Crescent Bourbon's Barrel StoutGreat Crescent Bourbon's Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Great Crescent Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout aged in Makers Mark barrels.

Added by aasher on 01-25-2011

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this CAN in my reefer for so long that I CANnot remember who sent it to me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), but today seemed like a good time to make the Crack & Glug happen.

From the CAN: "Great Crescent Brewery is located on a sweeping curve of the Ohio River. Our brewery is rooted in an area founded by folks of a pioneering spirit, who forged new lives in the rich wilderness. We promise to embrace the best of these qualities in our deeds and in our hand-crafted beers, which will always be authentic, down-to-earth and full of life. Thank you for buying our beer. [undersigned] Dan & Lani Valas".

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN from these guys! I am definitely getting my money's worth from these beers. The Glug was nothing less then spectacular, going into a Sam. Adams Perfect Pint glass to allow it to hit the etching at the bottom of the glass. The result of all of this was that I got a real cascading action, followed by the creation of a dense two fingers of light-brown head with excellent retention. The beer itself looked viscous and dark, like I was emptying an ink pot into my glass, allowing little light to penetrate, except at the edges, where it gave off shades of ruby. Nose was very roasty with notes of dark chocolate and French Roast coffee up front, underlain by a coconut sweetness of the bourbon. Liquid Mounds bar, anyone?!? Mouthfeel was thick and creamy and I closed my eyes, envisioning myself drinking an Arby's Jamocha shake laced with bourbon. It was rich, thick, chocolate and coffee with bourbon thrown in for good measure. Finish really left me tasting the bourbon component of this beer and there was NOTHING wrong with that. I rarely indulge in distilled spirits, only because for me, it is like standing on the edge of the abyss and looking down. When I drink hard liquor, I break out in handcuffs, but this is the way to go! Best of the lot with only the IPA left in the on-deck circle.

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Photo of laxer8811
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - inky, jet black with no light coming through whatsoever. Very thin, wispy coffee-colored head on top. Tiny streams of carbonation flowing upwards in the glass. Wow, this looks impressive.

Aroma - dark roast coffee, Oreos, chocolate cake batter, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla beans and heft amounts of dark roasted malt. This smells heavenly. Lots of aromas going on...

Taste - first sip and I realize right away that this has the mouthfeel of velvet. So smooth it is scary. Bitter roasted flavors abound with some sweet cocoa and coffee as well. There is a dry, tannic flavor in the background along with some notes of vanilla from the barrel aging. Not too overpowering, just a nice subtle flavor enhancement. No real sense of the alcohol in this brew, which is nice as sometimes that alcohol flavor in bigger stouts can be a bit much. Everything meshes very well in this stout and each sip complements the last. As this warms the flavors are enhanced and the glass gets emptier and emptier.

Overall - this beer is proof that you can put a bigger, more complex beer in a can with no issues whatsoever. The flavors and aromas of this beer are preserved perfectly and this tastes amazing. Lots of bitter roasty maltiness along with the unique qualities provided by the barrel-aging make this stout well-rounded and extremely enoyable. Bourbon's Barrel Stout is not too strong and thus there is no burn from the alcohol. This is smooth like silk going down and pure pleasure to drink.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I've got the cash in my hand.

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Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Pete0714
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can to a pint glass. Head was very thin (too careful a pour? Not used to cans, but remains subtley with this dark brew throughout the drinking of it.

Smell hints of coffee, chocolate, bourbonesque tones (to be expected).

Taste is much like the smell, and sweeter than I would have guessed. Very mellow and smooth.

Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, but full bodied.

Overall, a fine stout, well balanced. Will have this again.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In line at founders for CBS

A-dark body with a nice tan head

S-lots of malt and a faint smell of sweet, sweet burbon

T-tastes like adult chocolate milk. Wow. Not really bourbon but awesome none the less

M-medium body and smooth

O-great beer. Looking forward to more

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally scored a can of this!

I do believe this is the world's only Bourbon Barrel Stout from a can!

Pours a pitch black with nice tan head. Looks pretty solid. Smells roasty and malty. Lots of rich dark fruits on the nose. A touch of oakiness peaks through. Smells pretty great. Tastes roasty and lightly bitter. As it warms up the dark fruits and light chocolatey flavours come through. Pretty enjoyable. Nice light oak. I wish the bourbon was stronger but its pretty tasty. Nice solid mouthfeel... honestly I'm really surprised by how good this is! Definitely something I'd try again!

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Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Billakowski
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Arherring
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This can was approximately two years old, (kept cold the entire time).

Poured a deep brownish black with milk chocolate foam that dissipated quickly. Lots of vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, hints of sweetness and wood notes going on in the aroma and the taste. Not too much of the whiskey comes through with the age but everything else has come together in a very seamless way that makes it very drinkable. There is zero boozy alcohol bite to be found anywhere. As the beer warmed the wood notes came through more and more, especially on the finish.

Overall a really nice, very drinkable, beer.

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Photo of aasher
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just arrived in Indianapolis yesterday. This is Makers Mark barrel aged. It pours a full bodied lifeless black in color with a slight dark khaki lacing. The aromas are of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, mild bitterness, barrel, and a touch of vanilla. The bourbon aspect is there yet not over the top. It adds a subtle sweetness to the nose. It tastes of dark chocolates, light coffee, sweet yet subtle bourbon, and finishes with a mild bitter bite. The body doesn't live up to the pour, but this is on the lower end for stouts. Overall this is a nice, lighter, barrel aged stout. It drinks smoothly and is an easy beer to drink. It's worth your while.

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Photo of BrewIrish98
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nice head, jet black, poured in a tulip glass

S- good degree of coffee with a hint of the bourbon

T- very tasty for an "underground" beer, primarily coffee and vanilla, dont get much of the bourbon bite but has a nice smoky roast finish..

M- creamy, but goes down easy, maintains a decent amount of carbonation for bourbon stout

O- a really good beer, very tasty, with great color and lingering mouthfeel.

On a side note: I spent some time down in Aurora, IN at the brewers location. Never have I been treated so well on site. This is a fine Mom and Pop shop that really appreciates good, clean beer. I was shocked at how much beer they produce out of just a single kettle. I asked the owner and he said the barrels are Makers Mark. If your in the area I highly recommend stopping by.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, viscous black, with a dark brown finger or so of rich looking head. Didn't stick around too long, but dissipated to a consistent foamy ring. The aroma is pleasant, with notes of light bourbon, oak and vanilla, with chocolate and plenty of roasty malts. Bit more a stronger bournon note on the taste, mingling with some vanilla and charred wood. Chocolate, roasted coffee and an almost smoky, meaty taste. The mouthfeel is pretty good, a bit thin though, with a creamy texture. Smooth.

IT's quite a nice BA stout. IT's not the most bourbon barrel heavy, but that's okay; it really lets a whole lot of other complexities shine through. Must seek out more!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my DFH tulip. BBA stout in a can? Yes please.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and a light ring throughout drinking it. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, light milk chocolate, light cream and vanilla, and very light bourbon. Nice nose but not much bourbon at all.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, cream, toasted malts, bready malts, milk chocolate. Again, quite nice, but no bourbon at al in the taste.

m - Thick, full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, and quite smooth. Very nice for a stout, no heat at all.

o - Overall I thought this was a great American stout, but there is almost no bourbon to it whatsoever. If it was just given to you and you were not told it was aged in Maker's barrels, I'm not sure you'd be able to tell it was as there is none in the taste and almost none in the nose. Aside from that, it is a very nice, smooth stout. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 16 oz. can in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was deep, dark brown. The head was modest and rich tan in color.

The smell was lightly metallic. Hints of bourbon and nuts. Vanilla. Not overpowering in any characteristic.

The taste was roasty, creamy chocolate. Coffee and vanilla. Light alcohol. Fruity. The oak seems to dry it out and balance the inherent sweetness. Complex but very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Creamy but not too thick despite the appearance. Actually a bit lighter bodied than expected.

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Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1.5 inch head. Smell is of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is coffee and malts up front, a touch of chocolate, a bit of smokiness at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sjc483
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of auroracrisis
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a tulip.

Pitch black and opaque with a mocha colored head. A little bit of lacing.

Soft notes of milk chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream too. Not much bourbon presence at all outside of the subtle vanilla aroma. Not much going on here but it's not bad.

Fudge and baker's chocolate up front with smoothed out espresso notes on the tongue. A touch of oak and vanilla with chocolate cake batter and ice cream too. A dry, medium French roast is left on your tongue. Very surprised on how balanced this is in terms of flavor.

Full bodied with a tickle of carbonation. A bit sticky with a hint of drying.

Great chocolate and oak flavors but a lacking aroma. I have a feeling this can is a little old. That's okay, this tasted great. Just as good as any other highly rated American stout in terms of flavor.

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Photo of jonandhisflask
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- black with a 1 inch tan head, some deep reds on edge of glass.

S- some roast and coffee with a slight bourbon undertone, as it warms you get some vanilla and oak.

T- coffee and vanilla, not as much bourbon as i was hoping for. some wood. no alcohol present

M- very thin, makes it completely drinkable but for a BBS i was hoping for a heavy chewy mouth feel.

O- this is a great beer, very drinkable... you could probably go through the 4 pack in a night. but at 15 bucks id hold on to a few. if you are in the area give it a try.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 16 fl oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Nearly opaque. Head is dark chocolate, pillowy, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Bourbon, dark roast malt, chocolate, caramel.

T: Dark roast malt with nice medium bourbon and chocolate notes. Aftertaste is lightly bittered chocolate and a hint of bourbon.

M: Medium body. Malt base and bourbon give a semi-viscous feel. Light bittered chocolate malt on the end lightens the feel a bit, giving a dry finish.

O: Nice solid effort from GC. This is my favorite beer I have had from them so far. The nose is very reminiscent of KBS, but this is where comparisons end. I would have liked to see GC double the malt to give that real thickness this beer is lacking. A touch more bourbon would have been nice too. All in all this was an enjoyable beer that I would by again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour coal black with a sizable mocha head that fades within a minute leaving only slight lacing down the edges.

Aroma is dark chocolate, a little smokiness, vanilla oak and just a hint of bourbon.

More chocolate in the flavor. Smoke component is present, but subdued so I like that. Some vanilla with just a hint of bourbon near the end. Finishes a bit sweet.

Medium bodied. I'd prefer a touch more in a big stout Mild carbonation with a semi-sweet finish.

Nice easier to get (at least in IN) bourbon barrel stout in a can! Can't complain too much about this. Is it one of the best I've ever had? No, but it's something I'd be glad to drink any day and I'll continue to buy it in the future.

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Photo of brewmee
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of whendeathsleeps
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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