Bourbon Barrel Aged Serum | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged SerumBourbon Barrel Aged Serum

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Evan on 04-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 53
Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy reddish mahogany color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades very fast, leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather massive of a nice mix of boozy and oaky, sweet, and very lightly hopped smells. The sweeter aromas are mostly of a toffee, vanilla, and caramel smell mixed with just a hint of dark fruitiness. These sweet smells are the heaviest with the lighter hop aromas of an herbal and earthy nature being very faint and the least heavy of all the aromas. The boozy and woody aromas are the ones that straddle the hop and sweet, giving the brew an overall nice and warming smell. It is a rather enjoyable aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with tons of sweetness of a caramel and toffee flavor. The oaky flavors are present from the start with them growing stronger as the taste advances and being joined by a boozy and lighter vanilla flavor which overall gives a very bourbon like taste to the brew as it moves onto the end. The hops in this one remain rather light, with a bit of a grassy and herbal hop that are present upfront and which remain relatively constant till the end of the taste. Just a hint of a grassy flavor and a little bit of an earthy flavor join the tongue at the end, and mix with the rather strong sweet and bourbon boozy and barrel tastes to leave a warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and syrupy with a very light level of carbonation. For the huge thick sweet and bourbon woody flavors of the brew the thick body and lower carbonation are fantastic and end up creating a very nice slow sipping and warming feel.

Overall – While there is very little hop left in this one as opposed to its originator brew, it does make for a good and thick tasting old ale/barleywine. Even while I was expecting something with much more hop flavor, this one I actually rather enjoyed and was a good warming sipper.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange color with a whiteish soapy head. Plenty of lace is left behind., The aroma is fruity and the bourbon barrel aging is noticeable. In the taste, more of the orange and peach flavor, ringing in true vanilla and bourbon oak notes as it warms. Drinks kind of like a smoothie, having the big fruit, citrus and vanilla. Medium bodied, medium carbonated ale. Overall, this was truly interesting, but could probably use some refining. Pretty good work though!

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Photo of mj81
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's be honest. There's nothing ipa'ish about this beer. If you are looking for that then you will be very disappointed. If you are looking for in your face bourbon barrel flavor, yeah this is your beer.

Smell- bourbon, oak, vanilla

Taste- bourbon, oak, vanilla (get the hint)

Mouth feel- incredibly smooth and creamy

Summary- if backwoods bastard had an illegitimate love child with a bcbs barrel, this is what would result. I'm digging it (which is a huge compliment as I'm not always the biggest fan of duclaw).

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Photo of mdfb79
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 04/26/14 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear deep amber-orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, dough, and biscuits. Tons of caramel, bourbon, and vanilla in the nose. Nice.

t - Tastes of harsh bourbon, caramel malts, vanilla, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, light burnt malts, oak, earthy notes, light spice. Very hot, though not bad.

m - Medium body and low carbonation with a decent amount of heat to it.

o - Overall a decent beer but the bourbon barrel dominates the IPA and takes away all IPA characteristics. It is a bit harsh, but if you like bourbon bombs and caramel/vanilla like me it is worth checking out, though I'd recommend not trying to take down the bottle by yourself. A hard style to do, but I prefer something like Kane's BBA Overhead, which retains a little bit of the hops and IPA characteristics to make a more complex and interesting BBA IPA.

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Photo of oldmankoch
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Since this looks to be a new beer thought I'd give some highlights to base a potential purchase off of.

This displays all the typical characteristics of a BBA beer. Slight head, minimal lacing, luscious mouthfeel etc

While this says IPA there are no real IPA qualities to speak of. The Bourbon completely overrides any Hops, Dank Notes, Fruits, Resin, & Pine. As I drink and become acclimated to the bourbon a faint IPA presence is detected but I'm really having to seek it out.

My palate likes to think of this as tasting more like an English Barley-wine or Old Ale with the most noticeable flavors being Toffee, Brown Butter, some Caramel, Toast, Almond, a semi Cloy backbone and most obvious Booze.

Overall for only $8 a bomber I'll happily think of this as a descent Old Ale and be done with it and enjoy a BBA offering

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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