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Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout | Sebago Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We aged our stout in four freshly emptied charred oak bourbon barrels for over four months. Next we carefully blended it with fresh stout to balance the character of the barrel with the boldly familiar flavor of Lake Trout Stout.

Added by deltatauhobbit on 12-12-2009

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Photo of Jliscin
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jwale73
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served in a Spiegelau tulip. Pours an inky black with a creamy, quarter-inch, khaki-colored head that settles into a broken slick. Spots and swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a hint of oxidation, milk chocolate, vinous notes towards the back and perhaps a kiss of ethanol. Taste is a bit chalky and watered down - really no traces of the barrel present in the flavor profile. Primary character is baker's chocolate, followed by some roast. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a mild carbonation and a trace of acidity. Overall - meh. Why barrel-age a beer and impart no character. Swing and a miss.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of projektyle
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Kataco16
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of angelmonster
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking a bottle thats been aged for at least a year

Pours a pitch black body with the slightest mahogany highlights. Head is 3 fingers and chocolate milk colored. Lacing is pretty awesome and head remained present throughout

Smell is of charred oak, sweet vanilla, molasses, and chocolate syrup. Bourbon is very light but alcohol scent is potent for a 6% abc beer. Hops are non existent.

Taste is of burnt, biscuity, chocolate malt, semisweet dark chocolate, and charred oak. Hops are slightly present and bourbon contributes some alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light for this style but the head adds to the fullness of the beer. Carbonation is a little higher than most stouts.

Overall this beer was pretty tasty. Very drinkable, yet flavorful aged stout. If only there was a bit more bourbon flavor present this beer would be in my top ten. Glad that I received it in a BIF, otherwise I probably would have never heard of it.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber on a recent beer run. I liked Lake Trout, so how could I not try it BA? Pours a dark brown coloring, with only the slightest of chestnut highlights around the surface with direct light on it. Pours smoothly, with a thin, light, filmy, light-tan colored head. Aromas of smooth cream, bitter roasted coffee, and a woody characteristic at the end that is slightly charred. Good balance on the aromas. Flavors are a little more charred, and with the roast coffee characteristic this gives an initial bitterness with a slight campfire flare. Cream profile is muddled in, and helps to keep the beer a little balanced and a little rich. Very subtle blend of earthy and woody characteristics at the end of the palate. Smooth and light in body, the beer has a roasty and bitter aftertaste, with hints of dark chocolate coming through. Very smooth, clean finish. Very decent brew, and a tasty spin-off from the Lake Trout Stout.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appears to have a beautiful dark brown body with a half-point off for a ridiculously oversized, even cakelike, tan head. I started to wonder if there was a bit of an infection, but it seems to be OK, judging by the ...

...smell is mild but nice. Cocoa powder and bitter chocolate stand out. Not a big bourbon contribution at all. Although, there is a bit of...

...flavor from the barrel. Some oak and a little vanilla from the bourbon. The chocolate bitterness shows up again, but not much at all of dark fruits or molasses, or anything much more intense. Not too surprising judging by the ABV. Still, it's a smooth, tasty and modest brew, that description extends even to the...

...mouthfeel, which is thin and generally medium. No thickness, oilyness, toothstrippiness or other "extreme" adjectives, but...

...overall a decent, well-made and drinkable american stout. barrel-aging adds very little here, but it is certainly not over done. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Dbrag
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a half finger of creamy, off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a strong roast presence with some mild dark fruit notes, but overall the smell is rather mild and not too interesting.

Taste: Just like the smell, the roast completely dominates the taste. There is a hint of bourbon along with some dark fruit in the background. The finish is quite bitter from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is rather thin with fairly aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I think this one would have benefitted from a slightly higher abv or a slightly lower amount of roast. Not enough balance.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of the first batch, from way back in early 2010. It has been in my cellar since that time. I am pouring it into a Delerium Tremens snifter. I heard from a friend that this beer may have turned and that I should drink my bottle soon.

A very loud hiss was heard as I popped the cap. I actually felt the released carbonation force the cap off. As I pour the beer, it appears to be 99% foam. It is a dark foam, the color of chocolate milk. It is begining to turn into a liquid, but very slowly. The beer at the bottom of the glass is opaque and a shade of dark, dark brown—nearly black. Swirling the beer leaves a uniform lace coat behind.

The aroma is very pleasing. It isn't quite subtle, but it isn't overpowering or in your face. It is complex. There is a good mix of toasted malts, oak, bourbon and a hint of smoke.

This is a bourbon barrel aged stout that isn't entirely about the bourbon! A dark, roasted malt base has some slight chocolate flavors. Plenty of oak comes through. Peat, smoke and bourbon are present in the finish, but none are all too strong. There is no harshness form the barrel aging process; the 2 years in my cellar have really mellowed this brew. The bourbon is most noticable in the aftertaste. Here you can really pick it out of the other flavors. It also provides some warmth once it is in your stomach.

The beer is heavier in body without being thick. Carbonation is a lot lower than I expected. Despite the large head when I poured, the feeling within my mouth is of a calm beer. I can feel a few bubbles, but it is hardly noticeable. My lips are left a little sticky, as is the inside of my mouth, but I do not feel a film.

I am going to have to go ahead and say that I really like this beer a lot. It's been a while since I've had it fresh so I won't compare it to this aged variety. I can say that the original batch of bottles is still drinking quite nicely. It is very refreshing to have a bourbon barrel aged stout that doesn't taste like a shot of bourbon poured into a bit of stout. This is a more subtle, complex kind of beverage. If you have a bottle of this in your cellar, consider cracking it open, as it is drinking beautifully. If you don't have any, perhaps you should track some down and sit on them for a spell.

I can't say this is as good as an aged bottle of Sebago's barleywine, but it is nearly that beer's equal. It's an excellent beer and is highly recommended.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle served in a snifter on 6-4-2012.

A big hiss of carbonation released the moment I pried off the cap. Poured slowly into the glass, a dense and dark black/ burnt brown color still manages to quickly activate a huge and resilient foamy tan head. An inviting nose of rich dark chocolate chunks, caramel and vanilla allures the senses. A cola like carbonation and sweetness delivers a crisp opening before gliding over the palate into a smoky charred wood character that resides heavily on the palate after the finish with complementing echoes of sharp and dry espresso.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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