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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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by albertjr21:
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 lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown, near black, beer with a thick cocoa-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. A mostly chocolate aroma, a little vanilla, as well as some charcoal. Chocolate flavor, late coffee, later still a bourbon smokiness. This was a smooth beer with subtle barrel notes. Similar, but so different from their regular stout.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a bomber. i love the label.

The beer is black with a large initial head it is tan and delicate full of small bubbles. As the head dissipates a thick amount clings the the glasses edge.

The aroma is very nice. The bourbon is not overpowering. The smell starts with a sweet malt. The roasted malts and the bourbon aroma enter together leaving a pleasant mix rather then just bourbon.

The taste is nice, I must remind myself this isnt an imperial stout. it is full of flavor. The taste starts sweet with a vanilla character from the bourbon. The oak flavors enter after and if you let it linger the roasted flavors. My wife notes that she likes the fact that it tastes like a stout with bourbon flavors and not like bourbon with a stout flavors like many others seem to.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a nice tan head. The aroma is oak with some roasted malt. The flavor is tobacco, leather, oak, burnt malt, ash, roasted malt and a little bit of bourbon. The beer has a lot of barrel-aged characteristics but most of it is from the barrel itself, not the bourbon that was in the barrel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 glid02
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with large amounts of plastic-like aromas. Also present are small amounts of harsh oak.

Tastes a little better than it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of oak and hints of lighter vanilla. Midway through the sip the flavor profile segues into charred malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate. The plastic influence from the aroma works its way in near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass alright however I’m not sure about another.

Overall the smell was by far the most off-putting thing about this beer but once it made its way down my gullet it improved a bit. Still, a beer that’s not worth seeking.

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Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to DividedAvery for the bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a chalice.

A: Pours just about pitch black with no light shining through. Moderate head on the pour with some retention and only a bit of lacing.

S: Subtle roast with caramel and toffee aromas. Some sweetness as well. More porter like. Not really any bourbon and only slight barrel aromas.

T/M: The roast is much more pronounced with some chalky char notes as well. The caramel and toffee are dialed down a bit but the malty sweetness, although lighter in the flavor, still remind me of a porter. There is a bit of bourbon, and maybe a touch more barrel than in the nose, but still very subtle. The body is medium full at most with about average carbonation.

D: The description says they barrel aged and then blended back... not sure why as the bourbon and the barrel character is lacking. I understand balance, but the bourbon/barrel is nearly not there and even at 5.8% it could have handled more. A decent beer but nothing to rave about and certainly not worth the $10 price tag.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/8/11

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $8.99/bomber

Pours near black with a one inch off white creamy head. Above average retention and nice legs. fresh look of foam even after five minutes a thick sheen is visible.

The nose is inviting if your familiar with the scent of bourbon. For me though the beer itself should shed some qualities of its own. Chocolate and coffee hide in the shadows adding to it's authentic qualities.

The flavor begins and pretty much ends with a vanilla and bourbon adventure.

Mouthfeel is thin to at best medium, but come on it's 5.8% and at this low octane level I think it rocks. Light carbonation.

Overall I won't lie, this is much better than the regular version. At under 6% the ingredients here with a little bourbon barrel influence pays plenty dividends on both tastebuds and score. I dig it. Having said that you probably could do the same for many other beers but here it really works well. This may be one of my favorite under 6% local beers. Good job!

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light vanilla and lactose with notes of roasted malt. Taste is also a nice mix between some lactose heavy roasted malt with light touch of vanilla, bourbon is not a key player for this beer. Body is quite full with creamy body and medium carbonation. Very well brewed and something I would love to have again thought bourbon could have been a bit more pronounced.

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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 hockeypuck
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

Rich and completely black with a huge towering head on the top that would not quit. Spilling over the sides it left everything just completely soaked and sticky with a thin chocolate covered film. A wonderful mess indeed. Rich notes of bourbon and Vanilla welcome you in on this one and play off each other nicely. Warming lets a touch of the chocolate underneath peak its head up but not as much as I would have liked, still, very nice. As I take a sip, it crashes over the palate. Richness that is well served to say the least. Creamy and full bodied the deep chocolate and roasted malts interact with vanilla and a leather and tobacco note making it all so smooth and full that it was absurd. Enormous flavor here that was simply hard to withstand. I really could have just sat there with a glass of this all day, it seemed to really come together quite well.

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Photo of jmilo64
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Donsmitty
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the 480 bottles Sebago has produced, bought at RSVP while they still had 'em.

Pours a dark brown/blackish color with a decent sized head, fades at a decent rate and leaves some patchy lacing along the glass as it empties into my belly.

Smell has a huge roasted malt character with touches of coffee and chocolate, the bourbon isn't incredibly powerful and is there just to add a bit of complexity, it's good to see a beer not overly barreled.

Taste is pretty much all roasted malt with a bitter coffee aftertaste, assertive carbonation but too much, thickness and creaminess isn't as heavy as other stouts so it can feel a tad thin at times.

Surprisingly, I think this tastes just as good in bottle form as it was on-tap. It's good to see Sebago branching out from their safety zone with more barrel aging projects and different styles. Can't wait to get their next limited bottle offering (barleywine).

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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 erosier
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a short sized and medium bodied tan colored head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, chocolate, coffee aromas, darker roasted malts, some bourbon aromas mixed in as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon with hints of vanilla. Really nice mix of the flavors so no one is overpowering the others.
M: Smooth, rich, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, really enticing beer that looks as good as it smells and smells as good as it tastes.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.37/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Pours black. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Below average retention, but plentiful lacing.

4.5 S: A lot of chocolate in this one. Mixture of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. Oak, a decent amount of vanillins, and a light complementary bourbon component. As this warms up, it keeps smelling better and better. Roastiness is secondary to the chocolate as is molasses and caramel.

1.5 T: Now I remember why I hated this at a tasting. This tastes nothing like the nose and for the most part, tastes like nothing. No chocolate, no sweetness at all, and very little roastiness (but there is some charred wood). This tastes like severly watered down bourbon. Really, this is bad. Did you ever pour a soft drink into a glass full of ice, forget about it for a while, and then drink the watered down soft drink. This is about as satisfying as that.

1.5 M: Light body. A bit too much carbonation. Not quite smooth considering the light astringent aftertaste.

1.5 D: This sucks.

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Photo of macmaster761
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sebago Lake trout Stout bought at tully's in wells me.

Appearance - Jet black with no light coming through, creamy white nougat colored head that puffs up real nice and dies down to a ring. Incredible lacing.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malts, subtle fruity tones

Taste - Lots of coffee, not as much bourbon as expected, very subtle and laid back. Huge Cocoa liquor (bakers chocolate) flavors, bittersweet chocolate Tastes more like a dry stout than a bourbon barrelled stout. No alchohol burn or flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Very nice actually, much thinner than a lot of the bourbon barrelled stouts that I've tasted. Perfect carbonation for this stout and HIGHLY drinkable, almost as if I want to make it sessionable.

Overall solid stout, not a fantastic representation of the bourbon barrel aged process but absolutely solid beer overall. My closest beer comparison to this beer would be the Imperial Stout Trooper in terms of taste and mouthfeel. I'm glad I bought 5 of these, and now i'm debating whether to trade any of them.

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Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is great with a couple of months on it so smooth and tasty. I wish the whole Sebago beers would be tied up and rated as one as the same beers are geeting rated for the different facilities but are one and the same.

Anyway putting that aside this is a nice chocolately stout very nice with a smooth taste most likely around 8-9% ABV so for a BBA beer not a bad one at all.

I recommed this and if Sebago or BA can clean up the ratings for this even better.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark, cola-brown color with a creamy dark tan layer of foam on top. Retention was excellent and the lace left behind was very attractive.

S: Aromas of fudge and dark chocolate as well as some campfire, milk chocolate, and charred oak. Bourbon is very slight.

T: Exactly as above with the addition of some sweet dark fruit and fresh espresso. Once again, the bourbon is pretty restrained.

M: Kind of thin, but, it thickens slightly as it warms. Bitter, dry, and charred.

D: A good effort, but, I was hoping for more bourbon barrel flavor out of this. I'd like another go at this...

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a 3 finger head and good lacing. The aroma is heavy on charred oak and cocoa. Some booziness, floral hops, and vanilla as well. Pretty nice.

The flavor doesn't have the complexity or flavor profile that the nose promised. It ends up being a bit empty tasting really. Mostly watered down charred oak. Not really getting any bourbon barrel qualities at all other than the wood.

The body is on the low side of medium and carbonation is maybe a touch high. Overall this beer just kind of falls flat. It doesn't taste bad at all, but there isn't much in terms of redeeming qualities either. The aroma was definitely the high point.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 98 ratings