Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.33 | pDev: 7.85%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Ahoy! This bourbon barrel-aged sea monster of a stout has emerged form the depths of our barrel cellar after summering quietly for the past year. Enjoy the swirling typhoon of chocolate, dark fruit, and smooth bourbon flavors while wearing an eyepatch and feeding your most colorful parrot.

Barrel-aged version of their 2nd anniversary stout
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head with black color.

Not sure if this is a Baltic Porter or an imperial stout, but it's nice.
Chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, fudge. Nice bourbon flavors. Sweet. Fudgy.

Full bodied. Ends with some sweetness.

Very nice beer. Loved trying it.

Jul 29, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, oak and an umami flavor. Medium thickness. Long, dry finish. Not much barrel presence, but it's complimentary.

Mar 27, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a dark oily black, with a small quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like bourbon, molasses, chocolate, honey, and booze.

This is very, very sweet, but luckily very very tasty. The bourbon flavor brings to mind that idea of boozy molasses and honey, there's also a good amount of sweet syrupy chocolate and booze.

This is medium bodied, with a sweet, sugary, and syrupy mouthfeel, and a very low level of carbonation, making it a slow sipper.

Not the best barrel aged stout ever, but still tasty nonetheless.

Feb 19, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from cparles a while back. Cheers for the brews man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 9 January 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black and sludgy, yielding a 2+ finger, thicker looking, dark mocha colored head with great retention. Dark black body with slightly lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good full cap, then settles to a ring and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Very black body and a nice colored head on this one. A bit more lacing would have made this the perfect looking stout.

SMELL: A big nose of bourbon, oak, pure chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, some coconut, vanilla and toffee. Some light dark fruits show up as well. Lots of barrel here with bold and enticing pure, dark chocolate playing wonderfully in-sync. Unreal. This is how barrel aged stouts should smell.

TASTE: Oak, bourbon, toffee sweetness and some roasted grain up front. Big bourbon and chocolate flavors at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of more bourbon and wood flavors, coconut, vanilla, bitter, pure, bitter dark chocolate and some burnt malt notes under it all. Fudge and baker’s chocolate lingers as well. This is really nice and decadent.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. Enough weight here. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Loved every drop of it and was sad when it was over. Very rich and full in flavor and feel, as well as being blacker than black can be. Lots going on here and a wonderful balance between the sweet malts and barrel flavors on the one hand, and the bitter chocolate flavors on the other. This is something that I enjoyed immensely and would more than gladly drink again. Thanks again for the brews cparles. This one was exceptional.

Nov 09, 2014
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HorstTorgelsen from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: 2012 bottle poured into a glass mug I lifted from A&W last August. The pour is dark as a very dark thing with some thin pork-chop colored foam.

S: The smell is full of bourbon, chocolate, sea otter, dark fruits, and a slight bit of cat turd.

T: This is one smooth beverage. Great bourbon, chocolate, mushroom, and elk flavors. There is still some alcohol presence, but it's nowhere near as hot as when fresh.

M: Surprising amount of carbonation for this style of beer--it's as crisp as my old high-school gym socks three weeks after I jacked off into them. Despite the carbonation, the body is full, smooth, and creamy.

D: Even though the alcohol has died down quite a bit in a year+, it's still a big, big beer. I need to go out and buy more of this, because I can't feel my feet.

Nov 09, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to rbradley for providing this, as well as one other long-time want, in a trade this past week. Loved the base beer, so couldn’t wait to try this one. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, dated 1/9/14.

The pour is black, enough bubbly to make it beer. The smell is gorgeous: huge chocolate, bourbon like it’s coming out the pores in the glass, big malty sweetness. I like where this is going, which is into my mouth & belly, pronto.

Cap’N Skoon’s Ballistic Stout – Barrel Aged: oh, hell yes. I like my stouts as thick as a redwood, & this fits the bill to a T. The taste is dominated by fire-roasted malts and long sweetness, which is complemented by the light vanilla & subtle bourbon notes imparted by the barrel. Massive Three Musketeers seizes hold of the mid-palate & good lord, I think I already had three of them post-Halloween today. The finish oozes low-grade alcoholic fever, tinkle of bitterness, & more of that chocolate. Give me a couple hours, I’d have been delighted to suck this bomber into me all alone.

This almost reminds me of Zhukov’s, & I can’t help but think: if Hitler had access to stuff like this, maybe he’d have taken a different path. Rather than Zhukov forcing him along a different path. Excellent beer.

Nov 02, 2014
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KevSal from California

4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks easyread, can't thank you enough for your generosity!

this is fan-tastic. Pashel turned me onto this guy last year with the regular version. The BA version is even better! perserves all of the great flavors with an added layer of vanilla and bourbon. wb knows how to barrel age with the best of them.
ive had a ton of baltic ba beers, thus ranks near the top!

Sep 28, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Viscous dark black with a razor thin tan head that fades to nothing. The nose is unimpressive bourbon, some aluminum sweetness and roasty cocoa. It had a much more pleasant taste - smooth chocolaty bourbon, subtle and integrated flavors, lingering alcohol without the burn, slight bitterness. This is that smooth bourbony stout you're expecting when you drink it. I would recommend, but it's not my favorite.

Sep 06, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the quality of this beer is through the roof, as is all westbrook stuff, and the flavor is a little different from most bourbon barreled stouts. its way less sweet, more oak than whiskey, which works with the dark bakers chocolate dry malt profile and all the booze. glossy dark brown in color, like a waxy bar of dark chocolate, with only a half inch or less of frothy mocha chocolate milk head. the nose is weirdly dry, malt first and then oak, bitterness is mid range, while the chocolate aromas really expand. the flavor too is quite chocolate driven, although the bitterness of the roast is more assertive in the flavor than the smell, so its still a bit bold, especially with the high alcohol content, which is there a little more than i like it to be, but its far from hot. there is a dullness to this, as good as it is and as well made as it is, it just doesnt have that distinguishing element, and the middle of the beer is almost bland for a second, before the oak takes over. its huge, a slow sipper, staying constantly good as it warms up. the bourbon stout scene is getting crowded, and I'm just not sure this one stands out, although its darn tasty!

Aug 10, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle of the recently released 2014 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon taster 7/7/2014.

A- Pitch black body, not substantially thick but certainly has oily brown legs. Half finger brown head that disappears quickly, par for the course. Again, the legs on this is actually substantial.

S- Chocolate fudge, bourbon, milk chocolate, hints of coffee. Very much reminds me of chocolate frosting here.

F- Bourbon, dark chocolate, a bit of lactose, and chocolate icing. It's very rich, chocolate fudge-forward with a nice complementary bourbon flavour. Flavour profile reminds me a lot of Central Waters' Sixteen, actually.

M- Medium bodied, not particularly thick or fudgy in comparison to Sixteen, but substantial enough that it does not detract in any way from the rest of the beer. Low in carbonation, smooth with a nice chocolate brownie finish.

O- Very similar beer to CW Sixteen; you can't go wrong with either one if you are deciding which one to open tonight. This brings a big chocolate fudge cake flavour profile mixed in with bourbon, so if that sounds good to you, go get yourself a bottle.

Jul 08, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/9/2014.

Appearance - Inky black. Decent khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Kinda fruity. Dark chocolate. Roasty.

Taste - Sharp bourbon. Oak is intense. Dark roasted malts. Coffee bitterness. Hint of dark fruits, but nothing like the prune flavor of the base.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter and oaky. Boozy. Sluggish.

Overall - It's not as prune-y, but it's still overly bitter and oaky. Not an easy beer to drink.

Apr 22, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a shaker.

dark black pour with a slight beige head. smell has a massive amount of bourbon which overpowers everything else in the aroma...not that im complaining. taste is a bit less dominated with bourbon but its still by far the most prevalent. tad of sweetness and chocolate. flavor is terrific and its extremely smooth. body though is much thinner than i would like on a BA stout.

overall great flavor but the thin body kind of hurt it.

Apr 02, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I happen to be a HUGE fan of this (maybe I got an insane bottle?)

A- Thick viscous BA stout just as I want it. Thinnest of lacing (coffee brown in color), no legs.

S- I am getting a ton of vanilla, then great barrel characteristic. Charred toffees, caramel and dark fruit taboot

T- I am getting a ton of vanilla. Why isn't this bottle rated higher? Maybe I got a rogue insane bottle? Vanilla forward bourbon, followed mildly with charred caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Great great great malt backbone.

M- So silky smooth. So good.

O- Maybe I got a rogue great bottle, but I put this up with Pappy Remy as best non adjunct focused ba stout that I have had. Trade more to me please.

Mar 29, 2014
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on Wed., 3/26/14, bottled on 1/9/14, poured into a hotel style glass and drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - jet black coloration, total opacity, initial subtle glass lacing on pour resolves into minimal tan bubbles hugging the sides of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

A: 9/12 - lots of dark roasted coffee, espresso, dark chocolate and stone fruit; unfortunately, the barrel-aged qualities don't shine through as much as I'd like here but there is still some detectable cocunut and vanilla-ish barrel aroma; alcohol presence in the nose as well; no hops and no flaws

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, the dark roasted bitterness hits aggressively, but is closely followed by a caramel, toffee and molasses sweetness; the chocolate and stone fruits continue as the flavor panel develops; large alcohol presence; finishes dry and inviting but still clearly a sipper

M: 5/5 - pretty much everything that I'd want from a barrel-aged IS here - thick, motor oil, syrupiness; large alcohol presence; low carbonation

0: 9/10 - an excellent barrel-aged IS; the main reason why this isn't a 10 is that the barrel-qualities did not shine through enough for me, and I wonder if this tastes much different than it's base; regardless, this is another recommended offering from Westbrook and, at $15/bomber, the price is about right

TOTAL - 40/50

Mar 28, 2014
Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 131 ratings