5th Anniversary - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 5.45%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
18
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  7
SCORE
92
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Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was absolutely phenomenal. Appearance is nice for a stout, especially a barrel aged one. Nice head retention, thick black color. Smell was very dry, like smelling cocoa. Taste was like a red wine soaked fudge brownie with a tart raspberry presence. Really worked well. The raspberry was sweet like a raspberry jam, but did not taste artificial. Feel was not to thick, but carried its own. Overall a lovely beer that I am glad to have had the opportunity to try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wanted to like the cab barrel version better because it was a bit more unique, but honestly this is easily the better of the two. The adjuncts lend themselves perfectly to the oak and vanilla character of the bourbon barrel and the base beer is properly sweet and heavy to support the over the top pastry qualities of the whole experience. Westbrook's melted ice cream flavored adjunct stout craziness at its best!

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Photo of jaydoc
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle. Inky black with no head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, a little acidic raspberry. Tastes of bourbon, tart raspberry. oak, dark chocolate. Kinda sweet with a long, oaky finish. Medium heavy body. Bourbon cuts the raspberry nicely. Doesn't ever become medicinal.

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Photo of zac16125
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Westbrook Bourbon Barrel Aged 5th Anniversary
22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 12/15/16


A: Pour is opaque jet black, 1 fingers width of very dark mocha colored head builds and then dissipates down at a moderate rate. A few small patches of lacing are left on the side of the class. 4.5

S: Killer aroma. Tons of chocolate, big barrel notes, subtle fusel alcohol, vanilla, nice raspberry on the finish. Super decadent aroma. Great balance of sweet and booze. 4.75

T: Taste is very good, but doesn’t live up to the aroma. Its less rich and less sweet than the aroma implied. Very roasty, lots of roasted malt, coffee, and bitter dark cocoa. Raspberry is certainly prominent, in a partially sweet and a partially tart way. Barrel notes are present, mostly with charred oak, and some whiskey booze notes. 4.25

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied, with appropriately moderate carbonation, somewhat thick/chewy, ABV is noticeably but barely, drinkability is average. 4.25

O: Overall, this is an great beer. Now granted, I was in the camp that really enjoyed the base beer (seemed to be a pretty big dichotomous split amongst people with the regular 5th), but I do think this variant is quite good. I almost feel like hating on fruited stouts is the new “cool thing” to do amongst the trendy BA crowd and thus even very well done ones are shit on by some people. Regardless, to each their own, but IMO its definitely a beer I would recommend trying. 4.25

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - These stouts that WB pumps out are dialed in on how they looked. Typical motor oil pour, black as night with a half finger khaki head. Nice oily sheen on the glass.

S - The bourbon barrels are taking a seat to the raspberries here! Juicy raspberries front and center. Bourbon, oak and vanilla follow. Roasted malts bring up the rear.

T - Tart raspberries, chocolate fudge, bourbon, oak and vanilla all wrapped up together with a bow. So much depth here once the raspberries die down.

F - Full bodied and light carbonation. Smooth, velvety body.

O - I know people either love or hate the 5th Anni. But, if you love it, then the bourbon barrel aged is right up your alley.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, yellow session. Aroma has berries, smoked plums, quite fruity but also roasty. Taste is fruity with a nice sweet/tart combination, quite balanced overall with a bit of roasty bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really solid BBA stout with plenty of flavor. Pick up the raspberry on the nose and on the very front end of the flavor. Light bodied and lacking a dark roast bitterness. Bourbon blends well with the flavors and adds a hint of dryness. Get some sweetness from the other backing flavors.

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Photo of steveheady
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved it!!! Takes the reg 5th to the next level. Only critique would be it's a little hot. Should do great with a little age

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brent_B
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5th Anniversary - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 18 ratings