Bourbon Barrel Stout
Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.91 | pDev: 18.67%
Feb 13, 2019
Sep 12, 2009
Very Good
Bourbon Barrel StoutBourbon Barrel Stout
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace and Old Fitzgerald bourbon barrels. 2011 batch was aged in Stranahan's barrels.
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Rated: 2.4 by Tbulling from Nebraska

Feb 13, 2019
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
July 6th, 2015 - O'Dell's Bourbon Barrel stout has all the strength and intensity of a bourbon barrel aged brew but without the overarching oak notes. It's heavy on the smell, with Kikkoman soy sauce, dark brown sugar and a nice, deep dark molasses note. The flavor *is* boozy with a long burn and medium body, but it's lighter than most intense stouts. It even has a slight tang, which is where that bourbon might be coming. And in the aftertaste there' a long sweet and roasted carrot note, too. I do appreciate they've wrung the excessive oakiness out of it.
Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 4 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Mar 08, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2011 edition on tap at falling rock, i just dont know how they do it with some of these rarities. this is outstanding too, and even though thats a lot of time elapsed since its release, and even longer since its brew date, the beer is amazing, and time has served it extremely well. definitely a hint of oxidation creeping in, and carbonation hasnt been particularly well conserved, but this is what you dream of when you make a beer like this, really and truly. silky smooth to look at, eggshell luster on it, some lazy mocha colored bubbles. it smells great too, molasses and burnt sugar right away, there is a great fusion between the sweet and the black, like making a pot of barbecue sauce and having some bits burn on the bottom, get all charred and black but retain their sweetness. so good. lots of coffee character too, cocoa nib quality as well, and frankly a lot less whiskey barrel to it than i expected it to have, maybe its faded, maybe it was never that intense, but its just not as intense as it often can be. vanilla and wood there for sure, and the feel is certainly mellow and mature. very very smooth feel, a touch thin for what it is, but this ends being really dry, and hiding its alcohol very well at the end, another surprising twist, especially given the sticky sweet aroma it has. plenty of dark malt bitterness later on too. in the end, odell has made a brilliant base stout, traditional but also unique, and the time in the cellar has been instrumental. id love to try it fresh to compare, but get down to falling rock asap and get a pour of this beer while its around!
Apr 25, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 10, 2015
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Mike, thanks for the opportunity!
Rich roasty chocolate and caramel offset by earthy woody bourbon notes that compliment quite nicely. Great stout!
Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 14, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by jfstilling from South Carolina

Feb 25, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 4.2 by k47k from New York

Oct 04, 2014
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is a good representation of the style, but that style isn't really up my alley. It's very high alcohol, as you would expect, so be prepared. I don't drink bourbon, so it's not something I'd seek out, but I tried it at a food and beer pairing event and it went well with the dessert we had.
Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by JoelClark from Idaho

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 1.5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Jul 01, 2014
Rated: 1.5 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Jun 30, 2014
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Reviewed by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 mL bottle from 2011.

Pours viscous and pitch black, with a 1/4 finger thick, pale cream head that dissipates into a layer of lace atop the beer. Not as heady or lacy as I'd hope, but the dark body is enticing.

Just what I'd expect from a BBA beer, oaken, vanilla, and spicy bourbon. Slight hints of dark and sweet malts, and some chocolate, are also present. It's tasty smelling.

I continue to get lots of oak and bourbony spice, but I suspect it's mellowed considerably as I'm not overwhelmed by these tastes. In fact, I notice the sweet vanilla and malt and some tasty dark chocolate.

Smoothness is heavy here. This beer has mellowed out excellently. No boozy burn. Silky, creamy and thick-bodied, there's only a slight bite to this and it's more from a rye spiciness than booze.

This beer is right there. The flavor offers many tastes and it's still smooth and silky. I would say this aged very well.
Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Zuidman from Illinois

Jun 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

May 31, 2014
Rated: 3 by seangibbs60 from Minnesota

Apr 07, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by afsdan from Colorado

Apr 06, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

Mar 31, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by BDeibs from Colorado

Feb 19, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by shadowofthereaper_666 from New Mexico

Jan 12, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Dec 30, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by jaydoc from Kansas

Dec 23, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Dec 14, 2013
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
It took some digging around on the internet, but I've finally ascertained that the bottle I have is a 2011 vintage. 11.5% according to the label. 750ml brown glass bottle with rustic barrel-like label art and branded black hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired a couple years ago at Argonaut Liquor and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I'm a huge fan of Odell and I'm in the mood for a bourbon barrel aged stout. "0554-2011." No bourbon brand is identified on the label.

Served chilled - after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields only a minor pop upon removal of the cork; there's no carbonation hiss.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is poor - sub 30 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black - almost a jet black. Sleek and glossy. Rich. No floating yeast particles are visible, but it's so dark I doubt I'd see them if they were present.

Overall, it's looking quite attractive for a bourbon barrel stout, but the lack of head and seeming undercarbonation are concerning characteristics. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Vanilla - not as authentic as vanilla bean, not as artificial as vanillicin. Milk chocolate. Dark malts. Cream. Light bourbon, but no real rich toasty oak or barrel notes. It's quite timid and reticent for a bourbon barrel aged stout, lacking seeming depth. Very subdued - this is not the intense aroma you'd expect from an imperial stout. Any coffee has faded with age. I'm also not finding any roasted barley. Plenty of sweetness here.

A pleasing inviting aroma of surprisingly light strength. It doesn't seem alive; there're no yeast notes. No alcohol is noticeable.

T: The subdued timid vibe from the aroma continues in the taste. Very reticent/closed-off. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. The bourbon lacks depth, but as a trade-off is near seamlessly integrated; all I really get is some faint vanilla, but it isn't the rich vanilla bean of superior imperial stouts. Milk chocolate. Caramel. Faint marshmallow. It's nicely balanced, but the simplicity is a big drawback. Lacks the complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance of the best beers in the style. Maybe it's withdrawn with age and was more bold fresh.

Roasted barley is sorely missed here. I need far more from the bourbon as well as from the base; it just doesn't open up to the drinker at all. And any coffee it's supposed to have is not coming through at all; age has likely taken its toll.

Below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's far less boozy than many examples of the style, which I admire.

It isn't as clean as I'd like, and has some earthiness and graininess lurking beneath the surface that I figure is left over from the absent coffee notes.

Has a bitter vinous off-note I'm none too fond of.

Mf: A big flaw here is the slight dryness and thinness/weak feel of the finish. Overly smooth and wet otherwise. Carbonation is near perfect. Lightly sticky. Sleek and slick. Pretty good thickness. Full-bodied. Nice presence on the palate. Soft enough, I guess. Could be creamier.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, rough, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, but not one that's up there with the best in the style. Its reticence is its undoing, and the barrel notes just don't add enough to the base beer. Not worth picking up at this price point. I do love Odell and I like this beer, but there are far superior options available at or below this price point. Hides its ABV pretty well.

Overall, this a middle-of-the-road bourbon stout that won't impress the discerning drinker. I'd like to revisit a fresh bottle, but apparently they're no longer brewing this beer so I won't have that opportunity. I can say that most bourbon stouts taste better with age than this does.

Dec 14, 2013
Rated: 4 by ShemRahBoo from New Jersey

Nov 25, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Brewer1980 from Scotland

Nov 17, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by josephwa from Minnesota

Oct 27, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by BillRoth from Maryland

Sep 26, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Holland from Illinois

Sep 02, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by lonewolfcry from Minnesota

Aug 25, 2013
Rated: 3 by BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

Aug 17, 2013
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Reviewed by homebrew311 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Logged from notes, shared by a stranger at DLD '11. Pours opaque blackish brown with creamy tan head present. The nose is chock full of oak and vanilla. Some chocolate is present in there as well, but oak is the dominating force throughout this brew. Taste is chocolatey up front with mellow vanilla, and again more well integrated wood. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, right on par with the style. Nice balance here for a bourbon stout, very smooth and no booziness.
Aug 12, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by redleg411 from Wisconsin

Jun 28, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by FrostyWPG from Canada (MB)

Jun 22, 2013
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