Bourbon Barrel Stout | Odell Brewing Company

very good
349 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel StoutBourbon Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace and Old Fitzgerald bourbon barrels. 2011 batch was aged in Stranahan's barrels.

Added by waltonc on 09-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of quaybr
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter a dark dark brown moving towards black. Had a thick and bubbly light tan head.

Smells gorgeous. Bourbon, cocoa, coffee, and a subtle vanilla aroma make up the nose.

Taste follows the smell: bourbon and malty goodness send the tongue into overload. This is just swell. As expected, this beer really comes to life as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Glides across the tongue. A few sips seemed just a tad too carbonated.

This is a great beer. Fortunate to have a bottle that was not infected. As always, enjoyed more thoroughly in the company of a good friend.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap in a 10 oz pour

A- pours a black thick color with a tan,cherry head and good lacing

S- was bourbon, cocoa,vanilla,roasted malts, chocolate

T- was pretty good with oak and vanilla mixed with roasted malts coffee,chocolate,bourbon in the finish

M- was thick and full but not creamy or silky smooth, the bourboun was there but was not aged or smooth

O - a good BB stout but 2nd tier IMO, but will drink this anytime i see it on tap,probably wont buy a bottle of it though

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Photo of leschkie
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.29/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

2011 vintage.

I have heard these have a track record of being infected and unfortunately I think I got a bad bottle.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a huge puffy 4 inch khaki head that doesn't settle. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruits, bourbon, and wood. I am getting no normal stout aromas whatsoever. Taste is of roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood along with abnormal sour cherry/berry and metallic flavors. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has way too much carbonation with an extremely bubbly mouthfeel (even more so than soda). Overall, this is just not a very good beer and some sort of infection is apparent here. I assume this could be really good with a normal bottle but this one is a drainpour for me. It's not completely undrinkable but pretty close in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Alpar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SalukiAlum
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is dark brown with an inch of khaki colored head. Ample lacing left on the tulip. The aroma brings some malt with a musty, yeast character. The scent is generally pretty weak. Unusual, though not off putting. While the beer is not bad, this is without question a beverage that has been invaded by wild bacteria. Light tartness and mild sourness with hints of roast. Sweet and sour cherries. Bourbon presence is secondary to wild yeast flavors. Not at all what one should expect from an imperial stout. If the style category was changed to American wild ale, this beer would make more sense. Overall, interesting, and worth a try, especially if you're a fan of both stouts and sour ales.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of matttttYCE
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into my Stone snifter, this beer is super dark black, no highlights. Head is pretty bubbly/somewhat rocky, very high, 2 fingers, barely receding at all, and light tan in color. Lace is substantial.

S - Aroma is pretty light in general. Notes of dark roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans/espresso, caramel, a bit of wood/oak, lighter but noticeable bourbon aroma and bourbon spice, and a bit of root beer. I think it takes some decent warming for most of the aromas to come out. Once it warms, the vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee not only come out a bit more but they meld together very nicely to form one of the nicer smelling Bourbon barrel aged Stouts I've smelled that's lighter on the bourbon.

T - Taste is much the same as the aroma. Light but with notes of sweet milk chocolate, light but present roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, root beer, more chocolate, hints of bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Taste doesn't open up as much as the aroma did after warming. Taste really doesn't bowl me over that much, for as nice as the aroma smelled, especially after it warmed a bit. Above average I would say.

M - Carbonation is a bit high for an imperial stout and detracts from the brew a bit in my opinion. Consistency is almost viscous, body is a bit higher than medium, and the finish is light and fairly short-lived.

O - A good barrel aged stout overall, but certainly not one that I'm really going to write home about. Carbonation hurts it in the mouthfeel section and somewhat in the taste. The aroma really led to a disappointment in taste.

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.33/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750mL corked and caged bottle. 5036-2011 is on the label.

almost black, massive thick tan colored head that leaves bid clumps of lacing, with great retention.

the aroma is not was is expected. instead of bourbon or roasted malt, I get maybe some malt, raisin, and a bit of black cherry.
taste is similar, a bit tart and dry in the finish. none of the flavors indicated on the bottle label (chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, caramel) show up at all.

smooth, but still significant carbonation. expected to be thicker.

overall, a big miss for the style. maybe some QC issues?
Unfortunately after I took the trouble of flying this bottle back from a trip to Colorado, I read about infection issues with this beer. So I drank right away. Can't say for certain if some wild yeast is talking hold or not. It's not bad, but not good. certainly not worth the price tag.

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Bourbon Barrel Stout from Odell Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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