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Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter (w/ Vanilla Bean) | Karbach Brewing Co.

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153 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter (w/ Vanilla Bean)Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter (w/ Vanilla Bean)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dicers on 01-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,322
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
153
pDev:
11.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
57
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of PSU_Mike
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eifster82
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkarimi
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, pitch black color with a thin brown foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is mild. Big time vanilla aroma with chocolate at the end. Very appealing. Big vanilla taste. Mild chocolate. Bourbon subtle. Butterscotch at the end. Very smooth. Heavy bodied. Smooth and silky. Mild carbonation. Great, Great Beer.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Briken
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong alcohol and vanilla with light barrel notes. Very sweet and and hot alcohol dominate.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikepcarney
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevem68
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Aroma is malty vanilla and some boozy sweetness. Flavor is sweet vanilla and roasted malts. Has some boozy notes and a nice feel. Overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 ounce pour from a 2015 keg served on draft at Craft Pride, as part of their barrel aged beer day for ACBW 2016.

Appearance is black in the glass with frothy mocha swirls and some large bubbles, light shines through with burgundy hue. Nose is subtle vanilla, really don't pick up a ton of it in the aroma. There's also some nice but slight coffee-esque roast and oak coming through. Wow... taste is rich, velvety and natural marshmallow vanilla that really coats the palate, some heat going down. Carbonation level is just about perfect, with that traditional porter roastiness, lingering oak and bourbon helping to dial down some of the sweetness from the vanilla.

Overall an awesome balance of decadent yet natural vanilla sweetness, portery roast and barrel presence. I've had all other variants of the Hellfighter series and this is easily the best and most enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of spycow
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drahodo
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dface
2.74/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Peter1977
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma up front consists of chocolate, vanilla & light bourbon, along with brown sugar & caramel. A bit more bourbon on the close

T- bourbon forward up front, quickly followed by a mix of cocoa and vanilla, along with some molasses/brown sugar. Mid-palate retains the bourbon notes and a bit of heat and adds some vanilla cream sweetness. The finish lingers of more spicy bourbon and a hint of vanilla

M- medium body and medium-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that turns a but creamy on the finish

O- a bourbon drinkers stout, this one has a bourbon presence throughout. The vanilla is subtle but a nice compliment to the base beer and the barrel aging

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Photo of thatche2
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter (w/ Vanilla Bean) from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 153 ratings
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