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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter (w/Chocolate) | Karbach Brewing Co.

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4.2/5
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115 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter (w/Chocolate)Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter (w/Chocolate)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 02-13-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
115
pDev:
9.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
45
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by DLSheidy:
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque black color. A small tan head forms that leaves patchy lace. The foam sticks around throughout as a small cap.
S: Dark, bitter bakers chocolate up front and center. A bit of vanilla sweetness, some oak barrels are subtle with more of a tannin like character. Really enjoyable.
A: Like the nose, that dark and bitter bakers chocolate is the show up front. Vanilla sweetness, light barrel and tannins come out as this warms. Simple, but really well done.
M/O: A full body with maybe a little to much carbonation at first. Though not overly viscous or inky. As this breaths this smooths out quite a bit. So easy and enjoyable to drink. Not overbearing at all considering the large ABV, and because of that, something I can drink more than one of.

Like all BBH's this is well done. It is not aggressive or as in your face as some other barrel aged stouts/porters tend to be. The barrel presents is actually really subtle, but the huge bakers chocolate character is great. Overall, something I really enjoy and will be seeking out when bottles hit.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was afraid this might end up too sweet and syrupy but it ended up simply fantastic. It's unmistakably Bourbon barrel Hellfighter but smells more cocoa-y and rich. Again plenty of bourbon, oak, and vanilla from the base and barrels just like you'd expect in any BBH release on the nose and palate. The addition of the nibs just plays perfectly with already dark chocolaty malts. This is, in my opinion, the best variant so far. (until a coffee variant is made!)

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Photo of rspauldi
3.09/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average barrel aged porter. Not very complex and very little barrel flavor. Don't get much chocolate at all, its mostly just a roasty flavor and it leaves a strange aftertaste. There are much better BA beers out there. I would skip this one.

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Photo of thatche2
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draught into a tulip glass.

Appearance is deep black in color with moderate yet creamy tan head.

Smell is vanilla, chocolate and some alcohol.

Taste follows the nose but some delicious milk chocolate and lightly roasted malt really comes through on the mid palate. The vanilla and oak are still there, and the alcohol /bourbon is less noticeable. A faint amount of smoke and dark fruit also show up. There is some good sweetness up front with a fairly dry finish.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy (a little syrupy) with a little heat on the end. The carbonation is fairly low/flat but works well throughout

Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged chocolate porter. It is relatively easy to drink yet packs a punch of chocolate and vanilla flavors with the right amount of alcohol.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesmk48
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robgage
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tuckerster
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jim_TX
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of erushing
2.71/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber, pulled from the fridge, but allowed to warm before opening.

Some chocolate in the aroma, but it's pretty flat and smells a bit of alcohol.
The taste is chocolate up front with some subtle bourbon and vanilla, enhanced by a really nice mouthfeel, but as all Hellfighters do, it completely falls apart, this time in a fusel alcohol mess. Regular and Vanilla had a more harsh astringent quality like the barrels were bad, but this is just all alcohol. Very long, very off-putting bitter aftertaste. I've never had a beer with such a long, poor fusel aftertaste.

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Photo of BKotch
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Longhorn08
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is dark mahogany, thin, but a nice fluffy tan head.

Smell is oaky, bourbon and hints of dark chocolate. Maybe vanilla, but something else sweet too. Definitely get the bourbon, but its well crafted.

Taste is similar to smell. Bourbon and oak, smooth chocolate, roasty flavors that might be coffee and some sweet dark fruity tastes before the booziness arrives.

Feel is medium bodied with pretty strong carbonation. This bottle is just a couple months old and it might settle down with age, but its nice for now. Its a porter, which I have to remind myself of because I'm looking for a stout body, but all things considered the body is decent.

Overall, this is really good. The chocolate is subtle to the point that I'd like to do side by side with the original to distinguish, but either way its great drinking. My only gripe would be a lack of body and maybe the balance - because the hoppy bitterness is late to the party well after the sweetness fades - but overall its a winner.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter (w/Chocolate) from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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