Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter
Karbach Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Aged HellfighterBourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter
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From:
Karbach Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Imperial Porter
ABV:
10.8%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 10.47%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
480
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 22, 2020
Added:
Jun 05, 2012
Wants:
  164
Gots:
  177
SCORE
95
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Notes: F.U.N. Series 003 (Apr 2012) aged in barrels from Heaven Hill Distillery which included: Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Old Fitzgerald

F.U.N. Series 005 (May 2013) aged in barrels from Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Old Fitzgerald

F.U.N. Series 007 (Nov. 2013) aged in barrels from Makers Mark and Four Roses
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Rated: 3.68 by T_Hass from Georgia

Apr 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Saturday night bottle share. Bottle from Steve. What more can you say? Barrel aging an excellent RIS maked it better, and then throw in some vanilla. What can go wrong? Not much, Excellent aged beer,
Jan 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.26 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jan 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jul 06, 2019
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The 2019 4 pack "One Each" Hellfighter release - Part 2 - "BBHl"
brewed on 1/15/19 (again....WHAT AM I DOING)
11.2 oz bottle poured from can to pint glass. ABV reads 11.8%

A: DARK dark chocolate colored body, with a toasted cream colored head which has very low retention and settles on down to a thin little love-marsh (*TM still pending) of foamy bubbles.
S: Less booze than part 1, somehow. Still rings in at "experience #1 though. this follows with a malty sweetness, bourbon and mustiness, and chocolate
T: follows the nose. slight booziness immediately followed by malty, backstap molasses sweetness that has tone of bourbon, leather, and cocoa's low-key dark fruit tasting tang and bittersweet to it.
F: medium body, medium carbonation, and smooth as anything-but-hell

Overall (personal opinion):
divine. this beer likes licking leather-bound books and doesn't try to make you feel lesser for it. inviting example of what it means to be a bourbon barreled *anything* and somehow overlooks the fact that most in this style need a good year on the shelf before being this relaxed and smooth. can't help but wonder what a little age would do here, but if presented the choice, I'd say "drink" not "save"

part 2's footnote: my ultimate advice: if you come across this pack, buy two if you can. stow one away for about a year, and then hold a "crash course flight" on the styles contained within the pack.
Jun 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by vfgccp from New York

May 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by JohnDon from Texas

May 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by mush from Illinois

Jan 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by rkarimi from Colorado

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Spaten454 from Texas

Aug 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by godawgs from Louisiana

Jul 03, 2018
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2015 variant. Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Has a nice roasted aroma with heavy bourbon, some molasses and mild chocolate. Taste follows the same route. Bourbon is a little more dialed down with more chocolate at the end. Medium to heavy bodied with mild carbonation. Very good.
Jun 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by Sirnickatnite from Texas

Jun 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by animal69 from Louisiana

May 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Hooley from Texas

Apr 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by Hop_God from California

Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by ZachMayer14 from Texas

Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This one had to sit in the sink for a good half hour to calm down, as a cylindrical tower of tan foam built out of the bottle. The body is a slick, shiny and opaque dark brown.

Aroma exhibits a lot of wood and cocoa, while taste adds a plethora of roasted nuts and a good barrel presence, interrupted by a vanilla cola flavor that's cut by moderate heat and a thin, dry body.
Apr 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.39 by Cizoc from Texas

Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Mar 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by hcproff36 from Texas

Feb 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by brew-Ed from Texas

Jan 20, 2018
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Reviewed by don1481 from Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bomber poured into a Christmas mug (fancy, I know).

A: pours dark with a small, rapidly diminishing mocha head.
S: Bourbon, but not burning.
T: bourbon forward, but smooth. Not burning like with crappy barrels.
M: leaves a strong bourbon aftertaste that resonates in the nostrils.
O: So glad I bought a second one of these to bring back to WI.
Dec 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Pencible from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: This poured an opaque cola with lots of dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet molasses and dark chocolate, with some toasted coconut and smoky French roast coffee and nougat.
T: It tasted like smoky French roast coffee and dark chocolate and sweet molasses, with some toasted coconut and nougat and chili powder. It had a clean sweet afterraste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Nice fitting body.
D: This was a great bourbon porter, with sweet but balanced scent and taste. The body was good and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. No need to age. Very nice fresh.
Dec 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.54 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Nov 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Nov 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Oct 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by juneof44 from Texas

Sep 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Aug 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Casey_L from Texas

Jul 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mscudder from Georgia

Jun 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by Benish from Utah

May 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by krome from Illinois

May 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois

May 17, 2017
Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 567 ratings