Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter | Karbach Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
530 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Aged HellfighterBourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BgThang on 06-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
530
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
180
For Trade:
19
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 530 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of holmesmi
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic-looking porter. It has a foamy head with thick lacing, thick legs, and excellent head retention. The beer itself is jet-black and almost completely opaque. I can only see a little bit of light coming through the edges if I tilt it to the side.
In the smell, there is a lot of whiskey with obvious alcohol, and a bit of woodsy spiciness like rye, but there's also a slightly out-of-place spice, like... I don't know... fennel? It's a little bit odd.
Fortunately, the flavor is quite a bit better. Loads of chocolate and vanilla and oak. The whiskey is tasty without bringing a ton of heat. There's a slight coffee-like, earthy bitterness on the finish. Quite good.
The feel is also satisfying. It's dense with a great creaminess.
This beer was a great surprise. I had heard of it but didn't know much about it. I randomly picked one up when I saw it, and I'm glad I did! Definitely recommended.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gilgar
3.34/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Abbo
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kavinci
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allenpablohoney
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of facefox
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter, 2015 vintage

A- pours black in color with just a bit of light creeping through on the edges, small fizzy off-white head disappears quickly

S- smells of chocolate & caramel, with a big whiff of bourbon, which also brings notes of vanilla, hint of coffee & dark fruit

T- big blast of bourbon up front with plenty of barrel character showing up, along with some vanilla sweetness and earthy wood. Mid-palate brings roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of caramel. The finish brings more bourbon and some alcohol

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- bourbon-forward throughout and still has a bit of heat, nice sipper

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

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

Photo of marauding_prongs
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. it definitely packs a punch. It tastes good. It is definitely a sipping beer (no chugging). My fiance was even willing to try a couple sips (stouts normally don't get past her smelling them). You can also tell it has been barrel ages.

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Photo of aceseth13
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured at 44°F from a 22oz bottle (2016 vintage) into a snifter. Consumed on 06Jul16.
SMELL: Big aromas of bourbon, molasses, plums, and figs commingle with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, coconut, oak, and vanilla along with subtle amounts of sweet coffee and toffee. Hints of roasted malts provide just the right amount of bitterness.
TASTE: A robust yet balanced flavor is immediately established with strong flavors of bourbon, molasses, figs, and plums smothering the palate. The sweetness profile is augmented as mild flavors of sweet chocolate and vanilla immediately trail. Mild flavors of oak and subtle coconut and toffee flavors add more complexity to the brew. Mild flavors of salty minerals and subtle sweet coffee present a tastier enhancement to the Porter as coconut and toffee flavors grow to mild. Hints of bitter roasted malts end this symphony of brawny balance as all previous flavors persist.
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Photo of En29356
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OnryAndMean
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Pkennedy
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Stout glass pour is black, with fairly rich body and a low tan head, little lacing.
Smells of chocolate notes, some vanilla and a hefty/ burning aroma of bourbon.
Taste is burnt cocoa, caramel with some vanilla, malts, sweet and wrapped in bourbon barrel.
Aftertaste has some tart berry poking through. Interesting imperial porter.
Feels silky smooth and medium, velvety... terrific mouthfeel.
A very nice barrel-aged effort by a local brewer I don't believe I've sampled.

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Photo of dasotelo50
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 530 ratings.
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