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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter | Karbach Brewing Co.

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4.31/5
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542 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#639
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
542
pDev:
10.67%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
179
Trade:
19
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 542 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of marauding_prongs
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Myotus
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OnryAndMean
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinkel
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pkennedy
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TBoneJones
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Karbach's during Houston beer safari. Wonderful version of a big full silky porter that has been bathed in bourbon, caramel and vanilla from some serious barrel aging. No evidence of its high ABV. Greater sipper that goes great with food or alone. Loved it.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is fantastic. This is probably one of the very best stouts brewed in Texas and it is very underrated. It has a super creamy mouthfeel, and perfect viscosity.

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Photo of jkhobbs99
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardTarget
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass holds a thin halo of dark tan and shows some ruby edges when back lit.

Aroma: Heavy bourbon barrel with some soy sauce and some sour notes.

Taste: Bourbon flavor is strong but compliments a host of other flavors. Chocolate sweetness and alcohol burn fuse into a deep rich concoction. Heavy malt shows a little depth as well with some toffee and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body triggers a mandatory chew, oily texture lasts and alcohol burns.

Overall: Monster beer. Very tasty but the heavy barrel notes may not be to everyone's preference. A nice slow Sunday sipper, I could see getting a couple more but I don't think this would cellar well, chocolate doesn't age nicely.

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

Photo of Evan
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thatche2
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilfluff
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeer_guy1
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of h0wdy
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep black coloring with a thin amount of head ontop of it.
Smell: Chocolate with a little bite of liquor in it.
Taste: Chocolate with just enough liquor to enjoy it while not being overbearing.
Feeling: A nice kick that leaves me feeling very pleased with my trade.
Overall: A highly enjoyable drink that is worth a purchase of!

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 542 ratings
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