Warehouse Experiment #3
Country Boy Brewing

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American Stout
3.76 | pDev: 7.71%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Barrel aged experimental stout #291
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18
Photo of bobhits
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I was pretty excited to give this one a go. I love what Country Boy's is doing, just wish I was back in Lexington. Sadly just stop here, they missed pretty big on this.

The pour provides a LOT of carbonation, really too much for a 10% stout, and not that creamy sugary big stout head. More of well the type you see with a beer that will have a bit too much acidity.

The nose sure it has some coffee and chocolate but a LOT of sour notes. We're talking the sour you'd get in a true sour, not just some coffee notes or something.

The flavor is dominated by sour. The chocolates and coffee prevent it from tasting sour, per say. So no this isn't a sour beer. But meh not working.

The beer drinks well. Good body, great carbonation.

Honestly we're stuck with a failed beer here. I think the rum barrels were a HUGE part of the failing. I get a lot of rum flavor when I shouldn't. Even if they aren't the cause of flavor (and I doubt it), I think even mentioning them is making the experience lesser.

I have a feeling with so few reviews the Country Boy's might read this. The beer isn't bad. The base is likely decent to good. The end result didn't get there. I think just a few adjustments can get this to where you're wanting it. Keep it up, great beers are ahead, but this one, well it was a one and done.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice profile of chocolate, coconut, vanilla and caramel but it is delivered very weakly and in fact a bit watery. This was not my favorite of the 3 experiments thus far.

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Photo of macher0
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Great Flood in Louisville.

The bar keep said this is a sour stout with lacto aged in whiskey/rum/bourbon barrels?????

A. Black color, minimal fine bubble head (with the slightest tint of tan) fades to sticky rim. Not very viscous.

S. Not much fragrance when poured but as it warms the dark roasted malts come out with a sweet bourbon-soaked oak back. A little vanilla bean and smokey barrel are also there. Not very complex.

T. The barrel (s) have a distinct presence and straight bourbon comes though in a very pleasing way, not hot or super boozey. The dark malts partake a little sweetness which reminds me of fresh milled barley. I may get a little of the rum at the end when it warms. Not sour or lacto-E.

M. This certainly has a full body but is not thick or sticky. Moderate to high carbonation for the style. This stout has a very clean finish.

O. This BA stout has a strong barrel and bourbon character without being hot or boozy. I don't get the sour at all. The combo barreling is interesting but I'm mainly getting bourbon - which is way cool. I say this is certainly an experiment of sorts that makes me want more of a straight forward approach.

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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Laying the foundation for barrel-aged imperial stout, the Country Boys continue to tinker with recipe and time in the barrel in order to push boundaries and to excite the palate with curiosity, quality and a touch of fear.

Warehouse Experiement #3 is an onyx-black look but with tawny garnet highlights at its margins. Deeply roasted coffee, cocoa, char and oak frame the bulk of aromas while robust malt flavors represent caramel, toffee, brown sugar and smoky chocolate.

With the stout coming up to temperature, the sweetness unfolds with a host of beautifully burnt sugars along with the vanilla, sweet oak and fruity flavors that the barrel represent. Turning fruity and drying late, the idea of grilled currant, red grape, and toasty melot debut.

With the sweetness beginning to fade and the tarnish char remaining, the beer's finish is powdery and tart, showing off more wine-like character through its bourbon-laced finish. Warm, nearly numbing, the beer extends with dry cocoa powder, oak tannin and coffee grounds.

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells a little like turpentine, with chocolate and a hint of blueberry. Roast malt pales to chocolate dominance.

Flavor is lightly chocolatey, with an underlying sour character, and a lot of barrel oak. Notes of bourbon and vanilla add complexity. Fairly hot, but might age well. That sour character really dominates the malt. Needs bigger base beer to stand up. Oak and sourness clash.

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Warehouse Experiment #3 from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 18 ratings