Abita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Bourbon Street Imperial StoutAbita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Street Stout is an Imperial Stout that is aged in small batch bourbon barrels. Our Imperial Stout is brewed with a combination of pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for 6 weeks. This is necessary for all of the flavors of the malt and hops to balance and produce a very smooth flavor.

After the cold aging the beer is transferred into the bourbon barrels. It is then aged for another 8 weeks to absorb all of the flavors from the barrels. The result is a stout that brings out the roasted flavors from the malt and the warming toasted, vanilla, and bourbon flavors.

Added by Mikecap on 12-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
511
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of Barracudas
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as a 4-oz pour as part of a sampler at Whole Foods in Destin, Florida.

Nice look, nothing notable in the aroma department, reasonably nice full-bodied mouth-feel, and with a nice flavor like any standard imperial stout: malty and chocolaty.

There was nothing that stood out about this Imperial stout. As a matter of fact, I liked this 10% Imperial Stout less than the Jdub's 5.6% Bell Cow I was also sampling.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcsweenb
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ambruns1979
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alarmclock314
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, best by date of 1/13/18. Pours semi-transparent amber brown with a large sized light khaki head; some lacing. Smells of bourbon, roasted malt, cocoa, char, vanilla, and oats. The taste follows with roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, char, oats, vanilla, and nuts. Medium bitterness. Better after it warmed up to cellar temp. The body is thin but somewhat smooth with higher carbonation. Overall, it's a fairly average but drinkable IS with a good barrel profile.

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (2015?) served in a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: dark mahogany, nearly opaque black in the glass. Small head with partial retention and little lacing.

Complex aroma that changes with warming. An obvious but not overpowering bourbon aroma with a clear alcohol presence. Has hints of caramel, dates and prunes.

Flavor: Sweeter than expected, but at a pleasing level. Bourbon and dark bread are dominant. Hints of caramel, oak and brown sugar. The bourbon comes to the fore in the finish, with fainter dark grains flavors. Bourbon lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, finishing a bit dry. Good medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice strength and quality of the bourbon barrel influence. Impressive.

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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikel52588
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craftaholic
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells like bourbon and caramel.
Has a nice hammock of coconut with a blend of bourbon and vanilla. A little thin but what flavors are there are delicious.

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Photo of mattsucks
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PackenGreen
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rogerlb
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got a bomber from craftcity, which I'm beginning to wonder may have out-of-date or mis-handled bottles. For the 3rd time I'm going "This? Is this how it's supposed to taste? But the ratings said..."

No date visible on this guy. Pours dark, with brown visible around the edges. Look of dark soda. Very minimal head. The aroma is of malt, grain, some chocolate, not very strong fruit in the normal stout style.

Taste is more rich, with raisins, a sweet straw of bourbon, a slightly astringent bitterness and bit of stale t-bone steak (that's how I'm reading it). Needless to say, a bit murky.

It's boozy and the 10% will sneak up on you. Ashy caramel later in the taste, a smokey malt. Tobacco and chocolate without much sweetness or bitterness. A little lackluster but it's there. Not hitting the stout chewiness at all. The feel is thin, more like a porter than a stout. The consistency of soda with a taste of bad bourbon splashed in.

My description sounds worse than it really is. Trying to capture the essence. But this one didn't do it for me.

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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerManDan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManUtdSooner
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Abita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 511 ratings.
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