Bourbon Street Imperial Stout
Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,786
Ranked #15,240
3.92 | pDev: 11.73%
Mar 12, 2022
Dec 04, 2013
Very Good
Bourbon Street Imperial StoutBourbon Street Imperial Stout
Notes: 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.
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3.77 by einman from Minnesota on Mar 12, 2022
3.94 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jettjon from Florida

From a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass, it’s nearly pitch brown, with a thick foamy brown head crowning it. Nose is syrupy sweet and bready with coffee and molasses notes with a hint of bourbon. Flavor is a bit different than advertised on the nose with an unexpected bitterness up front followed by semi-sweet malty-molasses. There’s kind of a watered-down bourbon flavor, and 10% ABV is well masked. Mouth is pleasantly creamy. Overall, a bit disappointing. The color, body, and nose are great, but the flavor seems a bit flat. With so many better options out there, I would not go out of my way to try again.

Aug 02, 2020
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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Didn't have great expectations for this beer, but at this price was definitely worth a try.

Nice look, classic decent head and color.
Good smell, definitely smell the bourbon, not overpowering, but there.

Taste is where things start to disappoint. There is an emptiness that comes through. Like something is missing. Good flavor overall, but that lack of depth leaves you wanting more feel.

Decent beer, worth a try, but that's about it.

Jul 12, 2020
3.75 by iftcoach from Germany on Jul 21, 2019
3.91 by LXIXME from New Mexico on May 22, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was an inch and a half inch creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A so-so aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, bourbon, and hops.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of hops (mostly in the finish), a good shot of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a lot of roasted malt (present throughout), light caramel notes, and a little chocolate. This flavor puts emphasis in the wrong places. It seems to give the bourbon more of a starring role than the chocolate or anything else. An OK flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, warm finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wildly uneven beer with some good qualities.

Mar 21, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Bourbon Street pours a black color, with a very small head. Big sweet bourbon aroma, and lots of barrel. Great bourbon flavor, mixed in with a strong creamy roasted malt backbone. Lots of barrel. Good body and feel. Overall, this is a great barrel beer, exactly what you want.

Mar 10, 2019
3.65 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Jan 30, 2019
4 by eldoctorador from Chile on Jan 25, 2019
4.1 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Jan 13, 2019
4 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Nov 10, 2018
3.75 by Nick4444 from Texas on Sep 10, 2018
4.75 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 05, 2018
3.97 by jrc1093 from Connecticut on Apr 15, 2018
3.75 by tbone1384 from Wyoming on Apr 14, 2018
3.85 by atlandy from Georgia on Dec 20, 2017
4 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio on Dec 08, 2017
3.94 by Budlum from Maryland on Nov 18, 2017
4.21 by giediprime41 from Florida on Aug 31, 2017
3.77 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Aug 28, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BeerBobber from Nevada

Pours out dark as night with a thin finger of a foamy tan white head.

Smell is of licorice and bitter chocolate with some figs and other stone fruits popping out.

Taste is of some roasted malts with that bitter chocolate following. The chocolate seems to have a bit of sweetness coming through, perhaps from the added oats. Picking up some alcohol, yet not unpleasent, as the brew warms. Also picking up those figs and stone fruits as it warms.

On the mouth you really can pick up that smoothness that the oats add. That smoothness with a low carbonation level makes this have a smooth silky mouth feel.

Overall a very delicious beer that I feel is underated and may be overlooked due to that lower rating. This is a really fine tasting brew. One off note was I had a real hard time picking up any of the flavor from the barrel aging process. It is there in the beer but so damn faint.

Aug 04, 2017
4.69 by Beersplosion from Alabama on Jul 28, 2017
3.75 by armock from New York on Jul 14, 2017
3.43 by zkoehn from Wisconsin on Jun 18, 2017
4.05 by VABA from Virginia on May 20, 2017
3.55 by Kahlerbock from Kansas on May 09, 2017
3.73 by Zaphog from Michigan on Apr 15, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

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.

Mar 27, 2017
3.83 by Birdlegs from Washington on Mar 26, 2017
4.88 by mcsweenb from Florida on Mar 24, 2017
3.85 by ambruns1979 from California on Mar 10, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 07, 2017
4.05 by HabaJohn from Illinois on Feb 13, 2017
3.93 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Dec 25, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Dec 12, 2016
4.42 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Nov 18, 2016
3.91 by mikel52588 from New York on Nov 13, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by craftaholic from New York

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.

Nov 13, 2016
3.65 by mattsucks from Ohio on Oct 21, 2016
Bourbon Street Imperial Stout from Abita Brewing Co.
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