Abita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout
Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Bourbon Street Imperial StoutAbita Bourbon Street Imperial Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,160
Ranked #11,932
3.94 | pDev: 11.68%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Very Good
Abita Bourbon Street Imperial StoutAbita Bourbon 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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jettjon from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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BeerBobber from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 27, 2017
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Mar 07, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Dec 12, 2016
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craftaholic from New York

3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Nov 13, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Sep 16, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 4/22/17, whatever that means. I assume bottled the year before.

A: Very dark brown/black pour with a soft and tall brown head. Decent retention and nice swatches of lacing.

S: Nice roasted coffee bean aroma. Not much in the way of bourbon, maybe some caramel to sweeten it up a bit. Quite a bit of chocolate too. Coffee aroma is excellent.

T: Acrid, earthy coffee up front. Mellows out quickly with some caramel from the barrels I assume. Lots of nice sweetish dark chocolate in the middle, joining the coffee flavors.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Great coffee aroma and flavor in this one. A little one-note, barely any barrel and almost no base beer. But it's still tasty and I don't mind a coffee-dominant beer from time to time.

Jun 03, 2016
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Tilly from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Black, busy effervescent beige head with limited lacing.
A: Beautiful coffee/chocolate, Black candy licorice cigar.
T: Coffee/chocolate, licorice,
M: Chewy, silky, medium bodied, textured, small bitterness.
O: A pretty darned decent IS from Abita.

Feb 10, 2016
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Well looks pretty descent which comes off your usually dark brown to black body with a tan head rising to maybe half a finger's length. Problem with the looks is the body isn't thin, you can tell from the pour.

Smell: Descent scent, Woody notes...maybe it's the whiskey feel.

Taste: Sweet molasses with a touch of light toffee and slight bitter malts. Coffee with a caramel chocolate and of course heavy whiskey undertones. Nice taste.

Mouth: Little thin in body and medium carbonation at best. I even let the brew get a little closer to room temperature but still not as sticky as I've had some other brews, especially if you check few of my recent reviews.

Overall: Nice brew but needs a little help on the sticky level and wish the body was a little thicker. Good brew but factoring in price I can think of a handful which can easily replace this lackluster brew. Salud!

Feb 05, 2016
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fx20736 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: Black, tan head, not much lacing.

Smell: licorice, charred roast, Bourbon

Taste: Brown sugar, toasted marshmallows, whiskey

Feel: a tad thin

Overall: a decent BA Stout

Jan 06, 2016
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whitetale from West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black. Good lacing lingers.
Aroma is some roasted malts and some vanilla.
Taste is a little sweet from the barrel aging. Nice balance with the malt roast and sweetness.
Mouth feel is medium. Carbonation is well done.
Overall, I liked it. Nice balance of malt, roast and oak barrel. Not bitter like some stouts.

Dec 28, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in Buffalo during GABER 2015. Cheers gents!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bourbon Street Series
Cold aged for 6 weeks after fermentation, then aged for "months" in wooden barrels

APPEARANCE: Gusher! Shablamo! Carefully poured into a snifter and yielded a two finger, medium looking, foamy, light tan head. Poured out clear dark brown and sat bistre brown in the glass with piles of carbonation all over the place. Head slowly fades to a full foamy wisp with lots of carbonation evident. A splotchy, foamy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Light in color for the style and definitely a mess.

SMELL: Oak, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some vanilla cream, light roasted coffee and some bourbon on the nose. Decently integrated and luckily not tart, but mild overall.

TASTE: Harsh up front with some piercing alcohol for sure. Lightly roasted with oak flavors, toffee and sweet vanilla cream up front. Some alcohol and bourbon at the swallow, then a medium but lingering finish of bourbon, booze, oak, vanilla, some milk chocolate, with a bit of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate as well. Okay, but milder in flavor and pretty boozy for the abv.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little lighter on the palate, semi-creamy, goes down fine, a touch watery perhaps, and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Mundane and generally boring. With the number of bourbon barrel stouts out there, this one just can't compete. The aroma and flavor, while decent enough, are too mute in character and the feel is not full or creamy enough. Granted, a lot of the better barrel aged stouts aren't sitting on store shelves on the other side of the country months after release, but still, if you're gonna do this, you'd better do it right, as there are lots of other guys doing it too. This one definitely needs a heftier body and more time in the barrel. Worth checking out if you've never had a barrel aged stout before, but not if you've explored the style rather thoroughly already.

Dec 20, 2015
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bonesTdog from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very bourbon esque nose and dominant flavors. Subtle typical stout flavors in the background compliment the booze to a really enjoyable beer. Not super complex, but super tasty. Slightly thin body and light head compared to some others we have had. I will buy this one again.

Nov 17, 2015
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste of rich warming bourbon and toasted malts.
Dark brown color and mostly clear. Semi sweet malty bourbon nose.
Full but not heavy body, with a tan delicate lace.
Woody barrel notes are present as with a bit of alcohol bite.

Nov 01, 2015
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MyThoughtsExactly from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft
L: Lots of carbonation bubbles produce a carmel head. Beers appears black with some tints of brown when put to light.
S: Bourbon, Vanilla, fudge. Very little roasted character
T: Follows the nose bourbon, vanilla, and lots of fudge and chocolate. A bit of boozy warm in the finish. Similar to the nose I don't detect much roasted notes in the taste.
F: Light mouth feel, creamy. Wish there was a little more body to the beer.
Overall this beer was better than I expected. The mouth feel could use some work and I wish there was more roasted malt flavors, but the amount of fudge and chocolate flavors in this brew make it a nice sipper.

Oct 22, 2015
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jacewg from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Smoke and Barrel. This version is aged in Pappy barrels. Kegged March 2015.

Pours a jet black with very minimal light coming through. Thick, khaki-colored creamy head that falls pretty quickly but leaves a ring. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lots going on here with definite bourbon and oak present as well as big, sweet malt character. Also picking up dark fruits, some booze, light hints of roasted malt, vanilla, and molasses. Some nuttiness as well. Could use a bit more roastiness.

Taste: Brings more of what the nose suggested. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, coffee, and dark fruit flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is creamy to the point where I'm thinking this has lactose somewhere. Very mild oak.

Feel: This package drinks exceptionally light for 10%. All the flavors and aromas are dialed in, but they could stand to be a touch more intense. Beer is medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. More roasted barley would definitely help as well. Leans creamy and light.

Overall: This has A++ potential. The base beer needs a bit of work. Could use some more roasted barley and body. That said, I can't imagine anyone not enjoying drinking this.

Oct 15, 2015
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Hooliya from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not sure how this is only rated an 86. The color is nice and deep, almost black. The nose isn't quite what I'd expect given 8 months in Bourbon barrels, but it's inviting nonetheless. There are obvious hints of vanilla, which I love. Personally, I feel this is easily the best beer Abita has put out.

Aug 27, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber served in a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Pours a medium-dark brown that looks a bit thin-bodied right from the get-go. Once in the glass, this beer is pitch black. Absoloutely no light coming through this one. 2 fingers of bubbly, tan foam on top, which was brought about by a semi-aggressive pour. Moderate bourbon on the nose along with chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of maple syrup or candied sugar. The aroma on this beer isn't the most pungent, but it is pleasant. Right away upon tasting, my fears were confirmed: watery. Damn it all. Medium weight with a thin, watery mouthfeel (for an imperial stout).

As for the taste, this beer is an interesting specimen. Initially, there is very little to be beheld on the taste. Maybe a light touch of bourbon, but not much else. But just wait a second. As it warms on the palate, it unfolds into a medley of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, and roastiness. And bourbon. Lots of bourbon, especially after it warmed. Fairly sweet. More bourbon than anything towards the back end and on the aftertaste. The finish is somewhat creamy - moreso after the beer warmed - but still a bit watery.

I would've loved to see a heavier-bodied, more malt-forward beer. The balance in this one is just off.

Aug 23, 2015
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

kind of like a milk stout with some hints of bourbon. agreed with the masses in the body lacking depth but all in all a pleasant surprise. thanks for the kick down maddogg

Aug 18, 2015
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SensorySupernova from California

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black with a rocky white head that faded down over the course of 5 minutes to leave a little ring and sparce lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, faintly boozy.

Taste: Smooth, moderately sweet roasted malts. Vanilla and caramel. Fades into a little bit of whiskey and barrel flavor; pretty subdued.

Mouthfeel: Thick with low carbonation. About what you should expect from an Imperial stout.

Overall: Manages to be big and mellow at the same time. It’s solid without blowing me away.

Aug 16, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Initial taste is not too bad, but then has flavors of cola with a harsh back end. That was enough to make me rate this beer lower. Just doesn't compare to most other barrel aged offerings for the style.

Aug 13, 2015
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