Gerry Dog Stout Bourbon Barrel Version | Big Elm Brewing

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Big Elm Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sam21 on 02-07-2013

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A- Poured into a super tall chalice with a dark black but not quite pitch black body. Bubbly head forms to a finger or so but falls down rather quickly to a frothy ring surrounding the top of the beer. Some nice legs but lacing is only spotty.

S- Aroma is nice and strong and consists of fresh yeast bread, brownies, smoothed out vanilla bourbon and some sweets.

T- I like the lower alcohol with the Bourbon barrels here. The Bourbon lends a smoothed out whiskey, vanilla and oak feel which blends well with the lighter stout here. Not the boozy barrels some use. Fresh baked bread, cocoa powder, fudge, raisin, roast grains, caramel and sweetness underlying this all. Some coca-cola/Dr Pepper in here.

MF- Lighter end body, which is OK for 6.5% but the texture is a bit off as well. Not enough creaminess and it ends up being a bit watery. Finishes sweet with some Bourbon on the palate.

Enjoyable Bourbon use but the underlying stout is a bit on the weak side. The mouthfeel is really the only thing I don't like much, just a bit thin and watery even for 6.5%.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased for $5.99. No bottle date. Served into a snifter. Nice simple label. This is their Gerry oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels. 

A- Dark body with a touch of clarity at the edges. The regular Gerry stout had the same clarity to it. Head is small, a finger or two, and doesn't last long. This is a difference from the non BA version. The second pour yields a creamier head. A bit more retention but it still fades relatively quick over a minute or so. 

S- Black licorice, twizzlers, cocoa nibs, rich dark chocolate, light roasted malt notes, and then sitting patiently in the wings is the barrel's addition. Vanilla, oak, light spice, and those classic malty caramel notes that you find in a good glass of bourbon. Very balanced aroma. 

T- The taste follows suit with velvety sweetness that balances out a mild roasty edge. The sweetness has a cola-like edge to it that is accentuated by the vanilla notes of the barrels. It reminds me of a cold can of vanilla come from my early teenage years. The finish is slow to come on and is a blend of the sweetness and barrel notes. Again, the oak is mild and the malty caramels add balance. The flavor profile is wonderfully balanced and there is good clarity to the flavors. 

MF- Medium bodied, but with a creaminess to it. I love the mouthfeel of oatmeal stouts. 

O- I enjoyed the regular version of this beer, but was really pleased with this barrel addition. The barrels add a wonderful subtlety to the beer. I'd love to drink this alongside some good BBQ. Rt 7 in Great Barrington serves Big Elm on tap - brisket + Gerry BA stout = a perfect meal. Great new local beer. 

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Gerry Dog Stout Bourbon Barrel Version from Big Elm Brewing
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 17 ratings