Bourbon Barrel 1BK4 | Karben4 Brewing

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Ri0 on 08-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by TheBeer:
Photo of TheBeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5oz pour from tap into tasting glass.

A - Dark caramel brown with a thin khaki head. Some lacing on the glass.

S- The nose is really, really nice. The bourbon is pleasant with notes of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Sweet malts and some dark fruit also come into play.

T - The taste is pretty good, but not as great as the nose. You can tell that the base barelywine is solid and that aging it in a bourbon barrel for 12 months added some flavors and complexity. It is sweet and not very bitter. The bourbon is subtle, with only light hints of vanilla. Caramel, toffee, and some dark fruit yield a tasty beer.

M - More of a medium feel, with good carbonation.

O - This turned out pretty well and is probably K4's best attempt at barrel aging a beer. They had a nice base barelywine to begin with and it was rather enjoyable.

 830 characters

Photo of beer_ben
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of s_wit
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cervezango
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DantheMan75
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Karben4's taproom. 5oz poured into a taster glass 9/14/2014.

A- Dark caramel brown body, no real head at all to speak of. Quite placid, and a bit muddy looking. [3.5]

S- Bourbon and toffee. That's really what it comes down to. Not the most complex smelling nose, quite sweet with a slight smokiness from the bourbon. [3.75]

F- Whew! This is pretty bourbon forward with caramel and toffee behind it. Not all that complex, but like in the nose it works together reasonably well. [3.75]

M- Thin body, but not watery. Packs plenty of sweet bourbon and sweet malt flavours. Low in carbonation, about right for the style. Smoky bourbon and oak on the finish. [3.5]

O- Interesting but not a particularly substantial barrel-aged barleywine. Quite sweet, so if you have a sweet tooth for bourbon and caramel, this will be a good one for you. It didn't do it for me; it was a struggle to finish my 5oz pour. [3.5]

Final score: 3.6625

 939 characters

Photo of fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Bourbon Barrel 1BK4 from Karben4 Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.