Bourbon Barrel Stout | Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

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Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beaver13 on 07-03-2004

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by SuperWhite92:
Photo of SuperWhite92
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep, deep black is a great way to describe this wickedly dark hand-drawn cask ale. There's a few hints of light, but nothing that would make you think anything other than "black" when describing the appearance. Also included a great, copper-colored head that didn't go away until I was finished drinking the beer.

The smell is distinct, yet subdued. Unlike anything you've smelled before, but not strong enough to definitively say "this is a bourbon barrel stout." The smell includes a mild booze smell and quite a bit of the characteristic coopersmith's stout smell.

The taste is great. Total bliss in this department. It's everything you can love about bourbon and everything great about a high gravity stout rolled into one glass. It's sweet, but not overly so, and the flavor is something you're not likely to forget in the near future.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily, but still memorable. It's not anything too spectacular, but it's far from disappointing.

As far as drinkability goes, I had no problem drinking a pint. None at all. I actually considered a second, but decided I didn't want to burn myself out. I don't think this would function well as any sort of session beer, but a couple would be A-OK.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Bourbon Barrel Stout poured very beautifully. It was an opaque black with a big, tan, creamy, nitro-like head (though it says it is hand-drawn). The head lasted the entire pint and left some nice lacing.

The aroma was coffee, chocolate and some alcohol. Pretty subtle.

The flavor was roasted chocolate with some woody and alcohol notes. It was pretty sweet and sugary - a little too much so. It had a full and velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, I thought this was a good drinkable sweet stout. It's more complex than the Horsetooth Stout, but a little too sweet for me. I remember their first batch of this (from a couple months ago) being much better.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Nearly black brew shows hints of some brown in the light, but it's pretty much 99% solid black. A super thick and creamy dark brown head covers the top of this brew, and refuses to go away. Outstanding retention for such a boozy brew.

S - Rich dark chocolate, vanilla beans, espresso, and booze. Nice oaky bourbon notes add tons of complexity and will really impress any bourbon lover like myself. Noticeable alcohol in the nose is part of the character of this beer, and is very much appreciated by scotch/bourbon/cognac lovers like myself, but it's frangelica woozy boozy notes may turn some folks away.

T - Mellow nuts and marshmallows along with a very distinct Coco Pebbles flavor. Coco Pebbles in a bowl with whole milk and espresso. Bourbon flavors are noticeable, but it's less bourbon-esque than the nose. Really complex and tasty.

M - Lush, thick, creamy, silky, and warming. This one is really pillowy and soft in the mouth with it's fine low level carbonation and full body. The finish is an espresso bitterness that tempered by a milky creamy sweetness. Outstanding.

D - Not really a session beer by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a damn fine sipping beer. Lacks nothing in terms of complexity or alcohol warmth. This is one of the best stouts that I've come across.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed March 21, 2007. On tap at the brewpub. Singular bold hazlenut and hershey’s syrup aroma, strong and crisp with some bourbon sweetness. Pours deep black, with sparse rocky tan head. Flavor fades away into a watered down, thin washed out almond and cashew concentrate with toasted bread, light coffees and where’s the barrel? Weak. Alcohol brightens, even at 7.4. Finishes oakenly dry and nutty, again. Unique in it’s singular vanilla-like nut flavors, but one-dimensional.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Good dark brown ale that has a strong two finger head when poured.

S - Smells of a quality bourbon barrel was used in the process.

T - Strong flavorful bourbon flavor with a lingering aftertaste of malt.

M - A strong mouthfeel that gives a hint to heaviness of the beer.

D - I would pair this with a food unless looking for a specific bourbon taste. Red meat would be the best pairing for this beer.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of emmasdad
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one nn tap at Coopersmiths. Poured a dark brown/black color with a light brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and bourbon. Palate was thin and watery, very light bodied for a stout, with flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, light oak and bourbon.

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Photo of freemanj
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oxymoron
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on the restaurant side of Coops. Arrived a midnight black color with some viscosity and a touch of stickiness to the glass. A soft darker tan head with ok retention though limited lacing.

The nose has a good balance between malt and bourbon. The malt starts off with more of a roast and chocolate aroma. Some minor coffee notes on the back end. Some sweetness as well, that leaves a light latte thing going on. The bourbon comes out nicely with a slight woody aroma that is a bit boozy but not over the top.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out with a bit more chocolate and the roast backs off compared to the nose. A light coffee but also limited. There is a nice kettle caramel taste as well and stays into the finish. There is more of a woody flavor and somewhat hides some of the bourbon notes. Really the bourbon is very limited overall. There is a noticeable DMS characteristic as well.

The body is moderately big. A good creamy texture that is boarder line diactyl. Carbonation is soft but good. Overall a very nice beer but the off DMS starts coming out more as it warms. Other than that, good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand drawn 10oz mug was a pitch black with a 1 finger head of foam that had good head retention.

The smell was of roasted malt and bourbon. Also had some light notes of coffee.

The taste had notes of chocolate followed by an ever increasing taste of bourbon. Light notes of roasted malt and coffee there as well.

Thick body but it was ever so creamy and the alcohol was more noticeable than I would have liked it as it was quite warming after the swallow.

I think the bourbon presence was a little over done here but it was still a pleasurable brew to drink. I'd have it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this place looked kind of generic, absolutely massive, but this beer is absolutely a craft masterpiece. pours a rach deep dark brown color with light impassable through it. 2 inch mocha head sexy as hell from the nitro. smells like striaght bourbon, vanilla and charcoal notes dominate behind a great dark malty stout. flavor is equally bourbon forward, how much time did this spend in the barrel? very intense but also incredibly smooth. sweet and alcoholic. i pick up a bit of tobacco and dark chocolate as well. this beer also has an amazing feel, the nitro does amazing things for this. its so easy down and big in the mouth at the same time. i was extremely impressed with my first beer from these guys. this is world class all the way.

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Photo of donaldchapman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head.

S - Clean bourbon aromas accompanied by chocolate, roast, coffee, etc.

T - Bourbon flavors are accompanied by some chocolate roasty notes and a balancing bitterness.

M - big bodied, creamy, with little carbonation.

This is a great beer. Served from a beer engine leaving a beautiful tan head. The bourbon is prevalent but not overwhelming.

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Photo of blakereik
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown almost black, with a touch of ruby.

S - bourbon aroma

T - Bourbon flavors are accompanied by some chocolate and a bit of bitterness.

M - heavy and smooth, little carbonation.

Only problem was the $15.00 price tag for the bottle.

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Bourbon Barrel Stout from Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 14 ratings