Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

Whiskey Barrel Smoked PorterWhiskey Barrel Smoked Porter
120 Ratings
Whiskey Barrel Smoked PorterWhiskey Barrel Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by karst on 03-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing delicious concoction that reminded me little of the non-barrel version I consumed a few days earlier. The smoked porter definately takes a backseat to the bourbon whiskey sweetness and sourness and some kind of full mouthfeel yeasty reaction that was a delight with a good spicey fish and meat dinner. I am sure it would be great with cajun. A bit woody and vanilla and chocolate. Blackened colour.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"#862 of 960 April 10th, 2008" is handwritten on the bottle, this is the batch aged in 23 yr. old Pappy Van Winkle barrels. It was dressed up in a cellophane wrapper with a ribbon, and a neck tag about the history of Pappy Van Winkle.

Served in a Kentucky Breakfast goblet, around 50º. Dark woody color, nearly black in the glass, with an auburn edge in the light. Tan foam is a little thin with a cluster of larger bubbles on one side.

Smouldering campfire smoke, mixed with sweet bourbon notes in the nose. Very woody. Smooth feel with a touch of whiskey warmth in the finish. Complex flavors of smoke, wet barrel, tobacco leaf, and mellow bourbon traces. Earthy finish, and a hint of dryness from the bourbon barrel. Body was fairly thin, it could use more heft. Low level carbonation. Not too overbearing, it's an interesting blend that's overall cohesive.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dary brown color with a nice head that takes a while to settle and leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Tons of smoke and charred wood, plenty of vanilla, a fair amount of beef jerky and, of course, Jim Beam

Taste: Opens with a smokey, whiskey flavor that is distinctly sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer becomes more subtle, with vanilla and Bourbon flavors predominating

Mouthfeel: A blizzard of carbonation dominates the brew such that the body is hard to discern; kind of medium but somewhat watery

Drinkability: Marred by excessive carbonation and a souring element as the beer ages; should be drinking much better at this stage but I fear that this is on its way out

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from abrand so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle #2020 of 2398 into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee, whiskey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering smokiness. There are flavors of coffee, dark fruit and chocolate in the background. The hops presence is mild but where it should be for this type of beer and brings a good balance. The flavors of smoke and whiskey barrel-aging seem to complement each other well. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is very good beer with a lot of flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a long time.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of smoke and roastedness to it. It blends in pretty well with a milk chocolaty, caramel sweetness of the base porter. I t has a bit of a milk stout like quality to it. The smoke is pretty nice though.

The taste shows some really nice smoke throughout as well. I get a little bit of a burnt, bitterness in the finish as well. The base beer again has a little of a sweet, milk stout like quality with some brown sugar, milk chocolate and caramel coming through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not an outstanding one. I'm a big smoked beer fan and this one did have some very nice smokiness to it that I really liked. The base beer however seemed a little thin and overly sweet though. It almost seemed like a smoked sweet/milk stout.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in KC ( Gomer's), bottle 2248 pours a brown tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Coffee,toasty malt, & a touch of cherry & iron

T: Slight hickory smokeyness, dryness, along with cocoa & some coffee up front. A touch of sour-mash as this warms, plus a some prunes & figs & some restrained smokeyness & a hint of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, semi-smooth, fairly lively carbonation, thins out as this warms

Drinks alright, not a solid enough porter or a smokey enough one to get too excited about either way. Give me an Alaskan Smoked or Stones Porter any day, cheaper by several bucks per bomber too...

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with light carbonation and no head.

s - Smells of rye, whiskey, oak, roasted malts, and has some smokiness to it.

t - Tastes of smoke, rye, whiskey, oak, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A pretty good smoked porter. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink. Would like to try again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was super thrilled to be able to score a couple of these, I had waited a long time to try this gem. A smoked whiskey beer, what more could I ask for! Served chilled this twenty two ounce bomber was poured into a pint glass and consumed on 12/22/2008.

Wonderful rich looking pour. A deep, dark brown color with a ton of rich tan lacing throughout the glass. Competely opaque with no light shing through and the two inch head of chocolate on top only settled down gradually by the end of the session.

The aroma was to die for. Rich notes of whiskey and campfire aromas mixed seemlessly into a roasted malt and light coffee like smell. The flavor though was simply superb. Touches of oak and roasted caramel mixing with lots of peat and whiskey barrle goodness. So rich and full, even as it warmed it was second to none in the smoked flavor. This was easily the best smoked beer I have ever had. Such a rich mix of barrel flavors and the whiskey just presented itself in the perfect mixture. Full bodied with wonderful carbonation and the alcohol was no where near too strong, in facvt it came off just right.

Overall I was floored by this one. One of the better beers I have had this year hands down. I am very happy to have a couple more of these to settle down with, they will make fine additions to the cellar.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Bottle #41/2398, dated 1/10/10. Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a murky black-brown topped by a finger or so of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light campfire smoke (wood and all, kids), molasses, and a touch of graham crackers. The taste brings on more of the same, with the smoke lagging behind the general wood and a newfound sense of whiskey (not too strong, but definitely there). The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat thin feel. Overall, a nice barrel-aged brew, but unfortunately one that sacrifices a good deal of smoke to the barrel, which doesn't add enough to make up for the loss. Still enjoyable, though.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid dark brown and faint ruby highlights when held to light. Thinnish off white head lingers for a short while and leaves minimal lacing. Smell is bourbon up front and strong. Some smoky peat a bit of chocolate some wood as well. Taste is a bourbony oaky affair with some roast bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is oily/watery. I think the underlying porter doesn't have enough body to stand up to the thinning properties of the bourbon barrel. Carbonation is light. I actually enjoyed this one a lot, but would have loved it with a thicker body.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this with CaltinRedbeard and I. Bomber with no date or bottle numbering. Dipped in red wax just enough to barely cover the cap. Poured into a couple of snifters, this brew appears dark brown with some reddish coloration and clarity through the body when held to the light. A tan to light brownish head forms across the top and leaves spotty lace on the glass as it quickly recedes.

The smell is woodsy with a touch of smoke that leads into a smell of burning incense. It is sweet and spicy smelling with a touch of oak. Some tangy alcohol spices are evident through the back as it warms. I can't get over how much this brew smells like incense though, crazy different but good.

The taste is tangy with some spirit infused kick and some spices. A mild barrel ages character of vanilla is evident with some spices like the previously mentioned reminiscent character of burning incense and maybe cedar instead of oak? There is a tangy aspect that creeps in with a wild touch but it isn't out of control. It keeps the brew interesting and lively. The aftertaste is a light afterthought of smoke, incense and wild, tangy alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew that sits light in the mouth with a modest level of carbonation. A little watery at times but easy drinking for 7%. Seemingly no alcohol inclusion except for the extra spirit kick that is present at times. This was an interesting experience. I really dug the way it smelled but I would not have known this was a "smoked beer" without being told. Thanks again Jason for the chance to try this.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of oak alcohol, yeast, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oak alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, and slight hop. Overall, the alcohol dominates the blend, but otherwise a good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 2138 of 2398.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke and roasted malt. Surprisingly, I don't get much, if any, whiskey in the aroma. Somewhat disappointing, but still a very nice smelling beer.

The flavor is much more complex and more enjoyable. I get a lot of maple and chocolate notes, as well as some smoke and ash. I also get some whiskey and roasted malt notes. The bourbon notes compliment the smoke and roasted malt character very well and the chocolate notes are a welcome surprise.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, number 564, dated 01-10-10.

Slightly thin looking, cola colored body with a bubbly, quickly dissipating tan head that leaves a few streaks of lace. Aroma is very smoky, much more so than sweet from the barrel. Pleasant, if not mildly one dimensional. Medium thick body with thin carbonation, not quite as full or long lasting as expected from this beer. Flavor is that of a very nice, balanced smokey porter with some oak sweetness, but very little bourbon or alcohol presence. A pleasant, albeit unremarkable beer, it would have been nice for the barrel aging to be a little more prominent and have a fuller body.

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Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
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