Ozark Beer Co.

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Ozark Beer Co.
Arkansas, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #3
Ranked #174
4.51 | pDev: 5.99%
May 22, 2023
Mar 23, 2015
Notes: Bourbon Double Cream Stout (BDCS) is brewed with massive amounts of roasted malts, boiled with milk sugar, fermented with an ale yeast and then aged in fresh Kentucky Bourbon barrels.

2022 release: This year's batch was aged in 7-14yr old Kentucky Bourbon barrels, almost identical to our first couple of years. Aged now nearly 8 months.
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz can courtesy of Russpowell. 2022 vintage. 10.3% abv, 69 IBUs (whatever they mean, anymore) per UT.

Poured into a snifter, this was an inky black, with no interest in becoming any lighter even when held up to light. Modest, half inch of khaki-mocha colored head. Sparse, spotty lacing.

Bourbon up front in the nose, along with milk chocolate and coffee notes, pretty much in that order.

More complex in the taste than in the nose. Still bourbon-y up front, and with a milk chocolatey sweetness, but there's also a bit of tobacco and dark fruit to the flavor. It all melds together very, very well.

Body is a little bit lighter than I expected, but not to a deal-breaking extent. Mouth feel is fairly creamy.

This is a very nice BBA stout, one that hit the spot after dinner tonight. Earlier this week I found out for certain that my Mom does not have stomach cancer, as was feared for a time. I decided to drink this beer today to celebrate that fact, and I don't think I mis-chose at all. I would happily drink this beer again as a dessert or nightcap. Thanks, Russ!
May 22, 2023
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Opaque dark brown body; thick, creamy, light tan head. Milk chocolate and vanilla tones on the nose. Incredibly smooth and complex flavors; milk chocolate; very subtle sense of whiskey; vanilla; light cinnamon spiciness; light bitterness peeking below the overall sweetness. Heavy body; dense and silky on the palate; very muted boozy warmth.

This is just an awesome barrel aged imperial stout - a double cream stout per the notes. The base beer really shines while the barrel aging amplifies but doesn't overpower the beer. Depth and complexity are rife with this beer. Very, very tasty.

Pouring temperature: 40.2 ℉; canning info: n/a
Source: @ocalafox via @russpowell
May 20, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Label is marked 'BDCS 2022'.
Black colored body, with a very thin edge of mahogany colored edge.
Aroma of smooth blended aromas of roasted malts and chocolate malts.
Taste of sweet chocolate and stout malt.
Sweet nectar mouth feel. Quiet carbonation.
Rich in nose and flavors, try it if you can.
May 14, 2023
Rated: 4.68 by hopley from Massachusetts

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Mar 20, 2023
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Reviewed by PM870 from Arkansas

4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12oz can pours dark shiny black like used motor oil with a brief mocha colored head which leaves a ring of foam around the top of the glass.

Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, cream, oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

Taste is very similar to the aroma with roasted malt, chocolate, cream, bourbon, dark roast coffee, vanilla, a hint of char, and the taste of dark fruits (cherry) mingling about. Is initially sweet but quickly replaced with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel is oily smooth with a little carbonation and boozy alcohol warmth.

Dangerously easy to drink for a 10.2% AVB BA Stout.

I’m fortunate to live close, so I’ll be stocking up for the long year in-between releases.
Mar 09, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 17, 2023
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a nice oily black with a thin dark brown head quickly dissipating right a thin ring. Nose is some roasted malt, raisins, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows suit but is overwhelmingly sweet. Quite cloying. Feel is smooth and slick. Overall, quite average.
Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Feb 11, 2023
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark, shiny black color. Completely opaque and oily. Two finger velvety mocha colored head forms on the beer, lingers a moment then dissipates. A thick ring of residual velvety foam remains on the outside of the top of the beer. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cream, oak, bourbon, and a subtle piney hoppiness.

Taste follows the nose with notes of roasted malts, chocolate, a touch of char, oak, bourbon, some creamy notes, cocoa, and some light piney hops. The underlying stout is quite nice and the bourbon barrels provide a lovely depth and complexity. feel is medium to full bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Overall it's a lovely, well crafted bourbon barrel aged stout. Always a pleasure to drink.
Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by maxcoinage from Illinois

Jan 19, 2023
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours onyx black with just a smidge of dark mahogany brown on the edges and a dense, creamy tan head. Absolutely gorgeous beer. The nose is fudgy milk chocolate, bourbon from the barrel, vanilla, and oak - and the slightest bit of stone fruit (dark cherry).

O. M. G.

The taste is as described on Ozark’s website - a bourbon soaked brownie, with the added caveat of dark cherry flavor that works spectacularly well with the fudge and bourbon barrel flavors. This is frighteningly easy to drink for a 10.2% ABV BA stout.

The mouthfeel is rich, decadent, and creamy. Simply delightful. One thing to note - one of the cofounders worked for Goose Island, and brewed that brewery’s BCBS.

He apparently learned a lot, because this beer takes the best of BCBS and cranks up the drinkability quotient. This is the best beer I’ve had in 2022, and may be a Top 10 overall beer for me.

That’s right, I typed that.
Dec 12, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by Zaximus from Colorado

Dec 02, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by akk14 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Mystery can received in BIF 16 from @russpowell , poured into an Ozark Brewing snifter

BrewersNotes: Imperial double cream stout aged in bourbon barrels for 8 months.

#3 ranked sweet/milk stout on Beer advocate

Bourbon Double Cream Stout (BDCS) is brewed with massive amounts of roasted malts, boiled with milk sugar, fermented with an ale yeast and then aged in fresh Kentucky Bourbon barrels.

Aroma is tobacco. My dad smoked borkum riff pipe tobacco which is a bourbon flavored pipe tobacco….bourbon barrel, brown sugar, dark fruits,…..taste is dark fruits, raisins, plum, brown sugar, ..low sudsing, sweet, delicious..i like it…hint of a very slight chocolate notes

Smooth , not syrupy but you realize there is booziness in this drink, a full body

delicious, enjoyable and repeatable,/….might fine beer
Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 5 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bringing a little heat to the party, Ozark Beer allows for an extended aged Imperial Stout to bring all the bourbony warmth that would ever want to be inside of a beer.

Dark and tawny garnet brown, BDCS '22 hits the glass with an ominous looking pour with a dainty trickle of foam for decoration. As a bourbon laced scent of dark roast coffee, caramel, maple, chocolate and toasted nuttiness lays across the nose, the flavors open up with a sweet heat of coconut, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and caramel.

As the sweetness is quickly chased away by the roast and booze, the flavors of espresso sets in with baker's chocolate, roasted walnut and campfire to follow. Interrupted by the barrel, the flavors soon dominate with the strong oaken, toasted wood, weathered barrel influence with savory heat and bitter spices to close.

Full bodied, full flavored and laying on the tongue with a heated glaze, the stout finishes both hot and sweet with a linger of savory heat in a long lasting afterglow.
Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Apr 01, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can, tulip, 2021 vintage.

Oily, almost black, and nearly still. There is a thin head that’s quite dark brown.

Hershey’s syrup, vanilla, rich bourbon, some soy sauce, and it’s vinous, with overripe red grape and fruit. The bourbon isn’t over the top, rather it’s woody, rich, and elegant.

Ok, now that fat juicy grape bursts and mixes with melting chocolate bar, blackberry jam, walnut, and strong vanilla in the finish. The chocolate is a backdrop, weaving together Hershey’s syrup, dark chocolate Milky Way, and cocoa powder. The grape flavor is surprising in its strength.

Very smooth, medium bodied, light and discrete carbonation.

The flavors are intense and rich even though the body isn’t super rich. The bourbon is well done.
Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a dark tan head. Little carbonation was visible.

Smell - The nose was just like chocolate marshmallows. It was big and sweet, signifying a sugar bomb.

Taste - The taste was not as sweet as the nose. It was chocolatey bourbon with a dry grape presence. There were notes of leather and coffee. As it warmed, I was made to think of hydrox cookies, and their dry chocolate notes. This was definitely not an overt dessert stout.

Mouthfeel - There was just a bit of carbonation and a slick body.

Overall - A solid barrel aged stout that left me confused about the hype.
Sep 18, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Dadthew from New York

Sep 13, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Aug 03, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jul 02, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Jun 28, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Prager62 from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Sent by the very generous @jvgoor3786 in a recent box of goodies. I poured from the 12oz. can into a 12oz. snulip glass.

The pour is slick dark brown like used motor oil. It leaves a small layer of creamy tan foam in it's wake. Smells like bourbon, char, ripe dark fruit and molasses. The taste is very bourbon forward followed by dark roast/coffee, burnt brown sugar, fine tobacco. There's a slight sweetness that offsets the bourbon that is wonderful. The feel is oily smooth with noticeable alcohol warmth.

It's been a spell since I've had a straight up barrel aged stout that wasn't overwhelmed by pastry ingredients. This reminds me of the early Bourbon County and Black Note years. It holds its own and brings a pleasant plethora of sensory delight without being overwhelming. This is the closest I've come to rating a 5 in a long time. World class and something I'd hoard if I had access to it!
Mar 26, 2021
Rated: 4 by blackcloud from Alaska

Feb 26, 2021
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Reviewed by jdhops from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2020 version. Purchased in August at the brewery. Opened 2/17/21.

L: Black. Really black. Surprisingly thick caramel colored head that only stays around the edge of the glass. Thin ribbons of lacing that go away.

S: Bourbon, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. It's all there, and it's impressive.

T: Sweet up front, bourbon in the middle, tamed by the cherry, chocolate and vanilla. More smooth bourbon at the finish.

F: Medium to heavy body, but not as heavy as it looks. Light carbonation.

O: Rich and complex. A wonderful example of the style.
Feb 18, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2020 vintage (released in 7/2020); consumed on 2/1/21

Pours an ink-black body capped with around a finger of creamy, pale mocha foam; decent head retention yields a few spotty, paper-thin islands of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a minimal amount of spotty lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with charry roast sporting a boozy cherry essence before a burly bourbon character takes over; burnt vanilla bean offers a slight bittersweetness over the middle, while the back end of the bouquet highlights increasingly defined notes of dark chocolate, Raisinets, and suggestions of cherry liqueur.

Taste brings forth a vivid expression of sweet, bourbon-imbued malts with some savory umami aspects; melted marshmallow, chocolate soft serve ice cream, with toasty malt tones interspersed between; sweet pipe tobacco and baked cacao over the mid-palate feed into darker brownie crust intermingling with persistent roast on the back end for a lingering bourbon barrel presence and touches of raisin past the swallow.

Mouthfeel offers a medium-light body, slick upfront and with minimal carbonation; steadily roasty through the mid-palate and mildly warming into the back end, a deft, boozy heat meshes with subtle grit and distantly chewy textures to close; a surprisingly tame delivery for a barrel-aged stout, though overwhelmingly satisfying given its plush characteristics.

Quietly unique in its extraction of the sweeter malt profile, this beer brings the notion of a cream stout to life with an amplified yet consistently roasty sweetness in tune with a pillowy body and casual warmth; balanced to near-sessionability for a brew of its ABV.
Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Beerbom from California

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by jheimbigner from Washington

4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2020 vintage opened on 11/22/2020

Pours a think used motor oil color with minimal coffee crema head. Nose is of barrel and vanilla, roasted malts, milk, minimal umami/soy. Taste of sweet milk, chocolate, vanilla, warm barrel character, finishes with a balanced soy flavor. Feel of 2% milk with mild carb. Overall, what a nice treat, great base beer that is exemplified by the barrel.
Nov 22, 2020
BDCS from Ozark Beer Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 556 ratings