Barrel Aged Black Eye PA (Brewer's Reserve) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopDerek on 06-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by HopDerek:
Photo of HopDerek
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle, newly released at Stoudt's, picked up there.

Pours a murky copper/rust color with floaties and tons of tan frothy head that spills from the bottle like champagne. Lots of overactive carbonation eventually settles to a pinky of tan and khaki mixed head with nice lacing in a pint glass. Smells of vanilla, citrus and spicy hops, caramel malt, and bourbon. Tastes of vanilla, citrus rind, toasted malt, caramel, and spicy hops followed by oak, bourbon, and a very bitter earthy finish. Medium in body with way too much active carbonation. Sticky with lots of bourbon character that masks much of the IPA qualities, but what is there is a very harsh and abrasive bitter finish. This isn't one of my favorites from Stoudts, a little too hot with not enough IPA-ness for my liking, and just way too much carbonation. Out of the 750ml, I only managed to save 12oz into the pint glass. I may put my other bottle next to my Lost Abbey beers and hope they even out the carbonation through diffusion.

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Photo of erialbill
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of akorsak
2.67/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A corked and caged 750 mL picked up at the brewpub.

A: This son of a gun was a gusher. The cork popped violently and a tanned leather head followed approximately 10 seconds later. I ended up requiring three glasses to handle the thick head. After all that effort, that same vigorous head practically disappeared, leaving no signs of its presence. The ale itself isn't black so much as it is a dark wooden brown color, loaded with sediment. An autumnal glow emerges near the base of the glass.

S: The bourbon barrel dominates the nose, eclipsing any sign of a black IPA. Brown sugar and vanilla have a boozy undertone, sweet but strong. Nothing in the way of hops.

T: The first sip reveals a spicy hop bite that the nose never shows. The bourbon has vanilla and a very sharp edge, a heavy boozy roadblock that hits like a shot of said bourbon. Hops are vegetal behind the spicy blast. The more the ale warms, the better the bourbon becomes, softening the initial assault. But now, instead of a plain ol' mess, it is a bourbony mess.

M: Bourbon, spicy and vegetal hops and lots of heat. The flavors seem to be at odds, never quite coming together.

D: I'm still not convinced that an IPA, black or otherwise, should be placed into a barrel. This is one that should be kept as far away as possible.

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Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog...
Appears a dark, orange toned brown with a huge, clumpy light tan head that slowly fades into a thick, soapy cap. Scattered nits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, rummy sugar, vanilla, and citrusy, grapefruit, & gummy bears.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some doughy, rummy flavors
Mouthfeel is bitter, caramel sweetness in the background, with some grainy astringency found in the swallow.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of dagimp
1.92/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From a cork and caged bottle direct from the brewery. Pours with an extremely large head, at least 4-5 inches with a very mild pour. Smell was slightly of hops and fizz. Taste was where it really started going down hill quickly. It just tasted bitter. Not hoppy bitter, but just bitter... and kind of dirty. Combine this with the fact that it was unbelievably carbonated, and it was a total looser. Flavor and carbonation got better after it sat for 20 or so mins, but not to the point where I would actually drink it. This was a very expensive drain pour and I'm tempted to ask for my money back from Stoudts, an otherwise very solid brewer.

Note: I usually rate on but the don't have the Black Eye PA Barrel aged.

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Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes I was crazy enough to save a bottle of bourbon barrel ipa for 2.5 years in my cellar! I've really liked some oak aged ipas that I've aged in the past and wanted to see how a bourbon barrel aged ipa would turn out after an extended cellar time. Caged and corked 750ml bottle gushed violently when I opened it a few moments ago.

Appearance: Pours mahogany with a massive half glass khaki crown that displays loads of retention and lace. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Smell: A fine mix of stale hops, oak, and bourbon hamper my ability to really fish out the malt contribution. Again I'd go with a 4.2 if I could. Definitely my favorite aspect of this beer.

Taste: Burnt toffee (not quite roasty) malt profile, a hint of brown sugar, lightly charred barrel, slightly less bourbon in the flavor than the nose, nice light vanilla quality from the bourbon, and a small stale hop contribution. No alcohol heat or overall boozy quality at this age.

Mouthfeel: Simply too much carbonation and too thin of a body. Really holds the flavor back in addition to taking away from the mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad for a 2.5 year old IPA but I've had better at that age :)

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Photo of chcfan
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into tulip on 8/27/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - Poured a cloudy, deep burgundy/reddish body with a lot of grit around the bottom edges and a billowy, rocky light tan head that settled, leaving a bit of lace around the glass.

S - Light bourbon and vanilla notes with hints of chocolate in the initial aroma, followed by a slight waft of alcohol. Hop presence is moderate and suggests earthy and woody notes as well as some citrus in the back. Well-balanced and subtly complex nose overall.

T - Earthy and woody up front with fairly reserved bourbon notes, sweet vanilla and chocolate malt. Bourbon isn't obtrusive at all. Wow! This finishes almost like a creamsicle, with the vanilla and citrus notes merging into a sweet, creamy character that really smooths out the flavor.

M - Solid medium body with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and only a hint of carbonation on the tongue. Subtle alcohol warmth on the palate with a moderate hop bite that doesn't linger for too long.

D - Fantastic Brewer's Reserve offering from Stoudt's. I am utterly shocked by the low scores this beer has received! The bourbon character isn't in your face at all, but is rather restrained and well-balanced with the rest of the flavors. This was quite possibly my favorite offering from Stoudt's... ever!

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Photo of bbeane
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... murky brown colored beer with some sediment in it. Huge amount of off white head that recedes very slowly leaving some lacing

S- Some piney hoppy smell covered by a sweet whiskey or bourbon aroma

T- Kind of tough to explain what all is going on, seems like everything is going on at once. I guess it starts off with more of the IPA flavor... a piney bite that continues but is then accompanied by the whiskey or bourbon flavor. Alcohol taste is also present

M- Has the IPA bite that grabs ahold of the inside of your mouth. Pretty high carbonation and some alcohol burn in you throat

D- It was drinkable in the fact that it was something different, and ok in a smaller quantity, but don't think it's something that I would a really drive way out of my way to get


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Barrel Aged Black Eye PA (Brewer's Reserve) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.32 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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