Stoudt's Barrel Aged Robust Porter | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jwjon1 on 12-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of jamescain
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Black with a tan or off white head that fades into a lacing that clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and a little alcohol in the nose. The aroma is great, I spent a while smelling this one.

Taste: Slight astringency, probably from the barrel. Minimal bourbon flavor, which is fine because I'm drinking a beer, not a bourbon. Nice vanilla notes blend well with the roasted chocolaty flavor. The finish has a slight alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a little less body then I was expecting from a robust porter, but definitely more body then regular porter.

Overall: This beer surprised me. I knew nothing about this beer and was given it as in extra in a trade. Cheers to you Jason, this is an really good beer, thanks for throwing it in, more good beer karma headed your way.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by bring on BA at a tasting.

Great appearance: black, yet still slightly translucent. A large beige head sits on top of the beer.

Aroma is good and interesting. Roasty and even a little smoky with dark chocolate and slight barrel notes. No whiskey detectable.

Flavor is also great, and not overwhelmed by the barrel. In fact, the whiskey just barely comes through, which is surprising given it was -bal aged for a year. Subtle and balanced with roasty charcoal, dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Medium-bodied and smooth.

Very dry on the palate, and the sharp roastiness accentuates this effect.

Damn, Stoudt's really killed it on this one! This is a nice beer! This is a great example of what barrel aging can do. Very drinkable. Thanks, Barry!

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Photo of akorsak
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The porter is a dark black color that looks cola-like at the absolute edges of the glass. Each pour generated a sizeable coffee-and-cream head, over 2 fingers worth, that threatened to spill over my glass.

S: The nose is fresh bourbon, sickly and strong. The booziness is sharp, hot without the sweet vanilla and oak. Almost like a fifth of bourbon was still in the barrel when the beer was added. Nothing porter-wise.

T: Wow. Yet another Stoudt's barrel-aged beer that I generally don't like. Where's the porter? All I get is big boozy bourbon upfront, thick and burning-like. There is no subtlety, no balance to be found. As the bold bourbon settles down, the ale drops off a cliff. There are no porter flavors strong enough to come through. As a result, the flavor sputters to a halt and never gets re-started.

M: Too much bourbon ruins what is a good porter. There isn't much more to say on the mouthfeel except hot bourbon.

D: I'm glad I had two people to split this with. I think that I'm done with Stoudt's barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks mughugger for sharing this bottle -poured from the corked and caged 750ml into a tumbler.

A - a deep mahogany brown w/ rather good clarity and moderate tan head that starts full but drops to a ring on the glass with a tiny bead

S - The aroma has some earthy, almost vegetal aroma that accompanies the malt and wood notes, very light roast and subtle spice, mild yeasty breadiness in the nose

M - The feel is smooth mildly sweet and slightly astringent with oaky textures and mild caramel fruitiness from the yeast and malt. Not particularly roasted or robust, feels more like a strong brown actually

T - I like the taste of this although there is some wierdness going on, not sure if it is just some tannin contributed by the oak, or yeast activity. The maltiness is mildly sweet with subtle toffee-like buttery edges and dark but not quite roasty taste from the malt. There is mild spice from the hops, but only lurking quietly in the background, a mild 'robust' porter taste with subtle oak influence

D - I can say this is drinkable, on the other hand it doesn't really seem to fit the style for me. It has elements but misses the mark in other areas too, just not the best barrel aged Porter I have tasted.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Translucent deep chocolate brown color with a large, frothy mocha head that hangs around a finger thick and bubbly with light streaks of lacing. Small base beer results in aroma being dominated (but not overwhelmed) by oak, bourbon, vanilla, booze, etc notes with a little porter hiding in the background if you try hard enough to find it. Taste doesn't follow the nose too closely as the base porter is more assertive, with a strong malt body, slightly charred and balanced with mild molasses and chocolate sweetness. Initial pinch of bourbon lingers throughout and finish has a slightly sweeter vanilla taste. "Downfall" of this beer for me is the body, slightly thinner than expected for the style and a little too highly carbonated and gassy as mentioned by others. Doesn't seem like a great candidate for aging. A good beer, I would almost call this a sessionable barrel aged beer (if such a thing were to exist), but the mouthfeel and lack of depth in the flavors hold this back from being exceptional.

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Photo of DIM
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark chestnut brown and it poured with a large but short lived fizzy cap.

s: Stoudt's barrel aged offering generally smell woddier than most, and this was no exception. The Robust Porter is a relatively small beer for the barrel, at I believe 6-7%. As a result, naked wood and vanilla dominate, with plenty of whiskey coming along as well. A little roasty porter does come through. I like it.

t: This works pretty well, but it isn't as good as the smell would suggest. Plenty of charred, bracing wood flavors are most noticeable. Some not so sweet vanilla and whiskey are present as well. At the very end some surprisingly pronounced chocolate shows up. Tastes very good, but a bit disconnected.

m: This was too gassy. Very fizzy and over carbonated. Better than The Quad though which was almost flat.

d: Another solid barreal aged brew from Stoudts. Not up there with the Fat Dog or Old Abominable, but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of bbeane
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought two bottles at the brewery... one for now, one for the cellar

A- Poured into a snifter... nice brown finger thick fizzy/foamy head that slowly disappears and leaves some lacing. Beer is black in color and has mild activity

S- Smells of oak and bourbon

T- Has subtle cocoa flavor mixed with an oak wood taste and finishes with notes of bourbon and coffee

M- Medium body and carbonation... leaves a nice wood aftertaste in your mouth

D- Not sure what the abv is on this, but I'm sure it's on the higher side (8%+). In that respect, might not want to drink to much of this to quick, though it would be easy to


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Photo of jwjon1
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking porter: dark, translucent brown that shines brick red at the edges when held to light. Long lasting, lace inducing tan head. Nice, tight carbonation which creates a pleasant mousse upon consumption. Smells of whiskey, molten lava cake and resinous hops, none of which dominate: Stoudt's indeed knows how to do barrel aging right. Tastes like a Rollo made with unsweetened chocolate and very mild molasses, especially in the finish which also carries a bit of whiskey and resin. Hops are surprisingly still present despite spending a year in barrel and fill in what otherwise is a fairly thin body. Certainly in the American Porter style. Though the abv is not listed, there is no heat whatsoever; I'd be hard pressed to put this above 8%--so either its well integrated, or lowish to begin with. Another excellent barrel experiment from Stoudt's.

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Robust Porter from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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