Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)
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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States
Stout - American
3.32 | pDev: 20.48%
Dec 28, 2019
May 05, 2010
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)
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3.56 by bigbutter from Virginia on Dec 28, 2019
3.6 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
3.23 by cliff1066 from Virginia on Feb 04, 2017
3.33 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Jul 19, 2016
3.41 by JoeMans from New York on May 31, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by 98green from Michigan

Not sure I'm on the right beer, but I'm reviewing the standard BBA stout. On tap at Main Street location and I think on nitro. Dark black and opaque. Smell is oak and toffee. Taste brings more Carmel and that bourbon twang. Feel is very thin, and carb is nonexistent. My 2nd low carbed beer here. Is that intentional or bad process? Overall a decent BBA stout, but it won't put any whales out of business

May 30, 2016
4.75 by Skfeeley from Colorado on May 20, 2016
3.25 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 05, 2016
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Feb 28, 2016
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2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by gopens44 from Virginia

This one is best described and left at as "thin, watery, underwhelming and as such, slightly useless given it's style." Now then, explained further, even though the nose comes close to carrying some depth of character in this, the wateri-ness overwhelms any bourbon, vanilla or coffee you'd expect in this type of beer. Almost as if it were watered down purposely.

Jan 17, 2016
4.4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Dec 14, 2015
4.83 by beerrat from Virginia on Dec 07, 2015
1.32 by polopaul20 from Maryland on Dec 03, 2015
2.66 by billab914 from Virginia on Nov 01, 2015
3.5 by gregcordle from Ohio on Oct 13, 2015
3.71 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Sep 30, 2015
3.75 by ShemRahBoo from New Jersey on Sep 28, 2015
3 by adamjthompson00 from Indiana on Sep 28, 2015
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3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at AW Shucks Bar and Grill in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a dark-ish brown, nearly black, with a small foamy head, and not a lot of lacing.

Smells like light bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate, with very little roastiness.

This is fairly tasty, but a little bit thin, unfortunately. There's a slight amount of bourbon, with some caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. It's pretty sweet with a lower level of roastiness.

This is medium bodied, a little thin, with a lower level of carbonation.

Not bad, not great.

Sep 09, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Zanico from Ohio

OK stout. A little thin, but went well with my dark chocolate chip cookies.

Sep 08, 2015
2.6 by Wasted_Youth from Indiana on Aug 15, 2015
2.9 by Nordbier from Georgia on Jul 15, 2015
3.95 by spedprof from West Virginia on Jul 08, 2015
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3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a fluffy, dense, light, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted notes, a heavy dose of char, burnt popcorn, and not much else. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a blast of bittersweet chocolate, tangy caramel, char, wood spice, subtle vanilla, and dark molasses. Very rich and sweet, but the barrel char really takes over the palate. The body is surprisingly light and effervesced from the carbonation, making this one kind of disappear on the palate. The aftertaste is more of the roasted chocolate and cream blend, straight through to the soft, smooth, light finish, with a richly sweet linger. Meh.

Jun 30, 2015
3.8 by cjgator3 from Florida on Jun 09, 2015
3.58 by stortore from Illinois on Jun 08, 2015
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1.28/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
by fredmugs from Indiana

Vile. The bourbon barrel ale was bad enough but this is somehow worse. Fastest drain pour ever.

May 18, 2015
3.75 by MisterKilderkin from California on May 11, 2015
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1.27/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by Duncan2223 from Texas

If I could give this beer a 0 I would.... It' may be a stout but man does this beer taste like poooooooooooooooi

May 10, 2015
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2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Chris2nite from Illinois

Just falls flat on flavor and profile.

May 06, 2015
3.6 by austintouhill from Virginia on May 06, 2015
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4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lanstrum from Ohio

An interesting bourbon barrel aged stout

Apr 18, 2015
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1/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by rheimbro from Ohio

This is the best vinegar stout I have ever had. Oh? You say it isn't a vinegar stout? That's weird, because that is the only thing I can taste.

Apr 17, 2015
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3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by schoolboy from Ohio

I have to say that this exceeded my expectations. I didn't know what to expect, but I had a taste for the style. I had a KBS recently, but since I couldn't get any more, I went for a similar brew.

I transported this by car for a couple hours and then barely got it cold. It sort of shot a spurt of CO2 and when I poured it there was a huge, foamy head. The head was pretty thick, but the bubbles were a bit big. The aroma that went with all that fizz is pretty good. It's malty with a little bourbon smell.

The taste is a nice roasty stout with good balance. Just enough hops to know there is some there, and the bourbon flavor is subdued, but definitely present. The aftertaste is slightly boozy. Overall, the mouthfeel is very fizzy, but this may be my fault.

This is not nearly as complex or thick a sipper as better examples of the style, but it was definitely worth a try. Although it is nearly as boozy as the true imperial examples, it does not have that fullness.

Apr 12, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MDHopster from Maryland

Apparently I enjoyed this one more than most, so be it. On tap poured in a tulip glass. Temperature was around 50 - 55 degrees I'd estimate which may be why I enjoyed it more. Too often barrel aged beers and stouts are served too cold and the aroma and flavors don't really present as well. Nice strong coffee and chocolate undertones.

Apr 05, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Floydster from California

12 ounce bottle

Appearance is deep dark brown, an inch of tan head, some retention and lacing

Smell is dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, light oak, and espresso

Taste is roasted malt and coffee first, then fades into a bit of vanilla, some oaky flavors come through later on but does not change all that much as it warms

Mouthfeel is full bodied, medium carbonation, not too roasty and too sweet

Overall it was a little underwhelming, decent option for its low price tag for a bourbon barrel aged beer, seems like a lot of them are ten times more expensive these days, but the more expensive ones are indeed better, so getting what you pay for

Apr 02, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LonesomeTraveler from Virginia

Very good bourbon barrel stout, not too heavy

Mar 29, 2015
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3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by ONUMello from Ohio

12oz bottle, bottled in 6/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark black with a two-finger head that slowly settles to the one-finger level
S: Pleasant cocoa, dark malt, vanilla and bourbon notes
T: Largely matches the nose, mostly cocoa and vanilla, but a touch dilute/bitter
M: Thin-bodied, a bit hot, a touch bitter. Not what I expeted
O: Despite the poor mouthfeel, this beer looks and smells great and is tasty enough. Just for kicks I added a small pour of bourbon to the second half of the glass and it made it quite nice

Feb 22, 2015
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4.91/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Russell_L from Indiana

Bourbon Barrel Stout is a great tasting beer. I prefer the beer taste from the tap instead of bottled. When you open the bottle you smell bourbon. You can taste the bourbon, but it is not overwhelming. You should try this beer

Feb 17, 2015
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3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by SierraFlight from Virginia

On tap at Ford’s Fish Shack in South Riding and served in a small snifter. The beer is a dark brown that’s nearly opaque, but shows some cola highlights when held to the lamp. Minimal head once it got to the table which settled to a sheen. Clearly a barrel aged beer from the aroma which is deep with vanilla and oak. There are roasted malt, molasses, and char notes as well. Taste is not exciting and leads off watery. It is moderately sweet with vanilla, molasses, and a dusting of cocoa. It is also moderately bitter on the finish with espresso, oak, char, and roasted malt flavors. A weak medium body, thin texture, moderate carbonation, and a sweet woody finish.

Feb 15, 2015
Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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