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

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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series)

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CaptinRedBeard on 05-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 468 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duncan2223
1.27/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

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Photo of Chris2nite
2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just falls flat on flavor and profile.

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Photo of austintouhill
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting bourbon barrel aged stout

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Photo of rheimbro
1/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of LonesomeTraveler
4.21/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good bourbon barrel stout, not too heavy

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Photo of ONUMello
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Russell_L
4.91/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Mhpendleton
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffdillon
1.18/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into aTulip, dark thin, not much head, first sip tasted like vinegar, is that "infected" beer?
I poured it in the sink after three sips.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being from Louisville it makes me sad to say that BBC just does not come through on anything. Poor execution.

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Photo of Viperman1316
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

This was very nice and balanced. Bit of bourbon, bit of chocolate. Unfortunately, I sampled it after Extremely Angry Beast. If you like subdued barrel aging, like I normally do, this might just be for you. More of a gentle pinch than a bone - crunching hay maker.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Got this from a coworker and he said it was good but could use a bit "more".

A - Black color, akin to a dry stout in color. Pours thin with minimal head and minimal lacing. (Could be batch specific)

S - Significant stout smell with the traditional roasted, chocolate, caramel, and then mixed with some bourbon and vanilla. Smells much better than anticipated but no where near as strong as Bourbon County.

T - Really good flavor very similar to the smell in the same order. The stout flavor really shines and is mixed well with the bourbon. The bourbon is remarkably smooth and full of flavor like vanilla, oak, and just a hint of alcohol to round it out. The best way to describe this is to take a really good bourbon barrel beer like KBS, Bourbon County and just cut it in half with water. The flavors are all there and true but they are just not as strong or as tasty as many other bourbon barrel stouts. Some roasted bitterness but overall balanced.

M - Moderate to light mouth-feel with very light carbonation. Very underwhelmed by the amount of body and lack of any way to help the flavors really stand tall. I feel this is the kind of beer that would happen if Guinness released a "Bourbon Barrel" stout.

Overall, solid flavor and aroma but due to the wateriness and poor drinkability this would never be my first choice. I do enjoy it more than other harsher versions of the style (i.e. dragons milk, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel stout) but I would take a Ten Fidy first every time.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Fordknox
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of robebo44
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 468 ratings