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 apasternak
4.25/5  rDev +28%

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 RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of gregcordle
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seeswo
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a small amount of tan head. Smell is a light, but enjoyable vanilla and roasted malt flavor of a stout. Taste is of a pretty light stout. The roast is predominant in the flavor, with only the slightest hint of barrel aging from vanilla and oak. Not bad, but a bit one dimensional. Barrel is almost comically absent given the title of the beer. Distinctly average. Mouthfeel is good carbonation with a sugary finish and a fairly light body. This one is hard to rate because it seems to be barely what it claims to be. It's not bad and is kind of odd. The body seems to change as you make your way through it. Kind of meek in the flavor despite the sugar clinging to my palette after each sip.

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Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JMBSH
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Omnium
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours black with a finger of khaki colored head, moderate lacing.
S - Not a lot of aroma, some dark roasted cocoa thats about it.
T - Taste is ok, a lot of sweetness to it some more of those chocolate malts coming through, a touch of smoke.
M - Nothing special either, sweet, chewy.
O - This was a disappointment.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whilst staying at a friends house, I was offered this brew a half-dozen times, to which I politely refused. I had this one confused with Lexington's Kenucky Bourbon Ale; somehow I was oblivious to the word 'Stout' on the label. Relenting, I am giving this one a whirl.

The beer pours visibly thin for the style, but is capped with a nice head for a supposed -bal. The nose offers chocolate, mild bourbon, toffee, vanilla and some naked grain, although these impressions are very light. The flavor is a mirror image of the aroma; it is like diet -bal Stout. It really tastes pretty good, actually; almost like the (-bal) real thing. I would drink this again, though I would not likely seek it out.

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Photo of gopens44
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown body with head that stuck around for a brief moment.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, and cola.

If the wasnt called bourbon barrel stout, I'd never know bourbon was used. There are hints of vanilla, but otherwise there are no other bourbon qualities. It tastes more like a brown ale than anything else.

Mouthfeel is thin and under carbonated.

It was an ok beer in general, but a complete miss on the style.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Pinocchio's (Media, PA) snifter. Bottled on April 2010.

A: Pours almost pitch black (brownish hues) with a half finger tan head. Head disappears quickly. Good lacing with some alcohol feet.

S: Definitely get the bourbon notes. It almost overpowers the roasted malts. You get some vanilla on the swirl.

T: Mild bitterness on the tip of the tongue. This one is all about the middle of the tongue. And the fairly long finish. You get some alcohol warmer in the back of the throat. Hints of bourbon and vanilla. Definitely roasted malts.

M: It's a pretty mild medium bodied stout. Not an imperial in my mind except for the booze. Not the body.

O: B- grade for this one. Nothing to write home about really. I have had much better BA stouts.

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Photo of polopaul20
1.32/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of robebo44
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of YalovaIA
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of crossovert
2.52/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

It doesn't look that great for a stout. There are carbonation bubbles that stick to the sides of my snifter. The head is fizzier than it should be. It doesn't look as thick and imposing as it should.

The smell is sweet bourbon, not too much oak or stout scent. It has a ton of butterscotch in it too.

This is one thin bourbon barrel stout. Dang. It tastes like guiness with some bourbon notes. It isn't too sweet.

The mouthfeel is thin, not good for the style.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in July 2010, consumed in December 2010.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a fluted pint glass. When I popped the top, there was a loud fizz sound and that generally doesnt bode well. Pours a thin looking, very carbonated pitch black color with a thin and infected-looking tan head. As a homebrewer, I have seen beers with infections and this one doesnt look promising.

Aroma was mild mannered and luckily, without infection. Smells salty and battery-like. A bit of roasted frain with minimal bouron aromas. Slight vanilla.

Pretty decent flavor. Good roastiness, burnt grains, chocolate, vanilla, oak. The bourbon flavor slowly exudes after this one warms up, making this barely passable as a bourbon style stout.

The mouthfeel on this one was the worst part about this beer. Way overcarbonated and chalky. Thus, this beer is tough to stomach. I can feel the gasses expanding in my nether regions, and it aint pretty. Not worthy.

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Photo of garuda
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Black, with a thin mocha head that has some retention and lacing.

S - Strong roast, oak, vanilla, booziness, burnt sugar.

T/M - Roasted malts hit first, and are followed up by the bourbon notes. Mouthfeel drops after the initial taste, feeling thin and watery. Booziness settles in and dominates the lingering aftertaste, which lacks depth.
O - Looks good, smells good, but the thin body and booziness just seems out of place.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.6/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I picked this up while in Indiana. Reviewed from dictated notes during my "Clean out my cellar weekend."

Pours watery. Reddish hued dark brown. Creamy tan head is minimal, and after 30 seconds it is reduced to a wisp of small bubbles on the surface. Minimal lacing.

Smell is huuuuge roasted chocolate malt. Very little bourbon. Perhaps this is a blend bottle? 25% bourbon aged, 75% stout? A little caramel, coffee, and toffee hiding in there too.

On the first sip, you can't even talk about the taste until the mouthfeel is mentioned. This is the thinnest stout I've ever had. This is about as thick as drinking a cup of coffee. That is the mouthfeel. Extremely poor. The smell was great. It actually had me revved up to try this beer-- hoping that the thin looking body wouldn't mean it tasted watered down... The looks match the mouthfeel with sub-par results.

Taste is below average. Coffee and chocolate at the forefront, with only the very slightest hint of bourbon. Even then, it smells like mediocre bourbon.

As for drinkability--- I guess I could drink 10 of these... because there is nothing to it. Of course, I have no desire to drink anymore, and I am even going to pour out the last few sips of this one. So my ability to drink these is high, but my desire to do so is low. We'll split the difference with a 2.5 here.

I don't know what it is about being the first few reviews on a beer--- but there is a pressure to be more positive than is needed. Clearly the case with descriptions including, "disappointing" and "watery" still allowing for 3.0 for the aspect rating. This beer is sub-par. The only beer drinkers who will ultimately be impressed by this are people new to the bourbon barrel scene. And even then, I imaging the honeymoon period will be short-lived.

Overall--- the body and flavor need to be developed in a big way. A higher gravity and more time in the barrels to impart more flavor would be where I start.
As a consumer, I would avoid this one in the future unless they changed up the recipe a bit.

Had to bust out a bottle to prove that not EVERY BA beer is good... This is worse than I remembered... The drinkability and smell scores have dropped as a result.
If you have any, don't drink it. Just pour it out.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of 98green
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of Blaze5445
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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