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)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CaptinRedBeard on 05-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
468
Reviews:
178
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
21.36%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 468 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an extra a few weeks ago but forget who sent it; thank you! 12 oz. bottle poured into my Bruery tulip. Bottles in September 2012.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass and the head leaves quickly.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, light coffee, toasted malts, and caramel malts. Really nice nose, a lot going on and they work well together.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, coffee, light bourbon, and oak. Much less bourbon here than the nose, but still very nice.

As it warms, up a littke bourbon comes out, which is nice.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. No real heat, and pretty nice and thick.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; I was pleasantly surprised and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Lots of chocolate and vanilla and some nice light bourbon, this is a good BBA stout that comes in 12 oz. bottles and isn't too heavy or high ABV. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.96/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

"Thanks" to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a somewhat thin dark brown color with a minimal off-white head.

S: I could smell the butter in this as soon as I opened the bottle. Diacetyl pretty much dominates the nose and prevents any bourbon or stout aromas from coming through.

T: For a bourbon barrel aged stout, this beer is incredibly favorless. Watery and bland with maybe a bit of roast and chocolate.

M: The body is just as disappointing as the rest of the beer: thin and lowly carbonated.

D: Another piece of evidence that -bals do not always make a beer better/good.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

And on rolls the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. This entry pours a straight obsidian with only an imitation of Tim Tebow's hazing-induced haircut done in brown bubbles serving as a head. The nose is fairly weak, comprising chocolate, a hint of whiskey, a woodchip of oak, and some dry coffee beans. The taste holds notes of coffee, dark chocolate, Coca-Cola, molasses, and cinnamon. The bourbon, if actually there, is too weak to come through for me. But, at least what did show up performed nicely. The body is a surprising medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather watery feel. Overall, this was a highly disappointing stout, especially after the enjoyment associated with the Jefferson's Reserve offering. It's quite a bit too light, the nose is weak, and the bourbon doesn't shine through very well. It doesn't taste bad, thankfully, but it's nowhere near great.

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Photo of stakem
2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I could have swore I reviewed this brew before because I vividly remember the experience being below average. Here we go again, 12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of October 2010. This brew pours a very dark brown that once held to the light displays some clarity around the edges. An initial formation of khaki head forms with more than a finger strength and slowly fades to a film that maintains across the top seemingly throughout the entire duration.

The smell of this brew initially has a pleasant character of faint, sweet milky chocolate, vanilla, oak and a bit of roast. More smells reveal some hints espresso-like coffee character that starts to turn like char. When swirled, a bit of sulfur comes out that mixes with quite a bit of mineral component. And there it is, the initial pleasing and expected character of this brew abruptly turns to quite a mineral filled scent that is slightly earthy with mixed notes of stinky cheese.

The taste is char with a bitter roasted grain element that gives way to a light amount of bitter chocolate that lasts into the aftertaste when only a small sip is taken. When larger gulps are taken, there is a tartness present that is a bit distracting and gives a chalky quality that is a bit out of place. Sulfur and mineral flavors run throughout the middle of the profile. Surprisingly this off-character gives way towards the end and leaves an aftertaste of cocoa powder on the tongue. A very strange experience for sure.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an abundance of carbonation that is effervescent and bubbly on the tongue. I dont want to be the one that screams infection over this brew but this is a drastically different experience from the last bottle I had. The previous bottle I consumed had an abundance of dark cherry tartness and minerals that was not enjoyable at all. While this bottle was slightly better, it still tasted a bit off to me. This brew flirts with having potential but something has gone wrong. I wouldn't mind having this again when it is fresh but I would be hesitant.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of imbibehour
3.52/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter.

A faint head is barley made that doesn't stick around much, leaves a soapy collar. Body color is a dark walnut brown, with red and looks actually just a little see through on the edges

Bouquet is high on barrel notes, wood, cedar angles, sawdust, with some nice malt backbones. Interesting, not much going on but I do enjoy it. Very very dry.

Mild subdued barrel palate. Faint hint of the classic bourbon notes but very buried of caramel and vanilla and richness, instead the roast malt dominates primarily. Char action much like an American porter. Wet bodied a bit with some very noticeable carbonation. Dry sense on the nose doesn't come off on the taste with it's wet angle.

Overall this actually isn't a bad beer, but for slapping the bourbon barrel name on there, this is not quite pulling it off. It's more of a roasty American porter/stout to me but still enjoyable.

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Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, alcohol (bourbon), hint of smoke, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol (bourbon), and hint of wood. Overall, weak in appearance, but the bourbon aroma and taste is well apportioned with all other notes.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of MasterSki
2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a FoBAB taster pint. Bottled January 2011, no listed ABV.

A - Pours with a voluminous three fingers of mocha foam that settle to a thick cap, and big swathes of lace. Body is an opaque, very dark brown.

S - Smell is strangely mineral and lightly metallic, in an unpleasant espresso sort of way. If I look past that there is some oak and semisweet chocolate. There is also some grain character apparent.

T -Taste is burnt malt bitterness, some astringency, dry oak, anise, and some dark chocolate that comes out as it warms up. Not much sweetness.

M - Very carbonated. Medium-light body, roasty and gritty, dry and tannic finish. Not much residual stickiness. Supremely chuggable, with no alcohol present at all. 8.6%? Really?

D - Was this infected with brett? It's very dry and low in sugars and it's definitely overcarbonated. There are some off flavors in the nose too. The light texture makes this easy to drink even though it's far from the best barrel-aged stout I've had.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in November 2010.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet molasses, bourbon, chocolate and slight coffee notes.

T - Bourbon is the dominant flavour but is not overwhelming like it can be in many beers of this style. There are some light chocolate and molasses notes but overall this is a fairly one dimensional beer.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable but somewhat one dimensional. Would love to see a little more character in this one.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice and quite complex. I get a lot of bourbon as well as some chocolate, vanilla, maple and dark fruit. The flavor is just as complex. The chocolate and roasted malt come through very strong, but the flavor also has all of the components you expect from a bourbon barrel aged beer. I get some bourbon whiskey notes as well as some maple, oak and vanilla. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very nice barrel-aged stout. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of fredmugs
1.28/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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

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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
3.23 out of 5 based on 468 ratings.
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