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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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CaptinRedBeard on 05-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 468 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of fredmugs
1.28/5  rDev -61.4%
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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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate in the aroma - much more than most stouts - with traces of malt and coffee.

T: Like the smell, the taste had a lot of chocolate, with a bit of malt and coffee. Not much of the advertised bourbon. Tastes and feels more like a porter than a stout. Not a bad flavor, but not strong enough.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a terrible beer, but definitely not as good as others in the style.

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Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JohnParadee
1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tootsie roll brown color with light easily coming through the edges, minimal head and lacing. Scent strong on bottom shelf bourbon and vanilla, roast profile minimal with a cheap holiday milk chocolate presence. Odd buttery toffee/ cracker jack dominates the end of the scent profile. Taste disappoints again with thin tastes all around, even the bourbon notes are watered down and still dominate taste. Off cracker jack notes again come through the finnish Medium bodied, dry and thin for style. Beer offers very little in the way of anything that could be destined as full or aggressive.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass; shared with a few friends.

Appearance: brown body almost black. Tanish brown head with decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like bourbon stout.

Taste: Mild bourbon flavore, but do not ever semem to get a taste of a nice thick stout. Mild chocolate and some more bourbon.

Mouthfeel: High levels of carbonation and moderate beer body.

overall: this was a good attempt at a barrel aged stout. This beer is taken to much barrelling and not enough time being a stout. Less carbonation and heavier body.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on April, 2013 punched on the side.

pours a pitch black color with a half inch beige head that quickly dissipates. Slight bourbon on the nose, but not as strong as I would have anticipated. Taste is very smooth. Bourbon flavor is apparent but the alcohol is quite subdued. Would guess in the 6-7 % range. It's not as strong as I first anticipated. Good feel, medium bodied with low carbonation. Not as thick as I intended it would be either.

Overall this is a pretty easy drinking stout with a touch of bourbon flavor. I'd say the flavor was added instead of it being aged in bourbon barrels like most other beers. It's very easy to drink and isn't necessarily a sipper. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown/black with a foamy half inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Roast malt, chocolate, coffee, and oak form the initial aroma. There's a bit of nuttiness and hints of dark fruit, adding complexity. Vanilla and bourbon surface as it warms.

Flavor is fairly roast dominant initially, fading to chocolate mid palate, and coffee bitterness at the finish. It's a touch acrid. Oak underlies the profile, with bourbon being just a subtle note. Vanilla is present, but not overwhelming. There's a bit of nuttiness and toast, as well.

Body is a tad watery, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Lacks in bourbon character. Good notes of chocolate, but may be a little overly sweet.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of n2185
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with some faint brown highlights around the edges and a finger of light tan head that disappears almost completely with no real lacing.

S: Some roasted malts with lots of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas. Vanilla is also very much present along with a touch of oak and bourbon. Slight alcohol aroma on the finish.

T: Again, some roasted malts with creamy chocolate flavors. Vanilla and oak follow with a surprisingly subtle touch of bourbon. The finish has a slight alcohol burn along with a little char flavor.

M: Medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery feeling.

O: Not a bad beer and it's nice to have a bbal beer that isn't super thick, super sweet, and/or super boozy. Still, I could go for a bit more bourbon flavor and a thicker body.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Ping glass.

A - Deep dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Dark Chocolate and coffee.

T - Smokey coffee, and some tobacco.

D - Thin for a Bourbon Barrel Stout.

O - flavors are here, just not right some how.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.46/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nothing like picking up a bottle tick then checking the review to see a c+, this will be yummy! 12oz bottle in August 2010, poured into my Darkness glass...The lightest shade of black with dark brown fringes. A really light tan head rises a full finger then disappears to a thin ring, no lacing...Light and boring aroma that is very malty at first, chocolate syrup mostly. The syrup has really generic qualities that are not appealing at all. I can't tell this was barrel aged, no typical indicators...The taste is horrendous, light chocolate syrup poured into a glass of water that then was used as an ashtray. The feel is super light, very water like.

There are no redeeming qualities to this beer, it should be avoided.

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Photo of claspada
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are of faint bourbon and some cork, nort oak, but cork. Sweetenes, but not in a good way, I am leary...

The tatse is miserable. Watered down bourbon and soggy oak, tastes like a homebrew which is very premature. Light smokiness and roasted grain. Mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation.

One and done definitely. I remember drinking their bourbon brown ale last year and feeling the same way. This brewery is a long way from pro status in my opinion. Way too thin and watery. Flavor is weak and needs more behind it. Worst bouron barrel or any wood aged beer I have consumed to date.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Completely opaque. No head, no lacing, no carbonation. Intimidating.

S: Complex. Toffee sweetness, coffee, dark chocolate. This portends for an excellent stout.

T: Here the bourbon makes its presence known, lurking in the background as a caramelly alcoholic sweetness. I detect light smokey notes as the slightly bitter coffee flavour takes over and carries me out to the aftertaste.

M: Nothing special here, move along.

D: This is a pretty tasty beer, but I don't foresee me drinking more than one of these at a time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on May '10 notched on the label.

Thanks again to Wisconsinality for another beer from Kentucky!

A - Dark black with a clear ring around the outside of the glass. A thin foam of light-tan head has a nice ring around the outside.

S - Light wood with a solid bourbon barrel nose that accompanies coffee and chocolate. An off scent of metallic refrigerator in the background is a bit off-putting but the roasted malts even it out.

T - Dark chocolate and molasses with light coffee. It's blended well with a bit of woody bourbon. Something seems off a bit though.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth but rather thin for a bourbon barrel stout. Dry and lightly bitter.

D - Meh. Too thin and something seems a little bit off otherwise it's a fair bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of papat444
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a haul of beer my parents bought me on their way back from Florida.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled Jan. 2012.

Appearance: Totally opaque brown with an ecru head about 3 fingers worth. Gradually recedes to thin ring before disappearing.

Smell: Traces of vanilla, wood, BBQ sauce and faint bourbon. Not in your face, very mild.

Taste: Mild vanilla, twinge of bourbon and some smoke but this is far from robust. Being bottled a month ago, this should be bursting with flavor but instead is bland.

Mouthfeel: Weak, watery, thin, mildly flat. Lacks substance and body.

Overall: Extremely disappointed in this one. You can barely tell there's bourbon in there. Tastes like a weak brown ale, not even close to a stout. Not offensive taste-wise but offensive to the style. Stay away!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a modest cap of tan head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is chocolate, marshmallows, vanilla, wood and char. Smells like a pretty nice barrel aged stout.

Taste is a little light in the loafers so to speak, the malts need some beef. The barrel character is pretty nice, and the roast well integrated. It just seems to lack body and sweetness that would go a long way here, certainly thin is a good descriptor. The aroma was good here, but the taste leaves me wanting [a better beer]. I would be hard pressed to give this one another go.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown black color with a smart tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark malt, light bourbon, hint of vanilla and brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, light brown sugar, light bourbon, light vanilla, mild char, mild bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body'with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-average stout, barrel-aged adds a little, but still does not have notable flavor and light body for a stout

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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Clay Street Series) from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 28.2% out of 100 with 468 ratings
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