Bourbon Barrel Stout | Goodwood Brewing Co.

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Goodwood Brewing Co.
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Goodwood Bourbon Barrel Stout is an homage to Kentucky’s proud distilling legacy – brewed with the same limestone water as its namesake whiskey and patiently seasoned in bourbon barrels. This silky American stout has notes of oak, dark roasted malts and, of course, bourbon. Roasted barley produces chocolate and coffee flavors with a lasting vanilla finish.

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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Photo of FermentalDisorder
1/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Truly spit worthy! Please don't waste your money. There's absolutely nothing "barrel aged" about this. I'd run and hide if your friends try to give you one.

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Photo of jp32
1.84/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bought a single of this earlier tonight at the bar, poured into a glass and attempted to enjoy. The description says: "This silky American stout has notes of oak, dark roasted malts and, of course, bourbon. Roasted barley produces chocolate and coffee flavors with a lasting vanilla finish."

However, I did not notice notes of any of that. Except maybe roasted barley. Roasted barley to go with a sour funk midway through the taste. The body is thin. The carbonation was flat. There was absolutely nothing about being barrel aged to note in its flavor. No bourbon. No oak. No vanilla. No booze. No... no anything really.

I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and rate this as a "beer" and not a bourbon barrel aged stout like it has been marketed.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Did not enjoy this at all. No bourbon. No beer. What is the point of this beer? If it was aged in bourbon barrels, it was watered down with fresh tap water after the fact. None of the flavors I usually expect in a barrel aged beer were present. Very disappointing.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like an oatmeal porter, tastes bland for its intended style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a July 2017 bottling date notched on the label; from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC).
Pours brownish black with a short, weak tan head Minimal lacing.
Moderately strong and very appealing aroma with chocolate, some dark dried fruit notes and more roasted grains.
Flavor: light coffee and chocolate come out much more prominently. Light oak, vanilla and bourbon effects from the barrel aging. Harmonious with good balance.
Medium-light body, a bit thin for style and given the rather low carbonation.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mbratt93
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Goodwood Brewing Co. "Bourbon Barrel Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, bottled in August of '16 and sampled on 7 July 2017
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Virginia Beach, VA on 19 June 2017

Notes via stream of consciousness: Dammit! Total Wine got me again! Another beer that was 10 months old when I picked it up off the shelf. Oh well. It pours a full head of frothy dark tan over an almost opaque, incredibly deep mahogany brown (black) body. The aroma is roasty, and a touch cherry-like. I'd like to think it's oaky as well but I'm not quite sure. For certain, there's just a very light waft of Bourbon in the background. The flavor backs up the cherry note I found in the aroma - I thought I was imagining it - and it's also a little plum-like. Soft roast and some mild dark chocolate are present as well, as is just a touch of oak and a whisper that says "Bourbon"; you mainly find them in the lingering finish. It's surprisingly light in flavor in terms of malt, and also very light in body, and the acidity or light tartness that it offers is quite a surprise. It's certainly not what I expected, which was firm, roasty and chocolatey malt with oak and Bourbon notes throughout, although I have had strong stouts before that had a bit of fruitiness and acidity to them so it's not like it's something bizarre. It's moderately bitter but still dry in the finish, no doubt at least partially due to the acidity, with a light touch of char-like roastiness and a hint of oaky dryness. It's light-medium in body and gently crisp, which is good as it doesn't accentuate the acidity that's there. Surprisingly the alcohol is almost completely hidden. In the end it's nothing like what I'd expected, but good, kind of like a chocolate covered cherry but not quite as neither of those flavors are very strong. I like it but I kind of feel ripped-off. $3.99 for this? I think Goodwood needs to take some of that money and invest it in newer barrels because it seems the one's they're using are pretty much spent. On the other hand, that tart fruitiness wouldn't stand up to the Bourbon and oak if it was stronger so maybe it's better as it is, but charging $4 a bottle for it is a bit much.

3.75/3.5/4/3.5/3.75 = 3.77

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The Goodwood Stout aged in Bourbon barrels was not as good as I was hoping. It poured an opaque dark with white head that did not lace. The scent has subtle roast and hint of bourbon. The taste did not have much bourbon which was surprising....especially from Kentucky. The mouthfeel was lighter in body and had smooth carbonation. Overall it was ok.....nothing overly noteworthy.

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Photo of whattheshelley
4.68/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear caramel color. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is caramel malt. The ABV is well hidden

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Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cwd
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Halcyon
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately I don't get any barrel in this but what I do get is a decent stout character. Lots of dry char, roasted coffee bean, chocolate malt, and roasted malt. As a stout this is a decent version and very drinkable. As a BB Stout it fails miserably. I scored it as a beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This stout pours a deep oily black with a moderate head of tan foam that dissipates to a thick ring, light pool, and light lacing. Nose of chocolate, roasted malts, cream, and subtle oak. Flavors follow thee nose with bittersweet chocolate and black strap molasses on the front to middle, followed by some light smoke, lactose, and vanilla notes on the back that have a subtle oak note. Bourbon is not really noticeable, yet this is a solid stout. Slick mouth feel is lightly carbonated and creamy. Overall a nice offering minus the missing notes of bourbon, but it is the emphasis on the wood that comes through.


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Photo of rjp217
1.29/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bold and used motor oil black into my goblet. Head is a toasted biscuit brown that reaches an inch then quickly fades to a consistent skim in a matter of minutes. Nose is full of roasted and smoked malts. I am a little disappointed that the bourbon does not play in the nose hardly at all. The bourbon does play in the flavor however. It actually is very nice how it works with the smokey aspects of the beer. Maybe the best marriage of bourbon and smokiness that I can recall in a beer. Overall very solid, and let me be the first to say that this would be a very good cigar beer.

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Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

beardsonbrews hooked me up with this gem... Thanks Mike!! Poured after the Triple 9 premiere.. Black brew with a nice enough dark khaki head.. Dark malt with some char.. cocoa and brewers licorice.. barrel is pretty mild and comes out as vanilla and tannic wood.. There is a background note that reminds me of sour cherries that is a bit off-putting.. Okay, but odd.


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Bourbon Barrel Stout from Goodwood Brewing Co.
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