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.

Added by tykechandler on 06-04-2015

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by OpaqueBrew:
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3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of HopsForBrains
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
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 weareallfalafel
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mbratt93
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +0.6%
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 +38.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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 +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cwd
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Halcyon
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +11.9%
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 -61.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of GoochVa
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travis875
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Immortale25
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some swirls of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Very chocolaty aroma with a slight wood note. Also quite nutty.

T- A sweeter stout flavor profile with more notes of chocolate plus some very mild char and even milder bourbon barrel character. Vanilla and caramel is there also but everything comes across as a bit too sweet and one-dimensional for it to be an exceptional Bourbon BA beer. Pretty easy to drink for how strong it is though.

M- Slightly creamy with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Tastes good but doesn't accomplish the complexity and deliciousness that a truly great Bourbon barrel aged beer should have.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only slight traces of red hues are visible when the glass is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging along with some hints of charred oak. I didn't get much in the way of vanilla flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable for a barrel aged stout, but it seemed that a heavier body would add some more complexity to this beer, which almost seemed like it was watered down a little.

Serving type: bottle

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Bourbon Barrel Stout from Goodwood Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 121 ratings