Guinness Stout - Bulleit Barrel-Aged
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

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Stout - Foreign / Export
3.98 | pDev: 7.79%
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Guinness Stout - Bulleit Barrel-AgedGuinness Stout - Bulleit Barrel-Aged
Notes: Guinness Antwerpen Stout aged in Bulleit bourbon barrels. Rich and endlessly complex. The stout we first brewed just for Belgium aged in charred oak bourbon barrels. Coconut and oaky vanilla aroma with a rich and full bodied, dark caramel and coconut flavor.
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An orb of eternal darkness sits within the snifter, cold, placid, waiting. It devours the light; not a single ray escapes it, nor imparts any hue against the pure blackness. A cream colored halo rims its dark depths, hugging the edge of the glass, seemingly afraid to approach its center. The lacing, although stalwart, dares not dip more than a dainty toe into it.

A siren’s song of wintry milk chocolate, brûléed sugar, plump raisins, and a gentle, woodsy bourbon. Ends with a soft snowfall of vanilla.

A plush, medium body that’s slick as black marble and finishes with a silken swirl of miniature bubbles.

Milky caramel, coated in a thin layer of dark chocolate with a potent dot of gooey warm, bourbon liqueur at its epicenter. Traces of cold vanilla and singed oak linger in the shadows.

*Notes: aged for 12 months in refrigerator. The flavor is greatly enhanced by aging.

Apr 27, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via Bluejacket74---Cheers!
This mighty fine brew pours a dark brownish verging on black
color with a decent head of khaki foam that settles to a thick
ring with subtle lacing. Nose of subtle bourbon with musty barrel
oak and vanilla notes among dark cocoa and roasted malts. Flavors
hit the nose home with dark roasted malts and moderately rich
and balanced bourbon with oak and mild vanilla touched with
some coffee and light char. Nice mouth feel; medium verging
on medium full body, medium carbonation is very lively, and a
moderately dry finish that is fairly sweet.

Overall, a SOLID little brew and one I am glad to have tried!


Jan 08, 2020
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benjamincarter from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look - not much lacing. looks like a cold cup of black coffee, not the sexiest stout I've seen

Smell - Raisins, wood, and some vanilla. not picking up on any chocolate notes surprisingly.

Taste - You can really taste the bourbon, but it's surprisingly smooth and mellow. It literally tastes like Guinness mixed with Bulleit. I'm pleased with the outcome.

Feel - Decent viscosity, not too thick or thin, somewhere in the middle. Smooth not too much carbonation.

Overall - A very big surprise that something this good came from a Guinness being barrel-aged. Definitely worth trying, I would buy it again.

Dec 17, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a little lace. Deep opaque ruby color. Medium carbonation and medium-bodied. Bourbon nose and strong bourbon flavor. Higher ABV, 10%, is hidden. Decent stock ale but not worth $18.99 for a 4-pak of 330ml bottles from Hannafords Concord, NH.

Nov 23, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stout was average at best with minimal effect of the barrel. Very thin feel as well, would have liked a more viscous feel. Overall the price tag of $5 does not equal what you get.

Oct 13, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, moving on to hopefully a more pleasant experience. Next up: 12 oz. bottle from Guinness. Been a long time since I’ve had the base beer, looking forward to a bulked-up version from the barrel.

Pretty dark, with a nose of faint barrel, licorice, vanilla, sweet warmth. Not bad.

Guinness – Bulleit Bourbon Aged tastes like a BA stout circa 2008. Despite the 10% ABV, it’s thin, more oatmeal stout than bigger export stout. Black licorice & star anise are on top, with plenty of residual sweetness. The barrel contributes a touch of alcoholic heat, vanilla, & bourbon. Finish is cocoa & spiciness; I’d have guess these were rye barrels. Goes down very easy.

This is not the Guinness my 39-year-old self drank, but he was an idiot anyways. The barrels add a nice touch to what really is a pretty dull base beer (at 4-5%, anyways). Pretty good brew.

Aug 22, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Damn your eyes she said, for making me fall in love again. But this time was different. I saved her from the shadows of my basement. Our souls on fire, she poured all she had of herself into my Surly tulip glass, capturing the beauty of her barrel kissed soul. As I raised the glass toward my nose to inspect the aroma, she said, give your review of me everything you’ve got

This beer pours an opaque, pitch black color. The beige head sits a finger high in my tulip after pouring at cellar temp. Some sticky lacing as the foam settles and eventually disappears. Leave a bit more to be desired from a bourbon barrel aged stout.

The nose on this beer is pretty straightforward and pleasing. Sweetened coffee, vanilla, toasted coconut. Vanilla borders on extract, but still a very pleasant nose. 10% ABV is not apparent. Some wordy and nutty notes too.

Up front this beer is semi-sweet chocolate and coffee with some oaky dryness. Some bitterness on the finish with notes of cocoa powder, espresso, burnt caramel.

This is foreign export stout. It is kind of watery, but overall had a pretty good feel when thinking about carbonation and texture.

I enjoyed drinking this beer. It hits the key notes when craving some bourbon barrel aged stout, but is nothing to write home about.

Feb 26, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a velvety tan head that slowly dissipates but never completely. Excellent head retention.

Aroma is reminiscent of the Antwerpen stout - notes of chocolate, roasted malts, cream, and then a strong note of bourbon comes through with some notes of oak, vanilla, spirit and coconut.

Taste follows the nose. Initially you get notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut, and chocolate with roasted malts and cream coming through once the initial burn wears off. Definitely is on the hot side right now. Even with the heat though, there is still enough of the base beer shining through to keep it mostly balanced.

Feel is light and somewhat thin, but knowing the base beer I anticipated it would be thinner. However, that just makes this a very drinkable barrel aged beer, which isn't always a bad thing.

Overall I thought this was a well done barrel aged stout. I still prefer almost any of the non-barrel aged Guinness beers to this one, but take for what it is - a barrel aged Guinness - I was favorably impressed with the execution.

Feb 25, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark, almost black. Tan head retains wonderfully at an inch in height. Spotty lacing.

S: Straight bourbon barrel on the nose. Pungent, corny bourbon, lots of oak and vanillins, chocolate caramel chews. The base beer barely pulls through, but does bring whiffs of that distinctly Guinness house character. Roasted barley, stewed prunes, mild acidic twang.

T: House Guinness character comes through at the outset: lots of roasted barley, burnt black coffee, stewed prunes and red fruit, and an even more pronounced acidic twang than usual, probably brought on by the barrel aging. Molasses and brown bread. It gets a little brothy and buttery as it warms. The barrel has its imprint all over this one too, bringing a lot of unmistakable corny bourbon, wood, and bourbon ball candy flavors. It's all over the finish.

M: Medium full, thick and chewy body, slight weight to it. Carbonation prickles at the tip of the tongue.

O: An interesting collaboration. I've always loved Guinness, and especially appreciate what they've done to resurrect some of their older or 'overseas only' stout recipes. This is their Antwerpen Stout, barrel aged for our pleasure. I love the base beer, but the barrel does steal a lot of the show here. That isn't a bad thing either. The Bulleit barrel juice is good too. Win-win. I hope to see more experimentation and collaboration coming out of their new Baltimore facility in the future. I may have to visit soon, too.

Feb 13, 2019
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donspublic from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2+ finger tan fluffy head, great retention and lacing. Get black in the glass, not light passes thru. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and roasted malt. Impressed that the chocolate comes thru on the nose and gets bast the bourbon. Taste is initially sweet, with some bourbon on the front, there is the lingering chocolate that comes thru. As it sits on the palate there is vanilla, some faint coconut and a mild tartness on the finish, reminiscent of cherry. No detectable heat, grabbed the 4 pack, good investment. I find this drinks way dryer than most BA stouts, and that is welcome as it goes down very dangerous.

Jan 19, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep, opaque black with a thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind little lacing
S - Sweet, smoky bourbon up front along with roasted oats and malt along with wood and earth, but the smell is pretty faint
T - Sweet, smoky bourbon up front along with oak and charred wood up front followed by notes of roasted malt and chocolate - there's some rye notes intermixed along with vanilla and caramel as well as roasted coconut.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation - smooth, silky - maybe a little too light on the mouthfeel, but overall, not unpleasant
O - A nice BBA stout that has a complex flavor profile - smokiness and coconut being some highlights. Definitely an interesting Guinness to try

Jan 13, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(330 ml bottle... poured into a fat tulip)

L: dark brown liquid; dark khaki foam, collapses to thin collar

S: char-like roast, bit of an herbal color via a vaguely vermouth-like vinousness; underbelly of blackstrap molasses; mellow strident alcohol

T: dark roasty, layered maltiness, touch of dark chocolate; mellow roasty bitterness, bit of oxidized shading on the malts... not much bourbon character, but the mild spiciness of the Bulleit bourbon sits in the background

F: damn smooth as hell - velvet pillowy silkiness... big sips possible; booze incredibly well-buried

O: actually much better than expected - then again, the Guinness foreign export base can't do no wrong... would easily buy again if it wasn't so damn expensive in Philly

Jan 07, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, no dating that I noticed on it. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, it's mostly sweet and smells like vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma but there's also the addition of some dark fruit and earthiness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Easy enough to drink although I wish it did have more body to it (which is my only complaint with this brew as it seems a bit light in body for being this strong). Overall I liked this brew, certainly worth a try if you can find a bottle or a 4-pack!

Dec 23, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with some light transparity when held up to light. There's a fingernail of beige around over half of the rim. There's also traces of it in the middle. The aroma is of caramel, vanilla, and lightly spiced bourbon. I'm tasting vanilla, caramel, and cola. The mouth is a bit warm and moderately spiced. I'm also noticing the alcohol and it seems a bit sharp. I hope this gets better with age. I was hoping for some sense of roasted barley.

Dec 22, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today marked my last day of teaching for almost two weeks! The district has an in-service day on W, 02 Jan 2019 so I am not potentially back in the classroom until H, 03 January 2019. My H night trivia partners & I won last night & this was following a week's hiatus as they visited Wisco & MN, the latter for the NCAA Women's Volleyball tournament. They flew R/T from BWI & not only brought me some Wisco beers, but also this one!

From the Bottle: "Stout aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels"; "Brewed in Dublin. Aged in Baltimore[.]"; "Guinness Antwerpen Stout aged at our new Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House in Baltimore MD in Bulleit Bourbon casks. Rich and full-bodied with notes of dark caramel and coconut".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle C-Line pour which may not have been the best option. I was greeted with a mere finger of fizzy, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with low retention. 8=( Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was as advertised - loads of caramel & coconut, but it did not come off as boozy, which was a change of pace. Often, these barrel-aged beers are like a punch inna nose! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste closely followed the nose - caramel and coconut with a dark chocolate overlay. I found myself imagining a Mounds bar with caramel! Finish was semi-sweet, not overly sweet, which I would not have enjoyed. Instead, it was quite pleasant & actually dangerous, given its high drinkability to ABV ratio. It was a good way to kick off the break!

Dec 21, 2018
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This with RIDICULOUS 4 finger head.

Smells of muttled foreign extra stout with a immensely sweet caramel toffee sugary aroma deep underneath

Tastes so much sweeter than anything you could ever imagine guiness to be. Not that anything guiness is bitter, but the toffee and caramel of this is just exponential. The barrel is there. It's very, very much there. On one hand I give it mad credit for transferring the barrel to the beer so fluently. On the other hand I dock it because the whiskey it tastes of is pretty off putting. Well integrated yes, but if poor quality. I've never had bulleit and now currently have no desire to try it.

Mouth is dry, very dry. Very light. Very easy sipping. It's not under carbonated but its carbonation isnt explosive in your mouth. I'd call it "soft" but that would be cliche... but then again at least I didn't describe it as "smoothe".

Overall i bought a single and am happy with the purchase. I wouldn't necessarily have buyers remorse had I bought a 4 pack but after drinking this single I single I dont have the overwhelming desire to seek out anymore. I'd drink it on occasion if it's a regularly produced beer.

Dec 21, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very excited to try this one as Antwerpen (the base stout used for this) has been my favorite Guinness stout. Pouring from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Guinness glass this beer pours out more brown than black. It forms in the glass darker and seems more black but still has highlights throughout. Didn't form much of any crown. Just a thin, light tan ring attached to the glass with some islands.
The smell is very bourbon forward with huge dark fruit in the mix tangling with the oak and slight vanilla. Smells beautiful.
The taste brings a more subtle bourbon than the nose but still keeps its presence while letting those dark fruits show. Raisins, tobacco, vanilla and oak all present with a creamy, soft and dry finish. This is a little lighter on the body than I usually go for in Stouts (let alone BBA) but it does still work because of the creamy and smoothness of this one.
Overall, this was something I enjoyed drinking but not something that will blow you away. Neverless, it's solid and has many complexities and dimensions. And that's more than you can say for some.

Dec 17, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Forced a decent foamy beige head on this pitch black beer. Nose has a bit going on as it starts out oaky before the bourbon makes better sense of it. Beyond that I get some vanilla and finally a vinous quality. Both the tart and sweet receptors activate as soon as I take a swig, and for good reason once the taste becomes apparent. That vinous quality leads until alcohol and a buttery sweetness creep in. Finally, a toffee-ish sweetness develops and mingles in with the alcohol aftertaste as the thinner than you’d like beer finishes out. Not a bad swing at a barrel aged beer, just think it lacks just a little depth and could use more body.

Dec 16, 2018
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle to try, a 4 pack was 17.99 at my local store. Pours an opaque black with a minimal head that fades quickly to a lacy circle. Smells appealing, the Bulleit being the dominant note. Taste is complex, the bourbon floats nicely as the top note but is backed up with the malty, smokiness of the underlying stout. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected but not unpleasant. This is a pretty good beer, a little pricey though. Antwerp stout is about $8.00 around here, this is more than double that in price for the aging aspect - seems a bit opportunistic to me. Anyways, I'm glad I tried it and enjoyed it.

Dec 16, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring shiny coffee black with a mild soft tan foam, the head dies to a thin ring as I realize it's not the stupid thick, tall nitro head of regular Guinness, but it also doesn't need to be.

Smell right out of the bottle actually, to my absolute surprise, delivers a substantial barrel presence, and it actually has that peppery but clean Bulleit or Makers like character. At the same time it isn't domineering and leaves room for some nutty chocolate and raisin. There's even a hint of maple as it warms.

Taste is nutty wafer and mild baker's cocoa with a light barrel character that brings to mind Jack Daniels with a hint of char that imbues raisin or date.

Feel is slick and medium of body with a decent supporting carbonation that finishes semi-dry.

Clean, surprisingly complex, and quite drinkable, even for the ABV. Major props to Guinness for refusing to be shy about jumping into the Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout ring, refusing to shit the bed, and actually putting out a solid BA Stout!

Dec 13, 2018
BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a Guinness Stout drinker for 30+ years I can assure you that this Bulleit Bourbon Barrel version is nothing close to the original .
It is so thin that it’s closer to a Scotch or Brown ale aged in bourbon barrels .
I have to say though that I absolutely love it .
I’ve been sitting here sipping it and trying to really enjoy my one chilled bottle .
The Bulleit bourbon flavor is very pronounced and gives it an exquisite flavor in my opinion .
I’m a bourbon drinker , so I may be partial to it more so than others ..
If they could package and sell this at around $14.99 a four pack they would have a homerun . At $6 a bottle it’s tasty as hell , but a bit pricey considering the other options ..
I’m glad I gave it a try though and probably will again at some point .

Dec 13, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the reasons I enjoy guinness is the creamy body, but here that has been flatlined in favor of some rye and hop textures, and thinned out in general. Taste was less coffee and chocolate, and more watered down whiskey, dark fruit and bitter chocolate. Smell was clone of taste with a little more wood. It's ok, just seemed to miss the mark with barrel aging not matching up with base beer

Dec 13, 2018
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light black body almost dark brown in color. Thick creamy tall Beige head. Head drops down to a thin thin around the glass.

Smell: Vanilla and butterscotch very prominent; bourbon notes stronger than base beer. Not smelling much of the base beer at all.

Taste: Tastes like a shot of bulleit bourbon poured straight into a stout. Root beer and cola notes. Vanilla and spicy bourbon. Not roasty or chocolatey.

Mouthfeel: Thin body. Moderate carbonation. Does not taste of 10% abv, but it has alot of warming power.

Overall: It a bit gimmicky. Guinness was my first stout I ever drank, so this was more of an impulse buy & novelty tic. Wasnt expecting much, but I sure as hell never thought I would see "bourbon barrel aged Guinness" in my lifetime. Which meant I had to try it.

Dec 13, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and has a fleeting tan head that does manage to leave a couple spots of lacing.

The smell started out with dark fruit notes. As it warmed dark chocolate and coffee aromas come forward. After a little more time caramel and vanilla even shows up.

The taste is plum and black cherry to start. I get some oak through the middle and booze in the finish.

Thin bodied. Watery and dry mouthfeel

I had some misguided hopes for this one. The smell was great after decanting and letting it approach room temperature. That's where the good ended. The disappoint began in the taste and continued into the mouthfeel. It's like thinking that you're dad was the great Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson only to find out it was some Walmart buckeye fan who failed his GED test but hit every mark on an STP panel.

Dec 13, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights, a thin ring of tan head that leaves almost no lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate and a nutty quality. Taste follows the nose however the bourbon and barrel qualitys overpower the base beer. Light bodied for a stout, light carbonation, smooth mouth feel. A very easy to drink beer that does nothing to hide the ABV.

Dec 12, 2018
Guinness Stout - Bulleit Barrel-Aged from Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 95 ratings