Bourbon Porter | The Emerson Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Emerson Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rastaman on 10-16-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 07

Bourbon barrel-aged beers are all the rage right now, and we dig them. We love Porters, too, so when we saw this interpretation from New Zealand on the beer menu at Cookie in Melbourne, Australia we had to order it.

The deep, rich, dark brown is nearly black, with a ruby hue. Frothy, creamy, beige head with formidable stick and stay in the glass. Aroma is lovely, with wood, light bourbon, toffee, and an underlying alcoholic spice. Fluffy in the mouth, with a medium body and a bit of chewiness. Flavors of buttery bourbon, toffee and toasted malts lay across the palate first, with a sweet malt base. This is broken by a fizzy sharpness that segues into a hop bite with herbal edges. Brown bread follows, along with a biscuity malt finish. Tea-like at times. Plenty of bourbon alcohol fumes on the exhale with a touch of alcohol spice and vodka-like booziness. Becomes very toasty as the beer warms. Dusty malts in the finish with residual alcohol and sweets. Quite warming, and dangerously drinkable.

Emerson's gets a big thumbs up from us on this one. A kickass brew that would give American brewers dabbling with wood-aging a run for their money.

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Photo of rastaman
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really whiskey-like nose, peaty malt, iodine, band-aid, Quite intersting. Smokey, peaty, roasty, dry, woody palate, some chocolate in there aswell, but the whiskey nose and flavour is pretty dominant. Thanks to caton for this beer!! A tasty treat!!!!

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Photo of lamarr04
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of tasting a three year old bottle brought from the depths of the Emerson's cellar. Thanks to Richard for sharing this rare treat.

Pours a rich ruby/brown with almost no head.

Smell is lots of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Also an interesting aged component of the aroma which is kind of like soy sauce or marmite and probably from autolyzed yeast. heat from the 9% comes through on the smell but not in a harsh way. combines to make for a complex sweet, boozy, and slightly savory aroma.

Taste is much more subdued than the nose with a gentle brown sugar sweetness across the palate. Beer finishes dry with both yeast and a very gentle bitterness on the back of the tongue. The beer has a medium, smooth body, with low carbonation.

Notes: Probably the rarest beer I have had to date and quite a memorable experience.

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Photo of koolk
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in colour with a tough off white head that was persistant.

Sour burnt aromas emit from this brew with traces of coffee and chocolate. Very seductive smell that is intreging and exciting.

Palate is strongly whisky flavoured. Big time burnt peat, seaweed, iodine, medicinal etc etc flavours that are usually associated with peaty whisky such as Lagavulin. This is in effect like a beer mixed with Lagavulin to create a very unique and exciting beer.

Emerson is on a winner with this beer and I'd love to see it extend further (american whiskey, port, sherry, madira etc)

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Photo of brendan13
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost stout black in appearance with a huge beige head that just doesn't want to go away. Big lacing.
I haven't drank bourbon or whiskey for a while but the smell leans more towards the whiskey side than bourbon but I guess they are close relations. Theres also some highly roasted malty notes and chocolate in there too.
The whiskey kicks into overdrive with the taste, quite a shock at first but after a few sips is warmingly pleasent and the typical roasty, chocolate malt taste comes through.
Quite a heavy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.
Not a session porter thats for sure. But it delivers what it promises which I like. 9.2% & about $11 per 500ml bottle limits its drinkability but that's not really a bad thing. Better quality, less quantity I think they say.
Another top beer from Emersons!

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Bourbon Porter from The Emerson Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5 ratings