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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout | South Shore Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint StoutBourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout

Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by battlekow on 02-26-2006

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3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours black, with a brownish head. The head wasn't very thick. The nose is amazing. There's a slight barrel hint to it, but the standout is the mint. It's very strong, but pleasing to the nose. The taste of this beer is interesting. I get minimal hint of the barrel. The mint is strong, but like the nose, pleasing. The coffee is also muted. Slightly watery feeling, but overall this beer works well.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle an opaque black with a tan head.
Aroma is roast coffee, mint, nutty and vanilla.
Taste is coffee and chocolate up front with mint at the end. A bit of char and a little dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is very thin.
Flavor is OK but that thin and watery feel kills it for me.

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Photo of Farral
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
Hayward Co-op

The pour is silky black, even velvety, with a touch of viscosity. Without the chestnut highlights at the very edges of the glass, and only when backlit, this beer is black. An immensely creamy mocha head forms easily on the pour, rising to a respectable finger in height. The foam subsides to a skimming and thick ring while leaving sheet lacing down the glass that eventually slides back into the body. A very handsome beer indeed.

Straight from the bottle comes peppermint and chocolate. After the pour and some warming the peppermint falls back to a component of the stout instead of the dominant aspect. Oh, the peppermint is still there, vivid actually, and playscnicely with the roasty dark chocolate from the base stout. Coffee is mild but what's there is softly sweet and reminiscent of a cup o' joe with a splash of cream. THe barrel shows up deep in the back, vanilla, damp oak, and caramel take some work to pull out. Very nicely done!

The taste naturally follows the nose. First thing that comes to mind is mint chocolate chip ice cream but that quickly fades into dark chocolate and moderately roasted barley. Coffee comes hrough mid-palate with another infusion of roast, softer this time. The barrel adds a touch of sweetness. Vanilla acts as the cream to the coffee. Caramel is rich toward the finish and mild oak, bourbon soaked, finishes things off. The characteristics change greatly on this beer as it warms from the aforementioned ice cream to a coffee stout with subtle barrel notes. I'm a fan.

The body runs along the lines of moderate, which makes sense for a stout around 5%. Carbonation is soft which translates over to the body and leaves a velvety feel. A touch of alcoholic heat and barrel dries out the finish nicely making me want another drink pretty quickly after the last. This is a highly drinkable stout, especially when taking the adjuncts and barrel into consideration.

The first couple times I've tried this beer was at fests and I was a big fan. Then South Shore started bottling. I was excited, picked up bottles a few years in a row. There was always a problem; infection, crazy in-your-face artificial mint, whatever. This bottling is different, it's how the draft version tastes. It's well rounded and delicious, unique. Give this beverine a shot when you get a chance.

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Photo of npachl
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Graetzj
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of d5001986
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into Spiegelau tulip.

I haven't had a lot of success with S.S.B. in the past, but giving this a shot nonetheless.

Pours near black with a decent amount of tan colored head, which dissipates rather quickly. Chocolate mint on the nose (very Peppermint Patty-esque) with maybe a hint of bourbon, not bad here.

The taste on the other hand leaves much to be desired. Whatever stout lies at it's base is completely smothered by Crest. Honestly, I feel like I should be brushing my teeth with it rather than consuming. Equally disappointing is the feel. It's quite thin. Like thinner than CW thin.

In conclusion, life is full of disappointments and this was one of those occasions.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of pjkelley82
1.46/5  rDev -58.3%

Infected.... my god such a good mint chocolate smell.. sout taste, slight mint and chocolate but clearly soured from infection. Thin. A few sips and down it went.

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Photo of Ri0
1.29/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Free bottle. poured into snifter.

A - Coffee brown to black with a thin 1 finger head. I could tell it has a very thin body.

S - Ugh, Listerine and medicinal. Where the hell is the rest of the beer? No coffee or stout present in the aroma.

T - Goodbye, this stuff is a drainpour. May as well be Listerine with ground up peppermint candies (the circular red and white ones). No other flavors in this beer.

M - Thin, very thin and over carbonated.

O - What a mess of a beer. At least I didn't pay for it. No clue how this has a "good" rating on here.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mrk829
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Jeff! The body is extremely black, pretty much no hint of color to be found anywhere along the way. A dark beige head, not quite dark enough to be tan, piles up good and then quickly shells away where it sits still at about three or four millimeters nearly the rest of the way. No lacing, really, though I can't say I'm surprised by that.

The heaviest aroma right out of the gate is definitely mint. Mint freshness, all up in this bitch. Mixed with a significant amount of cocoa malt, the nose brings about nice reminders of a York Peppermint Patty. There's a touch of coffee grounds buried in the background with an even milder hint of bourbon and oak. Is this 100% barrel-aged? Because it sure doesn't smell like it.

Just like the aroma, mint is the first thing to come piling onto my senses with the first sip, like licking the backside of a mint leaf with some wintergreen gum in my mouth. There's a moderate tobacco flavor backing up the mint that I'm not so sure I love just yet. Bourbon hits quick up front, slightly more potent than in the aroma, but fades quickly into an abyss before it even has time to be appreciated.

A touch of roasted malt here, a dash of coffee grounds there, and a mild plum sweetness that carries into the finish. A little warmth brings out heavier coffee grind flavors, as well as a raw whiskey tone that kind of makes this harder to drink. Thin bodied for what it is, though it's probably more like medium-heavy overall. Low-moderate carbonation with a wet, silky mouth feel.

Eh, this is one that sounds okay on paper, but was executed poorly. Not a good integration of bourbon or oak, really - too light at first, then when it comes alive, it's far too unabashed and not well meshed. Flavors present are alright, but this probably isn't something I'd consider purchasing again. With some adjustments, it could be alright, but it's a little too messy to be enjoyable now.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of warmstorage
1.85/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee (separate review hopefully on its way), around $6.

I love stout. And bourbon barrel aging is my favorite thing you can do to beer. And I love coffee, including in beer. And I love mint, though I rarely have had it in beer. I grow both peppermint and spearmint, cook with mint, eat mint straight, make mojitos with mint. So the stars looked aligned here.

Unfortunately, this beer is like a cross between a dark ale mouthwash and a menthol cigarette.

Appearance: this is fine. Deep, opaque brown to black. Light, middle brown head, leaves a little lacing. Everything goes downhill from here.

Smell: sharp, harsh medicinal. That's the mint. Little to nothing else. No coffee evident.

Taste: phew, this stuff is almost a drainpour. Like I said, it's like drinking a menthol cigarette. Ummm, sharp, strong, astrigent.

Mouthfeel: the astringent, sharp, biting mint is so strong that it overwhelms the mouthfeel. Leaves a slightly slick coating in my mouth -- not sure what that's about.

Overall: I don't even know if I would cook with this stuff. I'm struggling right now with drainpouring it. And I hate drainpouring stuff.

I love experimental beers, and brewers that are willing to take a chance. Unfortunately this one just didn't pan out. I dunno: less mint? more coffee? A little more residual sweetness to balance the sharp astringency of the mint?

BTW, South Shore Brewery's website lists this beer as 6.1% ABV. I'll try to submit an update.

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Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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