Bourbon-Barrel Aged Unearthed
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,495
Ranked #5,315
4.1 | pDev: 7.8%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Bourbon-Barrel Aged UnearthedBourbon-Barrel Aged Unearthed
Notes: From the depths of Heaven Hill Kentucky Bourbon barrels emerges a deliciously dark version of our Unearthed American stout. Aged for six months on oak, time spent on wood unveiled complex layers of caramel, oak, vanilla and Bourbon.
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Ego from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

unearthered this from my cellar, ok, that was corny... but I did dig this out from the back of a bunch of other stuff, wondering how it will be, my basement maintains perfect temp all year round and this was on a shelf where certainly no light has even glanced the bottle, 2016 vintage here

black, dark, you know absence of light type of stuff here, thin male pattern baldness of cocoa head, the head sticks around, rolling the beer around the glass reveals that this beer is clingy, looks like it should, nothing amazing

dripping with heavy vanilla notes, some cocoa notes, definite whiffs of moist oak barrel, so what I am trying (poorly) to say is that is smells like bourbon including the booze notes, as one who has been into bourbon more the past couple of years this is creating great anticipation for the introduction of this dark libation to the local com port of my digestive system, in simple terms I just drooled on myself

taste etc...
tricky weight, the feel is velvet which kind of hides the heft of the brew, but then you notice it as it slides on down the old food pipe, this straddles the vanilla/caramel line in terms of the big malt hit it delivers (and it does, this is malty as all get out), the booze certainly does not want to be left out and surely it 'announces it's presence with authority (ok meat?' - that's a famous movie line for those scratchin' their heads), nothing in this brew ever becomes too much, it walks right up to that line in every way but never goes over, it allows itself to be sipped in a good manner, never requiring a break like some brews that seem like motor oil (although they may be tasty as hell), this lingers, this really is just so well balanced, delicious

get a shovel and unearth some! (yech... I know) seriously good stuff, I'm glad I have 3 more bottles of this vintage sitting back there in my catacombs. When I think Long Trail I think of the early IPA days and when I thought a Kolsch was something I had to go to a doctor to get rid of, I think of the Starship ale when the gondolas at Killington were launched, I think of Vermont, but this brew proves as yet again, Long Trail is a brewery and can pull off any style if they so choose.

May 27, 2019
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a half finger of tan head. The nose is exquisite - sweet bourbon without a hint of harshness. The blend of bourbon flavor and roasted malt is nice! An excellent barrel aged stout.

Oct 13, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 vintage poured into a pokal. Pours a very dark brown with a minimal head that quickly fades into a ring. Aroma is very boozy. As it warms, notes of cocoa, ash and toffee make themselves known. Good body, not much carbonation. I enjoy big boozy BA stouts and this is pretty damn good. A gift from Sharon in Connecticut.

Jun 20, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 vintage

Pours a darker small fizzy head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, decent legs, very black color

NOse loads of chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, fudgey, a little milk choc, a bit of roasty notes, little creamy lactose, some caramel, cookie dough notes, mild bitter roast and spicy hop, mild sweet bourbon and toasted vanilla oak

Taste brings fair sweet but dark malts, roasty and a bit of bitterness from the roast, plenty of chocolate again, dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate and caramel fudge, mild spicy hop, fluffy nougat marshmallow like, cocoa powder candy bar and wafer cookie notes, hint of roasted coffee, a bit of bourbon but not a lot, mild barrel juice like bourbon, a bit of toasted woody oak, wood esters too I think. Finishes a bit drier mild sweetness, bit more roasty bitterness and spicy hop bitterness, lingering cocoa, fudge, mild bourbon, and a touch of a fruity flavor

Mouth is fuller bod, a bit creamy, mild carbonation but Ok, almost no alcohol though

Overall not bad, nice base stout, loads of chocolate, nice bitterness to malt sweet balance, really wish the bourbon and barrel was more.

Mar 17, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage
12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
L- pours a thick dark black with dark brown head, lacing
S- bourbon, dark fruit, bananas, chocolate rum balls
T- sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, plenty of bourbon, touch of smokiness on the finish
F- thick, full-bodied, slight alcohol burn
Overall this is an amazing BBA stout, i realy live the dark fruit, adds a whole new dimension to the beer

Mar 07, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a half finger of tan head. The nose is exquisite - sweet bourbon without a hint of harshness. The blend of bourbon flavor and roasted malt is nice but the roast could stand to be bolder. The body could also stand to be more hefty.

Feb 17, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick texture. There was a 3/4" foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A solid aroma of chocolate, roasted malt. bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a moderate of bourbon (and the accompanying oak barrel), some light vanilla notes, a good shot of chocolate, some roasted malt, light hops in the finish, and a tinge of caramel. This isn't a totally mind-blowing flavor, but it is very focused and easy to like. Not aggressive, but definitely tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Better than the original Unearthed. Much more robust. Certainly drinkable.

Feb 17, 2018
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark black color with little to no head.
The nose is soft bourbon with some dark malts coming through.
The taste is smooth with nice bourbon overtones not a lot of other things going on in this but the roasted malts and the bourbon.
The mouthfeel to me is a little thinner than I like to see in a barrel aged stout. A thicker mouthfeel would add a lot to this beer.
Okay so where do I stand with this beer? If you like the bourbon taste then you will like this beer. Other than that there really isn't much going on for me. But then again I like a good bourbon so to me this is a more than drinkable beer. I would buy this again and probably keep a few bottles around to see how it ages.

Nov 05, 2017
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Have had a number of bottles of this recently. Last few I had were vintage 2016. This latest was downed on 22OCT17 out in The 'Zebo.

Color was a deep, dense, opaque brown. Had a short beige head, mostly a rimmer, with light lacing. Nose was a lovely choco-bourbon combo! It was pretty smooth, but the body was a smidge less than medium, which I found to be a bummer.

Flavor had a hint of dark fruit, but that was quite mild. More pronounced was lots of choco, with a bit of roasty action thrown in. Also in the mix were some licorice, molasses and vanilla, all with bourbon undertones. Quite tasty! Prosit!

4.19/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Nov 02, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a mini snifter. The appearance was a jet black color with no head but light alcohol strings glaze the sides of the snifter. The aroma starts with molasses, honey and maple syrup that overturn boozy barrels of oak. Normal "unearthed" rugged roastiness. Light vanilla. The flavor leans okay dry sweet with the molasses, honey, maple syrup and boozy oak to enlighten a sweet sticky oaky aftertaste leading into a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping smooth quality about it. Despite the boozy aroma and flavor, the texture is just so damn smooth. Carbonation felt fairly low. Overall, really nice Imperial Stout that does everything necessary for the "barrel aging" sort of thing that people tend to love these days.

Jun 25, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. 2016 vintage.

Looks wicked good. Jet black body with a thick generous coffee-with-cream head. Outstanding lacing.

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt, with a definite Bourbon hit.

Bourbon is the first flavor you notice, but it's not overly so, which i appreciate. There is the faintest touch of vanilla. Malts are nicely roasted, not burnt.

The mouth is a bit thin and weak. Malt and bourbon finish, with a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

Overall, the mouth and finish spoiled it a bit for me. Could have been top notch with a fuller mouth. Still a good and decent drink, and I'm happy to have another 3 in the stash. Just missed a bit, in my honest opinion.

May 05, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2016 dated bottle into the test glass.
A - Black walnut colored, aggressive pour yield a thin mocha cap. Carbonation is cloaked in the darkness.
S - Strong vanilla notes start things off, then the toffee and bakers chocolate roll in. Shade tobacco threads its way through.
T - Dark grains, warm bourbon. Chocolate malts well roasted.
F - Mid weight, slick on the palate, with sweet start and nice bitter finish.
O - What a delightful offering, well made and worth seeking out.
Cheers all

Feb 21, 2017
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with brownish tan head that fades after a quick minute. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, oak, and fresh bourbon....just a wonderful nose. Tastes of dark licorice, cocoa, and dark chocolate with some vanilla & cinnamon character. Tastes chewy with a full body and plenty of alcohol warmth. A very nice beer overall. Glad to have picked some up and would definitely try again.

Feb 11, 2017
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jmasher85 from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To make it real simple, this tastes like a Tootsie Roll coated in charcoal and coconut, with a hint of vanilla sprinkled on before being dunked in a glass of bourbon and turned into beer. Some sweetness, ashy bitterness, and medium mouthfeel. Definitely a strong beer, full-flavored and a good dessert or fireplace beer.

Feb 09, 2017
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threeviews from Florida

3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Released October 2016, reviewed 26 January 2017

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled dated 2016 vintage) into a 13oz Long Trail branded Libbey balloon/snifter.

A - Pours (at cellar temperature...or above) a convincingly black with absolutely zero head. Based on appearance, this might be undercarbonated. (2.75)

S - Nicely balanced without any characteristic dominating: mild aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. (3.5)

T - Like the nose, the barrel and base beer is well balanced with neither jumping into the fore. The barrel is absoluely present, but nothing overwhelming for the beer being in barrels for 6 months. (3.25)

M - Medium-minus bodied and (courtesy of lack of carbonation) makes it drink a bit heavier than the labeled 9.6% ABV. (3.0)

O - I might be overly harsh on this review, but at over $4 a bottle (purchased in VT), the price significantly outweighs the value. It is a good barrel-aged imperial stout, but with it being undercarbonated clocking in way under 10% without adjuncts, this is not worth the price...even when purchased less than 1-hour from the brewery. I love Triple Bag (along with the barrel-aged version) as well as Limbo and Space Juice, but Barrel-Aged Unearthed just misses the mark. I'll take the non barrel-aged version in 6-packs for ~$11. (3.0)

Jan 27, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like caramelized sugar, milk chocolate, light bourbon, and some nuttiness.

This lacks a certain bite that I would have liked. There's not much in the way of bitterness or roastiness, but it's also not too, too sweet either. It just That might not be the best way to describe a beer, but it's the best I can do to describe it. It's definitely a little more sweet than I'd prefer, but it's just that the flavors just aren't bold as you'd expect from a BA stout that's 10% ABV. It's got a syrupy caramel flavor, some light coffee and sweet bourbon, and no real complex oak flavors that I tend to look for in the style. There's a bit of sweet dark fruit flavor- kinda raisin-like.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick or chewy as I'd want, with an oily/syrupy finish that provides a bit too much sweetness on the finish.

This was a bit of a disappointment, I expected more out of this one, definitely.

Dec 27, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 release
~ 2 months from bottling? no bottle date so going off release

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, fairly thick. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, dissipates quickly. Tons of spotty head lacing on glass, thin layer of sticky alcohol legs.

Aroma- Oak, sweet rich toffee, vanilla, creamy sweetness. Underlying chocolate and roast. Sweet nuttiness, earthy tobacco, slight char. Mild bourbon sweetness.

Taste- Dark chocolates, roasted malt, coffee, fudgy brownie sweetness. Dry oakiness, vanilla, toffee, sweet nuttiness. Lingering char, hints of bourbon, bitter earthiness.

Feel- Medium bodied, on the thinner side for the style though. Moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall- Lots of barrel character, predominantely dry oak, but also a lot of the creamier flavors. Bourbon is subtle, more in the background. Roasty character of the base beer comes through nicely.

Dec 16, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Motor oil, thick bodied black pour from the 12oz bottle into a tulip. Rising slowly on the beer is a half inch high head that has a creamy consistency with decent retention. A few sheets of lace form with spottiness below them.

S- The barrel is up front with a mixture of vanilla sweetness, aged whiskey, pepper, fresh young oak wood and even some toasted coconut feeling. Bringing some semblance of balance are notes of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, banana esters, sweetness and slight roasted grains. The barrel makes up most of it.

T- Following up the aroma, the barrel leads the way and the base stout is a bit lacking leading to a bit of a thinness of flavor; it needs some more rich malts to help balance the intense whiskey and oak. Fresh peppery Bourbon, lightly toasted oak woodiness, vanilla degraded oak, chocolate, fruity esters, raisin, cherry truffle, charred barley, cereal grains and moderate sweetness. The barrel only gets more intense with time.

MF- Thick and rich oily body. The texture is slick, chewy and somewhat syrupy. The carbonation is moderately high but it really does get smoothed out by the consistency of the brew. Ends fairly warm but not hot.

Always a treat to get a bottle of a whiskey aged stout for just a few dollars. Long Trail have done good here but the base beer falls short because of how intense the barrels are. Hard to control for that but next time a bit more emphasis on the roast grains could go a long way.

Dec 04, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark black with a tight bubbled tan head which fades quickly, it barely appears to begin with.

Aroma: bourbon, slight vanilla, noticeable licorice, bittersweet chocolate, again.. can't help but notice the licorice.

Taste: fair amount of bourbon in unison with chocolate. like fine chocolates with sweet bourbon filling. tastes different than the aroma. vanilla. light oak note.

Feel: silky wet feel, medium body to thick body.

I feel like this is better than the ratings have shown so far. I'm not fond of the smell, but the other aspects of this beer make it appealing to me. The bourbon isn't overpowering in the taste which is a plus for this particular beer.

Dec 02, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with soapy toffee colored lacing, minimal carbonation.

S - Dark roasted baker's chocolate, char, somewhat smokey, oak, and bourbon.

T - Follows the nose: dark roasted bitter chocolate, some oak tannin, light smokiness, some astringency, bourbon, and lingering bourbon with chocolate bitterness. Alcohol effervescence permeates the sinuses.

M - Full bodied, silky, very dry.

O - Very solid.

Nov 29, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle released in 2016. Sampled on November 25, 2016.

The pour is dark brown with a quick tan head that becomes a ring.

The barrel aging is prominent in the aroma to the extreme. Lots of alcohol, dark fruit, wood, and vanilla but very boozy.

Medium body.

The booze is strong in the taste and it might be a bit overwhelming for some. Warming sensation as I drink this. Still getting dark roasted malts, vanilla, and wood but a lot of alcohol. This one could sit for awhile and it could mellow tremendously.

Nov 25, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great looking brew. relatively pungent aromas of oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla, roastyness. the same notes are apparent in flavor profile, the woody oak really pops with this one, nice. mouthfeel is definitely on the light side, which is a bummer, but its not completely off.

Nov 18, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, little to no head.
Vanilla and oak aroma. Chocolate.
Vanilla, oak, and bourbon taste. Sweet chocolate.
Big bodied. Noticeable alcohol, but it enhanced the beer.
Great beer!

Nov 16, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Opaque black with the barest hint of clear ruby at the very bottom. Finger thick tan head receded slowly to even surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Dark chocolate.

t: Dark roasty malt with considerable alcohol and apparently above average (at 50 IBUs) hop and alcohol zing. Dry to slightly roasty finish.

m: Medium, exceptionally smooth, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: Hard to tell what sort of barrel aging this had, doesn't taste bourbony, but definitely dark malt and bitterness under some sort of alcohol is evident.

Nov 14, 2016
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Roguer from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very modest head from a reasonably strong poor; OK retention. Brew itself is a lovely, bold blend of dark browns and black.

On the nose, the bourbon is unmistakable. Huge notes of vanilla, coconut, and booze. Much lighter notes of cocoa and coffee round out the profile. Very appealing, but there are enough BBA stouts out there to suggest the flavor could go either way from here.

While it leans away from strong and toward sweet, this is definitely a tasty BBA imperial stout, with three phases of flavor. Initially, sweet bourbon hits the palate. This is followed swiftly by ashy roasted barley, bitter and strong. The finish brings strong notes of coconut, vanilla, oak, and cream, as the bourbon reasserts itself over the malt profile.

Reasonably thick and very drinkable. The decision to keep this brew under 10% ABV puts it in select company for BBA stouts.

For a beer that matches up with BA Unearthed, Dragon's Milk is probably the closest contemporary. I happen to think this is a touch better than Dragon's Milk, without being so good that it elevates to a higher tier. If it could carry just a touch more of the original Unearthed character - which instead asserts itself briefly mid-palate only to be swallowed by nearly cloying bourbon notes - it could be quite special. As it is, it's a very tasty brew - but only that.

Nov 12, 2016
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 116 ratings