Porter - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
Brown's Brewing Company

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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #12
ABV:
5.75%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,420
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.51%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
112
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Porter - Whiskey Barrel-AgedPorter - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
Notes: Brewed with caramel, chocolate and domestic 2-row pale malts, Cascade and Willamette hops and aged in whiskey barrels for a minimum of 2 months.
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
Photo of MaxSpang
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

APPEARANCE

Nice and dark. It's not quite pitch black, as there's some brownish-red light that pokes through a little bit. The head was about a finger, and is mocha-latte colored. It left some really nice lacing as I drank this brew.

SMELL

Whoa! This is intense - lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. There's some nice whiskey aroma, which brings some oak and some toasted coconut. There's some really nice roasty notes and some slight coffee. This is unexpectedly great smelling.

TASTE

This follows the nose very closely, though not nearly as intense. Lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee, toasted coconut, and vanilla. On one hand, it's very complex. On the other, it's a little watery. I think they could increase the recipe's malt bill a little bit. That being said - wow this is tasty. Nothing is overpowering, and everything seems to work really well together.

MOUTHFEEL

As i said for the taste, it's a bit watery. The mouthfeel is medium, and there isn't much carbonation which makes it feel a little bigger. It's incredibly drinkable for a beer with this much going on.

OVERALL

This is really nice! It's sort of like a light version of a barrel aged stout. It's got all of this great whiskey-barrel character while being an easy-drinking brew - weird! I'm glad I got the chance to try this beer, and I'd definitely like to have it again.

Cheers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at The Man of Kent in Hoosick Falls,NY,poured a deep dark brown nearly black with creamy one finger slight off white head atop.Aromas were pretty light just light vanilla and roasted notes,the oak flavors come out more in the flavors somewhat woody and highly roasted the vanilla tones are tame wich I like its not like so many wood aged beers that are just overpowered with woody flavors.Creamy easy going down mouthfeel a nice beer to have with lunch,I was hoping to have on cask but nitro was fine.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A--Dark brown, opaque coloring, not much light comes through. Very small head which dissipates quickly. Very little spot lacing.

S--Whiskey notes prevail, with some brown sugar notes, very slight.

T--WOW! This one is very complex, whiskey (mostly bourbon) dominates at the front, but unlike many barrel aged beers, it gives way to the base beer's characteristics, porter in this case, with some hops' bitterness in the finish. Extremely balanced, especially for a barrel aged brew. One of the best tasting beers I have ever had, for real.

MF--Interesting. At first it seems a bit thin, then fullness becomes evident. Not sure what hops they use, but it brings a near-perfect balance in the finish.

D--Unlike many barrel aged beers, which seem to emit a "hot" finish, this one is under 6% ABV. Again the balance is evident.

I picked this one up at Halftime in Poughkeepsie. I'll be there again next weekend, so I'm going to pick up a case. If any of you are whiskey or barrel beer people, you have to opick this one up. It is truly an exceptional brew.

Steve

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass. the beer pours a clear cola brown with creamy beige head.
Aroma is bourbon and sweet, with caramel and some chocolate powder mixing in, also some dry oak wooden notes. First sip reveals an average body and silky smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. Quite easy to drink as it rolls across my palate. Flavor is malty with caramel and rich bourbon, some chocolate as well, with no hops anywhere to be found.
The beer is sweet but not cloying and the bourbon notes are strong causing anticipation of some heat, but it isnt there. Nice smooth brew that any true malty will love!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy mahogany brew. What head there is lasts nicely, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Taste is a quick whiskey character to start along with ample dark sweetness, dark fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a lightly boozy tartness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with the tart prickles, and drinkability is good. Very interesting brew, I'd like it better without the tart, but there it is.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a quarter inch eggshell head. Aromas of mildly roasted malts with caramel and chocolate. Lots of wood in there as well with a nice mellow kiss of whiskey that is in no way overdone. Quite nice.

First sip brings crisp malts, lightly roasted with a swirl of chocolate and caramel. Lots of wood in the flavor as well with a mellow sweetness. Whiskey is there but mild and not at all overpowering which is somewhat a nice change of pace for a barrel aged beer (albeit it is only aged 2 months in the barrel). Smooth finish. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side with solid carbonation that makes this what I would call a session barrel aged porter. Quite tasty and I would imbibe in this more often if I was able to purchase it locally. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this tasty brew!

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was an extra some time last year, and after rediscovering it in a box I'm opening it tonight. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a light tan foam. It has a sort of sour scent to it, as if it has a touch of infection. But the flavor is damn nice regardless.

Light whiskey notes over modestly roasted malts, with a lingering sweetness that never gets overpowering, really tasty. Light bodied, this goes down much easier than many other whiskey barrel aged beers, I guess this treatment works very well for a porter.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice whiskey notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of whiskey, some chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first brew from Brown's and it's pretty tasty. Don't see too many Whiskey Porter's in the under 6% ABV range. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lis and Dustin for bringing me this bottle for my B-day! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a thin brown-black with some soapy quickly falling khaki head.

Nose is fairly muted and has the typical roasted malt aroma of any solidly made American porter. Some faint oak toast and a hint of vanilla, but nothing that screams whiskey-barrel.

My first sip tastes exactly like a Chocolate-covered Pretzel. A little doughy, a little salty, a little bitter-sweet chocolate note. Wow. Ok, moving on. There's a nice acidity there that a classic porter should have (I think). A nice light- to medium-light body and a little roasted coffee flavors, some vanilla bean, and that pretzel dough thing. Just crazy.

Notes: A very drinkable BA-ed porter. It succeeds at both being a decent porter and at integrating the barrel flavors without white-washing the beer. Not an "extreme" barrel-aged brew, but a nice one for sure.

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Photo of rayjay
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from the SectretBunny.07 BIF from bwyker. It's a computer-printout label with no gub'ment warnings. No date.

Pours a deep black, slightly transparent, with a slightly off white head. Sweet bourbon whiskey and black malt nose, with mild phenolics. Smells very good.

There is a base beer which is a deep roasted English-style porter. A few other dimentions include a mild sourness, butter (diacetyl), Irish whiskey, and an isovaleric/sulfur note. Some of these are obviously defects, although I don't know how old this bottle is. Alcohol is well hidden. Slightly salty.

I really like the mouthfeel; very light carbonation along the lines of a cask ale. In fact, this would be a great beer for the cask. Only a tiny bit sticky, but not off-putting.

Unfortunately, I had to dump most of the bottle because it's a big glass of butter. Probably much better right from the brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours shiny black with a thin tan, foamy, lasting head. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of dark, slightly smoky, malt with a touch of whiskey and wood.

The taste is of dark, slightly smoky, sweet malt, leaning towards chocolate. Whiskey and vanilla notes mix in nicely. Subtle smokiness gives it a nice balance. Smooth and creamy in a medium body.

Incredible smoothness and delicious flavor just begs for more. Nice subtle complexities. Easy to drink and is versatile enough to accompany a burger, have with desert, or just enjoy on its own.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip. Body is brownish with ruby highlights. A small tan head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Nose is dominated by the oak. Hint of booze underneath, but mainly oak.

T: First impression: nice balance. Roasted malted barley with a touch of smoke is balanced by oaky astringency and some bourbon. Almost gave it a 4.5.

M: Medium in heft, but feels lighter than expected, if that makes sense.

D: Very good.

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Photo of mattydread
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of musicforairports
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a small snifter. Had this on tap several times but never reviewed it.

Brown in color, ruby in the light. Moderate head and lacing.

Vanilla dominates the nose, with oak notes also.

Flavor is heavy on vanilla. The barrel notes here lack a complex bourbon tone. Other wood notes evident. Chocolate and coffee take a back seat, but are detectable. Flavorful, but not complex or robust--which is not surprising given the low ABV.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer that I prefer on draft. Interesting for a 5.75 percent ABV porter--but not for a whiskey-barrel beer. It's nice to have a barrel-aged beer that's not of a hefty ABV, though.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a translucent brown color. Not nearly as dark as I thought this was going to be. There was a touch of brown lacing that quickly retreated to the rim of my glass.

S: Tons of oak. You really smell the wood in this beer then the whiskey. Really enjoyable usually a barrel aged beer smells like the spirit that was in the barrel beforehand. This had quite a bit of porter in it.

T: The barrel/whiskey really went well with this beer. The balance was outstanding. You actually got more oak than whiskey. This is not that big a beer so I thought it would get buried by the barrel but it really shined.

M: Almost had a cask like mouthfeel. Super light on the tongue. Carbonation was perfect.

D: We split the bomber and one could easiely drink this by themselves. Massive taste with a very reasonable ABV. Well done Browns.

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Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of drseamus
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It is an English Porter that is aged in Jack Daniels barrels. It pours nice and dark with no head. The aroma has some light roasted malt but a good amount of sweetness as well. The flavor is great and is similar to the aroma. There is a good roasty flavor with a good smooth sweetness from the whiskey. It is on the upper end of medium bodied from the sweetness and has great drinkability.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra from aerozeppl. Served in a taster glass at the September Goose Island gathering.

A - A nice finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the fringes.

S - Sharp whiskey and light oak, vanilla, chocolate, and perhaps a bit of soapiness to it. I was initially skeptical of a barrel-aged beer with such low alcohol, but this is surprisingly tasteful.

T - Taste is more chocolate and vanilla, with less of the barrel influence showing. There's light whiskey bite in the finish, but minimal oak flavor. Mild astringency and a hint of oxidation in the finish.

M - Creamy medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a lightly tannic and dry finish. Quite nice actually, and not overly thinned out as a feared it might be.

D - Surprisingly solid beer. It'd be hard to drink a bomber of this on your own, even though it's fairly low in ABV. Still, it was plenty enjoyable for 8-12oz.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generosity of EnronCFO for this bottle

A - Deep dark brown with a slight reddish highlight. Tan head falls to skin, nice lace.

S - Rich roasted malt, some char and bourbon notes

T - The first surprise if after the first rush of roasted malt and bourbon comes a slight sour taste followed by a bitter sour aftertaste. I think there might be some infection...it's taking away from what would be a very good beer.

MF - Medium body and pretty smooth.

D - Well though certainly not bad the taste and drinkability are hurt by the sour notes that I am getting. Would love to try this one the way it was intended!!

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Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ironbike1
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer has been calling me from the shelf at the store for a long time. Poured into a basic nonic pint.
Excellent dark brown very hard to see through color with an off white head about 1/2" thick. The head slowly fades throughout the drink leaving a nice ring all the way down to the last drop.
Smell is chocolates, and caramles with a smokeyness and then the whiskey scent is so very light in the back drop. Just how I like it. Not strong to the nose but still there.
Taste is very robust and full of flavor while being light on the mouth (no alcohol burn like some barrel aged beers). The whiskey is very well hidden yet you can taste a little coming through the chocolate and caramel flavors, they blend perfect.

Overall this is an excellent porter & one you can easily drink the entire 22oz bottle in a sitting, running in at 5.75% it is not a head crusher like most barrel aged beers.
A must try for porter fans, get a bottle if you can. I will buy another bottle next time I am in the store. Even though I am trying to stay away from bombers this one is easy on the wallet and very drinkable.

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Photo of Naugled
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown, crystal clear but with a thin and quick head.

Nose is all coconut, no whiskey, just raw oak.

Flavor is nice if you like the coconut flavor in raw oak. This is an oak lovers beer, not a whiskey drinkers beer. I like whiskey and this ain't whiskey. However, the malt/hop balance is good, it's just the oak flavor that's out of balance IMO.

Mouth feel is good, clean, rich and even crisp for a bigger beer.

Over all very drinkable in spite of the raw oakiness.

I had to try this because I heard it won some award at TAP NY this year. Maybe I'll try it again some day. Perhaps I just had a young bottle.

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Photo of erosier
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. Brought it back from a trip to Brown's in the bottle. Amazing. It has a nice dark brown color with a beautiful caramel colored head. The smell is sweet with the hint of whisky over dark roasted malts and a nutty aroma. The taste is exceptional. It is a complex flavor with the taste of roasted malts and a hint of whisky and nuts. The aftertaste is excellent - very dark roasted flavor with a clean sweet finish. Very good mouthfeel and very drinkable. This may be Brown's best beer they make.

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Porter - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Brown's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 112 ratings