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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Aged for four months in bourbon barrels from the distillery in Kentucky, the Bourbon Barrel Stout is a robust yet balanced beer. Roasted malts give it a chocolate and coffee overtone, and the oak creates hints of vanilla and caramel. At 10.5% ABV, this stout pairs well with smokey barbeque sauce or even rich desserts.

2009 - Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels
2010 - Makers Mark bourbon barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Appearance - Deep hazy brown, tan lacing
Aroma - Smoky, honey, berries, wood
Taste - Fig, black cherries, caramel, oak, vanilla, hops

For a barrel-aged beer, the carbonation was very lively and complimented the soft oak notes. As it warms up it is simply delectable; complex flavors of raisins, vanilla, chocolate and hops with a touch of wood make for a satisfied palate. Once again, thanks to OmegaX for this fine brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
In bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. A huge bourbon aroma with caramel, chocolate, roasty malt, vanilla and Brett. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation, mild CO2 prickle and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is very present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Black pour, thinner than I expected. Strong bourbon aroma. Very smooth and light. Some roastyness, but the predominant flavor here is bourbon. An aptly named stout. Iíd argue too much bourbon is present, and the stout doesnít shine through enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2012
Poured an unmistakable murky Cadillac black into snifter. Smells immediately of brown sugar, hash browns, figs, booze and straight-up cereal grain. Doesnít tastes much different -- but it was wickedly too sweet for my liking. The sweetness and oak components totally took over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6513) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 6, 2012
750ml bottle. Darkest brown with a small lacing tan head. Bourbon aroma almost rules out every other note. OK, there is some roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, naturally lots of vanilla. But itís the same with taste: Bourbon. Itís not that I donít like this - but how do I rate a beer completely cowered under the barrelís regime?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle, shared by a generous friend. All the way delicious ... definitely a strong stout, full of all the robust choco-java flavors you like in one. The bourbon is nice and subtle, definitely there, but not forward. Very, very good! (#4556, 4/1/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1915) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 Hmmm...tried this in 09 fresh amd rememner liking it quite a bit. Had it on tap today (presumably the 11 vintage) which I think is Makers. Some coffee and bourbon on the nose and taste, but not enough malt body. Watered down. I still have an 09 and a 11 cellared...will be interesting to compare them again some time. This one was disjointed...maybe needs some time.Rerate: 11 from the bottle after a year. Lowered the rating. Way too hot and thin and one dimensional. Booze and burnt coffee. Still have an 09. Probably will save my pennies next time this is out, poor value. Time has not been kind to this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Draft pour. Pitch black with a light tan head. Nice bourbon, chocolate and oak. Complex and well made. Aroma is bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (876) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2012
5 oz pour at Waldo Pizza. Pours a dark black. Aroma of coconut, bourbon, chocolate and molasses. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, coconut, wood, oak, vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gregner (19) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Growler brought back from brewery. Pours thick and dark with little head. Wonderful aroma of bourbon, oak, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt. Deep rich dark appearance with little head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Taste? Unbelievable - sweet malty bourbon flavor with bitterness hidden in the background. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and oak. Alcohol completely hidden. May be the best beer Iíve ever had. Wish I could get some in Texas.

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