Abita Bourbon Street Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bourbon Street Stout is an Imperial Stout that is aged in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrels. Our Imperial Stout is brewed with a combination of pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color as well as its intense flavor and aroma. After fermentation the beer is cold aged for 6 weeks. This is necessary for all of the flavors of the malt and hops to balance and produce a very smooth flavor. After the cold aging the beer is transferred into the bourbon barrels. It is then aged for another 8 weeks to absorb all of the flavors from the barrels. The result is a strong stout that brings out the roasted flavors from the malt and the warming toasted, vanilla, and bourbon flavors from the barrels.

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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2807) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2017
Bomber, Kroger (Rio Hill). I never noticed their bomber section before (is it new?). Id guess they have about 30. Anyway, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, maybe raisin. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon, earth, toast, some fruitiness, burnt coffee. Finishes with a burnt coffee and chocolate candy flavor, which is unfortunate, as the bulk of the beer is nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4290) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2017
Pour is a near black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt with some barrel character. Flavor has more of the barrel, some tasty vanilla, a long with a decent roast malt and sweet molasses. Pretty nice impy stout with just enough bourbon barrel without a huge booze. Its always a plus that these Abita bombers are all under 6 bucks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16889) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, 22oz, shared by bergstaden. Murky dark, dark brown in the glass, topped by a dense, dark beige head. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, coconut and bourbon booze, some dried fruits and tobacco in the finish. Its full-bodied, silky-smooth and nicely carbonated, slighlty warming and with a decent bitterness to deal with the sweetness. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, bourbon and some dried fruits in the flavor. Lasting roasted malts finish with booze, coffee and dark chocolate. Lovely indeed, but a bit too much on the booze side for me. 170311

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (11234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle 650ml @ geokkjer
[Courtesy of bergstaden] Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and lots of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, bourbon and toffee finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, courtesy of bergstaden. Pours black with a tiny beige head. Aroma of bourbon, bounty chocolate, caramel, malt, slightly boozy with some wood. Flavor is sweet and warming bourbon, coconut, grains, caramel and chocolate. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2017
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out cocoa, light bourbon barrels, and a hint of caramel. Flavour is rather tame for what youd expect from a bourbon barrel imperial stout, with light bourbon barrel character upfront, a touch of vanilla, toasted malt and a little caramel. Very light-bodied for the style, and the flavours are rather underwhelming but still quite pleasant. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2017
Medium brown. Thin head. The aroma shows a mellow barrel character, touch of vanilla. On the palate, a mellow vanilla character, a thinnish body, touch of chocolate. The bourbon character is really nice, sweet but not overwhelmingly so, and it melds well with the dark sugar malt elements. But there arent quite enough sugars. So good, but not great - would like more richness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (3078) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bomber thanks to my mom - best by 1/13/18. Nose is vanilla, wood and bourbon. Sip adds chocolate. Very smooth. ABV well hidden. Not crazy over the top.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (4544) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Draft at Taco Mac Chattanooga. Pours black with a khaki head. Lots of spicy wood on the nose. There some muted bourbon notes on the tongue as well. I was hoping the one would be much bigger.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4763) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2016
22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Appearance: dark mahogany, nearly opaque black in the glass. Small head with partial retention and little lacing. Complex aroma that changes with warming. An obvious but not overpowering bourbon aroma. Has hints of caramel, dates and prunes. Flavor: Sweeter than expected, but at a pleasing level. Bourbon and dark bread are dominant. Hints of caramel, oak and brown sugar. The bourbon comes to the fore in the finish, with fainter dark grains flavors. Bourbon lingers on in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Full body, finishing a bit dry. Good medium carbonation. Overall: Nice strength and quality of the bourbon barrel influence.


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