Americas Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at Americas Brewpub
Style: Imperial Stout
Aurora, Illinois USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner 2004

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (5077) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Backlog rating 12-12-2008 (Bottle) This beer pours a small smooth light brown head that had a poor retention span, opaque body, fair amount of lacing, and a black hue. The aroma is malty, mildly roasty, chocolate, and bourbon. The flavor is chocolate, bourbon and malty. The mouthfeel is smooth and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, for the ABV being 12% this beer is very quaffable, has a very nice flavor, and was definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (4151) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 Last of my cellared 12 oz. bottles bought originally at Walter Paytons Roundhouse about 4-5 years ago, when Mike R. was the brewmaster, and although sampled many times at the brewpub bar, festivals, and events, had never reviewed it in its heyday. Viscously poured to a small Czech-pils glass displaying a black/brown hue, an initial reddish brown head foam that lightened a bit to more of a brownish tan, with a bubbles & cream appearance, and good cling to the waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was bourbon, roastiness, cocoa, dark cherry, and a light creaminess that possessed some staleness/oxidation as a vanilla bean ice cream container that had lingered in the freezer too long. The flavor presented woody & tanniny tartness, dark fruit as cherry and plum, almost port qualities, just a touch of sweetness, dry and lingering hop bitterness, and still potent, warming bourbon. Somewhat past its prime, but still flavorfully sippable, as it brought back some fond memories of the old place, before 2 Bros..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
2008 bottle. Pours dark and thick black with almost no head. Nose is big vanilla, molasses, chocolate and booze. Taste is metallic, tart. Not what it was two years ago. No bitter and some sweet. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a little bite. Heavy. Long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ChoppingMall (47) - Sleepy Hollow, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Liquified tree roots and sap, Folgers coffee grounds, fermenting cherries, wet cigars, molten GoodYear tires, and the horribly sour flavor of bottom-shelf bourbon. Made me wince after every sip. Harsh on the palate. I love strong beers, but this was just difficult to drink. I had to really push myself to finish the bottle.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2011
I honestly wish I could rate this at less than .5. Quite possibly the worst craft beer Ive ever tasted. Pours inky black with quickly disappating head and lots of floating yeasties, smells like sour glue and death. I couldnt pay attention to the body of the beer because of its vinegary and unpleasantly funky flavor. Pass this one up if you see it! Drain pour after one sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3586) - Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 Pours black with no head other than a thin ring at the edge of the glass. Rich aroma of roast malt, chocolate and bourbon. The flavor follows the aroma and is delivered on a smooth creamy palate. Pretty much typical for the style. Re-rate from my cellar. Anise turning to soy dominates the flavor now. Getting too sweet as well. On the decline. 12/11/2014

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2010
What a weird wild beer. Kept my attention no doubt. Pours a deep black with a very small head and some lace. The aroma is tequila, in fact we went and opened a bottle of tequila and smelled it side by side and the aroma was very similar, but this stuff was more pungent. Eventually the aroma becomes a little more nuanced with bits of smokiness and fruitiness and a good deal of sweet malt, but that tequila sticks around till the end. The flavor has some green apple right up front that fades as this warms there is a really nice bourbon note, I mean the flavor is nice, but it tastes like expensive bourbon. There is some earthiness and raisin with a good deal of sourness. There is some roasty and vanilla character balanced with a bright cherry fruitiness along with some oxidized port wine-ish notes. There are just a lot of things going on in this beer and most of them are fairly well balanced, but I simply refuse to believe that this is what the brewer was aiming for. For as thick as the pour looked the beer is strangely thin. I would love to pick up another bottle just to see if ours was some sort of bizarre happenstance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1195) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Weird beer. At first aroma is straight tequila. In the flavor, its still there but not as much. Bourbon actually comes through there and is nice. Its distinct from the tequila-two separate entities. Aroma is smokey, and a bit fruity as well. A bit sour flavor. Tequila is interesting, could be viewed as old, slightly oxidized RIS like a harveys. Lots going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2010
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and bourbon aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with hints of bourbon and vanilla in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2566) - USA - JUN 18, 2010
Dark, chocolatey pour from a bottle that looked like it might contain some budget chug-a-lug. A rich, herbal, caramel bourbon scent greeted my nose - great aroma. The flavor was good, but a little odd or off in some way. I noticed bourbon, grain, tobacco, and something like sour white wine. Thanks again to Adrian for passing along a bottle of this.

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