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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Bluegrass)

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Bourbon Barrel Stout (Bluegrass)

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

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Bourbon Barrel Stout

Bluegrass Brewing Company

Louisville, KY

 

The Buzz:

        It's right there in the name: this is a Bourbon Barrel Stout. It's a stout aged in bourbon barrels. Thus, it's a roasty, aromatic, liquory 8.6% ABV experience.

 

 

Life of the Party:

       As per stouts, this beer poured to an almost black with a tan head. Aromatically an enticing consort of bourbon, malt and smoke was this beer. At once light on the tongue and flavorful, the not-too-potent roasted malts, long smoky bourbon finish, rich-but-not-cloying chocolate notes and barrel-aged calmness made for a relaxed libation experience. The flavor doesn't linger, but it also doesn't run away. It's around for just long enough.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        Despite a great aroma, I found this to have a surprising lack of punch for a bourbon stout. Those two things are usually potent on their own so I may have over-anticipated. 

 

The Vibe:

        This is not a party beer. It just isn't. It's more of a 'sitting by the fire on a cold winter night with a good friend after being out in the snow' kind of beer. Honestly, my favorite part was the aroma. I sat and smelled it for several minutes. Perhaps for too long since the taste was slightly underwhelming (side note: is anything ever just 'whelming'? It's always over- or underwhelming. Why?).

 

Plus/Minus:

+Smoother and rounder due to aging

+Relative gentleness could serve as an introduction to darker, more adventurous beer

-Lack of carbonation and crispness might turn off some

-Bourbon flavor not widely palatable

-Not much power to the malts

-A bit thin for stout, even a barrel aged one

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