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silverfish
08-04-2009, 08:15
Had someone mention bourbon ale/beer recently
and while I'm not a beer drinker at all, my wife
seems interested so I thought I'd ask here if
anyone has any recommendations.

I did a quick check on-line and found these listed
as being not half bad. If anyone has comments
on these (or any others), I'd be interested in hearing
your thoughts. Are they basically beer and if you
hate beer, you'll hate these? Or are some more
"bourbony" than others?

The District Chophouse's Bourbon Stout

Allagash Curieux Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel
Allagash Odyssey
Allagash Musette

Kentucky Bourbon Ale

Sprecher's Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
Bourbon Barrel Dopple Bock
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

Anheuser-Busch's Winter Bourbon Cask Ale

Weyerbacher Insanity

OscarV
08-04-2009, 12:14
Anheuser-Busch's Winter Bourbon Cask Ale



Tastes like they poured sugar and vanilla extract in it.
Not good.

smokinjoe
08-04-2009, 12:32
Tastes like they poured sugar and vanilla extract in it.
Not good.

I'm with Oscar on the A-B Bourbon Cask Ale. Not good, at all.

But....the Allagash Curieux is mind blowing, if not cheap. I highly recommend it.
There's also the Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, which is awesome, as well.

nor02lei
08-04-2009, 13:07
Seem to me that different beers benefit or get less good from maturing in bourbon barrel. For my personal taste for example Yeti gets better and Gonzo gets worse.

Leif

ODaniel
08-04-2009, 14:15
It depends how much you want to spend. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is ok. Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout is supposed to be awesome, but expect to pay a lot for it. BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout is pretty good. There are plenty out there, but I haven't been able to try that many. www.ratebeer.com is a good site to get an idea. Try searching Kentucky or Bourbon.

cowdery
08-04-2009, 16:20
I like the BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout. Also Goose Island does a bourbon barrel stout from time to time, but I don't believe they bottle it. I've had it at Hopleaf and it is awesome, but very heavy.

TomH
08-04-2009, 16:48
Chuck,

Goose Island does bottle a bourbon stout (at least sometimes)....I picked up some at Sam's last year. I liked it better than the Breakfast Stout and it was cheaper.

Tom

nor02lei
08-04-2009, 22:04
I www.ratebeer.com (http://www.ratebeer.com) is a good site to get an idea. Try searching Kentucky or Bourbon.

There are Swedish beer on place 2 and 24 from a very small micro brewery could Närkes kulturbryggeri. I have visited it twice and it is very small. First time all had there regular jobs and they did the brewing in evenings and weekends, but now one man works full time. The 2 beers are the same except that no 2 is matured in a bourbon barrel. I like no 24 better.

Leif

silverfish
08-05-2009, 07:54
Thanks to all who replied (and especially for
the ratebeer link - a VERY helpful site!)

Appreciate the warning about the A-B Cask Ale.
Tho' it'd probably be the easiest to find, I'll try'n
steer clear. Based on your comments and the
RB ratings, I think I'll be looking for some of
these as my first steps:

Goose Island Bourbon County stout
Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)
Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
Allagash bottlings

nor02lei
08-05-2009, 12:21
Based on your comments and the
RB ratings, I think I'll be looking for some of
these as my first steps:

Goose Island Bourbon County stout


I love that one!

Leif

kickert
08-06-2009, 11:24
I'm with Oscar on the A-B Bourbon Cask Ale. Not good, at all.

There's also the Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, which is awesome, as well.

The JR is my fave

ODaniel
08-06-2009, 19:44
I will be creating a "bourbon barrel" Extra Stout and Kentucky Common once I perfect the recipes. My Extra Stout is awesome, trying to fine tune it. I will be soaking oak chips in bourbon and putting them in the beer for a couple weeks, then kegging or bottling. Eventually I want to do it with a real bourbon barrel. They run like $75-85 though.

When they're ready I'll trade some bottles for something if anyone is interested.

cowdery
08-07-2009, 11:37
I'm with Oscar on the A-B Bourbon Cask Ale. Not good, at all.

But....the Allagash Curieux is mind blowing, if not cheap. I highly recommend it.
There's also the Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, which is awesome, as well.

Isn't the Jefferson's Reserve the BBC product? They supposedly use Jefferson's Reserve barrels, which is funny for obvious reasons. But, yes, it's a very good product, although I have trouble rationalizing the price.

augustgarage
08-09-2009, 13:08
Another vote for Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - I've got some 2008 in the fridge still. Excellent stuff.

If you like the Allagash, but want more flavor intensity for a special occasion, check out Cuvee de Tomme (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/18149/34315) from Lost Abbey or Bourbon Barrel-aged Quad (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/43670) (BBQ) from Boulevard.