Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChadPolenz (1714) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2016

 
2015 BJCP Category: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 20B American Stout)

AROMA: Familiar stout aroma of dark malt, red fruit and slight chocolate. No roasted malt nor coffee. Slight tang. Mild nose overall. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely dark brown to black proper; nearly opaque. Small, brown suds fizzle away quickly. No lacing. 1/3

FLAVOR: Mild palette of dark malt with generic, nondescript sweetness. No distinct roasted malt flavor whatsoever. Some firm dry bitterness at the apex of the swig followed by a short coffee flavor and some alcohol warmth. No chocolate or vanilla notes. Bourbon barrel character is virtually undetectable. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Feels tepid and dull in the mouth. Texture is smooth and 8% alcohol presence is subtle. Slightly dry, bitter aftertaste but otherwise clean. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Fails as both a bourbon barrel brew and a coffee stout. Entirely too mild and insipid. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 23/50