Bourbon Barrel Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1600
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Bourbon barrel-aged beers have been a hugely popular style ever since their inception in the early '90s by American craft brewers. By starting with a stronger-than-average robust porter, then infusing it with Bourbon-soaked oak (we recommend Maker's Mark), the end result is quite possibly the best beer ever. You'll have to supply your own bourbon - save a little to sip on brew day to really capture the spirit. The intense aroma and flavor of toasted American oak and the sweet graininess of good bourbon meld with the bittersweet roastiness of porter to make for a very characterful beer. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Bourbon Barrel Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Outstanding Review by William
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Brewed per instructions with dry yeast. Soaked the oak cubes in a generous dose of Dickel for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks of fermentation, racked to secondary and added the oak/whisky. Bottled after 6 months. After 1 month, tried a few bottles and they were great. Even better now, 2 months after bottling. The balance between the oak, sweet malt and Tennessee whisky is perfect. Everyone who has tried it loves this beer. (Posted on 9/6/14)
Careful with the Oak and Bourbon choice Review by Nate
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Purchased and brewed this upon a recommendation from a friend (and all the rave reviews it receives).
Chose the dry yeast.
Followed instructions.
I used Wild Turkey 101 as it was on sale.
I soaked the oak cubes in the bourbon for 48hrs and added it (the entire bottle and cubes) to the secondary. Waited a week and kegged to cold condition.
Tasted VERY dry and too oaky for me.
I'll be adding 2Tbs of vanilla extract here soon as it seems to lessen the oak flavor a bit when added to a glass for drinking.
Also, no amount of carbonation will make a head on this beer. Again, may have to do with the bourbon chosen.
ABV calculated to be just over 7% but tastes and feels higher.

Not my favorite, but maybe it's because I'm just not a bourbon drinker. (Posted on 8/25/14)
Over Carbonation Review by William
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home on R&R and popped the top on a few that have been bottled for the last 6 months. Not sure why, but think it must have been to much priming sugar when bottled because once the top was popped they slowly start bubbling over. I have to let them sit for nearly 10 min and pour off the head as it forms at the top of the bottle so it doesn't overflow. Tried to pour it into the glass but it instantly foams no matter how you pour it. Once the head dies down it is a pretty smooth porter without to much whiskey flavor to it, but a nice warmth as it goes down the hatch. I will be leaving the rest to finish out the year aging on it and just need to be careful when popping the top on them. (Posted on 8/20/14)
Best Porter ever Review by JT
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I'm not a big porter fan, but the way this turned out Iluv Porter. It is so amazing. Will also consider adding extra oak chips and extra Maker's Mark:) Over all delicious!! Will brew it again. (Posted on 7/10/14)
Excellent Review by Drfire
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I have made this beer many times in the past few years. I do modify it and the last modification (brewed twice) is the best so far. Double the oak chips and add 8 oz cocoa nibs. Texas whiskey added a nice touch. http://www.balconesdistilling.com/
Bulleit Rye bourbon is a bit smoother and goes well with the cocoa nibs. (Posted on 5/29/14)
Dont be afraid of the dark! Review by Ford
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I've brewed this kit twice for neighborhood parties...much to my disappointment the keg always floats before the party ends...nothing left over for me. However this is a fantastic brew. Takes a bit longer than an IPA, but worth the extra love and care trust me! If you like dark beers, this is nervana...if youu don't like dark beers, drink some of this and you'll be a convert instantly. Can't say enough good stuff about this kit. Buy it...enjoy it...best kit Ive ever made...TWICE! (Posted on 5/5/14)
Great Brew! Review by Eoin
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There should be a biohazard sign on the side of this kit saying *Warning: EXTREMELY ACTIVE FERMENTATION*. The beer definitely smooths out after bottling. Time is your friend here. (Posted on 4/28/14)
Out of my comfort zone...Thank God! Review by Steve
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A buddy of mine thought I would like Kentucky Bourbon Ale because of my fondness for dark beers. He thought it was great, I didn't, so when I saw the Bourbon Barrel Porter I decided to step out of my comfort zone and brew it. I'm not much of a bourbon guy either! Thank God I brewed it because it is one of the best beers I've made (it's #17). 11/7/13 followed the recipe as is. Had a little trouble getting fermentation going at 67 degrees. OG 1.070, FG 1.028. On brew night I put the oak cubes in 16oz of Makers Mark. 10 days primary, 4 weeks secondary. Put the bourbon and half the oak cubes in the secondary after 3 weeks.
When I transferred to the secondary there was hardly any taste, but at bottling time the chocolate and coffee tastes were starting to emerge.
12/15/13 I bottled. Taste of bourbon, oak, chocolate and then coffee on the back end.
On New Years Day I opened a bottle just to see how carbonation was going. There was a good head and the bourbon did not overpower the porter taste. Now, five months later it is absolutely delicious! My bourbon drinking buddies think it is great, although they think there should be a little more bourbon. I cannot believe how much I have come to like this beer. If you like porters, I do, and you like bourbon this beer is a must! Have a six pack stashed away. Hope I can stay away from it for a year. (Posted on 4/15/14)
Time is your Best Friend Review by Michael
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First off, I would definitely brew again!! this beer turned out great it just took a long time. I usually do all-grain but am temporarily in an apartment with no room so I wanted something with a little more depth than many of the kits I've made. I soaked the oak in Maker's as soon as I received the kit. 2 months later was brew day. Was in primary for 8 days and racked to secondary. I split the oak into 2 batches of makers. the first 1 oz cubes, and 8 oz makes went in when I racked to secondary. Let it sit for over 2 weeks and added the next 1 oz cubes, 8 oz makers. I let that sit another 2+ weeks. I bottled these just over 2 months ago and I must say every single time I open one it gets better.

I definitely say that this beer hasn't reached it's peak yet and brew day was over 4 months ago. Because it is already soooo good I have only allotted myself a small portion of the batch so I can keep the rest tucked away to see how much better it keeps on getting! Next time I make it I will keep a similar brew schedule but won't even touch the first bottle for at least 3-4 months. (Posted on 4/6/14)
Be patient Review by Zack
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I just brewed my second batch of this kit. The first time I brewed it I used a basic schedule of 2 weeks primary/2 weeks secondary using knob creek bourbon and was kind of disappointing with the results. However, there was one bottle that got lost which I found about a year later and it was amazing!
This time when I brewed it I left it in secondary for an extended period of time (I think it was about 6 months, I'm horrible at keeping notes) and used woodford reserve bourbon. I also let it sit for about 4 months after I put the bourbon and oak in instead of only a week. How did it turn out? Let me put it this way: 2 full pints were consumed before I was finished bottling. After the extended time in secondary it came out nice and dry with strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors and all of the best flavors from the bourbon showed right through.
I have a case of belgian bottles filled with it, going to hide them in a closet somewhere and see how it handles long term aging. (Posted on 3/6/14)

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