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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Sublime! Review by Kevin
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This was my last brew, now going on about three months ago. I've been in love with bourbon style porters and stouts since trying one at a local brewery here in the Loudoun County area, so of course, seeing this as a choice it made perfect sense to do. I ended up using Makers as recommended in the instructions, and soaked them for about 72 hrs; I'm not a Bourbon Drinker (Scotch please!) so I may have to experiment with a different Bourbon next time but the taste came out great. Not quite as strong a flavor as you would get from beers fermented in used bourbon barrels, but a great flavor none the less. Subtle, but perfectly in tune with the beer, it really is wonderful. Only issue was on the carbonation taking about two to three weeks longer than listed, not sure if that was because of this being a slightly higher gravity beer or not, but may try switching to Prime Dose in the future. (Posted on 3/8/15)
Show Stopper Review by Craig
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This is one of the best beers I have ever brewed. I have received amazing compliments from friends and neighbors after tasting this beer. I let it cellar about 4 months after bottling and the results were spectacular. This is one I will keep on hand. (Posted on 1/28/15)
Nothing but Great things to say Review by Ken
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Was worried on the oakey-ness while in secondary but WOW what a drink. Not at all as smokey as I would have guessed, lighter weight as well. Those that are not dark beer fans enjoyed as well.

Brewed per instructions with Makersmark, 2 weeks primary, 1 month secondary, 1 month with Oak cubes and Makers, Kegged and enjoying!!! (Posted on 1/22/15)
Just outstanding Review by Christopher
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I have done this three times and have another batch on right now. This is an OUTSTANDING brew. If you really want to treat yourself, and if you like bourbon and oak, do 6 oz of oak cubes instead of 2 oz. Soak them for 24-48 hours in the bourbon. If you want this ready "fast" (4-6 weeks after bottling) I REALLY like Crown Royal. But Makers Mark ages better (let it sit 6 months and this is amazing). Either way, this is an GREAT brew. (Posted on 1/5/15)
Not bad beer Review by Smokey
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I brewed this beer as instructed however mine had a very strong yeasty flavor to it. Beer was smooth and had a nice thickness to it some enjoyed it more than others at the end of the keg all the beer was drank if I make it again I will opt for a different yeast option than using the dry. (Posted on 1/1/15)
Amazing but needs Time Review by Platano
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Brewed this one in June. 1 week in primary, 3 weeks in secondary. Placed wood chips in Makers Mark for a week. Taste is amazing a month later and gets better, now December. Strong smokey taste for me--wish it was just a hint lighter, but most have told me that it is fine. I think it was due to the extra time chips bathed in Makers Mark.
Over all, awesome! Will brew this one again a year from now. (Posted on 12/26/14)
This is why you Homebrew Review by Jake
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I brewed this in anticipation of my first baby as a celebratory beer (instead of cigars). I brewed this on 5/10 and kegged 11/15 and tapped on 12/17. I used the Wyeast option with a yeast starter.

On brew day I went ahead and soaked the Oak Chips in 20 oz of Makers Mark to get them ready for the secondary.

This beer turned out phenomenal and I would highly recommend, I did add more than the recommended 16oz of Bourbon since I love whiskey and I love beer. If you don't love whiskey as much as I do I think the 16oz might be a good option for you (I know y'all love beer as much as me) . This beer pours with a nice head and wonderful aroma. My OG was 1.072, FG - 1.012.

Do yourself a favor and brew this! This beer makes me proud to homebrew!
(Posted on 12/21/14)
looking good for Christmas gifts! Review by Michael
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I brewed this to give away with the brick warmer red (3 bottles each) for the holidays. I pretty much followed the directions and after 2 weeks in the bottle it tastes great. Pronounced bourbon and oak flavor that will mellow out with additional aging. I love tasting the brews over time and tasting how the beer evolves! I think this will be amazing in a few months so I am putting a note on the 6 pack to try one now and let them age and see the difference. This is why I love homebrewing. It is an experience that lasts beyond drinking the beer :). Cheers and happy holidays!! (Posted on 12/20/14)
Fantastic, worth the wait Review by Matt
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Brewed this in February, kegged in March, just put on tap a few weeks back and this beer is amazing. I used Knob Creek Bourbon and added 2 vanilla beans split quartered and scraped and soaked in vodka. Soaked both of these for two weeks before adding to secondary. Let sit in secondary for an additional 2 weeks before I kegged. Enter patience. I was planning to have this for a Christmas beer this year but I couldn't wait another month so I popped it in kegerator. The result is fantastic! I will definitely brew this one again.

The one thing I may change next time is to add the vanilla tincture closer to tapping the keg as there isn't much vanilla flavor left after 8 months.

Brew it, age it, enjoy it! (Posted on 12/1/14)
Defintely will try again Review by Tony Homebrew
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This beer was my first 5 gallon batch of beer that I made. I tried one earlier today and it didn't have much carbonation but it was still good. I will let carbonate a little more and try it again (Posted on 11/3/14)

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