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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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)
WOW!!!! Review by samuel
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great taste, like Maker's Mark by itself but this really tops it off. (Posted on 2/25/14)
Amazingly great beer Review by Jonah
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It seems wrong to allow beer to be paired with a bourbon, let alone be placed in the same fermentor, but the result is a symphony of tastes that definitely is worth the wait. The Porter is a deep, rich, brown color and is delicately hopped so the flavors don't crash into each other like some other beers. I soaked the wood blocks in Bulleit bourbon for much longer than the suggested 48 hours and it was a risk definitely worth taking. While I tasted the Porter after about 2 weeks of bottling, the longer it ages, I am sure the better it will become. It will be a beer I'll brew year after year for sure. (Posted on 1/23/14)
You won't like it, so send all your kits to me!!!! Review by Mark
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This may be my favorite recipe yet! I followed the recipe exactly on the first run and was very happy with it. I used Maker's Mark for my Bourbon, but may experiment the next time around (because, OH YES, I will be making this fine beer again!) The only disappointment came when my keg ran dry (and it did NOT take long to go through 5 gallons). It did blow the top off my primary, but I have the solution for the next run through by having blow off tubing to start. This is on my short list of "must haves" and I'm only wating for an empty keg to start another batch!
(Posted on 1/13/14)

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