Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 411 | Reviews: 322 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Buschyfor3:
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Enjoyed a 16 oz draft at the Legends Bar, Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana.
A: Like the bottle, you get that same deep, ruddy brown/near black pour. Off the tap, you get a bit more of a khaki-colored head, but like the bottle the retention is short-lived and quickly becomes just a wispy ring of sandy-beige foam settling on the surface of this stout.
S: Off the tap, the nose doesn't seem to change too much - still getting the oak, vanilla and caramel characters from the bourbon and the barrels themselves. Underlying stout still shows of roasted malt notes, burnt toast, warm coffee, and hints of some dark fruits.
T: The taste department is where I noticed the first difference compared to the most recent bottle I sampled. The oak character seems much more prominent off the tap - earthy wood, chalky charcoal notes, salty and smoky, and this dominates the first couple seconds of each sip. Then the vanilla and caramel sweetness from the bourbon sweep in for a quick flash of balancing sweetness before sinking back in to the onrusing malts. If anything is different on tap, it's that the barrel-aging character is more pronounced over the bottled variety.
M: Off the tap, the beer feels a bit slicker and fuller than I remember from the bottle. Not sure if this was on a nitro-line - I asked the bartender and she did not know the specs for their taplines. Still, this stout had a good body to it and it seems even more refined straight off the tap.
D: Still easy to drink, like before. 16oz glass is no problem. The bourbon aroma and taste is present, but the alcohol content remains hidden in the background.
If anything, the only noticeable differences between the tap and the bottled version is that the barrel-aging seems to be more prominent when served on-tap, and the mouthfeel is a tad fuller due to the direct carb. Otherwise, the essence of this stout doesn't change a whole lot given the method of delivery. Still an easy-drinking barrel-aged stout.
Serving type: on-tap
08-04-2009 18:56:44 | More by Buschyfor3
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
On the rare occasions i buy beer, i buy craft. When I'm not drinking bourbon from the state of kentucky, i drink stouts from kentucky. Very good flavor. not good at picking up flavors. I just know i love this. I buy craft mainly to support microbreweries. Macrobreweries make low quality beers and charge an arm and a leg for them sometimes. Microbreweries make good quality beer for a similar price. The appearance is nice and dark. the smell is amazing, and the taste is also amazing. Mouthfeel is very complex but can't describe it. I had cigars while i was drinking this one. might be why i couldnt pick out any flavors.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 02:22:35 | More by ElijahCraig69
Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
86 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.