Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by bevenson:
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Label has place for bottling date but it is unmarked.
A - Ink black with very low forming, deep tan head that quickly dissapates to a thin ring on the edge of the glass.
S - Light chocolate, coffee and toffee malts. Mild oakiness with a touch of bourbon. A touch of anise and licorice. Mild yeast fruitiness emerges as the beer warms. Initial impressions are that this will be a much tamer beer than some other bourbon barrel stouts.
T - Moderate roasted malt with a firm bitterness from the dark roasted malts and the hops. A tinge of bourbon and vanilla follow the roast. A light spiciness from the oak and presumably from the hops. Bourbon becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Woody and floral hops emerge midglass.
M - Medium to thin body and dry with a stronger carbonation than the lack of head retention lead me to believe. Very sneaky alcoholic presence; very smooth for an 8% ABV. Not a very overwhelming aftertaste which makes for an oddly refreshing bourbon barrel beer.
D - At first I was expecting a bourbon barrel RIS, but I don't think that's what BBC was shooting for. I think they were intending to do something closer to a Dry Irish Stout or an American Stout for this beer. So this beer doesn't have the huge, bold flavors of a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout or a Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged BORIS. This one is a little more subtle, which I appreciate. If you're leery on trying a bourbon barrel beer I suggest giving this one a try.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2010 01:28:31 | More by bevenson
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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.