Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by bevenson:
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
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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3.11/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
12oz bottle from October 2009, poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Lazerlobe for sending this as an extra back in the day.
A: The crown loosens with a tremendous hiss, and the first splash of beer in the tulip explodes to fill it halfway with dense, almost gel-like froth. The oversized glass fills up with about an inch of beer and five inches of head. An attempt to top it up several minutes later still doesn't manage to empty the bottle, and even a third try after that comes up short. Wildly overcarbonated. Infected? I'll give it a point above the minimum here just because the head is so insanely creamy - it looks more like a root beer float than a beer.
S: Whiskey dominates, with equal parts heat and oak. Some chocolate and caramel in the background. The oak notes carry quite a bit of char. Not bad at all.
T: Sweet vanilla, cola, and bourbon up front, with sweeter caramel and chocolate filling in behind. The finish is distantly oaky and, again, sweet. The aftertaste has a bit of a subdued bourbon burn, along with a touch of char. Not bad, but rather boring for the style.
M: The extreme overcarbonation has thinned it out quite a bit, and yet it's still rather fizzy even after repeated swirls and swishes. Not good.
O: My expectations were rather low for this one, and in many ways it exceeded them. If it weren't for the carbonation issues it would have been thoroughly enjoyable; as is, average is about the best I can say for it.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2013 00:32:44 | More by woosterbill
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This poured thick, black and opaque but had tons of carbonation that bubbled along the edges for the entire duration.
The scent is of coffee, dry smoky bean coffee, with hints of malt. There's a bit of dark chocolate with some graham cracker crust aroma.
The taste has chocolate and coconut with a watery maltiness. That's good and bad, the chocolate was nice, the coconut sweet and the maltiness watery. Enjoyable but a lot of room for improvement I will drink it again.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 01:23:38 | More by KYGunner
Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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