Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by dnichols:
4.3/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I poured a capped 12 ounce (335 ml) bottle into a tulip.
A: It poured a deep, dark black that let no light through when back lit. It was topped by a one and one half inch milk chocolate colored head composed of small and medium bubbles. The head receded to an even cover over the liquid and supported a modestly dense sticky lacing.
S: It emitted aromas of chocolate, coffee and hints of vanilla, smoked almonds/oak, and sweet bourbon. Much of the aroma was balanced and subtle making it a nice aspect of the experience rather than the smell overwhelming the experience.
T: It began with a nice creamy and sweet darkly roasted malts followed by a distinct and biting espresso coffee profile. There were whips of smoky flavors, as well as sweet vanilla. The bourbon was subdued and complemented the sweet malt flavors rather than dominating. The alcohol was well hidden.
M: It was smooth, creamy, and full bodied. It began sweet, became bitter, and ended warm and clean with only a hint of bitter and sweet aftertaste.
D: It's full body and richness keep this from being a long session brew. However, it's moderate ABV and well balanced flavors make it a pleasure to drink. It belongs in a stash ready for deployment when the mood is right.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2008 02:29:33 | More by dnichols
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3.11/5 rDev -17.7%
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
Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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