Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by jgasparine:
2.45/5 rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
A- Poured from the tap into a PINT GLASS (of all things) with no head whatsoever... just a small collar. The body was a completely opaque jet-black body, which when held to the light appears garnet at the edges.
S- Despite the fact that this beer is served quite cold, it has a nice nose comprised of stewed and roasted malt, substantial vanillins, and some lesser coffee aromas. I'm also getting some impressions of bourbon and oak. An impressively delicate and complex nose.
T- Ugh- this is HORRIBLE. A huge, extremely bold flavor that reminds me of dirty water and old used coffee filters. I want to say that I get some roasted and stewed malt there, some low-alpha hop flavor, and definitely some impressions of bourbon and vanillins... but this pervasive dirty water/spent coffee grounds thing just ruins the experience for me.
M- Medium body with pervasive delicate carbonation. Surprisingly no heat from the ethanol. No real texture though...
D- Drinkability is just killed by the Dirty Water and Used Coffee Filter flavors. This beer is a drain pour.
Serving type: on-tap
08-23-2010 23:46:18 | More by jgasparine
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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
85 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.