Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by stevenseg:
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
So I am sitting at the Winking Lizard doing some work and having a beer or two and I decided t give the Bluegrass Brewing Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout a try.
The beer pours nice and dark with a 1-inch head. I like stickier thicker stouts, otherwise I classify a beer as a porter, and this I would classify a porter, though opinions differ when determining the difference between stouts and porters. The body was near-black and the head with rather course bubbles was a light tan.
I actually got notes of a root beer float from the nose. Very creamy and sweet, obviously from the bourbon. Sweetness seemed to overwhelm the roasted malts, which I think is a good thing when it comes to stouts.
The Jefferson's Reserve is very obviously bourbon barrel aged. These are not whisk(e)y barrels we are talking about here. We're talking bourbon. From Kentucky. And it's evident as soon as the beer hits your tongue. Notable bourbon up front followed by the bitter of the roasted malts, but not much hop character.
As it looked when it poured, this stout is very thin. I like them thicker, but it was definitely not a bad feel. I personally don't think stouts should feel like pale ales (otherwise I consider them porters), and this one did, but it was acceptable.
If you like beer, bourbon, and barrels, the Jefferson's Reserve is for you. Expect that robust smokiness of a porter though rather than the creamy richness of a stout. I am not a bourbon fan, but the hint of the flavor in the Jefferson's Reserve is quite evident, quite pleasing, and not so overpowering.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2009 19:05:21 | More by stevenseg
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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.