Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by tjsprague:
4.5/5 rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I tried this after having a glass of the Jefferson Reserve Bourbon, which is fantastic.
The beer is midnight black with a milk chocolate colored head about a half and inch.
The smell is very toasted, nice and chocolaty. There is also a sweet smell at the end, very reminiscent of the bourbon barrels that it was aged in.
The taste is great. A very smooth rich stout. Fully flavored and complex. The finish is all bourbon age. It is slightly sweet, very light flavored of alcohol and incredibly smooth.
The mouthfeel is my one complaint about this beer. It is slightly watery for a beer that I would have aged in these barrels. I like my stouts very thick and this just isn't. But it does have an excellent flavor. The alchol is present but in no way overwhelming.
This isn't a beer that I would want to drink more than one of in a sitting, but this is a fantastic beer for a late evening with a nice cigar and relaxing with friends.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2009 01:10:18 | More by tjsprague
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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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