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Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutJefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-07-2006)
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bgildea

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%

A: Dark blackish brown color with a nice brown head that faded quickly.

S: Smells amazing with a nice strong bourbon aroma.

T: Fairly light considering the ABV (which was listed as 10.5). But a nice strong taste of bourbon with some lighter notes of chocolate. The flavors work extremely well together, and complement each other very nicely.

M: Decently chewy, but I almost expected it to be thicker.

D: Very, very drinkable due to the great taste. Although be warned, the ABV is pretty high, and the easy taste might make you drink one too many.

Overall: I thought this was an amazing beer. I ordered several when I was out, and if i ever saw this on a menu I wouldn't hesitate to order it again. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes a good stout or is a bourbon drinker.

02-27-2010 18:11:55 | More by bgildea
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mully

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%

good thick creamy dark tan head fades slowly thick black color hints if brown around the edges. Good carbonation is visibly present.

chocolate, coffee, vanilla just a hint of boubon smells great

Solid stout with a nice bourban layer over the top Roast malts contribute the choclate and cofee from the nose, the bouban gives it the vanilla and the brewer gave it one of the smoothest blends I have enjoyed lately.

Not as heavy as I was expecting, in a good way smooth slick balanced

Very drinkable, I really dig this beer, I should have bought more!! It is really good.

01-08-2009 03:50:39 | More by mully
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7UCK

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%

A- Pours out a dark bron/tan color

Smell- Caramel, smoked flavor with a hint of coffee and bourbon

Taste- Taste of bourbon and maybe a BBQ flavor and a mild coffee

Mothfull- Very smooth and with minimun carbonation

Drinkablity- great for diner or sipping

02-10-2011 15:36:57 | More by 7UCK
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%

I went on to this site and read the reviews after having drank the beer, expecting everyone to comment on how overwhelming the bourbon essence was, but that seems to not be the case at all. maybe a difference between the keg and the bottle? i'm not sure.

all I can say from my experience with this beer is that you have to like bourbon to like this beer. it is one of the most potent barrel-aged beers (in terms of adopting the taste of the barrel it is aged in) that I have ever had. luckily, i love bourbon, so i found this to be a fantastic stout.

bours jet black with almost no head. knowing that it was 11%, i was a little bit worried with the appearance - i expected a syrupy alcohol bomb. boy was i wrong.

smell/taste are overwhelmed with bourbon. every part of this beer screams it. i absolutely loved the smokiness, that was quite well balanced with its frothiness and big malt presence. little bit of coffee and chocolate, but they are more aftertastes than anything else.

mouthfeel is very different from what i expected - not syrupy at all. thick, but in a low-density sort of way. very very nice. also was amazingly drinkable given the high alcohol content.

all in all, i loved it. gonna try to find a 6-pack to bring back. would love to see what it does after being aged for a while.

11-25-2006 22:28:51 | More by Lnedrive14
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Broanoke

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-28-2013 03:02:45 | More by Broanoke
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craigpatt5

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-30-2013 02:50:15 | More by craigpatt5
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ScottWaltz

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-14-2012 19:50:41 | More by ScottWaltz
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BSuter

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-21-2014 16:23:56 | More by BSuter
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dianaelaine

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-04-2012 07:08:24 | More by dianaelaine
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tjsprague

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

06-01-2009 01:10:18 | More by tjsprague
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XenonX

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-19-2012 00:23:42 | More by XenonX
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OpaqueBrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-07-2014 23:43:58 | More by OpaqueBrew
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bigdaddyvoodoo

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-26-2011 03:51:06 | More by bigdaddyvoodoo
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IIKaRuII

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bottled june of 08'
Took me at least 10 minutes to even get the entire 120z bottle in the pint glass. But it allows it to get a little warmer which i think it tastes better
This is a very dark, and you cannot at all... see through this.
Smell is an amazing bourbon, smells of oak, kind of sweetness. kinda nutty aswell
Taste is a very warming... almost black liquorish presence with a heavy coffee aftertaste. Has a little dark chocolate bitterness to it. this is very heavy and almost makes your stomach explode. But this is one of the best stouts i have ever had the pleasure to try.

01-07-2011 04:20:51 | More by IIKaRuII
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-27-2012 19:40:19 | More by lilnicky068
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nwatson

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-16-2013 12:24:10 | More by nwatson
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drperm

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%

First off, a cursory glance at reviews suggests that the bottled version does not hold up nearly as well as the draught. Here's no exception: I immenseley enjoyed the tap version I had last night.

Ap: Very dark, nearly opaque with flecks of red. Extremely thin tan lace atop.

S: Madagascar vanilla, amaretto, coffee liqueur, dark chocolate.

T: Impossibly smooth: notes of almond, mocha, kahlua, and an oaky, woodsy finish of quality bourbon whisky to balance the sweetness.

P: Totally smooth and efortlessly drinkable. The subtle notes of the finish keep on going long after I set the glass down.

O/D: A noble brew. Very rich but eminently drinkable. Beware, though: the 8.5% will sneak up on you. Highly recommended.

08-20-2010 19:40:53 | More by drperm
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PretzelCity

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%

Thanks to Grafter for this 12oz bottle. Pours pitch black into my pint glass with a two finger tan head. The nose is very subtle but impressive with hints of oak and both vanilla and chocolate. The taste is similar, it almost reminds me of a beer float. I've had a lot of stouts but nothing quite like this one. Very unique and very good. All of the flavors mix well together with all of them playing subtle rolls. No one flavor is too overwhelming or overpowering. I hope to run into some more down the road.

12-10-2008 09:08:13 | More by PretzelCity
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%

Appearance - opaque black, large mocha head between one and two fingers. It melts down fast but maintains a thin cap. Plenty of lacy designs left on the glass.

Aroma - chocolate syrup with a smoky side of oak. Very fragrant. As the beer sets up, some coffee aromas peek out, creating a very nice blend.

Taste - dark, heavily roasted malts to start, a little to the sweet side. Big oak flavors appearing mid-palate to swallow, adding the trendy bourbon element. Some light to moderate smokiness, along with bittersweet chocolate. A busy and enjoyable flavor profile with plenty to keep the tastebuds busy.

Mouthfeel - solid feeling as a stout should be. Carbonation is kept slightly below average, I like that.

Drinkability - usually the smokier or heavily-oaked stouts can wear my palate out. This one doesn't go overboard and the abv is quite reasonable.

11-02-2006 20:28:50 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

black as night with a light tan head of maybe an inch and a half across the top. This faded down to about a quarter inch but never got any lower then that. Lots of side glass lacing all over the sides as it went down. The aroma was a touch boozy, with tons of chocolate and roasted malts coming through. Almost a licorice like smell as it warms, incredible. As I take my first sip I am floored, rich vanilla and cocoa taste with a large dose of roasted malts. Tons of flavor here, with bourbon notes really coming through on this one. I am literally drooling as I write this that I dont have any left. The finish was soo smooth, and chocolate filled, it was a dessert beer to the extreme.

09-26-2011 00:42:23 | More by mikesgroove
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kdmorse

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

1-2 fingers of brown head topping the pitch black body of this beer. Coffee, smoke, wood, and hints of bourbon in the nose. More bourbon in the taste than the smell as it warms. Sweet coffee malt flavor. Very complex, delicious and smoky. Enough hops in the end to keep it clean but not to take over the flavor. Not much going on in my mouth. Alcohol content is well hidden beneath the bounty of taste.

05-01-2006 21:49:25 | More by kdmorse
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cnally

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

poured into a glass from bottle.

the beer comes out with a good looking tan two finger head. deep brown, close to black.

sweet rich chocolatey aroma, malty and with just the tiniest hint of whisky scents. mildly bitter aroma. but very full and oaky. good stuff.

burnt nutty flavor is the first part. this slides into a creamy, vanilla and mocha flavor. the slightest bourbon flavor is there at the aftertaste, along with hints of nutmeg. this is a very good stout flavor. impressive.

creamy, low carbonation feel. filling and a bit sticky.

I love this beer. I find stouts to be so overly strong sometimes. this is a mellow and delicious beer that packs flavor without socking you in the face.

06-02-2009 00:47:12 | More by cnally
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allrizz

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

I would have never thought that this was an Imperial Stout, it was a bit thin for a Stout.

The aroma: roasted malt; woody; light coffee.

The taste: light bourbon flavor; roasted malt; hint of brown sugar.

I liked this beer very much and would drink it again and again.

02-16-2009 17:19:04 | More by allrizz
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nickss

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Pours a pitch black color with a milk chocolate-esque frothy head.

The aroma consists of chocolate overtones... certainly more chocolate than bourbon. In fact, the bourbon is barely perceptable. That being said, the deep rich chocolate smells delicious.

Fantastic.. big chocolate and malt notes with a tight hop bitterness. As the brew warms, a delicious bourbon essence begins to seep through.

Perfect consistency and thickness... I would like the carbonation levels to be a bit lower, but this is pretty damn nice.

Amazingly drinkable for a brew of this might... fantastic.

11-20-2006 00:29:52 | More by nickss
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asabreed

New York

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

12 oz. glass into a Thomas Hardy snifter, which I'm hoping serves this brew well.

Appearance: Black as expected, with no light getting through this sucker. A nice mocha-colored head dissipates fairly quickly but still lets some lines of lacing hang around.

Smell: A smooth and sweet toasted marshmallow, light but vanilla and oak-y bourbon, slight mocha and coffee, and berries,

Taste: Slightly, and somehow rich, burnt coffee, creamy mocha, chocolate powder, and toasted marshmallow, backed by some vanilla and bourbon flavors, oak and woodiness, and dark berries. Pretty wonderful stuff. Finishes slightly bittersweet with the coffee, marshmallow and bourbon dominating in such good ways.

Mouthfeel: How can this seem lighter-bodied for its seeming richness and alcohol? Well, it does unless I'm crazy. Rich enough but also light and extremely easy to drink--is it the bourbon doing this, making it lighter in the body? I can't really answer that.

Drinkability: Devastatingly delicious stuff, which I've consumed way too fast. Expensive as hell in bottles (around $4 for each), but I wouldn't mind buying a 4-pack for a treat every now and then, especially since winter's coming. I love barrel aging and have been a fan of the experiment for a while now, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.

10-12-2006 01:36:54 | More by asabreed
Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
86 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.