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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

411 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 7 | 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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Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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11-10-2013 03:50:56 | More by swgwilt
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-12-2013 02:25:46 | More by dugly2ugly
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-28-2013 22:22:04 | More by buzzy
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DmanGTR

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25%

09-12-2013 06:52:04 | More by DmanGTR
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Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-15-2013 01:47:14 | More by Hugh37
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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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Broanoke

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-06-2013 19:58:01 | More by pathman
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

06-30-2013 16:14:57 | More by ZachKelly
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Raiders757

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-21-2013 22:33:14 | More by Raiders757
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NormLobstah

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-20-2013 20:03:29 | More by NormLobstah
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:32:44 | More by woosterbill
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California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured thick, black and opaque but had tons of carbonation that bubbled along the edges for the entire duration.

The scent is of coffee, dry smoky bean coffee, with hints of malt. There's a bit of dark chocolate with some graham cracker crust aroma.

The taste has chocolate and coconut with a watery maltiness. That's good and bad, the chocolate was nice, the coconut sweet and the maltiness watery. Enjoyable but a lot of room for improvement I will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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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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HomeBrewJake

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got it on tap at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg Va. Poured into a small ale glass.

Appearance - Midnight black pour, off white head that dissipates pretty quickly, could've had more head if the bartender poured it correctly. Tiny bit of lacing that sticks around for only a minute or two.

Aroma - Deep chocolate, dark fruitcake, there's some woodiness, and a tiny bit of coffee, hint of dark bread. Very enticing.

Taste - Definitely getting some chocolate and some dark fruit, the woody flavors compliment the Chocolate nicely. Coffee aftertaste is there. Very smooth tasting for a barrel aged Stout with a high abv.

Feel - Very smooth and refreshing. It is probably the easiest drinking stout I've ever had.

Overall - Solid brew. One of my favorites and definitely my new go to stout.

Serving type: on-tap

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a nonic while on vacation in Nashville. The pour is jet black, thin tan head. The aroma is strong bourbon, roasted notes. Well rounded, notes of bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. The bourbon lingers. The body could be a bit fuller, good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer, very glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
86 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.