Bourbon Barrel Beer De Mars - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Grabbed a growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY. Review is from notes taken on 6/30/2010 and poured from the growler to the snifter. BTW, the 8.1% ABV was relayed to me via the worker at the growler station.
Appearance: Pour is a deep woody/cidery color; starts with a scant 1/4 finger light tan head that fades to nothing other than a thin scum on the surface; body is very cloudy and doesn't appear to have anything in the line of carbonation.
Smell: Smell is pretty strong and robust -- lots of acidic apple and an extremely rich caramel maltiness; definite whiff of alcohol and an underlying vanilla oakiness.
Taste: The very sweet vanilla and oaky flavors from the barrel aging really dominate this and blend in strongly with the caramel flavors -- the acidic apple-like flavors are really subdued, and I'm really reminded of a candy/caramel apple soaked in bourbon; overall, the barrel aging is a bit much with this one, and the sweetness is a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel: The alcohol really creates a warm and vaporous/tingly mouthfeel; body is slick and a little oily and there really is no carbonation present at all (fortunately, the alcohol creates some interesting physical notes in the mouth); belly is left very warm.
Drinkability: The sweetness is a bit heavy and nearly cloying; the alcohol is definitely a bit big and overly present in the taste for too much as well; a nice drink for dessert though, just in very small doses, so a growler is probably not necessarily the way to go with this one.
07-02-2010 02:41:03 | More by bamadog
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
"Bierre de Mars 8.5% alc/vol" square sticker on their ugly stock label. 750 milliliter bottle popped and ticked for my pleasure.
A- Hard to generate head, low retention time, very fluffy like cotton balls. Apple cider and maroon body. Very light ugly lacing. Soup skin middle with some carbonation noted from top down view.
S- Smells awesome. Woodford reserve bourbon barrels from the traditional sweet nose on this one. Nice ethanol mixed into that syrupy sweet body, some vanilla, coconut, toasted malts resembling biscuits balance it all around. This smells absolutely amazing. I'm simply amazed, most BBC is average at best. This has thrown a curveball with this nose. It continues to evolve evoking a stronger vanilla body and coconut nose with warmth. The bourbon sits in the backseat and some tropical fruits start to permeate the thick curtain of sucrose-laden substances. Hard pressed not to give it a five... really really hard pressed. Its a 4.75 for sure, but I don't know if it truly rounds it up to a five. Very tough for me to grade it down.
T- A bit more surprising, the flavors are complex in the oral cavity as well. Opens bourbon sweetness, tad bit of heat and antisceptic quality from that. Middle is an oak vanilla flavor, fading to the earthen qualities oak sometimes imparts. The most amazing part of this beer is the last act.
Finish is strong malt.. toasted, roasted, biscuit. Take your favorite crust of bread and give it a bit of warmth and honey and you have this finish. Sweetness starts to jump out as the malt fades, and a bitter spike as the last farewell from this beverage.
M/D- Full bodied, bit flat and syrupy at times. Needs more carbonation without a doubt. Wish they bottle conditioned this. The lingering potential is far beyond what the feeling gives off. Thank goodness for that quality.
The bourbon is a bit harsh at times, but I like it that way. Detracted only minorly. Some heat started to percolate in the chest area and force a slow down. Feels in my body a bit heavier and stronger than an 8.5% beer.
01-24-2011 23:58:46 | More by Khazadum
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Paid $11.99 for a growler at Party Town in Florence, KY...
A bourbon-amber colored and clear base, decent head thickness with minimal retention. Simple aroma of corn-based bourbon, sweet and a little corn/malt-y.
The taste is noticeably crisp and smooth, nice shot of bourbon up-front with a maple syrup-vanilla finish, really nice if you like the flavors. It's light and easy going in the mouth with a very low amount of carbonation, a growler is a great amount for the weekend, definitely have a few of these and move on to another (this brew is hammers quickly at ~8% abv), a great starter brew.
Final Thought: It seems like every bourbon barreled beer is very solid with a touch of uniqueness; this one fits the bill nicely!
02-12-2011 23:18:04 | More by mobyfann
Bourbon Barrel Beer De Mars from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.