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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

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 04-07-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of hyprhypo14
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of ElijahCraig69
5/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

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Photo of bmjivi221
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of bbclegend
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of tryhansen
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Atricapilla
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Do not drink this beer cold! It masks the flavour and aroma. Just below room temperature is appropiate.

I had this in both bottle and draught; draught was significantly better. It is a chocolate color with a smaller head than most stouts. It had a wonderful bourbon and vanilla aroma. The taste is a great smokey boubon backed by a medium roasted malt flavor. There are also light hints of vanilla. A great beer.

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Photo of BeachBumC
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers since Bluegrass Brewing came out with it some 2-3 years ago.

A: Pours thick with a nice, creamy 2 inch head and thick lacing.

S: Chocolate and bourbon with a mild roast scent.

T: Creamy, chocolate stout with a sweetness that is appetizing from the bourbon barrel aging. It's high alcohol but doesn't taste like it. The sweetness from the bourbon complements the stout very nicely.

M: Medium body, not too thick. Surprising for a stout of this nature but it still stays on the tongue with a nice aftertaste.

D: Outstanding beer with a fabulous flavor! On my favorites list and one that I regularly keep in stock.

In other words... go get ya some!

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Photo of BigRedBeerDude
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears very black when poured into an imperial pint glass with very sparse head. The smell is a mixture of smoke, coffee, chocolate, with very subtle velvety undertones of bourbon. The taste jumps out with a very nice full stout flavor with just the right amount of bourbon hues. When drinking this beer the first drink always makes my eyes widen and then I look at the glass in admiration. The mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation. Drinkability for this specimen is fabulous. This beer is great for sipping and relishing. Simply fantastic. This is my top bourbon barrel aged stout that I've tried.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If a beer can be called 'beautiful', then this one qualifies.
Louisville's impeccable craft brewers have concocted this fine stout,
then aged it in oaken bourbon barrels, so you get a smooth, lush, and
complex taste with the vibe of a fine wine. This is a top-shelf beer
that has few peers. It may be a mite expensive, but this is one beer
you simply must try.

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Photo of Lagardner
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of drseamus
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This particular beer was bottled in April 2006 and consumed in Feb 2007. This looks like the typical stout...jet black with a finger thick mocha stout. The head doesn't hang around long though. The aroma is all bourbon; nice and sweet smelling. I really like this beer. It has a slightly sweet caramel flavor, but still has a good roasted taste that dominates. There is a good bourbon flavor in the background that seems to tie everything together somehow. This is a great beer and I couldn't be happier that my roommate just moved down to Louisville. Now he can ship it to me.

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Photo of bacasnax
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of twaddlac
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Very dark brown and not transparent at all. Very carbonated, thick, creamy head with a nice lace covering the entire top of the beer.

S- Very malty with notes of chocolate and leather. Smells like someone add a few shots of Jack Daniel's... very intriguing!!

T- Strong Jack taste again but nothing overpowering. Complimented nicely by the heavy chocolate malts. This is exceptional!!

M- Very carbonated, medium bodied, but smooth.

D- Could be a little thicker, I think that it would add to the taste, but this is a really really good beer!! I would drink this every day if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Blue 5 Restaurant in Roanoke, Va.

A - Nice dark color, with a tiny head, not much lacing.

S - Absolutely wonderful, sweet vanilla and bourbon, hints of espresso and coffee.

T - Again wonderful, sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted coffee, very well balanced.

M - Smooth and creamy.

O - Would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite bourbon-barrel-aged stouts. The taste brings to mind alcoholic root beer. At least, it does to me.

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Photo of rborthwick
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours an opaque black with a tan head that fades fairly quickly. Little lacing is evident. This beer is extremely smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. It smells of sweet malt, chocolate and bourbon. Taste includes chocolate, oak, black licorice and bourbon. The finish is of burnt malt and molasses and is rather tight and abrubt for such a flavorfull beer. This beer is one of my favorites. I am not a big bourbon fan, but this beer is wonderful. It pairs fabulously with a good cigar.

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Photo of eweneek83
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick with a nice, creamy, but thin dark brown head. Dark black,a great stout characteristic.

Smell: Chocolatey and a tiny bit of bourbon with a mild roasty scent.

Taste: Creamy, tastes like a chocolate stout with a sweetness that is appetizing from the bourbon barrel aging. A great chocolate taste. I'm not sure if they meant for that, but man this is tasty! It's high alcohol but doesn't taste like it. The sweetness from the bourbon complements the stout very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not too thick. Lightly carbonated. Surprising for a stout of this nature but it still stays on the tongue with a nice aftertaste. Exactly like a cholate milkshake.

Drinkability: Outstanding. A very unique beer with a fabulous flavor! In fact it just 'reserved' itself a place in my fridge beside Newkie Broon, and St. Bernardus while I watch WVU rule this football season, what a great combo.

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was going to be one of your average bourbon stouts and opened it after a long day of work. It turned out to be one of the best bourbon stouts I have ever had.

A- Pours very dark black with a nice tan head. If you hold it up to the light you are unable to see though it. However, it does look more of an amberish/brown when not much left in the glass.

S- you can definitely smell the malt and bourbon in this one. There were also slight hints of coffee and vanilla that were almost overpowered by the malts.

T-Wow was this a great beer. The bourbon flavor was great and mixed well with the vanilla, and coffee flavors. The after taste was almost chocolaty which was a bit surprising. A sweet taste was left in your mouth making you want more of this thick, but very drinkable beer.

M- Very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation

D- Very drinkable! Not a typical bourbon beer. The alcohol flavor is almost nonexistent making this beer great for having more than one!

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Photo of peabody
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes me think of a good morning breakfast with eggs bacon and hot coffee.
Pours out with a quarter inch of brownish foam. They dissapate quickly leaving little to no lacing.
Color is superb, very dark and clean looking.
I smell burnt coffee and fruits. No alcohol is present to the nose.
The first taste says Coffee and caramel. Slight hops are present but the sweetness of the burnt aftertaste subdues any bitter flavors present.
I really like this beer and could drink a few at one sitting.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, dark black beer with mahogany highlights. Thin head of taupe that dissipates easily. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, lots of vanilla, treacle -- very sweet, and exactly what you'd expect from a bourbon barrel. Thick on the tongue, initially a bit sour. That quickly turns into vanilla and coffee sweetness. The finish is a bit metallic, especially at warmer temperatures. Throughout, this is downright viscous on the tongue, albeit with medium carbonation for the style. Overall, a very good stout and an especially good bourbon barrel-aged stout; many of this type of beer are way to sickly sweet to drink a lot of. This one has enough bourbon edges to give the beer character, while not sacrificing drinkability.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a deep dark chocolate brown with no light passing through. A soft fluffy tan head of 2 cm foams up easily. Very tight lattice work shows as the head recedes slowly, leavinga sturdy edge layer
Aroma is rich and roasty, I get some hints of bourbon and vanilla as well. Very malty and fairly sweet.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and very fine carbonation that is slightly fizzy. The brew has an average body and rolls nicely across my palate.
Flavor is rich and malty, with chocolate and roasted malt some sweet bourbon and vanilla notes as well. Overall generally sweet. The alcohol is hidden very well and I dont really get any hop profile. The beer is very drinkable and I enjoy it. Will keep my eyes peeled for another.

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Photo of BarkingLeopard
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this from a bottle at a BBC tasting at Beer Run in Charlottesville, Va. The rep was nice, and fun to listen to as he talked about the 8,000 bbl/year, 5-man brewery. On to the beer...

Solid appearance and smell. Nothing spectacular or out of the the ordinary. Taste is where this beer really shines. EXTREMELY well balanced and VERY smooth! This is not a "big beer" that will knock you off your feet with extreme flavor, this is a smooth, well balanced, and well aged stout that drinks well. Exceptionally drinkable for a beer of this ABV; no discernable alcohol for me. Not too thick in the mouth or too crazy on the taste buds, this is just a very well-rounded stout, a hallmark for balanced beer IMHO.

Can't wait to get out to Beer Run again and have this puppy on tap; Josh the co-owner told me that this beer is one of their most popular beers, and one that they "almost always" keep on tap.

In short: not your "typical" or "big" stout, but far better, and damn good beer!

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Photo of tjlake
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- beer pours to a straight pint glass with a small cream colored head with very little retention. Color is a nice deep brown with red highlights. Almost no lacing.

s - fabulous! a little roasted with a definite bourbon nose.

t - not complex, but very very honest. doesn't seem to be a pretender to the 'bourbon aged' class. not overly chocolatey, almost a nutty, woody taste. coffee tones maybe just a touch over-done.

m - if this were a porter, we'd have an A++ all around. as it stands, there is less malt and body (way over-carbonated out of the bottle) than a typical imperial (which is the way this is classed). I would consider it a damn fine aged porter, a little too crisp as a stout, and a below average imperial.

d - at 8.5%, very drinkable. doesn't hit you over the head with that overtly 'american-ized' heavy hitter status. A damn fine chilly evening brew that is a bit too expensive in a 4-pack, but aside from price and classification, a solid beer. Classification is my main concern. Do not approach this as another imperial, but a woody, mature, unpretentious aged porter.

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Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 438 ratings
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