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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 Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a 2" head. Nice lacing developed on the glass.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and hints of alcohol are most notable flavors detectable by the nose.

Taste: strong roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon tones, prunes, and decent bitterness. A bit of cocoa tones are lurking in the background. Some alcohol warming hits later as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Long aftertaste as the flavor seem to stick to your tongue.

Drinkability: pleasant for a glass or two, but no more than that. Definitely worth giving this on a shot.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours dark black, with just some hints of light seeping through the edges. The head reaches about one finger in height, and then fades very slowly to a solid cap that leaves behind a very solid lacing.

Smell; you definitely can smell the bourbon, but it's not as overpowering to me as some others that I've had. Vanilla beans and coconut are present, as well as a little chocolate, and some molasses.

Taste; as with the aroma the bourbon is initially what you taste, but then the other flavors come through. Vanilla and chocolate, some dark fruits and molasses and just some hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and mildly creamy, with a nice smooth carbonation, and though some alcohol was detectable, though I didn't think it detracted from the overall drinkability. This made for a very nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Faro for this brew.

Pours a deep/clean black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy tan head, no lacing at all though. The nose is slightly sweet, roasty malts, vanilla, toffee, coffee, and caramel. The taste is very nice, sweet, roasted malts, slight vanilla, toffee, nice touch of coffee and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty ADS, definitely could drink a few of these, highly recommended.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout is a really nice barrel aged double stout that is dangerously drinkable given its high abv. I had this on tap one night at the downtown Louisville brewpub and it was absolutely amazing. Out of the bottle it's less impressive, but still a very good stout for the roasted & chocolate malt fan in all of us.

The beer pours opaque black with a minimal tan head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing. It smells of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla with roasted malt and a hint of bourbon. The malt flavors are complex but fleeting. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla intermingle. It has a medium light body and light carbonation, yet still achieves a smooth mouth feel. The finish is surprisingly crisp and leaves a very mild chocolate and bourbon aftertaste.

Overall, the BBC Jefferson Reserve is just a very drinkable and enjoyable stout. Smooth and very mellow, without any harshness. It sort of makes me want to break out a good cigar, sit on the porch and watch it rain.

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Photo of shivtim
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rustico in Alexandria.
Looks dark black with ruby highlights and a nice tan head that fades. Good lacing. Nose is chocolate malts. Taste is sweet burnt malts, dark chocolate, oak, and aged bourbon. Mouthfeel is decent, and drinkability is better than expected. Not just a sipping beer like some other bourbon barrel stouts.

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Photo of blakesell
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obtained in January 2007. Poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Black as night. Looks like spent motor oil and I couldn't be happier. Frothy head that dissapates into a creamy top layer not unlike Guiness. Fairly minimal lacing

Smell - Espresso, licorice, bourbon, Chocolate malts, vanilla.

Taste- Thick chocolate goodness with the bourbon barrel aging present. This beer is quite underrated. It isn't Goose Island Bourbon County or Kentucky Breakfast, but this is a great stout to house back and enjoy every few months/years. Coffee flavours come in with a bit of alcohol warmth and oak. Creamy!

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a slightly acidic aftertaste. Chocolate lingers on the toungue long after first sips are had.

Drinkability- A great beer that I could drink until it's too late. Fine bourbon prescence that doesn't go overboard as many others do. 'Bigness' makes it more of a sipper than a multiple drinker.

Great beer.

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Photo of flexabull
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer from Kentucky! Right on!

Pours a brown / black color with a small tan head.

Aromas are heavy on the malts, with roasted chocolate notes.

Upon first sip this beer seems thin, but then a sweet creamy chocolate flavor kicks in. There is also a faint coffee like quality in there as well. Finish is a bit dry, and also kind of flat.

Mouthfeel is ok, but it is lacking on the front and on the finish. Just feels too thin for a double stout.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not a great beer either. It's pleasant though, and easy to drink.

I believe this came to me courtesy of cresant. Thanks again!

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Photo of boxofepilepsy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at Capital Ale House. pitch black with small, light brown head. not as dark in the head as many others.

smell is a bit small. roasted maltiness and a bit of coffee and bitter chocolate.

taste is a little lacking for its style. roasted/burnt taste with coffee and. overall, pretty average. alcohol is well hidden and dark maltiness in aftertaste. this is the lightest double stout i've ever had and carbonation is light. more like a smaller american stout than a double stout.

drinkability is this beer's strong point. without an overwhelming body or taste, it could be good for 2 or 3 rounds.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a nearly opaque black with a small coffee colored head that quickly recedes to nothing at all.

Smell is not bold in the least. Some chocolatey notes and sadly no bourbon.

Taste is just as bland. Not bad, but I got some weak bourbon and some malty chocolate with neither jumping out at me.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my liking.

All that said, this is quite easy drinking. Thin for a stout and the abv is not noticable in the least. While I didn't love it, I did finish it much sooner than I thought I would.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan/brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent along with a mild bourban whisky aroma. The taste is good. It has a very smooth, roasted taste with a bit of black malt and bourban flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking stout. It's rich and flavorful with a nice, mild bourban touch.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at the downtown Marriot in Louisville on business trip.

Appearance - dark black in color, little head (poured by bartender).

Smell - coffee and chocolate overtones, a bit of malt smell.

Taste - love the small amount of bitterness to connect with the malts and coffee complexions.

Mouthfeel - very sweet and smooth, not overpowering.

Drinkability - excellent drink.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

sent my way by gpcollen1. thanks for the opportunity. My first from the state of Kentucky I believe.

Pours a deep black with a bit of reddish tint if I'm seeing this correctly. Frothy marshmellow looking one finger toffee colored head. Retention hugs the edges of the glass and a dollop of cream in the center. Frothy lacing. Roasted malt that has been stuck in a mesh net and dragged through woody bourbon. Caramel and chocolate notes are also present. Subtle hints of vanilla.

Roasted and smoked malt notes. Chocolate and caramel sweetness. Strong hints of vanilla and wood chips--bourbon notes follow the vanilla and wood. A tad thin in my opinion, but that doesn't take away from the flavors and actually makes it more drinkable. It's actually slightly dry with a relatively crisp finish. Nice and mellow. Very easy drinking flavorful double stout.

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Photo of MDekker
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really black, with a little off-white head. The aroma is very sweet, of things like molasses, brown sugar, and caramel, along with a slight hint of coffee. Not so much of the dark roasted notes that I might have expected. Can't quite detect the alcohol, although there's a bourbon note there too. Upon tasting I notice the bourbon, some fermented fruit, and it leaves a slightly smoky aftertaste, and not much in the way of hops. Overall, it could have more punch to it. I wouldn't have guessed that this was a double stout. In the mouth it's fine, but a little thin if anything. All that said, it went down well, maybe too easily for a stout.and it was enjoyable. There are definitely better stouts out there, but this was alright.

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Photo of kindacold
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it at a place called "The Mellow Mushroom" in Charlottesville, VA. They had a bunch of beers on tap, some good, some not worth mentioning. I saw this one on the list and decided to give it a try. I'm happy that I did.

It came to me in a pint glass. It was dark in the place, but from what I could see, it had a good color. The head was small, but remained for the entirety.

It smelled very sweet, even borderline floral.

The taste was VERY sweet. It felt a little syrupy in the mouth, but after a couple of swigs one doesn't notice anymore. It starts to go down easy. Bit of an alcohol taste mixed in with the sweetness, but not to the point where it is overpowering.

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Photo of roughsax
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap @ Capital Ale 2/11/07 and also in bottle at home two days later. Pint serving both times.

A- Dark. Creamy beige head w/ a fast fade. Nice lacing.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast malt, coffee.

T- Bourbon/vanilla up front with subtle oak mixing in to choco roast, smokiness. Bitter finish with lingering bourbon aftertaste.

M- Carbonated, lighter for style.

D- Good. Nice blend of flavors. A little too light though. I liked this better on-tap. As it warmed the flavors melded nicely in to a rich creaminess. Would like a heavier body. A fine brew.

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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 Dewey0603
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a pretty big tan head that leaves decent lacing. The smell has dark fruit,alcohol, and a woody oak barrel aroma,thu not too strong. The taste has a big chocolate flavor along with dark fruit,alcohol, coffee,carmel, and an oak woodiness. The m/f is light and abit thin,but all the flavors mix well. Not a bad brew,some flaws, but you can do alot worse. Cheers.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a 12 oz bottle of this. Pours an opaque black with a very small head. Little to no retention. Smells and tastes of the bourbon, dark coffee, sweet syrup. Overall, good, but not terribly complex - a little single note on the bourbon - but still a decent beer to drink. Light bodied. An easy beer, nice offering.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this which were dashed as soon as I poured it. Poured thin and light colored with not much aroma at all. What was there was dark malts, no fruit, no sweetness, slight hop bitterness. Taste was just as disappointing, dry and bitter, lacking much complexity. There were some dark malts, dry hop bitterness, slight wisps of vanilla and oak.
I'm sure this is easy to drink because there just isn't much there. Nothing to overpower the tastebuds, or excite them either.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with almost no head.

The aroma of the beer was heavy with roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

The flavor of the beer had an assertive maltiness with strong smoky flavors. A slight lactic tang was present as well. The hops were there to balance things out, but were not overly aggressive. There were notes of oak and vanilla, but I didn't really taste the bourbon like I have on other similar stouts, such as Goose Island, and Older Viscosity.

The mouthfeel was a little thin and could've benefited from some more dextrins and creaminess. The carbonation seemed fine.

Overall, this was a very drinkable beer because it was on the light side of American double stouts. It was hard to believe that it's 8.5%.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep murky black with a thick brown highlight at the top of my snifter. You can see some of the bubbles befrore they reach the surface. The aromas is a bland hint of woody malts with some roast. Not bad, but not very complex. Also smell some veggies of some sort. The taste doesn't really give any hint of a Bourbon barrel aged stout. Rather light, overtly roasty or smokey. Not a lot of coffee or craem in this beer. Makes me think more of Guiness. Lighter than something with 8.5% abv in it.

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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 wagenvolks
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer is dark chocolate colored and no light gets through. A thin, caramel colored head sits on top and is retained extremely well. Minimal lacing. The aroma is slightly fruity with a small alcoholic fragrance mixed with malt and wood.

The oaken barrel aging process really pulls through on the taste, as notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon are also present. More malts than a friggin' box of Whoppers! Not my personal favorite, but it's definately quality. Mouthfeel is a bit dry with a low carbonation, and the whiskey kick pulls through as it warms.

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Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with czoch75.

A: The stout is a deep black-brown color with muddy milk chocolate brown at the edges. The head comes close to 1 finger on pour but quickly dissapates to a small band.

S: The aroma coming from the stout is a grainy fruitiness, full of depth, but without the the buttery sweet aroma of bourbon.

T: The flavor is a deep, concentrated graininess, as noted in the nose. The graininess has a roasted element but is thin. The flavor does not last long, nor does it provide the kick that I expected from a double stout. To top it all of, there is no hint of bourbon to be found.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and leaves only the faintest roasted aftertaste.

D: The ale is drinkable but falls disappointingly short on most fronts. The lack of a strong roasted malt character and some bourbon sweetness detracts from the overall enjoyment.

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Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black no real light getting thru, some brown showing up around the edges when held to the light. Small pinky sized coco head that falls with sparse lace.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, roasted malt light bourbon aromas hints of vanilla. For a barrel aged brew not near as big and intense bourbon smells as others.

Taste is strange seems light and a little spritzy, some nice roasted malt and chocolate appears and lingers for a while moving on to mellow bourbon barrel flavors but finishes light and dare say watery like. Some vanilla mixed in with the finish also. Some light fruitiness also noted but no alcohol hints at all.

Mouthfeel is medium and seems lighter with the carbonation added in. Just my opinion but big Stouts should not have any excessive carbonation.

Drinkability is not bad as in the flavor isn't bad, but its not a big Bourbon Barrel Stout as advertised. Also the only questionable Blue grass Brewing beer I have had they usually are better. Any how thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

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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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