Jeffersons Reserve Big Fella Bourbon Barrel Stout | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

no score
Awaiting More Ratings
no score
Send samples

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CrellMoset on 11-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of anhigdon
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of lilnicky068
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Deatrick
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I still chuckle at 'Big Fellow' Served on draught @ Beer Run in Charlottesville... from backlog:

A: Pitch black with a short head, but that is mostly attributed to the draft pour being a little heavy handed... It's basically beer to the brim. Some nice stickiness is left behind, though.

S: A wonderful medley of woods, strong bourbon scents, vanilla and toffee, some hints of maple.

T + M: Bourbon, strong on the forefront without the harsh heat that could be attributed to the alcohol. A smooth and creamy vanilla bean and a full bodied oakiness. Some nice, roasted notes. Quite a delicious beer and amazingly smooth and rich.

D: I have trouble believing the ABV of this one, though I feel it quite quickly. A nice tasting, smooth beer. A gentle sipper with good company.

 780 characters

Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big Fellow, the typical Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout ... but left in for 16 months. This one clocks in at 16.0% abv, watch out!!

Appearance: A thick, black, but not too heavy-looking beer, with some splotches of tan lacing left on the sides. It's sort of dead looking, still, stagnant, but not too thick.

Aroma: Bourbon! Oh my gaw. It's pungent, intense, and though a soupcon of maple syrup and brown sugar get through, it's mainly bourbon, woody, strong, intense bourbon.

Taste: Maple syrup and bourbon in the mouth, with plenty of vanilla bean and wood. Dkachur says waffles, and I have to agree. But only if those waffles are soaked in bourbon. Creamy, milky in places, tons of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but minimal effervescence. Surprisingly not as thick as you'd think. Very even and creamy, but a thick creaminess.

Drinkability: Would you like some beer with your bourbon? This one's incredibly, intensely, crazily bourbony, and the alcohol is absolutely off the hook. That said, it's a damn fine bourbon - apparently, it's typically about 70 dollars a bottle - and is pretty enjoyable.

 1,127 characters

Jeffersons Reserve Big Fella Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
3.9 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.