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

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CrellMoset on 11-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by anhigdon:
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Jeffersons Reserve Big Fella Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5 ratings