Bluegrass Jeffersons Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

Bluegrass Jeffersons Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

Rated 3.608 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bluegrass Brewing Company

Louisville, KY, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Aged for two to three months in McLain & Kyne Jefferson's Reserve bourbon barrels, this stout is a richly flavored sipping beer, with a smooth chocolate taste and a hint of bourbon.

ID: 22814 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank1802
Overall Percentile96.1
Style Rank276 of 1682
Style Percentile83.6
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.695
Weighted Score3.608
Standard Deviation0.426

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  • CYBERCAT 9564 reviews
    rated 4.4 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the bottle a deep, opaque coffee sable with an average tan head. Rich, smoky, chocolaty, coffee-ish aroma has just a touch of sweetness and is very appetizing. Rich flavor is rather sweet and slightly bitter, and has woody, fruity and coffee components with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Texture is fairly smooth and nicely fizzy with a firm but not fierce bourbon bite.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I found this bottle in my beer cellar and I'm not sure how long it's been there, but it has aged well. Opaque coffee color, poured without a head. It's definitely got a boozy vanilla bourbon aroma, but there's a hint of smoky acidity or even soy sauce in there. That vanilla bourbon takes a backseat, however, to the woody char flavor, and the alcohol is gone. There's some underlying bitter chocolate enhancing the vanilla, and a little nuttiness, but, again, that's beneath the woody char. Smooth, velvety, and warming, not too much fizz and kind of lightweight for an imperial stout. Simple and delicious.

  • RICHSBEER 1652 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours pitch black color with a medium sized light tan head that settles down to a thin cap with a decent amount of lacing and retention. The aroma is of burnt malts, milk chocolate, cheap bourbon and a touch of vanilla sweetness, but the char is rather dominating with no hints of oxidation. The taste is incredibly tame and mellow with roasted malts, coffee beans, milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak with almost no bourbon presence. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with ample carbonation.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I went with this at a recent dinner party because a friend recommended it as 'The best shit I ever tasted'. I assume he's a lifelong BMC or Molbatts friend. It's good, but not outstanding. For a stout, it's a bit light in colour and body. The bourbon is certainly noticeable which should please fans of barrel aged beers.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This Imperial Stout pours a deep eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon flavors intensify as the beer warms. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee, roasty malts, with some vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon flavors are somewhat subdued. Touch of oak and wood. Kind of subtle tasting. The barrel aging smoothes the malt flavors. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some bourbon.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This beer smells very much like bourbon but hardly tastes like it. I would agree with fellow BPs Slowrunner77 and Blues&BBQ that this beer is thin and mild for a barrel aged stout. This isn't to say that i didn't enjoy it but it was a tad weak for me taste. I picked this up @ the Wine Gourmet in Roanoke, Va.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    i kinda agree with blues on this one - who just happened to provide this brew! much less bourbon than expected...defnitely in the aroma, but the flavor too. More subtle chocolate and vanilla, minimal hops. it was a little thin for a 10.5 impy stout, but smooth and very drinkable for a beer of that strength. nice lingering semi-sweet finish. overall, it falls into the good but not great catergory. for the price, I'd go with Bourbon County, given the choice, but thid was nice. the beer looked great once it stopped foaming wildly, but that took a few, so i gotta knock the "appearance" a point.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that is present throughout leaving lots of lacing. Not a lot of bourbon in the aroma but quite a bit of vanilla, a slight oak/nutiness, sweet malts and a touch of hops. Taste is slightly sweet, still not much bourbon, some vanilla oak, and a bit of hops. Better on draft - which I've had since first review - duly noted.

  • FRETWALKER 88 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Finishing my second 4-pack of this brew, and read a bunch of reviews from various sources. Whatever this beer's got, I'm missing it. Poured into a snifter, nice black color, not much head, no lacing to speak of. Nose is malt and coffee, maybe a little oak, no discernable bourbon. Mouthfeel is remarkably thin, for the style. Taste is coffee, oak, and, finally, a little bourbon tang. The bourbon gets a little more pronounced toward the bottom of the glass. When it's done, it's done, very little aftertaste in the finish. Go figure; I like the brewery, but this one just leaves me scatching my head. What am I missing, and why am I missing it?

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle courtesy of bluesandbarbq, aroma of burbon, some chocolate, vanilla and werthers candy, Mouthfeel is kinda thin for the style but its o.k. Flavor is intially burbon with bitter roasted coffe notes, hints of vanilla and caramel, not much aftertaste. Overall a decent brew, thanks Louis.

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