If you've been reading my blog posts, you know I'm a big fan of bourbon. So when Budweiser came out with their collaboration with Jim Beam in the fall of 2018, it was something I had to try.
When I was going through our fridge recently, I found one bottle hiding in the back, so I decided to crack it open and do a beer review.
As far as bourbon-flavored beers go, this one has a lot less of a bourbon taste than the Hardywood Bourbon Cru that I wrote about last week. Budweiser says they aged the beer on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves, so it imparts some of the flavors you would get in a bourbon without being overwhelming.
The official description of the beer says it has a "toasted oak aroma, a deliciously nutty taste with caramel rye and vanilla notes, and a smooth finish."
I've said before that I'm not an expert beer taster, if there is such a thing, but I know what I like. I can tell you that this is a very smooth beer and I definitely got some nut and rye flavors while I was drinking it.
Budweiser has been putting out some great stuff with their Reserve series, and I think this might be the best one they've release. I still need to try the Discovery Reserve and the Nitro Gold, but for a brand that my parents always told me was like drinking water, they've brewed some quality beers recently.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.