Jim Beam Black 8 Year
Added on Sunday, Sep 14, 2008 at 09:41 AM
  Bottler: Jim Beam
  Age: 8 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $20 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Vanilla, sweet and malty with a little whiff of chocolate.
P: Very bright, big burst of fruit, but remarkable how quickly it fades.
F: Lingering taste is too oaky for me.
There some really good things going on here, but it loses what it's got too quickly. 
Nose is light, and fruity for a bourbon, notably with apples.  Palate is medium-bodied, and as in the nose, it's kinda fruity for a bourbon -- and I distinctly taste apple juice notes.  Yet with this it's still medium-rich and round.  Finish is medium-length.  All-in-all, this is a good and "refreshing" bourbon -- refreshing yet rich.  I like it.  A good buy, too.  B/B+ 
The nose on this has some of the same candy notes as the White Label but with a dose of oak that gives it a bit more complexity. The palate is quite acidic without much flavor, then some chocolate malt notes, and then the bitterness kicks in. I actually think I like the White Label better than this. The main flavors in this are acid and bitterness and they don't play well together. 
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