Jim Beam Black Double Aged Bourbon Whiskey 750mL

Well I’ve given up at this point for something to not try and ruin my palate, so let’s go with Jim Beam. Thought maybe there is a bit of hope as this is not the standard Jim Beam, but their black which is aged for a whole 8 years.


Something that scotches say – okay that’s fine but now get in bed with these 12 yea- AND that’s the end of that metaphor. Seriously though I heard 8 years aged and I think, well I guess that’s more than 2 months than your standard rotgut, but eh? I mean shit 8 years ago was 2006, and holy crap I’m getting old.

What they Say: “Elegant. Smooth. Refined. That’s what 8 years of aging will do to a bourbon. A premium bourbon with a more flavorful character. Meant to be sipped and savored.

Our premium 86-proof, double-aged bourbon spends 8 years in new charred, white oak barrels. That’s twice as long as original Jim Beam It’s those four extra years of aging that give Jim Beam Black® its full bodied flavor with smooth caramel and warm oak notes.”

Taste: 6.0 – It’s a nice woody but sweet taste.

Aftertaste: 5.0 – Though it mostly goes a bit worse here.

Burn/Smooth: 4.5 – Not a heavy burn, but it’s still there.

Aroma: 6.5 – I don’t hate it, not gonna lie I was thinking this was going to kill me, but it’s par for a whiskey.

Honesty: 6.0 – I mean it’s a bourbon and that extra 4 years does actually give it a much better overall taste than the original, so I suppose it’s not shot itself in the foot here.

Mixability: 4.0

w/ Rocks: 4.0 – That somehow extenuates the aftertaste, and makes it worse, i try to save more for the mixing, and I wish i didn’t

Value: 3.0 – That’s not really a price I’d feel comfortable for buying something called Jim Beam, even if this is a slightly higher tier for them, it’s not a higher tier overall.

Google Shop Average: $19

Website: http://www.jimbeam.com/black


Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 4.5

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Metric Score: 35.0/70 |+| Metric Average: 5.0 |+| Reviewer Average: 4.5

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Final Thoughts:

I think the highest praise I can have is this. If I had to buy a Jim Beam I’d get this. Unless the other option was like – uhh – milkshakes. Why not.



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2 thoughts to “Jim Beam Black Double Aged Bourbon Whiskey 750mL”

  1. If you approach something with a snotty attitude, you’re going to have a snotty perception of it.

    Whiskey drinkers/reviewers such as yourself who seem to be on a mission to dislike things rather than a mission to taste things are not whiskey reviewers to be trusted.

    A whiskey reviewer worth trusting has an open mind that does not expect to like or dislike a drink and instead is patiently able to wait and see and judge solely on the drink itself, not on pre-conceived notions.

  2. I’m not approaching this with a snotty attitude – I’m approaching it as someone who has had regular Jim Bean and found the experience unpleasant.

    I mention I had hope since it was a step above, but if you’ve had something from the same product line that was bad, getting something from the same line isn’t a preconceived notion – it’s a fair marker of what’s to come.

    Trust me I am not on a warpath to dislike things. Also please check our FAQ, because a 4.5/5 is average for us (or just slightly below) – our review scaling makes it nigh impossible to get a 10, and we pride ourselves on not giving everything a score at 7.5 and above, but using the full range from 0-10.

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