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Alden
04-08-2013, 16:22
My local LS has it on sale, $19.95.

What does the hive mind think of this one?

I have heard it is quite a bit better than the standard white label product. I believe it is aged longer.

TheNovaMan
04-08-2013, 17:03
Squire likes it pretty well, but I'm not a big fan. There are way better bourbons for $20.

HP12
04-08-2013, 17:06
It's a respectable pour. Good intro to the non-Bourbon initiated yet decent enough for a cheap pour that has some reasonable flavor. For $20...what the hell. Plus, it's good to have for company and mixers rather than use your premium pours.

Alden
04-08-2013, 17:15
Hmmm... sounds pretty pedestrian.

Rutherford
04-08-2013, 18:25
I like this bourbon. I kept a bottle of this around until I determined that a liter of OGD was a better use of $20 than a 750 of JB Black. It's a good bourbon of Jim Beam character (more pronounced than in Knob Creek). It performs very well with water.

BigBoldBully
04-08-2013, 18:49
It has become one of my go to bourbons for when I have no desire to meditate unduly upon what I'm drinking. It offers several very nice flavors (vanilla, touch of fruit including plum, light spice), a relatively lush mouthfeel, and a high degree of versatility. Far less barrel char than the KCSB I have, and not as "funky," so you don't have to be in that funky char mood to enjoy it. I also appreciate that this stuff still has an age statement, and that I can buy it for under $33/handle.

Undue meditation is actually becoming less frequent in my house as a result of JBB.

MauiSon
04-08-2013, 19:30
It's good bourbon, but only worth $15/750ml to me. Put me in the lukewarm camp.

T Comp
04-08-2013, 21:34
Its relative lightness, cereal flavors and green fruit always have me thinking I could mistake it as an Irish blended in a blind tasting. A small liquor store near me has the 50ml plastics for 99 cents and I sometimes pick up a few, mainly for highball purposes if going to other peoples houses.

Now the dusty late '70s first release of a Beam Black label, labeled "Beam's Sour Mash", 90 proof and 101 months...that there is a whole different animal and one delicious whiskey. I've got one tax stripped pint bottle left and yeah I've thought about opening it but so far...:bigeyes: :grin:.

TheNovaMan
04-08-2013, 21:55
It has become one of my go to bourbons for when I have no desire to meditate unduly upon what I'm drinking. That's why there's Ten High straight, Ezra Brooks, and Evan Williams.

Grain Belt
04-09-2013, 18:14
I enjoy JBB very much. I hit a Twin Cities store once in awhile that has 1.75's for $25. Great on the rocks, great in a Manhattan, great in an old fashioned. Those three things spell out a good time to me.

squire
04-09-2013, 18:23
It's quite versatile but I have to catch it on sale, otherwise it's a bit overpriced.

Flyfish
04-10-2013, 06:33
It's quite versatile but I have to catch it on sale, otherwise it's a bit overpriced.

I'm with the Squire. I used to buy JBB by the handle for about $25 as a regular pour. Now that it is almost that much for a 750, there are more attractive options.

higgins
04-10-2013, 07:03
This one is fun to experiment with adding water to. To my tastes, it changes more than many other bourbons with water.

I would pick it up if you've never had it before and it's on sale. It's on my list to get this month for $15 around here.

JPBoston
04-10-2013, 10:08
Not worth the money. EWB is much better and half the price (in AZ, anyway).

For $20 and under, I'd rather take OWA, Fighting Cock, BT, OGD BiB, or a handle of EWB, among others.

zillah
04-12-2013, 10:39
I enjoy it, but prefer KB100 instead. After you get past the beam oak that you either like or don't, it has a simple caramel, chocolate and graham cracker taste to it that makes it a real treat to drink, and an easy one at 86 proof. Definitely worth $20. I find it is underrated and skipped on quite a bit.

Gentleman Racer
04-12-2013, 11:04
I also like JBB quite a bit. When I want a straight-forward non-complex table bourbon, it's a go-to bottle for me. I concur with the strongly positive flavor characteristics already noted above. I'd add to those that it has no weaknesses. Nose, flavor, finish all nicely balanced.

Alden
04-12-2013, 11:12
I enjoy it, but prefer KB100 instead. After you get past the beam oak that you either like or don't, it has a simple caramel, chocolate and graham cracker taste to it that makes it a real treat to drink, and an easy one at 86 proof. Definitely worth $20. I find it is underrated and skipped on quite a bit.

KB stands for... Kentucky... ?

JPBoston
04-12-2013, 12:37
KB stands for... Kentucky... ?

I believe he's talking about Kirkland Brand (which is Beam juice, sold at Costco)... I've seen many agree that the quality/flavor is right between JBB and KC, haven't tried it yet myself.

Bmac
04-12-2013, 22:43
I have bought several bottles of this over the course of three years and each bottle has been a bit different. If you can find the version that specifically states 8 years, i'd get it for 20 bux.

Over all, it seemed like JB was trying to get the flavor profile to match that of JD. Just my taste buds...

boneuphtoner
04-16-2013, 05:43
When I really started becoming a bourbon enthusiast, I didn't especially care for the one and only bottle I tried. Seemed somewhat medicinal, and not nearly as good as KC. They had a sale last month and I bought myself another bottle. What a difference. Whereas I would have rated the older bottle dead last in comparison to all the 86 proofers I had on hand (against EWB, OGD, Old Forester, etc.) , I'd now rate it as perhaps the best in that range. With this bottle at least, it seems like a slightly tamer, softer, KC. Thumbs up, for this bottle at least!

smokinjoe
04-16-2013, 06:06
The Black Label is a solid, whiskey by all measures. Good neat, with a cube or two, or mixed with ginger ale. I do prefer the Beam White 7 yr to it, though. A little more sweetness, oilier, not as dry, and more of the Beam house style, AKA "Beam yeasty funk" (of which I am one of 3 people on the planet who likes that aspect of Beam bourbons. :D)

zillah
04-16-2013, 12:36
KB stands for... Kentucky... ?

Oops, I meant to say KC100 as in Knob Creek 100 also known as the Small Batch.

Grain Belt
04-18-2013, 17:12
Joe, You might have a fourth to join your small group of Beam yeast funk lovers. The JBB has always impressed me. Taste is always first and foremost with me but sometimes dinner parties and the like have some superficial types that want to impress others. I'm not above playing this game. I grew up going to dinner parties where the classy guys drove Caddies, drank Michelob, and wore spiffy white Alan Edmonds loafers because that way it was in the 70's. In the average non-bourbon loving world, JBB is "the good stuff" in 2013 where I live. Even though anyone reading this knows it is a mid-shelfer (where most my bread is buttered FWIW) When I bring Jim Beam Black to a party I know I am going to enjoy it on the rocks but I have no problem pouring a little coke or ginger ale or water on it for those that want it. That is the beauty of the JBB pour. And my Twin Cities source has it for 25.99 a handle. Everybody wins!

squire
04-18-2013, 17:56
Good price for a handle, here they want almost that much for a 750.

Eggman
05-09-2013, 19:32
Howdy,

For the last several years, JBB was my nightcap choice with cola and two ice cubes. JBB strikes a reasonable balance between economy and quality, with it's char and raisin tones. Recently I've discovered Old Forester Signature for the same price and it's my new favorite, although I keep JBB in the bullpen.

weller_tex
05-09-2013, 19:38
The Black Label is a solid, whiskey by all measures. Good neat, with a cube or two, or mixed with ginger ale. I do prefer the Beam White 7 yr to it, though. A little more sweetness, oilier, not as dry, and more of the Beam house style, AKA "Beam yeasty funk" (of which I am one of 3 people on the planet who likes that aspect of Beam bourbons. :D)
I am sure you weren't counting me since you don't know me, but make that 4.

weller_tex
05-09-2013, 19:41
There are better overall bourbons at $20, OGD 114 is around $22..but JBB has a unique profile of sweet, funky, apple juice, and chocolate. I like it.

TheNovaMan
05-13-2013, 21:50
I'm not really a Beam hater, but I like OGD BIB quite alot better than Beam Black.

Parkersback
05-14-2013, 16:20
Beam Black (in the old style square bottles) is on sale for $13.78 at my favorite whisk(e)y monger so I pulled the trigger, and I am very glad I did. It'd been a while since I had it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's pretty sweet, but I never did mind that. My second pour of it was on the rocks, and to be honest, I preferred it neat. It generally came off as... well, exactly as it is: the 8 year old little brother of its' bad-ass elder brother, Booker's. I just had a pour of Booker's in a bar a week or so ago and you can definitely taste the resemblance. I happen to think Booker's is excellent, excellent whiskey, and Beam Black is a worthy little cousin. Especially at $15 out the door. I put it in the category of some of the HH Bonds I like: such good, sturdy table whiskey.

squire
05-14-2013, 16:26
Worthy indeed and a bargain at that price.

TheNovaMan
05-15-2013, 23:14
Does current Beam Black come in something other than a square bottle?

Alden
05-16-2013, 04:14
Does current Beam Black come in something other than a square bottle?

No. Still the same square bottle as always.

Parkersback
05-16-2013, 05:47
Does current Beam Black come in something other than a square bottle?

I was making reference to the new square bottle. The old square bottle was more squat, used a kind of old-timey presentation and vaguely resembled a Jack Daniel's bottle. The new one kind is taller and reminds me of the Bushmill's bottle.

miller542
05-16-2013, 07:06
I like pictures, so here we go. The best side-by-side I could find shows the current "double aged" bottle next to the previous bottle, only the design changed and not what's in the bottle. Prior to 8yr/86proof, it was a 7yr 90proof. Going back further, it was 101mth 90 proof and an 8yr 90 proof. And as seen in the pics, when first introduced it was called Beam's Black Label. FWIW, I've only had the 8yr/86proof and I also don't know the exactly timing of each change, so I'll leave that to the folks with more experience and a better memory than I.

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My brother and I used to love Beam Black as a great value pour, both as a mixer and straight. That was until we did a blind tasing against four other similarly priced bourbons. Beam Black came in last. Since then, I've often picked other mid-shelfers instead of Beam Black.

squire
05-16-2013, 07:57
Which brand came in first?

miller542
05-16-2013, 08:21
Which brand came in first?

Buffalo Trace won hands down. RR101, EC12, and Bulleit all tied in the middle, and Beam Black a clear last place by everyone's opinion. Everyone loved the full, sweet flavor of Buffalo Trace while RR101 had a bit too much proof when compared to the rest of the group.

squire
05-16-2013, 08:56
That's a good group for a blind tasting. I was curious because when I have put Beam Black in a blind tasting it was always appreciated but not enough to win.