American Whiskey - Bourbon

Jim Beam Black 8yr Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    588 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.0 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $22
    Proof
    86.0
    N/A

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.

Proof66 Notes

Jim Beam--today the largest bourbon producer in the world--was founded by Jacob Beam in the 1790s. He's credited for selling his first barrel of whiskey in 1795 "and the legend was born." It was briefly sold off in 1920 during prohibition but was rebuilt in a mere 120 days following its repeal in 1933. The Beam family has been in continuous position as master distillers for the entire history of the facility; additionally, this prolific family has served as master distillers for most of the bourbon producing distilleries in Kentucky at one time or another--the website contains a "distillers tree" that chronicles the myriad relationships among the bourbon producers of Kentucky. In 2005, they produced their 10 millionth barrel of bourbon. Today, the distillery is one of the landmarks of Kentucky and produces several different hand-crafted bourbons as well as its own flagship labels.

Jim Beam Black label bourbon is aged for 8 years rather than the more well-known Jim Beam white label's four years. It's considered a premium bourbon intended to compete directly with the more boutique bourbons that are gaining popularity but offering the black at a greatly improved value for the customer.

In discussing the bourbon shortage of 2013, Anthony Dias Blue suggested Jim Beam Black as a new bourbon to try claiming, "In blind tastings of bourbons lower than 90 proof, I've never seen $15 Jim Beam Black Lose" (Tasting Panel Magazine, July, 2013). 

Scott86 Scott86 (3) (2014-11-09)

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mynoseknows mynoseknows (14) (2014-09-25)
This is my go to bourbon. I find it smooth and mellow with lots of caramel and toffee. I love it.
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Fitzgerald1119 Fitzgerald1119 (32) (2014-09-08)
Nice for the price. A definite step up from white label in quality. Makes a good cocktail, but is certainly palatable for sipping straight or on the rocks.
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Muncher Muncher (130) (2014-08-02)
A light, easy drinking version of the bourbons I like. The ones I favor are bold, oaky, sweet, char heavy, and actually have a lingering finish. Jim Beam Black is a slightly watered down version of that. Definitely a good whiskey, but could be 5 stars with me if it were between 47 and 55 percent ABV; or maybe I'm just nitpicking because this really is some good bourbon.
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AlfredReece1992 AlfredReece1992 (25) (2014-07-10)
This is my second favorite Jim Beam product after Basil Hayden's. Its smoother with more flavors than the white label for not that big of a price difference, at least in my area. Highly recommended.
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Dudz Dudz (3) (2014-07-08)
This bourbon starts with a very heavy oak aroma with hints of pepper spice. When sipping straight it starts off slightly sweet but quickly changes to heavy oak with no light tones. The finish lingers for a long time with medium heat. The little bit higher proof of 86 keeps it a little to unrefined, it just does not have a clean flavor profile. I normally like long lingering bourbons but with this one all I get is heavy charred oak flavor almost to the point of just tasting like ash. Over some rocks it loses it's sweetness and goes straight to the solid oak and charred aftertaste. It mellows out only after all the rocks melt away and leaves the aftertaste.
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scollings scollings (83) (2014-06-12)
This was my brand for years and years and years. Simply a good solid all-around expression of bourbon.
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Storcke Storcke (23) (2014-06-07)
First of all, please stop saying "better than the white label." Aquarium water and rubbing alcohol is better than the while label. Literally. Black Label is very good--dark, smooth, charred-caramel flavor and rich mouth feel. The problem is, that's all there is to it, and at this price, there are many, many less expensive bourbons with all of this and more complex flavors, to boot.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (56) (2014-03-15)
This is the best Jim Beam label I've tried. For this price, i would definitely try again. It is much smoother than most Beam products. I'd give it a strong 3.5
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-01-27)
This isn't terrible and it isn't great. It's just okay to me. This is very affordable, however, and it could be a nice bourbon to share with friends. Just not your best friends. Save some Blanton's for that.
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JamesCThatsMe JamesCThatsMe (12) (2013-11-22)
Like liquid candy barrel aged just for me. This is my go to value whiskey. I really dont buy any cheaper whiskey unless l am making 7 and 7s. So much better than the white label they should make this their flagship brand.
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Bisbob Bisbob (2) (2013-10-25)
My "go to" bourbon for visitors when I don't want to share a premium brand. A great value. Much better than the white label.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-10-03)
This was a pleasant surprise... Far far better than I expected. The flavor is rich (char?). I can see this being my new go to at bars. The other praise I'll add is that we tried this along side Evan Williams 2003, a good bourbon in its own right, this was the clear winner...
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Ackman Ackman (57) (2013-10-01)
Better than the white label. Everything is nicely balanced. A must for your bar/liquor cabinet.
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TomG2751 TomG2751 (25) (2013-09-03)

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Dakota Dakota (136) (2013-08-07)
Anthony Diaz Blue the #1 authority on liquor said this 1 beats all bourbons blind...damn.
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joecobra26 joecobra26 (6) (2013-02-20)
Im surprised that this does not cost more money. I find this very smooth and quite enjoyable. Perfect for sipping!
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TimeToGoHome TimeToGoHome (32) (2013-01-02)
A little harsh straight. Smooths out and becomes more complex with a dash of water. 3 stars straight. 4 stars with water
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (84) (2012-09-09)
I'm just not a Jim Beam fan. Don't know if it's the rye in the mash bill or what but it's always a bit unenjoyable to me. This product definitely benefits from the extra aging and gains some real flavor and complexity. I'd drink this with just a touch of water but would be wishing for some Wild Turkey or Jack Daniel's in this price range.
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bourbob bourbob (24) (2012-05-01)
Quite nice! Much better than what you think of when you hear "Jim Beam". A surprisingly good find and very reasonably priced.
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magezi magezi (55) (2012-03-12)
Perfect! Amazing bourbon for the price.
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aslezak aslezak (27) (2011-09-26)
As a mixer, this is a good bourbon.  It has too much bite to be had neat, and you'll have to wait for the ice to melt before consuming it on the rocks.  If you really like Jim Beam white, it is a smoother version of the elixir.  But there are many more drinkable bourbons out there in this price range.
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Allan Allan (119) (2011-07-14)
Reasonable price for an 8yr old bourbon. A bit drier than regular Beam but it makes the best Old Fashioned I've had.
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Rampage455 Rampage455 (9) (2010-11-15)
JB Black is a good bourbon with a sweet smell and taste. Although, this is not as smooth as it should be considering it has been aged 8 years (Jack Daniels is actually smoother). Expect fiery dragon breath when taking shots. Mix with coke to remove the harshness and to really bring out this bourbon's sweetness.
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manikmathur manikmathur (18) (2010-09-11)
Overhyped , did not have the smoothness that you would expect from a 8year aged liquor.
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jfatt340 jfatt340 (15) (2010-08-05)
When someone asks for a mixed bourbon drink you will not feel slighted because JBlack is such a great value.
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Irishman Irishman (251) (2009-05-07)
This is by far the best bourbon on the planet for the money. An absolute must have for any bar.
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