About – Booker’s is considered by many the bourbon responsible for creating the market for barrel proof bourbon’s. Named Booker’s because each barrel was hand chosen by Master Distiller Booker Noe, the task now done by his son Fred. Booker’s generally represents the best of what the Jim Beam distillery has to offer. As with all Booker’s releases this bourbon is unfiltered and uncut. Off Your Rocker is bottled at 129.7 proof and can be bough for ~$60.
Nose – Alcohol is definitely on the nose in this high proof monster, beyond that there are peanuts, caramel, vanilla, toasted oak, white pepper, and with ice or a touch of water honey begins to come through.
Palate – Oak is dominant on the front along with classic vanilla bourbon flavor, then a good bit of spice leaning towards black pepper, and also a slightly herbal quality that I can’t quite put my finger on.
Finish – A long oak laden embrace with a bit of lingering heat. As usual with Booker’s it is much easier to drink than the proof would lead you to believe.
Score – A-
Verdict – For me the thing that first draws you in to a great batch of Booker’s is peanuts on the nose, and this one is no exception. Off Your Rocker is just a classic example of what Jim Beam is truly capable of. Booker’s is something I would always recommend to anybody looking to dip their toes into barrel proof as it usually brings classic bourbon flavors. Every batch is slightly different, and I don’t try them all, but am usually impressed when I do, and usually keep one stocked in my home bar.