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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Connecticut Yankees of Two Roads have CONNjured up this moonshine inspired bourbon-like ale. Using good ol' USA corn grits and aged in real bourbon barrels from a famous Kentucky distillery, this unique CONNcoction includes notes of whiskey, oak and vanilla. It should make your taste buds happier than a pig in "____"

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-08-2013)
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Reviews by PicoPapa:
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. Pours a murky brown swamp water color with over an inch of thick, frothy head that takes forever and a day to dissipate. Lots of lacing. Smells boozey with some oak, vanilla, grains and butter. The taste is buttery bourbon with some cereal and corn. Slightly sour. Vanilla and oak at the finish. A bit on the sweet side. There is a decent sized alcohol burn, but I kind of expected more. Maybe it's not as boozey as I thought it'd be because the abv is only 8.5%. Mouthfeel is creamy with lots of carbonation. Overall, a bit disappointed with this one. I expected this to be a bigger beer than it turned out to be. It's decent but I won't go out of my way to have it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, clear, golden-brown in color

Smell: Citrus hops and light oak--very inviting

Taste: sweet corn to start, the oak comes in the middle and is dry to the end, citrus hops are also fairly present.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high carbonation, sweetish start follow by bitterness which dominates and mixes with some oak.

Overall: I usually love Two Roads brews, but to me this was a bit lacking after the wonderful smell. The bitterness was a bit overpowering at times. There was not any sweetness or vanilla that I generally associate with beers of the style. It tasted like a malt liquor with more oaking, not bad, but just not up to the same quality I associate with Two Roads.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

750{?} ml bottle.
Deductions for overly thin body and a hint of tobacco smoke.
Moderate bourbon barrel but perhaps a bit more than the underlying malt/hop load can withstand gracefully.

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of rdilauro
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was a very light amber with hardly any noticeable head. The aroma was typical of ales that have been aged in whiskey casks. It was a pleasant aroma with the absence of any detectable hops, citrus etc. I could smell that this was going to be a bit malty.

The first taste was nice, big, soft and round. The whiskey overtone was not too pronounced and didn't hit you in the face. That was done, then on the second sip, I had the same impression as when I finished my first one. The finish and aftertaste basically dropped off. There wasnt much left to feel, in fact, it picked up a stranger taste that I have not been able to put my finger on.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber ale, hazed opacity; few fingers of tan head slimmed to a persistent cap; some lace trails

S: sweet wet fruit, pale, orchard-style; bourbon barrel oak; something spicy about the fruit; little herbal and floral

T: fat wet fruit and malt, bourbon barrel flavors woven throughout; hints of spiced amber orchard fruit, like apricot, maybe overripe, and fermenting...

M: slightly chewy but fuzzy and soft; medium-weight, plush feel across the palate; tingly; just a hint of drying on the finish

O: admittedly partial to this type of ale, I am pleased with Two Roads product. Lush and rustic, with a drinkable abv. Most of the reviews are for last year's batch - as of this, I'm only the second reviewer in 2014. Give it a try - it's not polished like Curieux or Doom, but it's a very enjoyable ale. Recommended.

Photo of campfirebrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.