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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

JKV96, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

dubdrop, Oct 08, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sunday Night Football Pats game. Need a New England local beer, so why not a big bourbon barrel aged ale from the newest CT brewery. Bottled 5/14/14, not really a summer style beer, so now that it's cold this should go nicely.

Pours a smaller fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, as if it never really existed, although it does leave mild lacing to remind you, and decent legs too, dark semi hazy slight clear darker amber reddish orange color.

NOse brings lots of bourbon, a raw barrel juice, sweet under-aged bourbon, with lots of oak, tannic oak as well, bourbon almost seems tangy. Sweet caramel malts, candy, toffee, little nutty, lots of sweet candy reddish malts, faint candied dark fruits, with some vanilla, and a little sweet corn mash, probably where that tangy like note comes from.

Taste brings sweetness, not super sweet but thick syrupy candy and fair sweetness. A big corn slight sour mash flavor, with plenty of caramel and toffee candy, with caramel candies and syrup like with some warming booze and tingly notes, mostly warming in the throat. Then bourbon barrel, some raw bourbon, again very under-aged young bourbon, and some mild tannic oaky barrel, with hint of vanilla, and into some candied dark fruits that are also quite mild. Mild sweet reddish malt, but the bourbon just overpowers it all, and a young bourbon doesn't place well. Little butterscotch candy on the back end between the candy and mild buttery oak. Finish is sticky sweet, fairly hot booze, more caramel and candy syrup, more young bourbon and tangy sour corn mash flavors lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, syrupy and messy, fair hot booze warmth but nice carb.

Overall meh, this reminds me of the Innis & Gunn style beers, with raw oak, young bourbon that just overpowers the beer that doesn't hold that well by itself anyways, and some not so great tangy sour mash corn flavors in there as well, just a mix of a lot of not so great characters.

jlindros, Oct 06, 2014
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2.84/5  rDev -22%

burley1685, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

halo3one, Sep 08, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

chinchill, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

J-Bonestradamus, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Petegrieco, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

bp4171, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

bcoyle, Aug 25, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

PintoM13, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

ordinarymatt, Aug 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

robbrez, Aug 22, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Mikecap, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

thkrb99, Aug 18, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +7.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

DebraMehlman, Aug 14, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a small pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar of dense, small bubbles around the edge.
S: Once the beer warms up, light to moderate aromas of bourbon become apparent in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with initial flavors of apples followed by notes of bourbon, the latter of which are most prominent in the finish. Slight bits of malty sweetness are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel seems to be a little thin for the style.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but seems like it could have used stronger aromas and flavors as well as a heavier body. Nonetheless, the beer grows on you and the light amount of bourbon in the smell and taste keep things interesting.

metter98, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

PolishJake, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

gueuzegossage, Aug 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

diamondlie, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Kochiss, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

tylergoov, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Greywulfken, Jul 20, 2014
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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.