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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon AleConntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-08-2013)
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Kerrigankyj

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -72.1%

07-12-2013 03:27:41 | More by Kerrigankyj
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Lupin

Connecticut

2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up at the wine and spirits co. These have been on their shelves for a couple weeks now. Honestly, the labeling of this kept me away for a while as it sounded like too much of one flavor going into the beer. Corn grits and then bourbon barrels? Why both?! Was it too cheap to make it with just one?

As such, my hopes for this continued to be pretty low after I popped the cork. Aroma was boozy, with little to detect other than a fierce bitterness and corn grain alcohol. Poured exceedingly foamy with decent retention. Nice lookin' beer, at least.

Overall, it had a pretty bland american ale/strong ale body to it but with a very bitter kick of starchiness that dominated the entire palate. This beer did not let too many nuances peek their little heads out from the pillow of bitter corniness. Finish was unpleasant and it took a while to clear out the taste. Yet I still had more. Maybe the profile would change as it warmed? Nope. Even worse.

Tastes stronger than it is, which is impressive at 8.5%. Sure it's different, and a flavor profile several highway lanes from anything I've never had before. The bottle hints at hick dialect and moonshine culture and I'll be damned if this doesn't fit the bill. Yet, while living in the south, I had two types of moonshine: straight corn, and fruited. It can almost go unsaid that I preferred the latter; people don't drink the former for taste. To be honest, I'm surprised I didn't taste this beer on the way out.

I realize this is meant to be my own review but the bottle was shared in small amounts with several friends, each of whom had a markedly negative response to the flavor. Not worth it for ME at any price, let alone the $14. None of us had the impression that there were any oxidation issues.

Barrel-aging lighter beers seems to be a relatively new thing, at least locally. To be honest, a lot of the $14-20+ 750s I've had should have been brewed at least one more time as a test batch before being produced en masse. As much as I want to support the explorations of the breweries in this state, releasing something this unbalanced really turns me off to making another investment into a big bottle until I've gone out of my way finding a bar that has it on draft for a sample.

This is literally one of the worst craft beers I have ever had and THE WORST barrel-aged beer I have bought at a store and its sole personal merit was its creativity.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 22:12:30 | More by Lupin
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

07-16-2013 01:58:21 | More by DonFrap
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pjs234

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

10-19-2013 01:31:38 | More by pjs234
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

10-14-2013 20:07:54 | More by carteravebrew
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hit728

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

10-12-2013 00:28:46 | More by hit728
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

09-24-2013 01:20:57 | More by thegerm87
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

10-21-2013 19:46:37 | More by acurtis
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Hirshi

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-01-2013 19:53:33 | More by Hirshi
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balinor

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

07-04-2014 00:17:50 | More by balinor
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Bjorn2bWild

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-15-2013 01:45:13 | More by Bjorn2bWild
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Cath

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-02-2014 16:02:19 | More by Cath
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audioserf

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-17-2013 19:17:31 | More by audioserf
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

10-14-2013 17:34:04 | More by djrn2
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JoeMans

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-07-2014 21:04:57 | More by JoeMans
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 14:05:15 | More by tigg924
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-22-2013 03:19:34 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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campfirebrew

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-09-2013 11:59:09 | More by campfirebrew
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jrstamp

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-14-2014 22:16:08 | More by jrstamp
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-28-2013 22:24:57 | More by bccrosley
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dcguitar

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-08-2013 14:22:18 | More by dcguitar
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-01-2014 20:10:41 | More by YeastInception
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CTJman

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-02-2013 20:16:44 | More by CTJman
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bellb

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-18-2014 23:55:21 | More by bellb
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

We crack the cage and cork on a 750 mL bottle with “2” on the label, pouring a brew of tawny orange. It puts up massive two and a half finger head of cream colored foam, showing extreme retention. Thick and three dimensional sheets of lacing are left all around the glass, as the head slowly bubbles away into a cratered film cross the top of the liquid. A chill haze cuts clarity, with microspecks of sediment floating about. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives wax, yellow mustard, bright plastics, fusel booze, big corny grit, and buttery diacetyls off the bat. Mixing in and with warmth are notes of acetone, raw barley and straw, light banana esters, vanilla cake icing, clove spikes, oaky woodiness, and faint bourbon warmth. Our first impression is that the end and aftertaste are quite bittered and boozy, definitely giving the drinker the feel we’re sipping on actual bourbon, but with a much more malty, corny zing. As we sip, the taste begins with strong oaky character, light vanilla smoothness, pale, corny, and metallic adjuncty malts, bittered plastics, dirty earthiness, soy sauce, light wheaty toast, grassy hops, and bittered booze. The middle cools a bit, with brown sugar sweetness, cold banana breadiness, plum sugars, pale toast, chalked yeastiness, coiny metallics, and even adjuncty grittiness. The finishing wash shows a return to the harshness, with strongly fusel booze, black pepper, mustard seed, ginger root fruitiness, earthy bark, massive corny adjuncts, biting metallics, puckering yeast, sweet wine grape qualities, dirty oak, and biting floral grassiness. The aftertaste breathes of cheap bourbon bite, gravel, graphite, stark oakiness, distant grassy and earthy hops, vanilla cleanliness, bittered plastics, powdered corn, metallic adjuncts, brown sugar sweetness, and resiny green grassiness. The body is full, and carbonation is medium, but foams up quite a bit when held around the mouth and swished. The mouth is thus coated, but this dries into grainy, yeasty, and boozy pucker and astringency. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its fantastic look, and strong oaky character through the flavoring. The head is as impenetrable and reminiscent of the best Belgian IPAs out there, marking the best retention we’ve seen in an American strong ale to date. This makes the beer highly desirable and inviting, and contributes nicely to the slurp and the frothy mustache. The nose and flavoring, however, fall off a bit. The nose is basic, with much attention given to the corny adjuncty bolstering of the malts to match the bourbon flavoring imparted by the barrels. The taste follows suite, giving heavy booziness against a background that isn’t sweet or buttery enough to support that kind of kick. This is an interesting ale, but just isn’t as blended, even, and flavorful as you would expect. Drink on the cooler side to calm the bitters and soothe some of that booziness on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 22:57:20 | More by TheBrewo
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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.