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
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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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.3%

On-tap 5/17/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains bourbon, caramelized malts, vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to drink worth drinking for a while.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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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 ppoitras
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of woosterbill
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery tasting room.

A: Clear chestnut body under a finger of fine off-white froth that settles into a persistent ring and leaves spotty lace. Decent.

S: Corn and whiskey. Raw, burning booziness on top of some sweet cereal notes. A little leafiness and spice. Pretty much as expected, but without the richness and cohesion I was hoping for.

T: Follows the nose precisely: bourbon, corny booze, and not much else. It's simple and rather boring. Nothing but alcohol on the finish. One-dimensional and underwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy. Excellent.

O: My hopes were high for this one, as the only other bourbon-barrel corn beer I've tried was nothing short of stellar. This, though, simply didn't deliver. The base beer had plenty of corny sweetness, but no depth. The barrel had plenty of boozy intensity, but no positive vanilla/coconut/marshmallow side effects. It also didn't help that the bartender loudly proclaimed that this beer was "far superior" to BCBS...

Cheers!

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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