Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale - Two Roads Brewing Company
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3.44/5 rDev -3.9%
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...
Serving type: on-tap
06-02-2013 00:29:07 | More by woosterbill
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
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A. It is a hazy brown, but clearish. It has huge white lacing after a big white head. Some bubbles.
T. It has a sweet and bourbon scent.
T/M. It has a nice caramel taste. A bit of a burnt taste. Malty and sweet. Sugary. Full bodied with a touch of alcohol.
O. A hair to malty, and heavy, but nice and flavorful.
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Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2013 00:16:57 | More by Amalak
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
Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
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