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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-12-2014)
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

northstar23, Monday at 08:31 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

crispy620, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3/5  rDev -9.6%

DutchcdnTEXAN, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Ale pours a brilliant ruby red with light pooling foam layer that just keeps hanging around
with excellent lacing. Nose of rich dark berry fruits, oak, sweet caramel, and mild bourbon.
This ale increases in complexity the more it warms. A very nice smooth mouthfeel, moderately
coating with decent carbonation for the style. Brown sugar, and a dark plum like flavor hits
upfront with alcohol and oak coming though on the back with a decent amount of sticky hops
kick to keep the hop heads happy. Strident and in line with the style, this is one you could
easily lay down for a time. Ice cold does nothing for this one. Let it warm and speak to you,
it will tell an interesting tale.


Brutaltruth, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Northtexan
3.52/5  rDev +6%

Northtexan, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

krustster, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jdkitchi, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Fordknox, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Jho3325
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Jho3325, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Murky red color. Off white head dissipates quickly. Wispy and spotty lacing.

S: Rich brown caramel, brown bread, raspberry scones, fruitcake, pinch of brown cocoa, juicy red berry and currant esters. Bourbon and wood are initially quiet, but become more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Candy apple shell, brown bread, chewy caramel, toffee, brown cocoa. Earthy and herbal hops are stiff and bitter with a spicy and oily punch that clamps down a bit. They bring a nectarine/marmalade citrusy dimension too. Vinous fruitiness of cherries, currants, and red berries. Woody barrel flavors and bourbon punch through toward the back with a touch of spicy alcohol heat. Sweet candied finish with earthy bitter hops gripping harder.

M: Thick and chewy in body with a syrupy and viscous feel. Low carbonation. Spicy alcohol warmth.

O: It feels very young and rough, but there's some potential here. This is easily a beer that can-and probably should- spend at least a year in the barrel.

ryan1788a5, Aug 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mechamifune, Aug 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Johnroby, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Evango, Aug 03, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive copper red color in a snifter with no head.

I could smell the aroma from the bottle: strong toffee and oak.

The mouth feel was very carbonated.

Intially, the beer had a strong alcoholic finish and a prominent oak presence which dwarfed the
the taste of the fruit ( 45°F). Then as it warmed up, the taste was totally different.
It was more balanced, the oak, and alcoholic finish diminished, and there was a stronger fruit taste.

Overall- an excellent American Barleywine. An issue with this beer is that it must be tasted at a warmer temp 50-55F, otherwise it may appear imbalanced. Glassware is also key. A snifter or a tulip works well for this style- much better than a pint glass.

The lower ratings are probably due to tasting the beer at colder serving temps.

brureview, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

chrismattlin, Jul 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Trashville, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

RustyQ, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine (2014 Limited Release) has a thin-to-medium off-white head, a mostly clear, rust-red color, some bubble streams, and light lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, bourbon barrels, and alcohol. Taste is of bourbon, wood, vanilla, very sweet malt, and a slight balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine 2014 finishes semi-dry and surprisingly easy drinking. The alcohol warmth kicks in with the sipping.


RonaldTheriot, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

Lionhearted1987, Jul 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

drdiesel9483, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

FrankHashimoto, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2014 printed on the bottleneck label. Acquired a single bottle of this somewhere along the line and have had it for a month or so. My second beer review from Alltech.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a somewhat thin watery looking burnt sienna orange / ruby colored body with about two fingers of off-white / khaki head. It leaves some okay lacing behind, but it appears below average for the style.

S - The aroma is pretty bland. Mild oak wood / bourbon / whiskey fumes, and some faint vanilla / caramel / toffee aromas. It smells half-assed and semi-medicinal / artificial.

T - Taste follows the nose - some hot whiskey / bourbon alcohol fumes, some woodsy oak barrel, and mild caramel / vanilla / toffee. Alcohol seems pretty dominant.

M - The feel is lightly fumey / hot, with some stickiness lingering on the palate. Thin / light and watery for the style. Hot booze on the finish.

Overall, this thing needs to be barrel aged longer, and I mean longer. None of the wonderful characteristics that I expect to stand out in a nice barrel aged beer are present here at all. Not recommended by any means, unless you want to see what a bourbon barrel aged barleywine shouldn't taste like.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine ---3/5.

mfnmbvp, Jul 09, 2014
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
77 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.