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

Not Rated.
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-12-2014)
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Reviews by Greasy:
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-01-2014 12:44:38 | More by Greasy
More User Reviews:
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2.95/5  rDev -10.6%

Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 inch head, clear, copper in color

Smell: citrus hops, bark, and light bourbon

Taste: Like the smell, citrus hops, bitter barky hops, and fresh bourbon

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle and dry bitter finish, heavy-bodied, high carbonation

Overall: Of all of the Lexington brewery beers I have had so far this is my least favorite. The finish here is really dry and the bourbon seems a bit young. This might be better with age, but for the price-point I am unlikely to try it...especially when I know I can get their regular bourbon ale and be perfectly happy.

04-28-2014 13:48:50 | More by tigg924
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-03-2014 22:17:15 | More by marmstrong1212
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3.69/5  rDev +11.8%

12 ounce bottle served in a wine glass at garage temperature (about 60 F)

A - Beautiful clear amber/copper color with a short lasting head.

S - Oak, caramel, perhaps even some alcohol as the beer warmed to room temperature.

T - Some initial hop/malt followed by classic bourbon flavors of oak and vanilla at the finish.

M - Low carbonation (which is good here) and a very smooth feel.

O - I really enjoyed the balance of bourbon flavors with the beer. Perhaps just a touch more hop note and this would be perfect for me but it was still very good. A little on the pricy side at 15 bucks for a 4 pack but I don't regret the purchase. I look forward to sharing the remaining three bottles with a couple of my bourbon loving friends.

03-26-2014 23:45:34 | More by Retroman40
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

04-24-2014 21:37:05 | More by cjgator3
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

05-08-2014 04:43:50 | More by beerhan
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

03-21-2014 05:14:58 | More by ohiobeer29
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-27-2014 02:37:51 | More by Denzo
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3.74/5  rDev +13.3%

This has a light root beer brown cleanliness with lots of carbonation and a thin fizzy head with little to no retention.

The aroma holds hints of brownie, boozy toffee, and light dark fruit like prune and date. Oakey barrel and bourbon touch the nose slightly with some marshmallow creaminess.

The flavor has good chocolate qualities with some toffee, caramel and Werthers candy. The oak and bourbon are creamy and definitely reveal the same barrel in the KY Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech. I also get touches of maple, prune, coconut and butterscotch.

This really seems to be an excellent addition to the Lexington Craft Beer scene but for an all too off putting feel. This is exceptionally thin, bitter and a touch boozy. Three qualities that I don't want in a Barleywine. The feel is so poor that it actually detracts from the flavor which I found quite good.

05-10-2014 00:08:30 | More by KYGunner
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

03-27-2014 13:05:51 | More by Magery
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3.98/5  rDev +20.6%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with an inch light tan head. The head sticks around a little while, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, and some light fruitiness. It tastes like toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, nuts, and some orange peel and pine hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. If you're familiar with the regular Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, it does taste similar to that since I assume they use the same kind of barrels, but the bourbon isn't quite as strong in this beer. Still, I think this brew is definitely worth trying. However, at $14.99 a 4-pack, you might want to just buy a single. With that being said, I'm not going to have a problem finishing the 4-pack!

04-04-2014 23:58:38 | More by bluejacket74
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

03-22-2014 22:34:36 | More by Peter1977
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

04-18-2014 03:35:25 | More by AndrewBV
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

06-25-2014 17:54:05 | More by user785335
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2/5  rDev -39.4%

05-01-2014 19:36:19 | More by fleurdelou
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3.71/5  rDev +12.4%

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.


07-17-2014 21:26:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
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2.95/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

07-09-2014 03:02:44 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

07-15-2014 22:05:03 | More by Lionhearted1987
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1.93/5  rDev -41.5%

12oz bottle from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 3.79. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rose hued burgandy brown with a half finger ecrue head. The head settles to a thin ring, only leaving occasional dots of lace.

Lackluster aromas of simple syrup, bourbon and cereal grains.

The flavor is so unnecessarily boozy. Hot bourbon, burnt sugar, cereal, charred oak and tons of harsh alcohol. All burn and very little flavor.

Slick yet fairly thin body with mild carbonation. Harsh, boozy hot finish with burnt wood, bourbon and blackened sugar.

Yikes. This turned out to be a hot, unflavorful mess. I powered through about 7-8 ounces in the name of science to finish this review. That was too much.

06-09-2014 23:43:53 | More by ThickNStout
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

05-01-2014 07:16:17 | More by TheBishopco
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3.38/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance 3.25: Poured out a deep, translucent, reddish-brown. No head and no lacing. Still, this beer looks striking in the glass.

Smell 4.0: Awesome hit of vanilla and oak tannins once I opened the bottle. This only faded slightly the longer the beer was exposed to air. Gorgeous scents of burnt sugar, barley, deep oaky tannins and, of course...bourbon.

Taste 3.25: Front is flat and somewhat dry. Middle is where the tastes come rolling in: vanilla, oak, bourbon, faint hints of dried stonefruits and a slight hop bite. Finish is slightly bitter, with a warming sensation from all the alcohol (however, there is no taste of the alcohol). Aftertaste is long and heavy on the oak and bourbon. There is a bitterness that lingers on the palate at this level. It is slightly off-putting, but not unbearable.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Dry in the mouth and somewhat less than enticing for multiple sips. The bitterness also detracts from the score at this level.

Overall 3.25: Very good barley wine. The oak aging puts it over the top and I am certain that if you let a bottle of this sit around for a few years it will be exponentially better than it is currently. Still, for those of us who cannot resist, this beer is warming and exhibits all the delicious flavors that we "aged in oak" nuts love.

06-03-2014 04:50:25 | More by BeerDocT
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-27-2014 17:09:45 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-30-2014 04:56:29 | More by crbnfbr
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

08-11-2014 17:13:07 | More by mechamifune
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2.28/5  rDev -30.9%

Damn the reviews on this are so disheartening if I wasn't drunk already I would sway away but I paid $3.99 for the single so I will give it a shot.
A - Well it looks like a great barleywine. Color is a clear deep red amber brown with a 1/4 inch of head. It actually makes for great lacing but fizzes out rather quickly.
S - Solvent alcohol smells in the glass reminds me of Otter Creek Quercus Vitis Humulus in a way no noticeable grapes but strong alcohol smells. Hope it taste sweeter than it smells.
T - Well the taste only brings out some sweetness mostly like a cleaning product the finish coats the tongue and burns. Not really choking at the flavor but I could see why other reviews say it taste like the regular BB beer with a shot of vodka.
M - Well it drinks with a medium to heavy body. Kind of hurts when it sits on the palate.

Please avoid this beer it is like a barley wine aged in a vodka barrel. Like malt liquor bad. Don't drink!

05-29-2014 05:28:32 | More by DrDemento456
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.