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

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews by guityler83:
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2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into ye old pint glass, the foam stood an inch tall and receded moderately quickly. Off white head that left a snow esque lacing on the edge. The beer is dark amber or a maroon leather kind of vibe. Clarity is high, no haze or sediment really.

S: Moderately high malt aroma on the first impression. Plums, prunes, raisins, over ripened fruit, some toffee notes. Very sweet impression. Mild to low hop aroma with herbal and spicey characteristics.

T: Rich malt sweetness with flavors consistent with the aroma. Prunes and raisins mixed with over ripe apples and pears. The balance is on the malt side and coming off very sweet. The hop bitterness is only apparent in the aftertaste where it expresses on the back of the tongue with the spicey, earthy flavors. Very low level of bourbon flavor coming through with zero wood flavor or tannins.

M: Carbonation levels are moderate for the beer but the body is big and thick. There is an astringancy / harshness in the aftertaste that might be coming from the hops or the barrel.. can't really tell.. but its unpleasant.

O: With out seeing the label I would have a hard time believing this beer is barrel aged at all. The sweetness is so overwhelming maybe its covering it up. If you like your English BW's sweet with some herbal hop notes this might be up your alley. Just not my thing

guityler83, May 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

tigg924, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

marmstrong1212, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Retroman40
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Retroman40, Mar 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

cjgator3, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Gonzoillini, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of beerhan
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

beerhan, May 08, 2014
Photo of ohiobeer29
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

ohiobeer29, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

cwd, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Denzo, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

KYGunner, May 10, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

jdkitchi, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Magery, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mkirkland80, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

bluejacket74, Apr 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Peter1977, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of AndrewBV
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

AndrewBV, Apr 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

user785335, Jun 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

DutchcdnTEXAN, Sep 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

fleurdelou, May 01, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
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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2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Lionhearted1987, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
1.93/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

ThickNStout, Jun 10, 2014
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
77 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.