Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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Reviews by Brenden:
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
It comes off the tap a clear shining gold color. It sports a billowing head that foams up and drops down to a bit of a lighter whitish cap. With time, it recedes to the edges while leaving a wispy island. Some pretty good spotting with light legging does cling to the glass.
Wood is the inital note, not particularly dry, and something lighter that gives the imprssion of beech or balsam (but obviously isn't). Nice vanilla and toffee notes are present too. Oddly, I get something like plum, but a softer, pale flesh sort, and only a few flashes here and there. It's got a bit of booziness, but it's fairly tame.
A touch of the vanilla and toffee sweetness come out on the tongue with the wood up front, all under a note of grains that follows through to the end.
While smooth, it is a bit too lightly carbonated, and thins out slightly toward the end.
Serving type: on-tap
08-02-2013 22:30:28 | More by Brenden
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3.69/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
APPEARANCE: The color is somewhere between DIPA-orange and Barleywine mahogany with a quickly dissipating head. Half the surface of the beer ends up covered in an exceptionally thin layer of off-white foam.
SMELL: A little boozy, with vanilla and oak aromas. Not as strong as I would have expected, but pleasant.
TASTE: Caramel provides all of the backbone to this beer, but the bourbon flavors all come through as well. There's a touch of oak, a bit more vanilla and a good dose of boozy heat.
MOUTHFEEL: Lighter in body than any other Bourbon Barrel brew I've ever had, but still at least medium to big. The carbonation is light and there is a slight stickiness.
OVERALL: Solid beer and a nice change of pace from typical Bourbon stouts (although I truly love a Bourbon stout too). This would make an excellent 4th course in a 5-course beer dinner, especially with a nice steak dish.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 05:14:01 | More by StoneTSR
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a very clear amber/burnt orange color with a decent head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma is very sweet picking up on the bourbon, vanilla, and caramel.
Taste is dominantly vanilla with the bourbon picking up towards the end leaving a warm finish. Very smooth. However, the taste doesn't linger and there isn't much depth, which I think really would've made it shine.
Overall, the bourbon gives it a very nice taste and aroma, but the mouthfeel is significantly lacking. It would've made all the difference.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 20:56:12 | More by Abra
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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