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

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel AleKentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,575 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1575
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.98%


Brewed by:
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.19% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after dinner drink.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 07-13-2004)
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Brenden

Ohio

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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StoneTSR

Colorado

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
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Bakerhead1979

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-16-2014 04:13:20 | More by Bakerhead1979
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

04-16-2014 01:17:48 | More by hmmmbeer10
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

04-15-2014 03:30:15 | More by Localdrinklax
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Hughdevdev

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-14-2014 20:37:11 | More by Hughdevdev
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callmeoz

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-14-2014 04:07:49 | More by callmeoz
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

04-13-2014 23:59:38 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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xdtfx

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-13-2014 23:02:34 | More by xdtfx
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-13-2014 22:34:13 | More by Dave_Treat
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Getalegup

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-13-2014 22:18:24 | More by Getalegup
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

04-12-2014 04:23:32 | More by ccurrid
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

04-10-2014 22:57:28 | More by Denzo
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SinHippie

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

04-10-2014 22:53:26 | More by SinHippie
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Abra

Massachusetts

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
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MikeC144

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

04-09-2014 17:48:37 | More by MikeC144
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-09-2014 03:49:53 | More by BarryMFBurton
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-08-2014 17:51:02 | More by VeganUndead
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DAdams

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-08-2014 17:48:44 | More by DAdams
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paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-08-2014 00:58:07 | More by paulish
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BSuter

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-07-2014 14:52:53 | More by BSuter
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-07-2014 00:09:23 | More by BlueMoon10
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ThaHealer

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-06-2014 05:27:18 | More by ThaHealer
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lionnusmb

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-06-2014 03:12:23 | More by lionnusmb
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-06-2014 01:41:48 | More by Pens1967
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,575 ratings.