Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
12oz bottle with a date of Jan 07 2011 - don't know if that is best by or bottled on. Poured into a Shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Clear orange-copper beer with a off-white head. Some tints of pink mixed in with the orange when held up to the light. Poured a 1/4" head initially, but this died down to a ring and a persistent film across the top. Some strands and islands of lacing noted. Lots of bubbles coming up through the beer.
Smell: When first poured, nothing but bourbon whiskey. As it warms up the bourbon still dominates, but hints of caramel and some berry-like fruitiness come out as well. I'm a fan of bourbon, but this is kind of odd.
Taste: Bourbon whiskey taste and bit right up front, moving into some sweeter caramel and toffee flavors. Toasted/roasted malt coming right behind the sweeter flavors and then something of a sudden, but very mild, bitterness, and then it smooths out with more sweetness and bourbon flavors. This beer is indeed very whiskey like, it even has a bit of the bourbon alcohol bite present - it's not as hidden as you think it would be. The overall taste is well on the sweet side and I think you would need to be a whiskey fan to really appreciate this one.
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the tongue despite all the bubbles coming up, which is good, as too much carbonation would get in the way here. Slick beer that coats the whole mouth and sticks to the teeth a bit.
Drinkability: This is a hybrid of a whiskey and a beer. The bourbon flavors dominate, but the toasted and roasted malts come through and do add something nice to the whole beer. But...this beer really only has one flavor, and that's bourbon whiskey, and it's not an outstanding whiskey at that. Which means this is a sipper for me and one at a time for me as well. I cannot see myself having more than one an evening. Still, interesting brew and glad I tried it, but it's just okay and if I really want whiskey, I'll pour myself some proper Kentucky bourbon into a glass over ice and enjoy. I think with some more depth of profile where the bourbon flavors are complimenting, rather than dominating, the beer - would be preferred. Of course - the bourbon is the point of this beer isn't it? So maybe I'm just not a fan and I'll leave it at that.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2011 23:41:57 | More by damndirtyape
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