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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,875 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 82
Gots: 234 | FT: 3
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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Kicksmile67

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Being both a beer and bourbon drinker this is the perfect marriage. Living in the hometown of this brew I can get it most places one would find good beer. The ability to get it on tap while touring the brewery is an experince I extend to anyone in Lexington, its free and its cold!
The appearance of this beer is a reddish gold color with a thin but lively head. The smell should be a perfume. Beautiful sweet bourbon with a mild sent of hops. The taste is amazing. Very bold with an immediate taste of good quality bourbon and a slight but enjoyable beer finish. The mouth feel is rich but not thick and tingles the tougue with the hint of whiskey it embodies. Drinkability is dangerous as this "beer" can take you more like a whiskey and more than a couple can fog the mind of the most avid beer drinker (trust me). If you can get this its a must try, especially those who enjoy a good quality Kentucky bourbon on occasion. Possible derby beer methinks?

06-08-2006 18:19:17 | More by Kicksmile67
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bcapon

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-05-2013 23:55:05 | More by bcapon
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amhatfield3

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-27-2012 21:14:17 | More by amhatfield3
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chinesebeatle

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

04-03-2013 22:25:32 | More by chinesebeatle
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Mick-e-d


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

04-22-2012 00:25:35 | More by Mick-e-d
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Bunnyhops


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

11-28-2012 01:51:46 | More by Bunnyhops
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sigmachi1196


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

06-17-2014 22:04:31 | More by sigmachi1196
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spoggy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

06-04-2014 16:17:16 | More by spoggy
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Eriehle

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-05-2012 01:27:58 | More by Eriehle
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Scotchmatt

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

03-28-2013 13:55:30 | More by Scotchmatt
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

03-16-2014 00:08:48 | More by Fettpopps
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Raduea84


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

07-23-2014 00:19:03 | More by Raduea84
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AlphaWolfrey


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

07-26-2014 18:50:37 | More by AlphaWolfrey
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Trombone69

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

06-11-2013 02:16:39 | More by Trombone69
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Nitro-Boy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Come on Guys, Mouth feel...Really! Its a beer. No... I'm not a yellow fizzy beer idiot. I'm just a guy who LOVES good beer. Beers are either good or bad. Only by personal taste. This one however...Wow , If you like the taste of vanilla extract. This is the beer for you!!! Try this stuff is AMAZING. You Cant go wrong here. Try IT!!! Write your one review.

12-08-2012 01:49:22 | More by Nitro-Boy
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k1001001

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

I used to live in Lexington, and I love drinking this beer. Being that Lexington is in the heart of bourbon country, there couldn't be a more fitting beer for the region (I think the beer is aged in casks from Woodford Reserve and Maker's Mark).

Be careful and don't drink too much! It is 8.2% ABV. Much like bourbon, it is best to sip on.

It has a very sweet taste, much like the bourbons that it takes its flavors from. It makes for a good "dessert" beer. If I had one complaint, I would say that sometimes the bourbon overpowers the beer. You can definitely taste when you have a Woodford batch for sure.

For a bourbon-based ale, this is the best. All of the others are weak imitations in comparison.

I prefer it best in a bottle.

12-01-2011 04:10:40 | More by k1001001
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hermannj

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

01-02-2014 19:02:13 | More by hermannj
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iceball585

New York

4.65/5  rDev +26.7%

A- Bright amber color, clear, one finger thick fluffy head that faded quickly, lots and lots of bubbles rising throughout

S- Bourbon, vanilla, oak, malty, strong auroma of alcohol

T- Kentucky bourbon whiskey, oak, pale malts, vanilla, light hops flavor

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, flavorful, slight warming of alcohol, dry finish

D- Definitely worth trying

If you like bourbon whiskey as much as I do... then you really need to try this one. It's amazing the amount of flavor from the bourbon barrel that comes out in this brew.

03-27-2009 21:52:53 | More by iceball585
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Zacemy

New York

4.59/5  rDev +25.1%

This is a delicious brew. I am a big fan of bourbon and the taste is excellent. This a beer that you want to take your time and enjoy its rich flavor. I stumbled upon it and will most likely be drinking it again. You do not need to be a big fan of bourbon to enjoy this beers big flavor.

06-14-2014 01:08:47 | More by Zacemy
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Bayern1971

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +25.1%

I'm a bit surprised at the so-so reviews of this beer. IMHO it's one of the best American beers I've tasted in a long time. Most beers classified as "Bourbon" usually come off as Chocolate mouth-bombs. Yeah, melted & fermented cocoa nightmares. What's so lovely about this one is that it hints at the cocoa but also has a subtle oak and vanilla flavor. Taste is complex and only becomes understandable after subsequent tastings. 9% alcohol is barely perceivable and there's little carbonation which is KBB's only weakness.

In parting, KBB is the best American brew I've tasted in years. There's a revolution going on here and I'm glad I'm along for the ride.

07-05-2013 04:28:29 | More by Bayern1971
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blavod

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +24.3%

08-16-2014 19:24:13 | More by blavod
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nova009

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +24%

A- Pours a bronze copper color reminiscent of pennies. Light carbonation with little to no head.

S- Wow fantastic smell! The bourbon really hits you from the start. Vanilla and oak follow with a fair amount of prominence.

T- Really complex and delicious flavors. The mixture of bourbon and vanilla make for a very smooth drink. Alcohol is present but is not overbearing.

M- Carbonation is light but balances well. An almost silky feel that makes you want to swish it around in your mouth for awhile.

D- Definitely one you want to sip on. A great one to drink before bed.

I love bourbon and good beer so this one was perfect for me. Definitely one of my favorites.

04-24-2010 22:05:23 | More by nova009
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spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +24%

Notes taken on 4/16/11-while in Boston for the weekend.

A- pouted a 10oz drink into a small swifter. A bubbly white head sat on a rich copper ale.

S- velvety malts, bourbon is very strong, oak from the barrels and a warmth of alcohol.

T- Awesome. The bourbon has a chewy, sticky caramel to it. So creamy and rich, buttery.

M- Full, moist beer. As it sat and warmed up, the complexityeas ever changing. Even though I did not know the abv, I could tell it was in the 8-10% range.

O- Enjoyed this a lot. One of the better beers I have ever had. Easily the best Bourbon beer imo.

04-18-2011 12:44:20 | More by spree92
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jsgpu90

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +24%

Let me start with the fact that I am not a bourbon drinker. However, when I first had this beer, I was hooked, I admit I was hammered and remember saying this beer tasted like "cookie dough". That being saidm there is a great flavor profile with this beer. It is not the best beer in the workd but if you like the hint of bourbon or "cookie dough" this is a damn good beer.

01-08-2012 04:28:34 | More by jsgpu90
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PubMariner

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +22.9%

Appearance – Medium amber with a white head that fades to a ring.
Aroma – The aroma is soft and oaky with a definite note of bourbon. Vanilla and toffee show through.
Taste – First taste is toasty with some toffee and vanilla. The oak and bourbon influence come through strong in the middle and carry all the way through.
Finish – Toffee candy with a light bourbon taste. This beer is all bourbon and oak from start to finish.

07-24-2014 00:46:39 | More by PubMariner
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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