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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,744 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 67
Gots: 184 | 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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Raseky

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-23-2014 21:23:49 | More by Raseky
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JaxBen_20J

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-12-2014 01:23:44 | More by JaxBen_20J
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-01-2014 03:32:08 | More by dpgoblejr
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northstar23

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-06-2014 23:41:10 | More by northstar23
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-01-2012 20:51:11 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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MisterTiat

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a deep golden/caramel brown. Looks like a glass of bourbon with head. Head pours fluffy white, recedes sort of quick to a few patches on top and a thin lace.

S: Notes of sticky bourbon, sweet alcohol and toasty oak come through. Earthy and fruity. Very pleasant complexity that is worth lingering over.

T: Carmel and vanilla notes, sweetness of bourbon with a lingering smokiness from the cask. You can tell they used a damn good bourbon, makes me think of fall.

M: This is the weakest part of the beer, a bit light on carbonation, the beer feels a bit thin. This is probably due to the addition of bourbon to the beer, and probably why most bourbon beers are darker stouts or porters. Still it was interesting, and almost better to have it with the caramel color than a darker beer.

D: Drinkable for the 8.2 ABV, but I dont know how many of these I would want to choke down. Better for an after dinner thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:03:29 | More by MisterTiat
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-26-2013 00:47:51 | More by GETTNCRUNKED
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-29-2012 19:03:38 | More by Dtrain4
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-26-2013 00:41:20 | More by Sparky44
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Michigan

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03-13-2012 00:00:38 | More by buddyvelt
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johnricardo

Texas

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06-15-2013 16:44:01 | More by johnricardo
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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

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11-27-2013 19:41:07 | More by Jaysmittyland
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Miles228

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-26-2014 12:44:23 | More by Miles228
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-19-2012 23:09:22 | More by szmnnl99
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a thick and rather persistent fluffy ivory head. Malty aroma has a strong, oaky overtone of bourbon barrel and a hint of caramel. Bourbon and oak dominate the flavor, but not too much, letting through malty and subtle fruity notes plus a caramel hint. Firm texture has OK fizz and leaves a nice bourbon-barrel finish. I hope that this is a year-round beer and not a one-and-done special.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 21:21:31 | More by Cyberkedi
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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eheinz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Washington

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archero

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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PatGreer

Massachusetts

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08-21-2012 03:57:06 | More by PatGreer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. I get a weird feeling about the provenance of this offering, given that it is imported by the same liquor chain/agent that recently brought in all those re-branded, bland contract brews from World Brews.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale copper amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves but a few stray specks of lace around the glass as it hastily melts away.

It smells of woody caramel and vanilla, a bit of musky spice which zeroes in on the particular type of whisky barrel here, some grainy malt sweetness, and mildly citrusy, earthy hops. The taste is still big on the vanilla and toffee barrel notes, with a further lessening of the spicy, fruity character one might expect from the titular spirit, a soft oaken woodiness, smooth candy-tinted doughy caramel malt, and some obscured leafy, citrusy hops. The barrel notes do well to integrate the 16.38-proof (we are talking Yankee booze here) ABV.

The carbonation is quite sedate, not really doing much beyond very basic support, the body a sturdy medium weight, but bordering on cloying in its bald-tire smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, the soused vanilla, caramel, toffee, and malt all facing little counterpoint action.

A decent malt-forward English-style ale, awash in beginners' bourbon barrel character. That's all fine and good, and tasty enough to be a means to an end. However, for me to actually desire another, there needs to be something in the way of balance to the well varied sweetness. Oh, and as for this brewer's origins? I apologize for intimating that they are in the same league as World Brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:32:41 | More by biboergosum
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slusk

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This brew pours a thin white head. It is brilliantly clear with a copper/ orange color.

S: Oak and caramel dominate the nose with a spicy, woody note from the hops filling in the background. There's a bit of mild raisin. This reminds my of smelling an empty bourbon barrel.

T: The taste goes right along with the smell, a nice oaky flavor of the bourbon with the spicy notes of earthy hops in the background. There is a bit of alcohol burn and it tastes of a higher ABV than it actually has. The sweet caramel underpins the flavor profile, but the bourbon and oak is ever present.

M: It has a low/medium body with a lower carbonation that lets the bourbon shine.

O: This is a nice beer. The alcohol bite hits you early but it changes its character as you drink. Over all it's a nice beer that I wouldn't think twice about sipping on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:45:38 | More by slusk
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I normally only rate the beers I've had and do not write full reviews, but this one was too unique to not log.

Picked out 12 random beers from a local shop to be tried at home. This one was about 20% more expensive than most others but I wasn't sure why. Before trying I looked over the bottle for perhaps an extremely high abv or maybe even a rarer brewery (wasn't even sure who it was made by) but found little information on it.

appearance - medium amber. Cloudier upon first pouring but settled pretty clear. Very frothy and white head. Let settle before finishing pour.

Smell - my thoughts literally went caramel! No butterscotch! No wait toffee! Still not sure which specific aroma it is that's so dominant but its something sweet.

Taste - this is where my evaluation went whoa. Did I just drink a carbonated, low ABV whiskey? It's sweet and smooth, much more so than any Bourbon I'd ever sipped (but not a liquor drinker by any stretch) all the while being entwined in fizzy frenzy of carbonation. Warm alcohol expels briefly after each sip like an exhale after whiskey itself.

Mouth feel - has a soft creaminess to it. Medium to maybe slightly over medium carbonation.

Overall - truly unique. Had (whiskey/bourbon) barrel aged beers before but never one that picked up this much whiskey flavor. Certainly worth trying but couldn't see myself regularly sipping on this one when reaching for a beer. Would go well on a cold night in the mountains around a hunting camp fire.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:48:15 | More by rypkr
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,744 ratings.