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

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2,122 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,122
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 98
Gots: 352 | FT: 5
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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2/5  rDev -45.5%

kizyle, Sep 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

FullObs, Oct 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Colosdog, Feb 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

zachary80, Dec 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Brinks, Dec 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

MikeCactusGordon, May 28, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Nunya, Oct 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Bubbalito, Apr 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

JellyJacket, Jan 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Zach_H, Jul 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

ThreeFishes, Oct 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

KerryCummins1977, Aug 31, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

AdamElb, Jul 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

lucasj82, Dec 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

fredmugs, Jan 21, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Jakep2021, Jan 31, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Jimjimjimjim, Oct 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Extol, Mar 29, 2014
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2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one starts out good and then divebombs. The appearance is great. A clear amber with a decent fluffy white head. The smell is all wrong. The vanilla overpowers everything and it smells too sweet like candy. There is a hint of bourbon and some malt as well. The taste is the same. The vanilla sweetness is too much. This should be a flavor that hides in the background. The bourbon is there but there is no beer backbone to support the amount of bourbon and vanilla flavor here. This beer seems like it was created in a laboratory, not aged in barrels. The mouthfeel is really thin but syrupy at the same time. This plays into the idea that beer is not big enough to handle the bourbon barrel "aging" at all. Drinkability is low, very low. This one reminds me of my first sip of ST Creme Brulee. The intent and craftmanship were there but somewhere along the line a good idea turned into a bad product.

CrazyMacHarris99, Feb 24, 2009
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2.17/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a clear orange with a small creamy white head that recedes to a slight swirl of haze.
S - Sweet aromas of caramel malt, butterscotch, vanilla, and bourbon. Fairly one-dimensional, basically smells like Bourbon, which I usually wouldn't complain about.
T - Eww...not too good. Almost reminds me of a big Adjunct Lager that's been haphazardly slapped in a Bourbon barrel. Definitely getting the Bourbon flavors, but other then that there's some sweet malt, corn, and artificial butterscotch flavor. No thanks.
M - Thin and fizzy with too-high carbonation.
O - This got grosser the more I drank it. Perfect example of a Bourbon barrel not being able to fix a crappy beer. This is the kind of barrel-aged beer Budweiser would make.

jsanford, Aug 25, 2011
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2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A. Copper orange in color with just shy of a one finger head.

S. Nothing too killer, a hint of vanilla, medium malt.

Taste. Slight caramel with a small taste of vanilla, not really getting any tones of bourbon?

Mouthfeel. Medium to moderator carbination, slight bite, not writing home about this one.

O. For a year round bourbon barrel I guess its decent, but aging 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels I would still expect a little more. I drink a whole hell of a lot of bourbon barrel beers, but this one to me isn't even tasting or resembling one, I would rate this right with Allagash Curieux (bourbon barrel) they both taste like good/decent beers, just don't taste anything like bourbon to me.

alexhahn82, May 13, 2011
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2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow.... this is brutal. It's all bourbon. Low carbonation. The aroma is all bourbon. The first sip is nothing but cheap bourbon. It's like they didn't even try. Slightly boozy with a surprisingly dry finish. I will never drink this again.

I don't care for Bourbon or any kind of whiskey so I don't know what I was expecting. This has a very strong, forced bourbon taste. Avoid.

My first ever drain pour.... Unforgettable for all the wrong reasons....

Brew33, Mar 13, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

javlin624, Jan 09, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

hansenm72, Jul 03, 2014
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.