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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,891 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 83
Gots: 240 | 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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ThreeFishes

Florida

2/5  rDev -45.5%

10-10-2013 10:34:08 | More by ThreeFishes
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KerryCummins1977

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -45.5%

08-30-2014 23:33:12 | More by KerryCummins1977
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AdamElb

New York

2/5  rDev -45.5%

07-08-2013 03:23:56 | More by AdamElb
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lucasj82

Indiana

2/5  rDev -45.5%

12-12-2013 23:46:21 | More by lucasj82
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

2/5  rDev -45.5%

08-21-2012 02:43:24 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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fredmugs

Indiana

2/5  rDev -45.5%

01-21-2014 21:29:35 | More by fredmugs
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Jakep2021

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -45.5%

01-31-2014 01:10:10 | More by Jakep2021
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Extol

Georgia

2/5  rDev -45.5%

03-29-2014 23:56:27 | More by Extol
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -41.4%

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.

02-24-2009 05:51:24 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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jsanford

Georgia

2.17/5  rDev -40.9%

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.

08-25-2011 21:53:47 | More by jsanford
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alexhahn82

California

2.2/5  rDev -40.1%

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.

05-13-2011 01:27:02 | More by alexhahn82
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Brew33

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -39.2%

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....

03-13-2009 00:34:45 | More by Brew33
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javlin624

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

01-09-2014 23:34:24 | More by javlin624
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hansenm72

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

07-03-2014 16:46:24 | More by hansenm72
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

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craftbeerasian

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

07-25-2013 17:25:53 | More by craftbeerasian
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A mild aroma of bourbon and malt, but little else.

T: Tasted of an overabundance of malt, light fruit and some bourbon. There wasn't nearly enough bourbon to make an impact here, but that seems to be the problem with the flavor. It's too thin and unfocused.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer is kind of a mess all around. It simply wasn't pushed far enough, therefore it was a thin brew.

08-15-2014 21:55:34 | More by avalon07
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Dwreck


2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Huge smell of oak which was exciting, but that was about it. Has a bright clear copper color. Mouthfeel was medium high carbonation and the taste was bright but odd. The high carbonation hurt the bourbon flavors. Both beers I have tried from this brewer were disappointing. Looked good, smelled good, fell short.

08-15-2014 03:02:52 | More by Dwreck
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nkelley77

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

08-19-2014 23:25:25 | More by nkelley77
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prdrums77

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

12-28-2013 05:35:06 | More by prdrums77
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TubaDan

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

02-18-2014 03:47:57 | More by TubaDan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

02-02-2013 03:48:14 | More by Kelp
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

01-25-2013 03:03:36 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

04-07-2012 23:46:11 | More by TonyTalon
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Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

06-03-2013 02:01:21 | More by Polarslag
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.