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

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2,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 92
Gots: 315 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

WreckingBrew, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Jackal, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

crbnfbr, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

gbohl, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

soxandbeer, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

fastrodney, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of RedlinerScott
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had KBBA on tap at the wedding rehearsal dinner of my daughter and son-in-law three years ago. Only recently realized it's marketed in bottles as well. Pretty strong bourbony aroma and flavor with a kick from a higher alcohol content. Despite it's boldness KBBA goes down pretty smooth with no noticeable aftertaste. I've got a feeling you either really like this sort of thing or you really don't. Count me in!

RedlinerScott, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

fishmich, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a medium copper gold color with a one finger deep soapy, white head and medium carbonation.

A - Sweet toffee/caramel malt with bourbon and a hint of light vanilla.

T - Very one dimensional with lots of bourbon mixed in with sweet malt finishing with a sweet bourbon and light vanilla oak finish.

M - Thin medium body.

O - I'd pass on this one next time unfortunately.

jzeilinger, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

SKIILLS, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JennaDeRo, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ADTaber, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Daffron24, Aug 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

GTB, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

NastyNate11, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

NoetheMatt, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It comes off the tap a clear shining gold color. It sports a billowing head that foams up and drops down to a bit of a lighter whitish cap. With time, it recedes to the edges while leaving a wispy island. Some pretty good spotting with light legging does cling to the glass.
Wood is the inital note, not particularly dry, and something lighter that gives the imprssion of beech or balsam (but obviously isn't). Nice vanilla and toffee notes are present too. Oddly, I get something like plum, but a softer, pale flesh sort, and only a few flashes here and there. It's got a bit of booziness, but it's fairly tame.
A touch of the vanilla and toffee sweetness come out on the tongue with the wood up front, all under a note of grains that follows through to the end.
While smooth, it is a bit too lightly carbonated, and thins out slightly toward the end.

Brenden, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

billnet, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Brianedonovan
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have tried this beer on 3 different occasions.
I am not a bourbon drinker, but I can tell the difference between bourbons.
Each time was different. I asked the bartender what he thought of the beer ( he knows his stuff) and he told me that this "batch" tasted like it was a makers mark barrel...I then tasted makers mark.
He continued to tell me they use different bourbon brand barrels for it and you can discern the difference in bourbons.
I liked the previous ones better (no idea what brand barrel they used....or if that is even true)

Brianedonovan, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dad gave me a 4-pack after his b-day. Freshness day reads 10/15/14. Poured into a snifter for review.

Pours a clear copper with head that fades rather quickly to nothing. Some lazy carbonation persists. Smells of sweet bourbon with strong punch of vanilla and some light oak char. Some caramel malts, and and almost honely like quality, blend beautifully with the bourbon oak character.

Tastes bourbon-like upfront and throughout. Not over the top or too subtle. Just the right balance. Sweetness of malts again blend perfectly with the vanilla, oak, and light char. A little burn in the back of the throat, but alcohol is well in check at just over 8% ABV. No real hop character, but bitterness balances well and comes in at the end.

A well done beer. Drink this fresh for a nice bourbon beer experience.

jwhancher, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

vdub191, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AnotherBeerGeek, Jul 28, 2013
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.