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

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,482 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,482
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 138
Gots: 646 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 07-13-2004

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.
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Ratings: 2,482 | Reviews: 611
Photo of dbnarley
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good bourbon beer. You can smell the bourbon. Taste is smooth and not overpowering.

Photo of CAC329
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Head was high and creamy looking but died fast.
Loved the initial aroma when I first popped it.
Taste is smooth easy and just right amount of bourbon.

Photo of Winston3737
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a good tasting beer.

Photo of Jrgelb
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer. More mellow and refreshing flavor than expected from an 8.2 abv. Nice bourbon and caramel notes

Photo of UTPharm2012
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love bourbon flavor and high alcohol concentration

Photo of BigWillie69
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best bourbon ale I've ever tasted

Photo of founddrama
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

That caramelly, almost burnt sweet flavor of the bourbon. That's the strong flavor here. Quite a boozy tasting beer.

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not much head. Clear golden color. Very nice smell of bourbon. The taste has quite a bit of bourbon, too. Very enjoyable.

Photo of drmikeusa
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent overall. Strong, yet smooth. Highly recommended.

Photo of Mikerea1671
4.95/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite but a little expensive. Good strong ale with a hint of bourbon flavor and smell.

Photo of NHJimD
4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A smooth, crisp beer with a subtle scent and taste of bourbon. Perfectly carbonated, bursting with flavor, this is a fantastic ale!

Photo of craigsp
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

very flavorful beer lots of aroma going on, wood barrel taste also, sip don't slam or you'll be on the floor after 2 or 3 glasses!

Photo of Drewtechie24
4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Yummy. Good beer to marinate steak tips in.

Photo of Gamesonly180
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mild hint of bourbon. Not over powering

Photo of GSeidel
4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So smooth. Must be drank out of a glass for aromas.

Photo of cyclewag
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Really have to have a taste for the brown liquor store enjoy these new beer plus blends. Being a fan of Innis and Gunn Rum cask aged I thought I'd try this and whiskey and scotch beer blends... Not for me.

Photo of woggydoggy
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kills all Bourban barrel beers!

Photo of plunkinberry
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. Crazy - but there was a cool tap handle... pretty good. Interesting bourbon flavor.

Photo of Elizabeth_Strishock
4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its a good tasteing beer with a burbon tasteing aftertaste

Photo of azretan
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark Amber color, with a strong bourbon smell and taste and light after taste. Enjoyable on occasion but not an every day beer despite the lightness of its feel

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass (no snifter in my glassware collection as of yet. newb move, yes I'm aware), this brew's got a two finger finely porous off-white head that dissipates rather promptly, not too much lacing, and a medium amber transparent body.

Smells like, you've taken the correct guess, bourbon. Albeit nowhere near as profound as the real deal, this has certainly got the redeeming qualities of a finely made, true Kentucky bourbon. Take it from a guy whose entire father's side is from the state!

The taste here is exactly the same as the aroma described above. Damn tasty, folks. It is very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp.

Overall, a 4.5 for Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. I will purchase this beer regularly

Photo of myuncle
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just because it says Bourbon Barrel doesn't mean it's good

Photo of Chris_Burton
2.39/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Amber to light brown body. I was very excited to try this but honestly I'm not impressed. Smell is pleasant with hints of whiskey and caramel. Taste is surprisingly bland; slight booziness with sweetness from the barrels but other than that, not a huge amount of flavour to speak of; largely malt forward with no hop flavour but there's really not much there from the malt either. A distinct lack of complexity one would hope from a beer like this. Maybe some vanilla, or am I trying to hard to find it? As a sidenote it calls itself barrel aged ale but neglects to mention what kind of ale it was before being aged.

Definitely not worth the price I paid. Did I get a bad bottle? Really not a great beer.

Photo of tclipse
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the worst bourbon barrel beer I have had along with Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel Stout. Bad stuff.

Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This was a weird beer. It was creamy on the tongue and sweeter than I would have expected. I got little hints of bourbon at first sniff, but afterwards I really only got sweet. And random side note, It was also one of the most carbonated bottles of beer I've ever had. It REALLY wanted out of that bottle.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.