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

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,055 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 93
Gots: 323 | 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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Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jaswilson2, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of TheSarge
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours decently with a light tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin film of lace. The body is copper in color and is very clear.

The aroma is mostly bourbon with subtle hints of vanilla and toffee.

Taste wise it's earthy, woody, vanilla and bourbon.

The feel to this brew is a bit warming, oily, and lightly carbonated. Overall a uniquely flavored beer and something nice to sip on.

TheSarge, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Arsenal0328, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of JKV96
3/5  rDev -18.3%

JKV96, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +36.2%

jaidenjb, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Lawnboy33, May 14, 2012
Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

claytong, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +9%

shehateme, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-nice dark amber. Thin cream colored head. 

S-sweet syrupy alcohol. not too great. 

T-tastes like watered down bourbon with tonic added. Slightly syrupy. Not too boozy. Not too bad actually! 

M-higher medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-This is a actually a pretty decent beer. It's not much like any other beer I've had. It's pretty good though that I wouldn't mind ordering regularly. It does have a pretty refined taste to it. 

AdamBear, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +9%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of jwat
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

jwat, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is clear copper with light carbonation, the Head is small white and leaves little lace.

The smell is great, lots of a very nice bourbon, vanilla and caramel seem to dominate.

The taste is equally as good but a bit different. Toasted coconut seems to be the taste the bourbon brings not vanilla so much. Really a nice brew to sip. Lightly toasted caramel and some vanilla notes do come out but nothing like the coconut.

The mouthfeel is light body and light carbonation nothing to great here, but not a reason to put it down either.

The drinkability is very good I would love to see this in a store. Thanks to NFLMVP for this very cool find, Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +9%

kew, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of RickS95
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour is an attractive show. It appears to be a rich looking beer, but your eyes are immediately distracted by the cascading of the forming head. The color is actually a somewhat clear amber orange. It's not that rich looking at all. The head is a snow white collection of symmetrical bubbles that retains fairly well. Medium spotting of lace.

It's quite nice for an English ale with a combination of caramelly malts and subtle dark fruits. No hop presence and nothing noticeable as far as alcohol is concerned.

The fruits are no longer evident in the taste. The malt is there, but I can't pick up the caramel. Also, hops are now present in the swallow. Kind of standard issue English hops and malts. The taste is not bad at all, but somewhat disappointing given the smell. Not sure what the grain bill is for this, but it's full of graininess.

Very grainy mouthfeel. The graininess sticks with you. There's a pinch of sweet to start off, but the classic English variety hops soon take over. It's never overly bitter, just very present. There's a bit of bourbony taste and feel as the beer gets close to the swallow. Medium bodied. There's not much in the way of carbonation, but there's something that scrapes the palate clean after each sip.

It's a pretty good beer for the type. The flavors aren't assertive and they're kind of mundane in that they don't blow you away. Still, it's an easy beer to drink (despite the grainy feel) and has a nice ABV level. You could certainly do worse.

RickS95, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Mikecap, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev +9%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

hiphopj5, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Beejay
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A; A pale yellow amber.. Low level of white head.

S: Whiskey, bitter like coffee, smells like driving by a distillery, or waking up in a frat house after an all night Jim Beam bender..

T: Sweet at first with a hint of whiskey, The flavors progress to a little more bitter. and it finished with a toasted malt taste.. A very strange brew indeed..

M: Slightly oily, and the flavor takes your mouth on a roller coaster..

D: One off... Don't think I will buy this one again, which is sad.. as whiskey ( And preferably Whisky) is my other drink of choice..

Don't buy a sixer, get a single for a change of pace.

Beejay, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the tap at yogis a translucent copper to a 12pz kentucky bourbon ale snifter with a full finger off white head with nice retention and lace to the rim.

big aroma of kentucky bourbon and if there's anything else in the nose, it's so far in the wayback that it's not detectable.

bourbon. hints of an amber ale, but really, it's as advertised - bourbon ale.

light bodied, medium carbonation, subtle hot.

drinkable - one or two perhaps.

overall - you like bourbon ? then thumbs up. but otherwise...

robwestcott, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Columbus, Ohio.

Appearance: Light amber, almost no lacing. Barely any head. Not very impressive.

Smell: Beautiful! Oak, vanilla. Some bourbon. Light nose overall but very enticing.

Taste: Bourbon and vanilla in a nice balance. Woodsy.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, smooth and low carbonation.

Drinkability: High, unless you tire of bourbon. I love KBB and feel it is an underrated beer.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

skaboom420, May 06, 2013
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

HoistinBrews, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

derkfromwi, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of bzach
3/5  rDev -18.3%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

HattedClassic, Nov 03, 2013
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.