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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,781 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,781
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 74
Gots: 200 | 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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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

06-23-2013 18:33:34 | More by carteravebrew
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-27-2011 22:36:05 | More by TheBishopco
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2012 16:49:54 | More by AdamP
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Brewsed

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-07-2012 15:41:03 | More by Brewsed
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a crisp orange body with mild carbonation. The head is bubbly like a soda but stark white and lives only long enough to set my glass down before its gone nearly immediately.

S - It has a nice aroma of malt. The brewery claims this is a combination of a couple beer styles, one being an Irish Red. That's evident in the aroma.

T - It certainly has Irish and English traits in the sharpness of the flavor. The bourbon barrel aging seems to have added a nice subtle accent.

M - It has medium to full body which is common for the style but uncommon for and Irish Red or English Pale. Either way the slightly abrasive texture across the tip of my tongue is nice with the finish lasting long enough to savor each pull..

~ I like this beer but I don't think I'll be seeking it out in the future. I would have liked to see the bourbon and oak flavors come through with greater emphasis. Perhaps more time in the barrel could have aided in that request.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:31:09 | More by cdkrenz
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cestlavie

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-09-2013 03:31:41 | More by cestlavie
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-07-2014 00:09:23 | More by BlueMoon10
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-09-2013 08:56:49 | More by crbnfbr
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IndyDad

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

02-22-2014 02:34:12 | More by IndyDad
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9%

11-22-2011 23:06:11 | More by Magery
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon drinkers ought to be happy with this. The overall drinking experience is easy and smooth. The Bourbon barrel flavor dominates everything. Think Bourbon, chilled, mixed with seltzer. You might get a very similar thing to what this beer is. Nothing else is particularly noteworthy about this brew. Lots of wood aged stuff on the market.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:02:04 | More by ommegangpbr
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-01-2012
Freshness: Best by 03-15-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours a clear, bright copper color. The white head is a finger's worth high, with low retention and heavy lacing.

Big aromas of bourbon dominate, with wood and oak, sweet malts and vanilla. Very rich, aromatic and pleasant.

Taste is of caramel malts, bourbon whiskey, woodiness, toffee and vanilla. Features a nice alcohol warming and little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with moderate carbonation and a medium body. Finish is of caramel malts and bourbon.

Overall a very enjoyable bourbon beer. Different in that most bourbon barrel aged beers are bigger and heavier, but this lighter beer is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:23:10 | More by sommersb
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap at the fish market in Newport Kentucky.

A- pours a clear dark copper in appearance with a sticky white lacing that sticks to the side.

S- subtle scent of bourbon and oak with a touch of sweet malt, barely a trace of spicy hops. Was looking for a bit more oaky bourbon smell.

T- sweet vanilla and oak presence up front, followed with a splash of bourbon. Finishes slightly sweet and malty with light oak lingering on the palate. Great balance and the linger on the palate is very refreshing.

M- medium carbonation, light and refreshing

O- this ale does a great job of showcasing the oak and bourbon flavors while still staying light enough for an ale. The linger on the palate was most impressive, almost similar to the linger of a good cabernet, but with a touch of bourbon. This complemented rare yellowfin tuna quite well and even saved some for a dessert afterward.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 15:44:17 | More by Treyliff
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freewill35

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%

10-23-2012 22:55:03 | More by freewill35
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denver10

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with absolutely no head. Aroma is nice and oaky, soft bourbon presence, vanilla, and a tease of some toffee. Aroma is nice but I wish it could have had a touch more depth to allow it to be great; nails the bourbon and barrel influence, lacks enough beer presence. Flavor is toasty with oak, vanilla, toffee and bread, and a soft bourbon presence. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this far surpassed my expectations. I always saw this one on tap at the craft bars in Colorado but always passed on it. For whatever reason I assumed it was a dud. Now that I am living in Kentucky and found singles of it on the local shelves, figured I'd give it shot. Certainly glad I did. I have somewhat recently discovered I love good bourbon barrel aged red/amber ales and that is how I would describe this. I really enjoyed it and dig that its offered in 4 packs. Will return to this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 23:53:46 | More by denver10
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RichH55

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

12-11-2012 20:01:45 | More by RichH55
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this on-tap at Conway and O’Rielly’s in Janesville, WI in mid 2012. Pours a golden amber color with a strong bourbon scent. Strong crisp taste of bourbon that is silky smooth that is barrel aged to perfection. I thought this was a lot better than what the ratings reflect.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 20:10:29 | More by Lemke10
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jimmah120

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

growler served in a brandy snifter

brownish ale color, with a small filmy brown cap. smell is warm with alcohol, also charred brown sugar and bourbon. flat feel to the beer, like a thinned-out aunt jemima. taste is mostly generic bourbon and oak, alcohol is evident. no hops to speak of, ends up disappointing in most aspects.

all-around poor beer

Serving type: growler

04-23-2013 06:11:40 | More by jimmah120
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lucasj82

Indiana

2/5  rDev -45.5%

12-12-2013 23:46:21 | More by lucasj82
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rudabegga9

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-17-2014 00:06:49 | More by rudabegga9
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-06-2013 03:29:20 | More by jplopez21
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a plastic cup

This beer pours a hazy amber orange with not much head to speak of. This beer is unlike any other, its more along the lines of carbonated Bourbon. The taste has woody notes, there is some vanilla, and spiciness. This beer tricks you into thinking it tastes like alcohol but there's not much alcohol taste. The flavor of this beer is Bourbon, it tastes like carbonated Bourbon without the alcohol. It's certainly a different beer experience. If you are a bourbon fan and not much of a beer drinker, give this a go, it's worth trying just for the novelty of it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 17:35:17 | More by TwelveOunces
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, got this as an extra from a trade with BA user BEERchitecht. poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A - got about a finger worth of slightly off-white foam which fell to a thin layer + ring rather quickly. the beer is a crystal clear, solid gold color with slight amber accents, with active visible carbonation.

S - lots of grain, rice and corn...weird bourbon twinge...like the sour mash without the bourbon. turns slightly fruity then finishes with somewhat harsh rubbing alcohol.

T - odd...this one tastes like a beer for a hot second, light and grainy before transforming rather ungracefully into a watered down and slightly sweetened bourbon. this actually just took me back quite a few years when i frequently drank (cheap) bourbon and ginger ale in college, this tastes like a strongly poured one that was left to melt and sweat until the next day, taking on an odd and somewhat stale taste (yes i didnt let any booze go to waste then). some sweetness in the finish, vanilla and an aftertaste somewhat like cream soda.

M - quite syrupy and coats the mouth, thicker body than expected. carbonation kind of gets lost fighting through the thickness.

D - dont know what to say about this one, it is truly unique - not like any beer i am familiar with. as a bourbon fan, im actually a bit put off by the in-your-face booze taste. bourbon can be a great accenting or secondary taste in a beer when done gracefully, this is not.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:42:30 | More by Stigs
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coz

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-16-2013 01:13:13 | More by coz
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a work trip to OH. 12oz bottle...

A: Super clear copper color with a very white 1/2 inch head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: A nice bourbon malt upfront with some grape booziness in the middle and hints of toffee on the backend. Good.

T: Some light sugary malt and rye breadiness followed by some watery earthiness. Not much else. Decent.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Decent brew, but not a good or great brew. Many other offerings in the style that are better. Super Kitty comes to mind. Don't worry about this one unless you have access.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 04:13:13 | More by steve8robin
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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