Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
On tap at Oxford, OH. Pours orange with a long lasting white head. Nose is of caramel, tropical fruit, vanilla and cacao. Body is medium, crisp. Taste is funky yeast, vanilla, alcohol, topical fruit, citrus, bourbon, and cacao. Finish is medium and semi-dry. Interesting brew.
06-28-2012 20:48:15 | More by mikeg67
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-05-2012 15:44:17 | More by Treyliff
1.93/5 rDev -47.4%
Bottle purchased by shivtim on his drive through Kentucky. We assumed this was one of those MBC "front breweries" but apparantly its not. Pours an uninteresting amber with a slight, wispy head. Smells like grain alcohol, shitty bourbon. Tastes like watered down bourbon, vanilla flavoring and not much else. pretty bland and watery. Medium to thin bodied. Eh.
05-11-2008 18:36:26 | More by aforbes10
4.22/5 rDev +15%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bright amber orange with no head, but plenty of carbonation. Big hints of bourbon soaked fruit on the nose. Hints of vanilla and spice. Taste is wonderful. Definite hints of bourbon, backed up by some sweet malt, some vanilla undertones, and a not-too-cloying fruit sweetness. Hints of caramel are present. This beer is a bourbon lover's dream. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but it's perfect for the style. Not too much carbonation to get in the way of the body, which would have made it a bit too crisp. A very nice Kentucky Koncoction.
Go BIG BLUE!!
07-24-2008 02:48:18 | More by KeefD
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
with a beer that doesn't fit into a specific style guideline, its hard to say what it should look like, but I was very surprised to see a crystal clear yellow/copper beer with a pure white head. it forms to about 1 finger in height, quickly recedes to a thin, spotty film, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.
the aroma is a mixture of light caramel, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, light molasses, oak, maple syrup.
the flavor is as if i poured a shot of bourbon into a weak-flavored amber beer. vanilla and caramel and toast. thats about it. I like the flavor, but its just so simple for a barrel-aged beer.
syrupy medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a slight alcohol heat.
if i wanted a weak bourbon, I would drink it on the rocks. I like when they use barrels to add complexity rather than use beer to water down bourbon. It tastes good enough, I would drink it again, but its nothing Id seek out.
05-18-2011 05:40:48 | More by silentjay
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
A- Clear copper with a slight white head, very fine lacing.
S- Pretty potent smell,big oaked wood and whiskey aroma, some sweet faint vanilla in the background.
T- Nice vanilla bean, coconut and caramel up front with a decent warm alcoholic woody finish.
M- Smooth and creamy, coats the tongue.
D-Nice stuff in moderation. One of the better examples of the bourbon beer in my opinion.
06-05-2008 23:35:55 | More by biggred1
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
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 and spiceyy with oak, vanilla, toffee, 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, decent stuff.
07-20-2014 23:53:46 | More by denver10
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
A- Pours a Very Clear light amber color with no head.
S- The first aroma is Bourbon whisket with some slight sweet notes of carmel. Has a very warm Smell
T- Bouron whiskey hits you right off the bat. Starts to warm your belly like straight whiskey or a bottle of wine would do.
M-Very light and Crisp, witha warming effect
D- This beer was not that drinkable for me. It was more like i ordered whiskey on the rocks and the rocks had melted. I felt like i was drinking a mixed drink more than a beer. Still good tasting but the whiskey was too over powering for me.
04-17-2011 19:16:16 | More by zrab11
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
wow, this was neat! particularly if you like bourbon. thanks to hopasaurusrex for sharing this brew.
A - nice clear copper color with a thin head white head that quickly fades.
S -wonderful bourbon whiskey - solid vanilla and oak with a touch of caramel in the background. Wonderful aroma!
T -wonderfully balanced, definitely all about the bourbon. The vanilla became a bit overdominant in the end of the glass.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, nice lasting bourbon notes.
D - nice sipping brew. would've scored higher if the bourbon notes didnt' run so strong into the vanilla flavors. I'd get this again!
07-29-2008 19:23:17 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.8/5 rDev +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.
01-04-2012 03:31:09 | More by cdkrenz
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-12-2012 17:35:17 | More by TwelveOunces
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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