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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,881 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 83
Gots: 236 | 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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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-27-2012 05:07:49 | More by Kubrickx
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Proclarush

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-01-2013 19:09:36 | More by Proclarush
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

02-02-2012 04:23:10 | More by sommersb
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3%

Pours a clear amber with a little off-white head.
Smell is sweet, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, some malt.
Taste is vanilla, caramel, bourbon; pretty sweet.
Very smooth, creamy.
Not much 'beer' taste in this one, just enough to keep it from being an all bourbon taste. One of my wive's favorites, I drink it when it's there but I don't go out of my way for it. It's a nice way to get a full bourbon flavor without the burn/ alcohol harshness.

12-28-2011 01:17:14 | More by vrbulldog22
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

12-12-2012 01:02:04 | More by ommegangpbr
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jimmah120

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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

04-23-2013 06:11:40 | More by jimmah120
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

04-02-2014 00:20:58 | More by ChrisMon02
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cosmonick

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

05-25-2013 00:15:32 | More by cosmonick
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JVan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-03-2012 15:19:39 | More by JVan
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-01-2013 04:14:59 | More by stortore
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abex44

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-11-2014 01:09:04 | More by abex44
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

10-31-2010 04:13:13 | More by steve8robin
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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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Stigs

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

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

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.5%

10-01-2013 13:27:58 | More by Nunya
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-02-2012 23:01:46 | More by ChrisPro
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-11-2013 23:47:17 | More by HarmonMW
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Greywulfken

New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

A: medium gold body, finger of head

S: bourbon is predominant, secondary malty caramel and vanilla

T: nice malt character enhanced by bourbon, vanilla, and oak

M: thin on the palate, mild carbonation, no aftertaste

O: reminiscent of Innis & Gunn beers, but with a slightly denser character and more sweetness - I personally prefer this to them - a decent drink, worth the try, but probably not something I'd return to

09-15-2012 16:57:50 | More by Greywulfken
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-05-2012 21:10:47 | More by OriolesFan1008
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-28-2013 20:08:00 | More by tdmccarthy
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-16-2013 00:32:09 | More by browniewithnuts
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-24-2012 18:36:53 | More by Dizzy242
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-16-2012 15:27:21 | More by standardcherry
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hopley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-26-2013 03:45:30 | More by hopley
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

01-25-2013 03:03:36 | More by Stevie_Janowski
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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