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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,739 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 67
Gots: 181 | 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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Buie


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-17-2012 17:37:41 | More by Buie
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TQ802


5/5  rDev +36.2%

10-17-2012 02:26:34 | More by TQ802
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-17-2012 01:30:37 | More by DMarlinJ
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nitter

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-17-2012 00:08:02 | More by nitter
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bzach

Indiana

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-16-2012 09:18:07 | More by bzach
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Soomars

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-15-2012 13:40:25 | More by Soomars
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Zanico

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-13-2012 01:20:12 | More by Zanico
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FullObs

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.5%

10-11-2012 15:35:27 | More by FullObs
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-10-2012 16:16:00 | More by PGVG
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Transparent amber, light bubbles on the body and a white head that is maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light scotch smell and just sniffing it just a bit more you can feel the sweetness of this brew.

Taste: This right off the bat tastes like something familiar, already like feels your scotch ale but little richer.

Mouth: Medium not exactly sticking but still well made. I would pair this after the whole dinner and would probably compliment a dessert.

Overall: I have heard the hype and was expecting a little more but it is definitely not a disappointing brew. I would buy it again but wouldn't go nuts looking for it like it was the best thing made since hops. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 05:34:31 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn color pour, you get little glimmers of red, orange and light brown throughout it, small beiege head on the beer. Aroma, toffee, oak and bourbon, its a little strong.

On the palate, the alcohol heat isn't as strong, tastes nice, integrates well. It is very strong on the charred oak and bourbon mouthfeel, this isn't all that nuanced. Some dark cherry, vanilla, caramel, toffee and plum tinge to it, hard to discern through the massive amount of oak and bourbon. Nothing in terms of hops to pick up on. The most minimalistic bitterness, and even probably half of that in which I am picking up on, is probably just alcohol heat + carbonation confusing my tongue. If there was any aspect that could use significant improvement, its the mouthfeel, the beer just felt a little too watery or thin for all the flavor and heat to it. I think more two row would bulk this up to 9-10% but taste wise, it wouldn't feel like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 16:16:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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kevanb

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Lockdown Bar and Grill in Chicago, served in an 8oz snifter

Pours a nice amber color, hues of brown, ruby, honey and copper when struck by the light, opaque, no head, no lacing. The aroma is of cheap bourbon, some oak, mild vanilla, rich malt. The bourbon is really prominent in the nose, which is both impressive, as it really highlights the bourbon, but unfortunately, it's clearly a cheaper or lower shelf bourbon and isn't the most inviting. The flavors are sub par, predominately watered down bourbon, and again, not a great bourbon either, mild vanilla and nougat are also detectable, but this beer really just drinks like an oddly thick watered down bourbon, not pleasant. The body is okay, carbonation is good but not great, could have had a bit more, almost a bit syrupy, the beer is a bit thinner than I'd like, perhaps that enhances the watery aspect, it is rather smooth at the finish, however it's just not remarkable.

Verdict: It's an ambitious beer, that's for sure, it does a great job of highlighting the bourbon character, however, it must be highlighting a really awful bourbon. This is a beer with a lot of potential, but at present, it's average at the best, happy to have tried it, but in a vast spectrum of barrel aged beers, this one is pretty close to the bottom of the barrel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 14:45:14 | More by kevanb
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nikbullet

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9%

10-08-2012 16:10:08 | More by nikbullet
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Rmatuszak2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-07-2012 21:38:31 | More by Rmatuszak2
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Jusse

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

10-06-2012 19:23:24 | More by Jusse
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RandyKemka

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-05-2012 13:22:55 | More by RandyKemka
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber in color with a thin, one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Predominantly bourbon with sweet vanilla malts backing it up.

T - Sweet oak and vanilla. I hate to say it, but cheap or watered down bourbon is pretty much how I see it.

M - Thin, but then again it is an ale. Low carbonation as well.

O - It was nice to try. I won't buy again simply because it blurs the lines, if I wanted watered down bourbon then I'd reach for something on the low shelf, not high shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 19:16:16 | More by cvm4
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

10-02-2012 20:20:59 | More by WoodburyMN
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this English Strong Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a amber color. Produces a very small white head, poor retention and it leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale consists of bourbon whisky, vanilla and oak. Full bodied, this ale has a foundation of malted grain, features the flavor of bourbon ale throughout. There are also hints of vanilla, and oak. High ABV- Dry finish, this one is a sipping beer,- Overall impression is that this is very unique- It easy to forger your drinking a beer and not a mixed drink. Extremely unique- its a must try!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 19:49:33 | More by GossageBrewery
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-02-2012 14:53:47 | More by markgoodman10
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mojo525

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-01-2012 13:20:41 | More by mojo525
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spacemonkeysoda


4/5  rDev +9%

10-01-2012 06:24:17 | More by spacemonkeysoda
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WDJersey

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-25-2012 22:13:34 | More by WDJersey
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- A yellow orange and red tint to the beer with a very small amount of white head that fully dissipates. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell- Burbon and lots of sweet and sour fruits. Some sweet carmel malt notes too.

Taste- Bourbon begining with a sour hop middle and the big bourbon comes back for the finish. Honestly I am a Jameson on the rocks drinker and this tastes a lot like that. A watered down whiskey.

Mouthfeel- Very watery

Overall- Basically if you are a whiskey fan you will probably enjoy this since it tastes like whiskey on the rocks. For what it is, it misses the mark. Do I enjoy it? Yes!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 21:39:49 | More by BrownAleMale
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Hardy_Brew

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-25-2012 02:37:34 | More by Hardy_Brew
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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