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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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smoke68


5/5  rDev +36.2%

07-18-2012 10:12:58 | More by smoke68
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juicebox

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

07-17-2012 23:46:21 | More by juicebox
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-16-2012 04:04:08 | More by duceswild
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wrath98

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

07-16-2012 02:43:49 | More by wrath98
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Casanova on my New Glarus run. Saw it sitting there and figured I'd give it a shot. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

The body is much lighter than expected, being more of a golden wheat color with some reddish, copper hues. It's very transluscent and only develops a thin, quarter-inch layer of eggshell white head. Minimal retention and lacing, but there is an ever present pillow of bubbles streaming up the center of the glass and billowing out on the surface. Still, I would not have guessed this was a barrel aged strong ale by looking at it (maybe an IPA?).

Aroma is of bourbon and not much else. Maybe some brown sugar or caramel, maybe. A bit offputting, and here's to hoping that it tastes better than it smells.

And it does, tasting of bourbon, some vanilla and toffee, a bit of oak and caramel, some brown sugar, and a hefty dose of ethanol. Surprisingly, it's not too bad once you get past the dominating bourbon.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and resinous, and it finishes pretty dry. Prominent alcohol burn on the finish.

Overall, this isn't one I'll be revisiting anytime soon. The bourbon is just way too pronounced for me. It really seems like you could have recreated this by just adding bourbon as opposed to barrel aging. Perhaps it will mellow out a bit with some time, but I'm not going to be the one to find out.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 19:50:53 | More by eclipse54
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-14-2012 23:11:37 | More by JohneHoodlum
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patjohnfive

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-11-2012 03:27:12 | More by patjohnfive
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-10-2012 15:48:44 | More by jheezee
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Ryan1423

Alaska

4/5  rDev +9%

07-08-2012 18:37:32 | More by Ryan1423
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DaveONan

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

07-05-2012 20:34:36 | More by DaveONan
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-05-2012 20:05:18 | More by HoistinBrews
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RedTickBrewingCo

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-04-2012 19:29:56 | More by RedTickBrewingCo
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-03-2012 18:19:36 | More by imperialking
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-03-2012 17:42:40 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sniffer

Appearance - Dark orange with a hazy appearance; good lacing on the side

Smell - Vanilla, Oak, Whisky, Scotch, Malts, and toffee. It's like smelling an actual bottle of bourbon with a slightly more vanilla scent

Taste - Vanilla, Oak, Whisky, Scotch, Toffee, Malts and Yeast. While it still tastes great, the flavors all come off as a bit underwhelming despite the complexity.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and light with some moderate carbonation. It feels great and refreshing but it would feel much better if it had a creamy texture to it

Overall - As a bourbon ale, it's good but it feels a bit underwhelming for what it is. That doesn't mean that it's a bad beer, far from it! For a beer in general, it's pretty damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 02:38:44 | More by NuclearDolphin
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nickbrinkman


5/5  rDev +36.2%

07-02-2012 06:58:03 | More by nickbrinkman
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LCannon4

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

07-02-2012 01:28:18 | More by LCannon4
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-02-2012 01:07:15 | More by mychalg9
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant brass in color, exhibiting average amount of carbonation. The beer is topped with a two-fingered, lighter tan head (more off-white) which falls rather quickly and leaves a ring of foamy lace and thin film on top.

Nose offers vanilla and sort of an indeterminate malty fruitiness. On second guess, the bourbon aspect is full and there's even some boozy character. There's an almost tropical sensibility on the nose -- tropical fruit and rum with vanilla? It's a little odd, and much different than what I was expecting...

Sweet and full of the bourbon barrel character on the first sip. Equal parts warming alcohol and vanilla overtones, along with the tropical fruit aspect present in the malt character on the nose, and WOW! Am I tasting coconut, or am I just imagining it?

Mouthfeel is a little fuller than I'd expect (and the barrel treatment always seems to thin any beer style), but it's really sort of an average mouthfeel, and the carbonation actually seems lighter on the palate than it "looked" streaming from the bottom of the glass...

Overall this is a quirky drink. It's no carbon copy barrel-aged anything, and is instead unique enough to seek out insofar as the flavor is concerned. Frankly --and though I'm sure it isn't to everyone's liking-- as a fan of shmaltzy Tiki drinks I might seek to buy this one by the case!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:12:12 | More by Chaz
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave Guay for sharing. Pours a golden-copper hue with a crystal clarity and no head. Nose is fairly subdued - some bourbon notes as well as a trace of butter and burnt sugar. Flavors come off a bit watered down and the bourbon is a bit masked. There's also a slight graininess in the mix. It all comes off a bit light and not what I would consider within the American Strong Ale category. Mouthfeel is light in body with a smooth, even carbonation. Overall, I found this beer interesting, but somewhat lacking in a clear style or identity. Maybe a little more time in the bourbon barrels would impart more character.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 14:20:38 | More by Jwale73
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andrewlampert

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

06-30-2012 21:56:10 | More by andrewlampert
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mistroth

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9%

06-30-2012 13:50:26 | More by mistroth
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 20:48:15 | More by mikeg67
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-28-2012 16:49:52 | More by gpawned
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

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. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 04:07:16 | More by AdamBear
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.