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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel AleKentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

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1,951 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 88
Gots: 273 | FT: 4
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Polasiuss, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Received this in a BIF, along with a matching snifter. My only glass specific to a single beer, so I've gotta use it. Tasted 2 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear, pale golden-orange. Half-finger of whitish head, not much lacing. OK.

Smells like whiskey. Really, that's all I get from it. But that's what it's supposed to smell like, so I'm fairly impressed. Not much beer character at all.

Tastes like watered-down whiskey. I get some grainy flavors up-front, but it's a whole lot like a shot of whiskey with water. Interesting. There's no sharpness at all, no alcohol bite, no burn. It's like they pulled just the flavor out, and somehow made the beer taste like that.

Mouthfeel is fine. Watery, with medium-low carbonation.

The thing that amazes me about this beer is how they seem to have pulled all the flavor, the essence, or bourbon out, without the alcohol or the sharp edges. Probably the mellowest bourbon-forward beer I've ever had. Unusual, and quite tasty.

zeledonia, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

harrylee773, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Not bad, but a bit too oaky and sweet. Pours amber with very little head, Smells sweet and oaky with a bourbon nose of brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Simple, and a bit sweet, but not bad. Similar taste, with the same notes in the nose, but it feels a bit more washed out and fades toward the end. Right at the finish, there is a fairly bit hit of vanilla. Overall, although there are indeed Bourbon flavors here, it's not any Bourbon I'd ever drink- far too one dimensional and lacks subtlety, yet at the same time is a bit washed out and lacks punch, substituting oaky sweetness instead. Just okay.

Georgiabeer, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Stubby
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Stubby, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of PopnLoads
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

PopnLoads, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of hydroplaner
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

hydroplaner, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of ejwood
1/5  rDev -72.8%

ejwood, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of brureview
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

On tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI. The served beer had a light honey color and poured a 1/2 finger head.

Carbonation bubbles streamed upwards from the bottom of the glass.

The beer smells like bourbon, and tastes like bourbon with vanilla overtones.

This is a special treat, and it doesn't taste like beer- it tastes like whiskey. A bit overwhelming, but worth drinking.

brureview, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

mnixon86, Sep 02, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: mostly clear, somewhere between straw and golden. The full creamy off white saves it.
Smell: Oak and vanilla, brown sugar, and bourbon, but fairly tame, not as rich as all those flavors would suggest.
Taste: matches the nose.
Overall: very nice. I still prefer the monsters but this is a solid beer.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

jdkoch, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a thick and rather persistent fluffy ivory head. Malty aroma has a strong, oaky overtone of bourbon barrel and a hint of caramel. Bourbon and oak dominate the flavor, but not too much, letting through malty and subtle fruity notes plus a caramel hint. Firm texture has OK fizz and leaves a nice bourbon-barrel finish. I hope that this is a year-round beer and not a one-and-done special.

Cyberkedi, Aug 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

KingHenry, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

astebelton, Aug 28, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

Tried this beer at the midwest brew fest. The beer poured a copperish color with a minimial head. Smells like whiskey rather than beer. Taste like a combination of bourbon and beer which I find unique. Went down smooth as beer and with a hint of whiskey. Overall a good beer for those who like bourbon.

WoodBrew, Aug 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

GrowlerProwler, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

1473rd Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter

2012 Vintage

Thanks to EgadBananas for the trade

App- Was really suprised at the coloring of this beer. Was more of a golden color and was expecting a deeper brown/crimson color. The head was a quick receding off white with maybe 2 dots of cling.

Smell- Incredible bourbon notes. Char, vanilla, oak and malts. The beer is as close to pure bourbon I have smelled on a -BA beer before. Floral and pleasant to say the least.

Taste- It's a very tasty beer. Lots going on but blended well. Malty and smooth with a rich vanilla flavor and a little bit of oak on the back end. Not overly boozy but you get a lot of the bourbon notes to it.

Mouth- A thinner medium body with a low/medium carbonation. Residual spicey boozey flavor with hints of vanilla.

Drink- A good beer. Very barrel and booze forward. I really enjoyed it. I bet this would be a good one for aging.

FosterJM, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

eheinz, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

pjs234, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

fionn13, Aug 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

landrum8, Aug 22, 2012
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.