Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
12oz bottle served in a mug.
pours a clear, medium-light amber tone while yielding a finger or so of short lived head. not much lacing to speak of. nose is a bit more subdued than i was anticipating with subtle notes of caramel malt, a touch of vanilla and mild bourbon.
flavor mostly follows the aroma with caramel, vanilla, a little oak, and some - though not a lot of - bourbon. unique flavor profile, not what i expected. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.
overall, while it does have the uniqueness element going for it, in the final analysis it's an average beer - doesn't really work for me. it's not terrible, just not something i would seek out again. worth a try though.
(originally reviewed: 02-08-2012)
06-23-2012 04:33:44 | More by BostonHops
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
On-tap at Way Downtown in Provincetown during my Cape weekend trip. Served in the snifter (11oz) made for this beer.
A- Appears a translucent golden slightly brown color with a pretty much nonexistent head. Minimal carbonation, definitely below average. Not too much in terms of lacing.
S- Very strong sweet bourbon smell. Very aromatic, but definitely smells like a sugar bomb (almost as if it was a bourbon flavored soda). A little oak/vanilla smell mixed in the sweetness. Pleasant smelling, but the heavy/sweet bourbon smell almost gives you the notion that it might be a booze bomb covered up with gross amounts of sugar. However at 8.19% you know that this is not the case.
T- Not as strong or as heavy of a bourbon-presence as I was expecting from the smell. Still fairly sweet though with a definite bourbon presence. A little bit of underlying oak + vanilla, however not as much as some bourbon BA beers but not bad considering the 6-week aging time period.
M- Low carbonation, smooth, easy to drink, slightly syrupy but not overly so.
O- This was an interesting beer. I've never smelled a beer quite like this one. Definitely very sweet and a distinct bourbon smell. Nicely balanced bourbon, with slight vanilla and oak presence, with not too much of an overpowering syrupy feel. The faults on this was that it was a little bit too soda-like for a beer. If you are a bourbon fan I would recommend giving this a try.
06-17-2012 16:41:05 | More by jaasen64
3.78/5 rDev +3%
Appearance - Golden colored, with not much of a head.
Smell - It smells somewhere between bourbon and cream soda.
Taste - It tastes like what it is, a cross between a light beer and a bourbon. The taste is slightly sweet with strong vanilla and bourbon notes, although the vanilla tastes almost like it came from them pouring a bottle of extract into it.
Mouthfeel - On the light end of medium. Definitely the lightest bourbon barrel aged beer I've ever had.
Overall - I like this beer because overall, because I'm a fan of bourbon, and it has strong bourbon notes, but it's not nearly as heavy or dark as most bourbon barrel aged beers. This makes it a nice change of pace for when I don't want something heavy and dark.
06-15-2012 23:25:24 | More by TheoV
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a pint glass at around 45F. The beer looks like a pale ale; dark gold/light orange, perfectly clear, with moderate carbonation. The head is a loose white foam that falls to a thin cap. No lacing. The nose is very big, with vanilla highly dominant and bourbon pretty hidden; nothing else shows through. Flavor is vanilla again, with a bit of honey-like sweetness and some graininess toward the finish. There's a dulce de leche like quality to the beer; a mild, buttery caramel. Interestingly, while the beer is generally sweet, the finish dries out a bit, and prickly carbonation balances the beer. Hops don't play much of a role with this one; none in the nose, none in the flavor, and the bittering appears to be just enough to prevent the beer from being cloying. It's not heavy on the tongue, and the alcoholic heft doesn't make itself noticed. Perhaps a bit out of balance, but an interesting drink just the same.
06-13-2012 23:46:14 | More by MCDuhamel
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Light honey color, like a murkey dark lager. Very short white head that vanished FAST
S - Smokey mild bourbon, but that is it
T - Unique. Mild bourbon, honey, maybe green grapes. Odd but good
M - solid coating with a tingle on front and sides of tongue
O - Different and odd enough to opt for over many other choices
06-12-2012 11:20:26 | More by biglite351
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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