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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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BA SCORE
83
good

1,889 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,889
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 83
Gots: 240 | 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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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2012 17:43:37 | More by tenacioustomato
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9%

06-22-2012 22:08:05 | More by Psychmusic
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trstar87

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-21-2012 23:51:21 | More by trstar87
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dabeers

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

06-19-2012 01:19:53 | More by dabeers
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Wessoms

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-18-2012 23:39:28 | More by Wessoms
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Brewfocker


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

06-18-2012 03:28:22 | More by Brewfocker
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-17-2012 22:21:24 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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
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gbrill

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-16-2012 02:21:24 | More by gbrill
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TheoV

Wisconsin

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
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RichD

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9%

06-15-2012 03:31:00 | More by RichD
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Yourneighborsdog

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

06-14-2012 08:28:28 | More by Yourneighborsdog
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

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
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egrace84

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-13-2012 02:35:48 | More by egrace84
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-12-2012 21:07:15 | More by dlin0sbb
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

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
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PorterBoy14

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

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cardern

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

06-10-2012 02:23:26 | More by cardern
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-09-2012 00:45:25 | More by Dapperticus
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OldTime

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-08-2012 07:21:02 | More by OldTime
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

06-08-2012 01:23:26 | More by IPAchris
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BTFU

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-08-2012 01:22:22 | More by BTFU
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wcl113

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-07-2012 11:21:35 | More by wcl113
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stevec32

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-07-2012 00:50:53 | More by stevec32
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.