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

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2,056 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,056
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 93
Gots: 323 | FT: 5
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

BuddytheElf, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

kaurand, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Jwren5, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

sbricker, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ColdPoncho, Feb 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

jharkins07, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Farky87
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Farky87, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Eriogonum
4/5  rDev +9%

Eriogonum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The taste of Bourbon is what really hits you with your first sip, but the sweet and oaky taste of the ale follows after.

The aroma is also a heavy amount of bourbon, but also slightly sweet. It is a very different kind of beer, but I enjoyed it and it is especially good for the winter time.

JohnnyMc, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of kinolust
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

kinolust, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

sizemore84, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 9-1-11.

A- Pours a deep golden to lighter amber hue. Fairly translucent with a 1-finger foamy head that is gone quickly. A constant cascade of carbonation bubbles. Ok lacing.

S- Bourbon and hops combo is prominent in the scent. Underlying sweeter tones and grassy notes. Lots of oak notes.

T- Pretty much what you would think from this one. A delicious blend of bourbon and beer. Sweet notes come after a strong bourbon flavor. Hints of vanilla and slight hops bitterness intermingle. A true sipping flavor.

M- Sort of light for such a complex flavor profile. High carbonation, but not too much to overwhelm the bourbon flavors.

Overall, an interesting experience for my first oak aged beer. Not quite like sipping some Jack, but comparable. A true sipping, session beer.

boilermakerbrew, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

catfan2000, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of perrymarcus
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 expecting 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 - bourbon. 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; just doesn't work for me. that said, it's not terrible, just not something i would seek out again.

perrymarcus, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Crundy
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber, bourbon color, white foamy head and thin lacing

S: the bourbon smell hits you up front, next comes a pleasant sweetness that reminds me of banana bread and vanilla and some clove

T: Again the bourbon is prominent, the oakiness comes out more as well, some vanilla and a hint of hop bitterness and minimal malt presence.

M: very mellow and smooth but slightly dry on the finish, it has a subtle sweet aftertaste and it light bodied

O: very good beer, though a bit too sweet for me but not overly so. Very drinkable and very pleasant oaky bourbon flavors. If you don't like the strength and bite of bourbon but still like the associated flavors, this is a good beer for you.

Crundy, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

zonker17, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Trancelogix, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

SaintJonah, Feb 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

JohnBeerRun, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

atone315, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

best by march 08 2012

pours clear gold with a 1 finger white head that faded fast and left some spotted lacing

smell - the first thing i thought of was a candy my friend makes called tutti fruiti - sweet candy malt vanilla some oak

taste is nice - a little sweet and cloying - no real bourbon flavor - all malt vanilla and oak

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation - a bit sticky

overall - for the price this beer is a fail and for being aged in bourbon barrels this beer not only falls short but lost yards - however the flavor was pleasant - i will enjoy the rest of the 4 pack but would never buy this again

jsh420, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kevin7912, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ChefHopMeister, Feb 04, 2012
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,056 ratings.