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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,875 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 82
Gots: 234 | 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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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-01-2014 03:32:08 | More by dpgoblejr
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angeepangie

Ohio

5/5  rDev +36.2%

03-01-2014 00:56:49 | More by angeepangie
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Amalak

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A. It has a clear, copper color with a small white head and limited lacing. There are bubbles surrounding the glass that pop up to the top from time to time.

S. There is certainly a bourbon scent there. Heavy alcohol.

T/M. It has a refreshing kick to it. A slight bourbon taste, heavy malt and grape taste. Full bodied with a long finish. A very mild bitter kick.

O. It's got a nice, smooth taste, but the flavor isn't as bold as I might have been hoping for.

02-28-2014 19:28:57 | More by Amalak
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Rhcamp01

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

02-28-2014 19:26:59 | More by Rhcamp01
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mds1101

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-27-2014 05:04:30 | More by mds1101
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Miles228

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-26-2014 12:44:23 | More by Miles228
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djchrismac

Ohio

5/5  rDev +36.2%

02-26-2014 04:46:50 | More by djchrismac
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BrandonJones

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-26-2014 03:30:35 | More by BrandonJones
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

02-26-2014 03:28:08 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

02-25-2014 13:56:28 | More by cdwil
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

02-25-2014 04:02:12 | More by kew
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-24-2014 16:40:54 | More by drdiesel9483
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RickS95

Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

The pour is an attractive show. It appears to be a rich looking beer, but your eyes are immediately distracted by the cascading of the forming head. The color is actually a somewhat clear amber orange. It's not that rich looking at all. The head is a snow white collection of symmetrical bubbles that retains fairly well. Medium spotting of lace.

It's quite nice for an English ale with a combination of caramelly malts and subtle dark fruits. No hop presence and nothing noticeable as far as alcohol is concerned.

The fruits are no longer evident in the taste. The malt is there, but I can't pick up the caramel. Also, hops are now present in the swallow. Kind of standard issue English hops and malts. The taste is not bad at all, but somewhat disappointing given the smell. Not sure what the grain bill is for this, but it's full of graininess.

Very grainy mouthfeel. The graininess sticks with you. There's a pinch of sweet to start off, but the classic English variety hops soon take over. It's never overly bitter, just very present. There's a bit of bourbony taste and feel as the beer gets close to the swallow. Medium bodied. There's not much in the way of carbonation, but there's something that scrapes the palate clean after each sip.

It's a pretty good beer for the type. The flavors aren't assertive and they're kind of mundane in that they don't blow you away. Still, it's an easy beer to drink (despite the grainy feel) and has a nice ABV level. You could certainly do worse.

02-24-2014 03:49:28 | More by RickS95
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magnumpoppy

Michigan

2/5  rDev -45.5%

02-24-2014 02:32:27 | More by magnumpoppy
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DYount80

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-23-2014 12:49:16 | More by DYount80
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IndyDad

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

02-22-2014 02:34:12 | More by IndyDad
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-21-2014 19:27:10 | More by Goosehunter75
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Trfagan3

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-21-2014 02:43:37 | More by Trfagan3
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Calavera1

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%

02-20-2014 02:31:06 | More by Calavera1
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Affini7y

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-19-2014 16:32:35 | More by Affini7y
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-19-2014 02:42:52 | More by Boone757
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Tricerahops

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

02-18-2014 06:00:45 | More by Tricerahops
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TubaDan

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

02-18-2014 03:47:57 | More by TubaDan
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AFchino

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

02-18-2014 03:02:41 | More by AFchino
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Retroman40

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle poured into a snifter (as recommended by the brewer).

A - Poured out a very clear light copper color with a small but good head.

S - Definite bourbon tones along with malt and grains.

T - Malt with hints of vanilla and oak.

M - Good carbonation, but perhaps just a little thin.

O - I like this one because the bourbon flavors seem to work with the beer, not fight it. It's not like simply pouring some bourbon into a beer as the flavors seem well intertwined with each other. If you go for this type of beer this is definitely worth a try.

02-17-2014 10:53:56 | More by Retroman40
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.