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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,780 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 74
Gots: 200 | 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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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

12-11-2013 05:29:35 | More by nstroup
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jds8411

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-11-2013 03:22:11 | More by jds8411
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slavall

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-10-2013 03:00:32 | More by slavall
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-09-2013 05:03:29 | More by XmnwildX12
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Aewachiw

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

12-09-2013 03:25:36 | More by Aewachiw
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Adkins721

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

12-08-2013 17:03:46 | More by Adkins721
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nickjd26

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

12-08-2013 10:05:25 | More by nickjd26
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-07-2013 05:24:08 | More by AJ01923
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hikeeba

Rhode Island

1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

12-07-2013 01:00:40 | More by hikeeba
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Born_Beerknurd

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-06-2013 18:13:49 | More by Born_Beerknurd
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-06-2013 15:43:18 | More by Davepoolesque
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Buster

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-06-2013 02:30:06 | More by Buster
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sudsy2drunk

Indiana

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-06-2013 02:28:50 | More by sudsy2drunk
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bcapon

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-05-2013 23:55:05 | More by bcapon
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navband

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-05-2013 23:43:25 | More by navband
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

12-05-2013 04:14:22 | More by Mugenlude
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a reddish amber, with a slight head into a tulip glass. The aroma is nice, bourbon and mild brown ale, with a bit of maple syrup and raisin.

It's quite smooth in the mouth, though with very subdued flavor, a tad bit of vanilla mixed with tame bourbon and wood barrel. But mostly just pedestrian English brown ale, with modest carbonation. Definitely easy drinking, with a totally hidden ABV. It's just not something I'd buy again, given the price and the vast array of better BBA beers out there.

A little sweet, to be sure, but hardly anything else going for it, other than its creamy feel on the pallate.

Other than the aroma, which is quite nice, this comes off as an entirely forgettable BBA beer. It's not bad (or is it?) It's definitely muted in flavor and uninspired in execution. It's as if one took an anonymous English ale (think Boddignton's, or Newcastle Founders) and dipped it briefly in a bourbon barrel.

Sorry to be harsh, but I'm used to serious BBA beers, with a year in the barrel, like Central Waters, or BCBS, or Founders KBS, or Hoppin Frog BA Boris. Somehow Alltech's Lexington feels it is respectable to barrel age for only six weeks, which is what they state on their website.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:44:18 | More by martyl1000
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-02-2013 15:16:06 | More by dcmchew
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a copper colored, mostly clear brew. The head is white, with some intricate lace. The smell is sweet, with a malt-forward and clean aroma. Some grain. The taste is sweet, and a really notable wood character comes out. Woody, some boozy components from the bourbon, and a bit of complexity. It has the impression of dryness from all of the wood notes. Medium-full and relatively smooth in body. A good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:29:21 | More by Suds
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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-27-2013 19:41:07 | More by Jaysmittyland
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Hopscat

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with little head. Server in a small snifter @ John Barleycorns in Chicago. Nose is definitely bourbon with some vanilla and caramel hints. Smells delicious.
Taste follows with bourbon up front and mild smoked and vanilla- caramel malts in mid-palate and bourbon and alcohol burn asserting itself in the end. Not overwhelming for me . Can understand how some can be put off by the bourbon- but really, it's in the Name !
Overall this is a well made beer for the type . Will seek this out again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-27-2013 17:51:40 | More by Hopscat
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AmandaRae

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

11-26-2013 03:48:21 | More by AmandaRae
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-24-2013 21:48:08 | More by WheelsPSU
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Chuck_25

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-22-2013 03:53:35 | More by Chuck_25
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,780 ratings.