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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,806 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 78
Gots: 205 | 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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slusk

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This brew pours a thin white head. It is brilliantly clear with a copper/ orange color.

S: Oak and caramel dominate the nose with a spicy, woody note from the hops filling in the background. There's a bit of mild raisin. This reminds my of smelling an empty bourbon barrel.

T: The taste goes right along with the smell, a nice oaky flavor of the bourbon with the spicy notes of earthy hops in the background. There is a bit of alcohol burn and it tastes of a higher ABV than it actually has. The sweet caramel underpins the flavor profile, but the bourbon and oak is ever present.

M: It has a low/medium body with a lower carbonation that lets the bourbon shine.

O: This is a nice beer. The alcohol bite hits you early but it changes its character as you drink. Over all it's a nice beer that I wouldn't think twice about sipping on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:45:38 | More by slusk
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I normally only rate the beers I've had and do not write full reviews, but this one was too unique to not log.

Picked out 12 random beers from a local shop to be tried at home. This one was about 20% more expensive than most others but I wasn't sure why. Before trying I looked over the bottle for perhaps an extremely high abv or maybe even a rarer brewery (wasn't even sure who it was made by) but found little information on it.

appearance - medium amber. Cloudier upon first pouring but settled pretty clear. Very frothy and white head. Let settle before finishing pour.

Smell - my thoughts literally went caramel! No butterscotch! No wait toffee! Still not sure which specific aroma it is that's so dominant but its something sweet.

Taste - this is where my evaluation went whoa. Did I just drink a carbonated, low ABV whiskey? It's sweet and smooth, much more so than any Bourbon I'd ever sipped (but not a liquor drinker by any stretch) all the while being entwined in fizzy frenzy of carbonation. Warm alcohol expels briefly after each sip like an exhale after whiskey itself.

Mouth feel - has a soft creaminess to it. Medium to maybe slightly over medium carbonation.

Overall - truly unique. Had (whiskey/bourbon) barrel aged beers before but never one that picked up this much whiskey flavor. Certainly worth trying but couldn't see myself regularly sipping on this one when reaching for a beer. Would go well on a cold night in the mountains around a hunting camp fire.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:48:15 | More by rypkr
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ckollias

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail and semi wispy lace.

S: Sweet malty aroma with a bourbon alcoholic scent.

T: Smooth malty flavor with a sweet profile with hints bourbons that finishes on the sweet side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent brew – was expecting a little bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:29:59 | More by ckollias
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-23-2014 00:35:58 | More by JakerLou
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lionnusmb

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-06-2014 03:12:23 | More by lionnusmb
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-27-2013 01:04:40 | More by HeyYoMar
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-19-2013 21:10:20 | More by chinchill
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valkyre65

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-27-2014 01:40:30 | More by valkyre65
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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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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice to see a Triad Ba has tried this recently. Picked mine up in Bardstown back in June when I went to Maker's Mark Distillery!
Poured a golden color-like clover honey. Very thin head that dissipated.
Aroma-Smells like Maker's Mark with vanilla notes and whiff of caramel.
Mouthfeel-sweet like a Bourbon and ginger ale, very little hop bitterness but they are detectable.A froth on the palate elicits the alcohol. Tasty but I would like a bolder malt backbone to go with the very good bourbon flavor. The 7% can be felt not too long after finishing this one. Does not look like much when poured but it has a nice sweet bourbon flavor and it finishes clean. Wish i could have found a big flip-top jug like the one in the picture.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 00:28:36 | More by ByTor2112
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justme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-06-2013 22:22:09 | More by justme
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-09-2014 22:02:09 | More by JMS1512
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talahrama

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-14-2013 04:09:25 | More by talahrama
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-04-2014 21:59:35 | More by Griffith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-29-2014 20:38:24 | More by Sammy
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socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-07-2013 14:25:50 | More by socon67
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cjgator3

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2013 02:48:01 | More by cjgator3
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Snooprobirob

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-22-2013 23:32:32 | More by Snooprobirob
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-08-2014 18:54:39 | More by HuntDaddy540
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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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Ralphs66

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-23-2013 00:05:04 | More by Ralphs66
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wrentmore

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-30-2014 21:51:52 | More by wrentmore
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2013 03:47:46 | More by hiphopj5
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warpig372

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-20-2014 18:30:14 | More by warpig372
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-30-2013 16:17:18 | More by zillo043068
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.