Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout - Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Not Rated.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

146 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 146
Hads: 928
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 34
Gots: 261 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (18) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 146 | Hads: 928
Photo of ThaneMcC
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black, minimal thin off white head. Smells of oak, vanilla, coffee, some cocoa. Strong bourbon characteristics at initial taste, coffee, carob, oak and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is incredibly thin for a stout – as previous reviewers commented – more akin to a brown ale or porter. Fair amount of effervescence.
Not unpleasant – but seemed to lack many of the characteristics I find important to a stout. I’ve got 5 left of the six pack I bought – I’ll probably take them to a party and throw them into a cooler – never to be seen again. Not my cup of tea. (Note – I was a little sad after drinking this beer – I had such high hopes. . .)

 668 characters

Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Massive frothy tan head on this beer even with an easy pour. Head dissipates quickly. Some carbonation clinging to sides of glass. Carbonation bubbles rise quickly. Beer is opaque and black. Very slight tint of mahogany around edges. 3.5/5

S - Very heavy aroma of vanilla extract followed by espresso, dark chocolate, and molasses. Slight hint of sugary dairy creamer as well. Very dark roasted malt. No real hop presence in the aroma. 4/5

T - Vanilla, oak, and bourbon whiskey are the first notes that hit my tongue, all in quick succession of one another. Following those are a slight hint of caramel and then velvety smooth espresso and dark chocolate. Boozy up front but once the caramel and espresso come in the alcohol flavor fades away. No real hop presence in the flavor. This beer tastes very clean and earthy throughout. There is some coffee to this as the bottle says but the vanilla, oak, and bourbon are truly the heavy hitters in terms of flavor here. No real lingering flavor leaves a clean impression on the palate. 3.75/5

M - Not as carbonated as initially expected. Velvety smooth for the most part with a bit of carbonation burn up front. Heavy but carbonation does lighten it a bit. Leaves a velvety smoothness in the mouth. 3.75/5

O - Interesting stout but this beer tastes more like bourbon than beer. I love my bourbon. I love my beer. I'm just not convinced that I love bourbon beer. Barrel aging makes for awesome beers but IMHO it should either enhance and/or diminish flavors without imparting such an obvious presence of bourbon to the beer as this one does. The balance is just thrown out of whack on this one with its heavy slant towards bourbon. 3.75/5

 1,751 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

This beer is black with a small khaki colored head. It smells of dark roasted malts with a little vanilla. It tastes like a good stout with light vanilla, oak, and almost caramel like notes coming through from the bourbon barrels. It has moderate carbonation on a pretty light body. Overall I think it is a well-made bourbon barrel stout that isn't too high in abv.

 396 characters

Photo of Sabre311
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I've looked at this beer in our store for about a month but passed because of the cost. They finally put it in our create a 6 pack and I'm glad I passed on the whole thing. Its got a great color and has a great head when poured but the flavor is rather weak , the smell is as well. I guess I just expected more. Something rich and bold and instead got watered downish.

 371 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at America on tap.
Rich caramel with hints of roast and plenty of vanilla and butterscotch that at times seems quite bitter. Worse than I thought it would be.

 165 characters

Photo of James_Michaud91
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin for the style. Not a ton of bourbon character on the nose or palate, but nice tasting non the less. A very drinkable/introductory? Example of the style

 156 characters

Photo of BigGold
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle acquired in Dallas into faceted mug. Perhaps an effort to capitalise on the terms "Kentucky" and "KBS" made famous by several other stouts, and lacking in bourbon flavor, but for all that not a bad beer.

 240 characters

Photo of jhartley
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee tulip. No bottle dating that I could find.
Pours a dark brown, just hedging on black. Thin amount of a cola like head; doesn't hang around long and leaves no lacing whatsoever.
Plenty of oak, chocolate, molasses, a little coffee, not really getting any bourbon...?
Plenty of charred oak, some bittersweet chocolate, and coffee; kind of watery. Not sure what to make of this one. Missing bourbon, kind of a let down.
Mouthfeel, this is a stout? This is so thin and watery I don't see how you can call this a stout, a brown ale at best maybe; or even where the barrel is? Nice amount of carbonation though, but the only thing left is a strange aftertaste of oak and bakers chocolate.
Overall, this beer is a big let down for me. I was expecting a lot out of this beer and was rewarded with very little in return. The aroma out of the bottle when it was first opened was quite promising, but the taste just did not follow suit. Not going to purchase this one again.

 1,005 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Dark brown color. I couldn't get much of a head to form, even with an aggressive pour.

3.25 S: Smells like a weasel or a muskrat with a dirty earthy vibe. Big leather from the barrel, supply roasted coffee. Like all of their beers, the barrel is the focus. Oak, vanilla, toastiness, caramel, apple, and toffee. Not a whole lot of stout going on though. Still, the barrel and coffee smell nice.

3.0 T: Again, mainly coffee and barrel. Coffee is the strongest flavor. Oak, leather, and vanilla follow. Caramel and apple. Tastes more like a cup of coffee than an imperial stout.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking in creaminess but not too bad here.

2.75 D: It's not bad, but it's not much of a beer.

 770 characters

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of coffee, smoke. Taste is of black coffee, some smokiness, no bourbon or alcohol are detected. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer for coffee lovers.

 260 characters

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didnt look like a stout when i poured it and doesnt feel like one either.this is lazy beer making, comparing this to a good, full bodied barrel aged stout is like comparing caitlyn jenner to j-lo.....piss poor effort.i tried this and a bells cherry stout back to back....need a narwhal now to give my mouth some proper stout flavour.

 333 characters

Photo of MUTINY
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a solo cup. (I know...)

A: Pours a pretty darn opaque black with 3/4" khaki head that sits down in the blink of an eye. Retention is poor. Lacing is actually OK.

S: Muted vanilla-coffee notes. Almost a simple syrup thing going on. It's not quite awful, but it's far from special.

T: More coffee & vanilla. Where's the bourbon? It's so buried here that it only shows up as an unpleasant sharp note in the finish. For what they are, the coffee & vanilla kind of work for me.

M: Drinks more like a cream ale than a stout. Completely wrong for both the flavors & style.

O: I'd wanted to like this brew, but jeez, it's like they just didn't want me to.

 683 characters

Photo of weltywm
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Forgot this in my parents' basement about 2 years ago, so it's probably the '13 bottling? Poured into a snifter.

Smell: Mild coffee and oak char. Not a lot of bourbon is evident.

Taste: Some vanilla and licorice, with just a hint of bourbon and oak. Very smooth coffee rounds everything out. Char and a bit of burned sugar at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side, but very balanced with a clean finish.

Overall: Not a bad stout, but very mild overall. Neither bourbon nor coffee is that evident. Very drinkable though.

 530 characters

Photo of drinking12many
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

had from a bottle, I imagine it would have been better from a keg. Felt a little thin. I probably gave it an extra .25 point on smell since it was in a bottle but smelled fairly good...overall not bad. Would really like it on tap think it would probably be better.

 264 characters

Photo of FFreak
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is decent, but not what you'd expect from the name. Pours a typical black stout color, but with some clarity around the edges, so it doesn't appear to be a heavy, viscous stout. Has very little bourbon in the nose, which is dominated by roast malt. Taste is pretty good, especially as it warms up when the bourbon starts to comes out. Mouth is fairly thin and fizzy. Overall, a good easy drinking stout, but not what I expected from the label.

 458 characters

Photo of WhiskeyMike
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep and unyielding black. Low to moderate, tan head that quickly recedes, leaving little/no lacing behind.

S: Coffee with some cocoa powder; very roasty. Possibly some alcohol notes in there too.

T: Heavy, dark-roast coffee character verging on burnt, like coffee that's been kept hot too long. No particular alcohol warmth.

M: On the thinner side of what one would expect from a stout, much less than one that's been barrel-aged. Very smooth, though. Mildly carbonated.

O: This is the most coffee-like of the flavored stouts I've had, but Alltech seems to have overdone it. If you're already a fan of stouts, KBBS has is merits and is worth trying, but it's nothing to write home about.

 698 characters

Photo of ZBowden
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with small beige head, smells of coffee woodiness and malts, tastes of coffee chocolatey malts and slight heat on the back end, finishes bitter and malty caramel. Smooth mouthfeel not thick not thin.

 217 characters

Photo of WKyle
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First of all this is expensive, but I figured it was worth it for a good bourbon cask aged beer.
Look: Nice and dark, small amount of head with good retention and really beautiful lacing. The look is really nice.
Smell: How many stouts are overpowered by coffee on the olfactory side? Well this is another one, no bourbon really, no woody notes.
Taste: I like coffee, and that is the only reason this gets a 3.5. I really have to wonder how much time this spent in a bourbon barrel.
Feel: Comparable to bud light, honestly. I think the presence of organic molecules from the coffee is the only thing giving this beer any type of density. Carbonation is proportional, which is why I am willing to give it as high as a 3.25
Overall: I am not saying they didn't condition this in bourbon barrels, just that it doesnt really show. In my opinion a barrel aged stout should have a high gravity. This ale does not, this is thin. The only thing giving this ale any type of flavor is the coffee. I would be willing to give this beer a better rating if it wasnt barrel aged. Lacks malt and bourbon flavor.

 1,097 characters

Photo of Carolvs
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Unlike this brewery's other offering, its flagship bourbon ale, I could hardly taste the bourbon here... probably overwhemed by the toasted stout notes. Not sure that anyone could really pull off this rather unnatural combination, in my opinion.

 246 characters

Photo of Spud8610
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours very nice looks good but that's about as far as it goes even tried aging one close to year still sour green coffee taste with zero bourbon flavor

 151 characters

Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been over-indulging in this style today, but what the hey. This one works pretty well. It is unique. In the end, I am reminded of my attitude about these before Founders KBS (which is sublime) - why not just have a shot of bourbon with a nice stout, and sip it pleasantly.

This baby looks like it should, black and beautiful. The fine head is just a little fizz. The aroma is a nice balance of bourbon, malts, roasty smells, hops and alcohol.

Similarly, the taste is fairly complex. It has a nice balance of all the above, and the aftertaste is like a shot of bourbon, only very mellow.

This stout works better than I remembered it, and I recommend it as a reasonably easy drinking version of the style.

 712 characters

Photo of Chaz
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch-black and topped with a thin dark-tan head which quickly dissipates, leaving very little lacing.

Nose is not at all expressive when cold, so I let it warm-up.

Slightly acrid, with notes of smoke and lighter, funky barrel character. Lightly sweet and rich. Coffee? Yes, but it's very slight. Definite note of vanilla.

Rather sweet on the front end, with acrid/roast coffee notes picking up toward the end of the first sip. Nice bittersweet character which lingers. Heavier licorice note mellows a little and gives way to the roast character and astringency. Coffee note from the nose is really a lighter espresso note, and hardly as prominent as I'd expected from reading some of the other reviews.

There is prune, ripe plum, and even notes of ripe red grape, so if dark fruit character is what you like, it's going on here. I find it much more typical in renditions in the barleywine and very strong ale styles, but again: Here it is something to note, and even pleasant.

Not exactly dry on the finish, but it almost gets you to think that it is.

Some boozy heat and fusel alcohol character which doesn't really add to the enjoyment, here. In fact, the booziness is sort-of a redeeming character to this one, as -even as it warms up- it's not all that good for the style, and frankly: The bar is set HIGH.

Body is a bit thin for the American/Imperial Stout style, but barrel treatment also has a tendency to do this.

Not a bad beer, but with the bar being so-darn hi nowadays, it's maybe just a little better than average. I sort of have a soft spot for this brewery, so it's just one of those things, I guess.

 1,643 characters

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark mahogany brown, but not approaching black like many stouts. The head was a thin whisp of brown foam that quickly vanished.

S: Toffee, coffee, and flowery perfume. Not offensive, but neither is it what I expect from a beer.

T: Coffee. Strong, black coffee, cold and harsh, is the first thing I taste, and the dominant flavor. It detracts from everything else. As the beer warms, I start to appreciate the malty sweetness and even the rich bourbon flavor from the barrel aging, but it's too little, too late. (But memo to those who would try it: Give it some time to approach room temperature before consuming.)

M: They got the mouthfeel right: Smooth, nicely carbonated. Slightly warming.

O: I think they almost got it right, but just went overboard on the coffee (used both in the brewing and in the barrel aging, according to the bottle). I'm not saying I don't like coffee in my beer (see my review of Williamsburg Alewerks' excellent Cafe Royale). But this was mor like beer in my coffee.

 1,003 characters

Photo of Treyliff
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Early 2014 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a bit of light seeping through the edges, small fizzy khaki colored head disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of fresh coffee up front mixes with dark chocolate and caramel malt, a hint of char mixes with some nutty aroma, highlights of vanilla, dark cherry, bourbon juice & even a little bit of coconut. It really starts to open up after it warms a bit

T- bitter dark coffee starts up front and then quickly mixes with dark chocolate and caramel undertones, vanilla cream sweetness hits the mid-palate with some walnut flavors. The finish leads to a hint of char, toasted dark bread & grains. There are some faint bourbon notes on the linger, but it plays a complimenting role to the coffee and chocolate

M- medium-thin body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fades out a bit, but holds on to the finish

O- this is a very good coffee stout, but the bourbon barrel seems to get lost. For what it is, it's quite good, but if you're looking for lots of bourbon, you might be disappointed

 1,127 characters

Photo of ManBearPat
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While this beer is supposed to be a bourbon barrel stout, I found the coffee notes to be well pronounced. There is essentially no barrel to this beer, other than some mouthfeel effects i think.

I actually really liked this beer, but felt like it shouldn't be marketed as a bourbon barrel stout. That being said, I will certainly seek this out and drink it again.

 364 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
80 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.