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

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821 Ratings
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 30
Gots: 198 | 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

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Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

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Ratings: 821 | Reviews: 150
Photo of Carolvs
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of natfiedler
2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Miserable sour taste that I could not overlook.

Photo of Spud8610
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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

Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Dicers
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a pretty off taste. Not much barrel character at all and not very enjoyable

Photo of Chaz
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of pchrishatfield
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Can be a little overwhelming with the bourbon and coffee tastes if you aren't ready.

Photo of darkandhoppy
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have no idea how old it is. I just dont like it. It's not that it's bad. It's just not good

Photo of Treyliff
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of Joeyphunk
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from trader joes. Wish for more body. Like the coffee balancing

Photo of Paddyjoe24
2.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bourbon flavoring nearly non existant. More of a coffee stout. Fell way flat of my expectations.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, from the same chain liquor store as its brethren, only this one is a fair bit more dear, and coming only in 4-packs to boot.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with noticeable basal red cola edges, and one measly finger of weakly puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a few specks of mitochondrial lace in places around the glass as things slowly devolve.

It smells of bready caramel malt, edgy dark-roast coffee, thin vanilla notes, a faint gritty and grainy barrel astringency (though hard to discern as the titular whiskey, it is), stale cream, and a tame earthy, leafy, and weedy hoppiness. The taste is more grainy, bready caramel malt, lessened cafe-au-lait, mealy black licorice, slightly boozy and pithy vanilla pods, bittersweet cocoa powder, still very underwhelming Bourbon barrel essences - maybe a bit of hot and spicy rye, but that's about it - and further reduced earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite light and fancy-free in its low-key frothiness, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and mostly smooth, generally due to a lack of the usual interfering suspects, sigh. It finishes on the sweet side, with a certain clamminess that just gets worse as it warms.

Yeah, a fairly innocuous, and hard to really get into big-ass BA stout - for a brewery located smack dab in the middle of Bourbon County, USA, this comes across as a failure of sorts, given the lack of any appreciable whiskey barrel characta'. Anyways, not particularly hard to drink, but on the flipside, particularly difficult to like, or perchance, to love.

Photo of CIBoy10
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This, unlike the bourbon barrel ale, really doesn't work for me.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon? There is bourbon in this? Doesn't taste like it at all. However, the coffee character in it is quite nice. Very consistent and well done. I like this one. Not too many coffee beers I appreciate anymore it seems.

Photo of Boccu
2.09/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not a good tasting bourbon stout

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle allowed to warm to about 50F then served in a snifter.

A: A very dark ruby-brown that is black in the glass but with reddish highlights at the edges when held up to the light. It starts with about a finger of light khaki head that quickly settles to a ring.

Aroma: Vanilla, roasted malts, light coffee, toasted bread, a little smoke, bourbon barrel and faint chocolate. Aroma is the strong point of this ale.

Flavor: lightly sweet. Bourbon barrel adds some vanilla, toffee, faint wood and, of course, bourbon. Decent aftertaste.

Feel: Carbonation is low but more or less adequate. Body is medium. Smooth but with a very light astringency. Some warming.

Overall: a good ale but only average, at best, for a Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Photo of kds2437
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This one fell flat, literally.

Photo of Paincane
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark espresso appearance with thin khaki head. Smoky, coffee, Bourbon, molasses and oak notes. Full-bodied and full-flavored.

Photo of Joshdp65
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I doubt this was a excellent stout before aging. Aging seemed decent but average stout. Since I thought it was well below average I am going to try aging it for a year.

Photo of JordanKerns
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Ish....to much of a coffee taste. Wasn't to impressed for the price tag.

Photo of Shooter22
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged In a bourbon barrel or just an oak barrel? The coffee flavor definitely out shines any bourbon flavor. Not bad but not great.

Photo of pruden
1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very thin, with no head. High carbonation, with almost no flavor. Not sure where the bourbon is in this one. Was not a fan.

Photo of fank2788
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A very deep brown that is just a touch lighter in color than black in the glass with red highlights that shine through when held up to the light. This starts off with about a finger of light khaki head that quickly settles to nearly nothing. Not much in the smell other than a light touch of roasted malt and chocolate. After taking a sip I get a rather one dimensional roasted malt flavor and that is about it. As it warms alcohol too becomes more apparent but other than that there really isn't much going on in the flavor department here. It isn't really sweet but isn't really bitter either just kind of light or neutral in flavor with a bit of a slick character. It is more like a black lager than a stout and could almost be described as quite clean like you'd expect from a lager. Carbonation is low and there is no real aftertaste to speak of. Overall it's pretty disappointing, it's not a bad beer but not very good either.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.