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

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 902
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 39.38%
Wants: 33
Gots: 243 | 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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Reviews by smalenberg:
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3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black and thick. Mmmm motor oil. :)
No head retention to speak of, very little on pour.

S - Chocolate first and forward, with coffee following. Reminiscent of a really good mocha. Bourbon comes through almost as an alcoholic heat (subtle) more than the complex woody and sweet character you might expect, although there is some of the mild vanilla often found with barrel aging and a lot of roast. Quite a bit going on here.

T - I've had this once before and didn't get the harshness that I found this time on the first sip: it reminded me of the aftertaste from smoking a good cigar - leathery, peppery, with a bit of char that probably comes from the barrel (fine in a cigar, but not necessarily welcome in a beer). This charcoal-like note is very off putting. The rich roast of the malt, which is present, is getting buried behind it. This is a recent purchase, much better when I last had it, so I suspect this beer needs some cellaring to reach it's true potential.

M - Full bodied mouth feel with a nearly syrupy viscosity, but not particularly smooth - there is almost a grainy feeling on the tongue that lingers. There is a pleasant warming you'd expect from the style that you feel all the way down.

O - The first time I had it, it was at a friend's and I think that had held it for awhile. It was certainly much better in that batch than in this one now that I've acquired it for myself. I expected to be writing a better review based on my first experience with this beer, but I'm hopeful that it is a lack of conditioning rather than a lack of consistency.

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More User Reviews:
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of sarahgordon
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutFox
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/3 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: oat, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light bourbon

Taste: oat, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and light bourbon/vanilla on the finish

Mouthfeel: sweet and roasty, heavy-bodied, medium-low carbonation

Overall: This is an average roasty, coffee stout. The bourbon is faint if existent at all. I was expecting it to be a lot more pronounced. Not a bad beer, but nothing that really differentiates this from most other stouts. The original Ale is by far and away my favorite from this brewery.

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3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is okay... I was expecting a lot more to be honest, kind of a let down.

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Photo of James47
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of boogerisu
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Poured into snifter; jet black with a thin fizzy brown head that fades quickly into a thin ring of foam. Smells of roasted malt and coffee, with slight bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Not much barrel character in the smell; not getting any oak, and only a tiny hint of bourbon. To be fair, the only other BA stouts I've had are BCBS, Dragon's Milk, and Cerburus (Bourbon), and those were all very strong on the bourbon character. Taste is roasted malt and bitter coffee, a hint of baking chocolate, smoothing out into sweetness and a tiny ghost of bourbon. Finishes wet and relatively clean, with some lingering coffee and sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for an imperial stout.
Overall it's a good stout, but I'd expect something called "Bourbon Barrel Stout" to taste like it had been in a bourbon barrel at some point.

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3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, the ale has been selling like hot cakes for stores in Ohio...the sad thing is I can't figure out why. When I saw this version I still had to give it a go it mentions aged with Haitian coffee, pours pitch black with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma gives off the coffee notes with hints of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. The flavor however keeps it along the lines of a mediocre light fizzy stout that may have been aged in oak bourbon barrels but really doesn't have enough body to carry out the characteristics that the barrel has to offer, first of I don't believe this beer is 8% that is hidden way too well. Remains a bit one dimensional even watery on my palate, it finishes with some bourbon flavor charred oak and watered down bourbon that warms the gut just a bit after a few sips. Really all and all it's a beer I will never go back to the carbonation and textures fall flat on the palate, just poorly made beer put in bourbon barrels that's my final impression.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.