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

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 30
Gots: 211 | FT: 4
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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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect stout on tap into a snifter need i say more. Nice dark black color and thick head. Nice and creamy for stout enthusiast. Bourbon and stout flavores in this beer but this one left me wanting more and more as stouts usually do that for me!!!!

Photo of Rumi
4.87/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite dark beer

Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding stout think I will have another.

Photo of MarvinAdrian
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You can even taste the bourbon

Photo of Rhody1
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth with a mild bourbon aroma and taste. Very drinkable on a regular basis.

Photo of Hlbose72
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love it! A good substitute when you can't get KBS.

Photo of DocJitsu
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a vibrant caramelized creme brûlée colored head sitting on top. Lovely aromas of smoke, strong coffee, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is pleasntly full and smooth without being thick. Flavors are complex and balanced, but in a piecemeal fashion. Blast of coffee up front with it smoothing out gradually to a sweetness that eventually presents a whisper of bourbon. This is a pretty fantastic stout.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co

Bottle specifies this stout was brewed with coffee, then aged in oak barrels with Haitian coffee.

LOOK: Dark brown with a light off white head. Lacework is sparse but there.

SMELL: Vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla coffee. Hint of bourbon.

TASTE: Big time chocolate, vanilla and especially deep coffee flavors. Has a nice earthyness and depth of flavor. Detectable bourbon and oak notes. Light citrusy hop profile. As it warms more delicious vanilla/bourbon presence. Deep roasted notes keep winning out and gaining my favor.

FEEL: Full bodied, with a moderate tightly bubbled fine carbonation.

OVERALL: An impressive beer from Alltech's Lexington Brewery. I've had the bourbon barrel ale, a fine pale aged in bourbon barrels that now all too apparently pales by comparison.

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 bens0n
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a nice jet black with a small amount of light tan head, decent retention, not too intense on the pour though.

On the nose there is a pretty intense roasted/burnt coffee going on with a little bit of a oaked woody note. Not boozy at all, not picking up on any vanilla or dark fruits either.

Flavor wise the bourbon becomes a little more apparent, definitely still has a roasted/burnt coffee backbone. Slightly sweet vanilla finish, no boozyness at all. Towards the end I pick up on a very feint figgy/plum kind of flavor. I don't pick up on much of the bourbon, more of the oaky woody flavor than bourbon itself. Not really a bad thing though, flavor is well blended.

Mouthfeel wise its on the thin side with a pretty high amount of carbonation for something barrel aged.

Overall, I really like this, it doesn't have a crushingly high abv and extreme bourbon character but its a nice brew. I don't think they put these in the bourbon barrels for very long, but its a nice stout. If you are expecting a boozy, bourbon barrel aged RIS, this isn't going to meet the ticket, but its not bad by any means.

I have a feeling that they actually aged this on bourbon soaked oak chips instead of in bourbon barrels, a bit misleading, but again still a nice brew.

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Although I did not pick up much of a bourbon taste, I did like the coffee notes that it brought. Overall, decent

Photo of PubMariner
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Completely black with a light tan head
Aroma – Dark coffee, alcohol, slight bourbon on the end
Taste – Coffee up front with a middle that’s all vanilla and bourbon.
Finish – This beer finishes up with slightly bitter, strong coffee. The bourbon notes on the finish help to mellow this out.

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 Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle given to me by a friend. Brewed with Haitian coffee and aged in used bourbon barrels. No specs per the website or bottle.

Pours out to a clear near black, forming a modest light tan had with average retention and OK lacing. Appears filtered, no sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Brown highlights at the edge of the glass. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is nice...black walnut up front, followed by a little chalk, followed by a pleasantly mild coffee nose, some carob on the end. No hop nose to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a creamy dense body (denser than I would expect given the 8.0% ABV). The taste is a recap of the aroma...nice black walnut and dark chocolate notes with a subtle underlying smooth coffee flavor and subtle prune juice. Too often, coffee stouts are way overdone and the acidity is thrown out of balance. Not this one. This is well-balanced with a soft, mild bitterness. Nice roast notes, but complimenting the other flavors. No off-flavors or off-aromas. The bourbon flavor is quite mild...it is subtle and just gives it an overall slightly oaky finish. It certainly doesn't scream bourbon.

A well-balanced coffee stout, one of the better one's that I've had. Complex, yet balanced and drinkable. I would buy it again. Thanks to Adam for the bottle.

Photo of hosehead83
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass.
Dark black in color with a rather short head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint spiciness, chocolate note, subtle bourbon
Taste-Oakey spiciness, chocolate, subtle bourbon that melds nicely and doesn't overpower. A bit thin-bodied, but overall nice flavor and balance and pretty drinkable at "only" 8.0ABV.

Photo of ZBowden
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, opaque black with ruby highlights. Fair head with tan bubbles, but very little lace.

Nose is roasty coffee. I don't sense much of the oak barrels here, but as I love coffee, this is still pretty damned nice.

Taste is definitely coffee-dominant, with an aftertaste/finish that shows a bit of the bourbon whiskey character. This is really a nice, easy-drinking brew to sip (it's a stiff 8% ABV), and a must-try for coffee-beer fans.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Cool classy looking classic label that is very eye-catching. Gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, web info, and brewery info.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 15min before I decanted from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. KBBS pours out an oily jet black with a 1½ finger tan foam head of a medium density. Head retention was rather short at 1min 5sec before fading into a thin foam ring. Good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep roast coffee with hints of a toasted nuttiness. Very burnt in the nose with slight hints of smoke and dark fruit. KBBS has a nice bourbon backbone.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by roasted coffee bitterness and a burnt smokiness as well as nutty chocolate malt sweetness on the front-end. A slight caramel vanilla sweetness is detected mid taste before giving way to a smokey oaked bourbon finish!!! Really Awesome!!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the lighter side of full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a dry finish. Very drinkable though maybe a bit intense for some.

Overall/Comments: I was very impressed with this offering. The bourbon barrel really adds incredible complexity in the nose and on the palette. Alcohol is masked extremely well in this offering! Classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout. Consumed 3/15/13.

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

Appearance: Black glass shows some ruby edge when backlit. Holds a tight tan head of foam that laces well.

Smell: A bit boozy, barrel notes are strong, a bit a of black bread background shows some depth. Faint earthy hop notes too.

Taste: The Bourbon and Barrel aspects are front and center, but don't overwhelm the beer base, subtle grape esters give a doppelbock angle, the total package manages to come across as soft and easy, a rare trick when bring this much wood.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, low carbonation, almost cask level, finishes fairly clean with a little oil at the end.

Overall: Masterfully made beer. The brewers have dialed in the big flavors to a point where they pop without drowning out everything else, and everything else is really well made too! Manages to be an experience while still being very drinkable; great beer!

Photo of chuck-chillout
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been told about this beer for a while now. So i picked one up the otehr day.

At first look: I like the over feel (look) of the bottle. Really trys to sell you on the things that make KY popular in the sprits/brew world.
At first smell: the bourbon is the first thing that jumps out at you; in fact you get a hint of roasted malt...then wham...bourbon. and that stays on the nose mixing with the other notes....but not letting them all breathe and have there own space.
At first taste:
The pour was midnight. No a drop of light made it thru this brew. The head appeared and just as fast run away. From the first sip you start to believe the labeling. bourbon...light coffee...roasted malty notes...quick hit of more bourbon. The feel was a little watery (more then I exp'd)....but the flavor is round with all the notes playing at the same time leaving you to pick them apart....all with a light coating of bourbon....NICE....I can see what the fuss is about...would spoil you if it was your main brew; but a beautiful treat (even if its not one on your wallet..lol). Top ten list worthy for sure....

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black in color with a small, 1 finger, tan colored head. Head retention is lacking, but there is a little bit of lacing.

S- Big, huge, dark coffee roasts and lots of burnt malt flavors on the nose. Coffee is the dominant flavor in the scent. Maybe just a touch of barrel character in the smell, but not much at all.

T- Coffee start out the taste as well as the scent, but isn't quite as dark and bitter as in the smell. Bitter and fairly strong, the coffee turns over to the burnt malts towards the middle. The burnt bitterness ramps up a little bit and the barrel makes a tiny appearance in the form of oak and spiciness. Burnt malts are the lingering flavor on the tongue after the drink.

M- This beer presents a lot of dark and heavy flavors, yet remains a reasonably sessionable beer. The 8% alcohol is not detectable at all and the coffee, while strong, is pretty palatable and delicious.

Overall, there isn't much barrel here, but this is still a very good coffee stout. Best of all, this beer is sold at a reasonable price, so if you want just a little bit of barrel in a coffee stout, this is a good option for you.

Photo of json83
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for a four pack. 8% Alcohol 240 Calories. Found at Giant Eagle and was a great dark beer with a coffee taste. The smell was below average but not that bad. This would be a recommended choice if your desiring a Guinness but are looking for the unique coffee aftertaste. A little high in calories though too which would be typical for this type of beer.

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 fallenshadow
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep black with some gentle lacing on top. Nice smell of bourbon coming through and decent bourbon flavour although the stout itself is just alright/average.

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