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: 31
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 The_Snow_Bird
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a great roasted coffee smell. Very light tasting stout. Had a burnt taste

Photo of weltywm
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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 lalamfa
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Very weak in flavor, feel and smell.

Photo of drinking12many
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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 BigGeorge860
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the last stouts I would pick. Looks pretty good, but dank, thin, and tastes like cigar ashes. Not a fan at all.

Photo of FFreak
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of WhiskeyMike
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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 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 WKyle
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Brondeau
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little more carbonated then some other stouts. Refreshing and delicious.

Photo of BWbeerlog
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoky toasted caramel, thick and viscous taste. Pretty good

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

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