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

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 903
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 39.38%
Wants: 33
Gots: 243 | FT: 5
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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 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Joshdp65
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of fank2788
2.54/5  rDev -28%
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.
80 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.