Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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3.49/5 rDev -2%
A: The beer is close to being black in color—traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and coffee beans are present in the nose. Faint hints of bourbon become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has slight hints of bourbon from the barrel aging in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The name of this beer is a little misleading in that it tastes a lot more like a coffee stout than a bourbon barrel stout. Nevertheless, it's easy to drink.
01-26-2014 21:41:04 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +12.4%
Nestled in the heart of bourbon country has its privileges and Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company takes full advantage. The fresh and recent decanting of bourbon barrels means that these vessels are ripe for the picking for local brewers who wish to claim the complex nuances of bourbon for their beers. The brewery simply has no fear in brewing relatively tame recipes to reside in those magical barrels- the results are not simply "hints" of bourbon or "mild" wood complexities, but rather a changed beer that's uniquely Kentucky!
Dark as night, the stout ale opens with a deep brown hue that reminds that catches the eye with richly stained tree bark and crimson highlights. Though dark, the beer shows great clarity with an onyx-like sheen, just as the redish hues plays through the saturated brown color. Its light and delicate creme floats atop the beer and decorates the snifter with lacy rings that delights the eye.
Strong coffee overtones leap onto the olfactory senses along with roasted walnut, heavy toast, and firey burnt embers. Yielding shy of smoke, the scent instead, introduces complementary aromas of caramel, cherry, vanilla, coconut, and unmistakable bourbon alcohols.
And true coffee dominance exudes in the stout's taste as well. Even thought the strong ale proclaims bourbon- its the taste of Columbian coffee, walnut, and bittersweet smoky chocolate that form first impressions. The malty underpinnings of thin caramel sweetness and starchy light whipping cream emerges at middle palate and braces the palate from the dry toast and roast of grain. And all this succulent taste is wrapped in a cocoon of bourbon sweetness with all its gentlemanly oak, tannin, and char.
Medium-full in texture, the stout's mouthfeel resides on a dry-roast backbone that evokes an, arid, powdery, and light ash that extends beyond that of receding malt sweetness and thin bourbon warmth. At eight percent alcohol, the palate easily underestimates the strength as the warmth is calming and succulently inviting. It's a much more drinkable beer than it should be.
Sure to appease the sweet tooth in all of us, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is indeed a stout at heart. But much like that of their Bourbon Barrel Ale, the beer doesn't simple add nuances of bourbon in complement, it changes the beer into something else- one with much more bourbon influence than is common for such bold technique. The advantages of living in the Bluegrass are many and this new stout is one.
11-28-2012 07:45:58 | More by BEERchitect
3.61/5 rDev +1.4%
Picked this up on madatr's recommendation... let's see if it's any good.
Black in the glass with reddish brown edges, where the light gets through it seems to have pretty sharp clarity and no yeast in suspension. Tried two pours, as the first one into a rinsed tulip yielded a loudly fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds. Into a dry mini-pint, the head lasted for a minute or two, with a tan ring around the edges and a patchy web of skim.
Lots of coffee and vanilla in the nose, milk chocolate sweetness behind that. Where's the bourbon? If there's any at all it's very subdued underneath the other notes.
Tastes pretty good, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are melded well, with a hint of dry oak barrel in the aftertaste. The bourbon is practically nonexistent and certainly not assertive at all. Body is on the light side, and the carbonation seems to ebb away halfway through. Feels a little wimpy, though its pretty drinkable.
For being touted as a "bourbon barrel stout", in all caps on the label no less, the main flavors are toasty sweet chocolate malt and coffee. The barrel takes a backseat, though there's some lingering bourbon sweetness in the aftertaste. Overall it's a pretty good beer but far from living up to it's name.
07-19-2013 02:07:28 | More by emerge077
2.4/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
05-11-2013 16:30:57 | More by WVbeergeek
3.74/5 rDev +5.1%
Wasn't a huge fan of their Bourbon Barrel Ale, and I usually love beers aged in bourbon barrels, so hopefully the stout redeems it a bit.
Pours a smaller darker colored fizzy bubbly head covering that gets about an inch before fading semi quickly, light lacing, but nice legs on teh sides of the glass, pitch black beer.
Nose is interesting... quite nutty and coffee, a nice fresh nutty coffee that brings a nice creamy coffee aroma but not much of teh roast and burnt aromas, probably cold infused, mild caramel and dulche with that, very nice smooth coffee and aromatic. A hint of cocoa under that and perhaps a bit syrupy, light buttery toasty oak under that but no real bourbon. A quite nice base beer actually with the nutty smooth rich coffee, but a little lacking in the barrel.
Taste is a little less ambitious, the coffee is much more toned down, a little nutty and rich, little smooth, but fairly earthy too with a bit more coffee grinds like flavor, not as well immersed and looses that cold extraction like character, but still quite nutty. Not really roasty either, no burnt flavors at least, but a bit of a dark chocolate and baker's a bit, hint cocoa and mocha. Also more mild caramel, just a hint of sweetness, and a little creamy feel too, mild buttery oak with that too, faint hint of bourbon in the background but barely any. Booze brings a little warmth and hint esters. Finish is still a bit sweet, sticky, bit more creamy, mild bitterness more from dark malts and coffee than hops, bit more fresh coffee grinds, and caramel lingering, as well as some cocoa.
Mouth is fuller bod, little creamy and fluffy feeling, lighter carb, some warming booze.
Overall not bad, very little barrel overall, nice coffee addition, very nice coffee, decent base malt, but otherwise not much for it. It seems a bit boozier than it should too, and lacking carbonation. So decent but not great.
10-05-2013 02:05:30 | More by jlindros
3.71/5 rDev +4.2%
Modest head that settles to a thin level of bubbles. No lace as the head settles nor after each sip. Dark brown color where no light shines through.
Sweet with strong alcohol aroma. Natural toasty smells. Do I smell some fresh berries?
Lots of darker malt/burnt toast flavors up front. The body is good with the carbonation a bit high. There's a strong alcohol element to the flavor. Not as harsh as most Stouts. There's a bit of blackberry to the flavor.
04-27-2014 21:15:38 | More by smcolw
4/5 rDev +12.4%
12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.
Poured into Otter Creek Imp Series tulip, formed a 1/2" brown head over the barely translucent reddish brew. Head promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and lightly alcoholic.
Taste starts sweet also, light to medium tart in the middle, with slight smoke and alcohol through the close. Warming after swallow. Smooth mouthfeel, and easily drinkable. Not as boozy as their more usual Bourbon Barrel Ale, but still enjoyable.
02-11-2014 22:02:16 | More by ppoitras
4.48/5 rDev +25.8%
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.
01-09-2013 00:21:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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