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

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 928
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 34
Gots: 261 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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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 emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +13.3%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of black coffee and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mild chocolate sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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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 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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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 smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at America on tap.
Rich caramel with hints of roast and plenty of vanilla and butterscotch that at times seems quite bitter. Worse than I thought it would be.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black, low tan head for a minute or two, sticky lacing afterwards.
Strong coffee in the smell, overshadowing everything (some roast, faint smoke, wood).
Nice clear coffee in the taste, not too sweet, not excessively strong, between an espresso and an americano. Zesty dark fruit keep it fresh and crisp, some sour cherries there, dates, juicy plums, even some lemon juice. Roasted grainy malts as it settles, dark bread crust. Barrel notes, yes (faint vanilla, wood, oak, faint smoke, bit of char), but the bourbon is just way too subtle (alcohol is present and felt, but doesn't give off the bourbon flavor found in the Kentucky BB Ale). Low hop presence, granted, some green notes, aftertaste consisting of coffee acidity and roast.
Feels a bit too crisp, almost watery for its style. Medium carbonation.
A refreshing coffee stout, not so bourbon, but rather tasty.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells of whiskey and chocolate with a hint of coffee. There is a distinct scent of coca-cola to this.

Starts out tasting of coffee whiskey and chocolate. This is a little sweet. Slight coconut taste.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall an OK beer but there are better whiskey stouts.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch beige head that quickly dissipates. The smell is a ton of bourbon and chocolately malts...really good aroma. The taste has a ton of bourbon flavor and that is basically all...no chocolate or anything but bourbon. The body is also lighter than it should be for a stout, with low carbonation.

overall a tad disappointing, but not bad!

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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 ppoitras
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark pour, almost black. Nice coffee and roasted malts in the aroma which also follow in the taste. Couldn’t find any bourbon in the aroma or taste. Body is slightly watery for the style. Not bad overall, with some good coffee presence, but no bourbon.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 11, 2014.

The pour is black with little to no head. Any head that happens fades quickly.

The aroma is overpowered by the Bourbon or wine, which is what it really smells like. After getting through that I do find a touch of chocolate malts but the wine is the front character.

Lighter to medium body.

The taste is much like the aroma but it is a tad better with some chocolate characteristics. But after getting through that I really get a sour note, which is a bit annoying considering this is meant to be a stout. The short review is that there is way too much much Bourbon and wine.

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Photo of rudzud
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Got this as an extra and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a thin black hue with next to no head and what little is there becomes a very thin halo.

S - Aromas of faint chocolate, cheap bourbon, coffee isnt too too bad though. Acceptable aroma, in fact, better than what I was assuming it would be.

T - Taste is somewhat astringent, smokey malts, sweeter, faint chalky chocolate, the bourbon is barely there but whats there is cheap. The coffee is awfully astringent, almost burnt like. Rather mediocre.

M - Mouthfeel is alright, lower carbonated, alcohol hidden well. Is thin though.

O - Overall, this beer was a bust, which was expected. Nose actually wasn't have bad though but everything else was fairly poor. Still, not a total drain pour.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle stamped with 021813 on it, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some light vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla and bourbon. I'd guess this wasn't aged in bourbon barrels for a long time as the bourbon character in both the aroma and taste is subtle. There is a nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors, but it does lean towards being sweeter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough overall brew, but a bit pricey at $12.99 a 4-pack. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of chocolate, coffee, and some malt. The bourbon is there, but it isn't especially powerful.

T: Tasted of light coffee notes, a little bit of bourbon, malt, and some milk chocolate. Not quite as robust as some stouts, particularly in regards to the bourbon. Still, a solid flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: There certainly are better examples of this style, but this one is likeable enough. Worth a shot.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights and a solid beige head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing.

Oak, tobacco, roast malt, soy, and toffee comprise the aroma, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla adding complexity. Smells savory.

Coffee dominated the flavor throughout. Chocolate and vanilla are subdued, with roasted malt and nutty notes emerging subsequently. Bourbon is a subtle afternote. As it warms, butter, vanilla, and oak become dominant.

Body is a touch light, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a hint of acrid astringency, but it's not offputting.

Overall, a lot more coffee than expected. A touch light in body, but a good brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours an opaque black color with a small, short-lived tan head. Not much lace either.

Nose is marshmallows, roast, black licorice and a little bit of barrel char - not that the barrel presence is all that noticeable. Im guessing this is blended with some non-barrel stout.

Taste is heavy on the vegetal coffee flavors and some wood peeks out a bit more in the flavor. Sweetness backs down but the roast from the coffee and the malt could use something to offset the astringency. Not at all pleasant, very rough mouthfeel and Im not sure if I can finish this bottle myself. Ive seen people in stores fall victim to the marketing of Alltech - having 'Kentucky', 'Bourbon Barrel' and 'Stout' on the label is not just coincidence. Not quite a drainpour, but close.

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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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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
80 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.