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

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

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BA SCORE
81
good

433 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 433
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%


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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012)
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 23:24:00 | More by Axnjxn
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CloudStrife

New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 7/10/13 on the neck

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown appearing black in the glass. A small off white head fizzles to the sides fairly quickly.

S: Smells like a strong black coffee with fermented dark fruits and a touch of bourbon. Carmel and other sweetness comes to mind. Emphasis is on the coffee.

T: Comes off sweeter than I had anticipated, there is a stout in there but it doesnt appear to be very complex. Bourbon comes through only in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body that is a tad watery for the style. Warming in the aftertaste. Sweetness makes it a touch sticky but not bad.

Overall its not too offensive, worth a go round but not something I'd pickup on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 22:20:37 | More by CloudStrife
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, borderline black thin body. Head is an average tan, maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light coffee scent with a light-light whiskey scent.

Taste: Bland coffee feel coming off slight bitter. Has much room for improvement, I expected more coffee and more molasses and it being a "bourbon" aged beer, should be more potent when it comes to its whiskey properties.

Mouth: Light bitter finish with semi dry notes. Somewhat sticky but not as sticky as it should be.

Overall: It's good but definitely not going to be a steady in my fridge. If you are looking for something new to try to add to your list pick it up but if if have your steady Imperial Stout, my advice to you is to stick to it. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 06:18:16 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Greywulfken

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: black-bodied with a finger of tan foam that left no lace behind

S: roasted malts and hints of oak barrels, some suggestions of cold espresso

T: roasted malts and coffee beans, airs of bourbon and oak

M: thin for a stout (almost porter-esque), slick, smooth

O: nothing terribly complex here - but certainly an enjoyable drink - I found it comparable to Dragon's Milk - not a top stout, even with the barrel aging (which was not heavy-handed, it was more nuanced), but for folks that enjoy barrel-aged stouts, sure to be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 12:42:04 | More by Greywulfken
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: very dark, nearly opaque. Tan head and lacing. Expected a more substantial head on a relatively "small" imp stout.
Smell: muted stout characteristics. Some roastiness, a hint of coffee. Not getting any oak or bourbon.
Taste: again, muted stout taste. Not getting barrel or bourbon at all, and only a hint of coffee. Not bad, but just not much happening.
Overall: might have been impressed with us before having Kbs, Parabola, and Bcbs. Seems to be simply a stout, not much imperial about it, nor are there bourbon barrel characteristics. Nothing wrong with a "plain" stout to be sure, but would have expected to experience the advertised qualities.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:10:19 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle traded with Justin - thanks brother.

A: poured with black/ruby red color, not opaque, head 'hissed' when poured
S: I'm not a huge coffee fan but the bourbon, malt and coffee work well together
T: not as rich as I'd expect for EtOH and being a double stout with bourbon aging
M: thinner than expected
O: decent, but only that

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:39:36 | More by wisrarebeer
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours very dark black with a half finger of a tan head.Some alcohol legs and little head retention.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and some bitterness.

T- A slight bitterness at first and a dryness from the roasted malts and then a TON of coffee. An onslaught of coffee that is dominant in the beer. A slight roasted malt and a nice caramel to the beer. Almost no bourbon to speak of.

M- A bit watery to be honest. Leaves my mouth with a sticky film.

O- Disappointing. Not a bad beer and I may have even liked it if it didnt have BOURBON in the name. A better name for this beer should be Kentucky Coffee stout. Seriously, did they age this in bourbon barrels for a day? What's strange to me is just how bourbon forward their bourbon barrel ale is. The beer therefor does not justify the relatively high price.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 00:31:44 | More by TwelveOunces
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours more of a mahogany/reddish color than i expected. Although very dark brown in my glass. So so lacing, meh retention and pretty weak lacing. Looks slightly thin

S - Sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Actually smells fantastic but something about it is again telling me its too thin. Quite minerally smelling as well.

T - Lots of sweet chocolate and vanilla followed by nice bourbony flavors. Minerally, slight sweet alcoholy dark fruit flavor

M - Lighter bodied for the style, really my only knock on this - still smooth

O - Quite, tasty. I'd call this a very good gateway bourbon barrel aged stout

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 21:55:58 | More by MacQ32
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty black (seems thin) with a tan head.

S - Vanilla, caramel, toffee and a bourbon oak presence. The bourbon is definitely there, just not overwhelming.

T - More charred oak aspect on the taste. Coffee is there along with some bitter dark chocolate. For a BBA beer, the bourbon characteristics are not it's strong suit.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. It needs to be a little more thicker, but it is pretty smooth. ABV is noticeable but not there.

O - A good rendition, but not a good substitute for others in the category.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 14:39:05 | More by cvm4
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter; thanks, Cliff.

A: Midnight black with a very slight tan head that went away quickly. No lacing. Just kinda sits there.

S: Charred, oak-y, coffee. But hey, where's the bourbon?

T: Follows nose with an almost flat taste. No bourbon at all. Semi-sweet, smokey. No robustness. I really wanted some punch. Got slight sourness instead.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: Not much of a kick here. Wondered if it was infected. I really enjoyed Lexington's Bourbon Barrel Ale. But this one didn't meet expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 15:49:22 | More by brewskifan55
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 12 oz Alaskan 25 year tulip. Pours a slick almost black, with a two inch tan head that leaves behind some lace. Smell is intense dark chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon, roasted coffee, licorice, and tobacco. Taste is lest aggressive with dark chocolate and roasty coffee dominating, with everything else in a supporting role. Body is thinner than I like or expect, not much carbonation as expected, dry side, and not to filling for a sipper. This is o.k, but something is holding g it back besides its thin body.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:43:43 | More by SawDog505
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 21:30:28 | More by boilermakerbrew
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby tints when seen through light. Finger thick tan head dissipated quickly to patchy surface foam and no lacing.

s: Cold black coffee and alcohol.

t: At first a rather unappealing mix similar to the aroma, of black coffee with alcohol added. Aftertaste is smoky with more black coffee.

m: Medium at most. Quite smooth.

o: Much less pleasing than their ale. The basic roasted malt is not bad, but the added coffee and bourbon barrel aging does not help add a nice flavor like it does with the ale, instead clashing with each other and the dark malt body and making the whole rather bitter.

It does smooth out somewhat towards the middle, with more smoke in the aroma and cold black coffee in the flavor. You're still left with the distinct impression you are drinking spiked cold black coffee. Perhaps if they stopped trying to be the Kentucky version of BCBCS and just brewed a plain stout in bourbon barrels, the result would taste better.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:59:42 | More by scotorum
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter; jet black with a thin fizzy brown head that fades quickly into a thin ring of foam. Smells of roasted malt and coffee, with slight bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Not much barrel character in the smell; not getting any oak, and only a tiny hint of bourbon. To be fair, the only other BA stouts I've had are BCBS, Dragon's Milk, and Cerburus (Bourbon), and those were all very strong on the bourbon character. Taste is roasted malt and bitter coffee, a hint of baking chocolate, smoothing out into sweetness and a tiny ghost of bourbon. Finishes wet and relatively clean, with some lingering coffee and sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for an imperial stout.
Overall it's a good stout, but I'd expect something called "Bourbon Barrel Stout" to taste like it had been in a bourbon barrel at some point.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 22:46:23 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Act25

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

really in the mood for a double stout, I picked up this over-priced bottle from my favorite beer bodega on the way home from the ferry in manhattan. I scratched my itch, but was also-ran compared to the greats, and to think I could have had a Belgian Trappiste for the same price!

A: OK. Large initial tan head, but only medium lacing and retention.
S: Smell is its best feature. nearly perfect. A blend of malt, bourbon, wood, char.
T: Some how doesnt live up to promise of the aroma. It's really a chocolate/coffee stout with bourbon and wooden oak notes from the barrels. Thin tasting as well as body for a RIS.
MF: Ok thin, not a perfect finish, mid-pack

O: Glad I tried it, but longing for the Trappist I could have enjoyed for a similar $7 -ish price.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:15:04 | More by Act25
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scratch69

Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with half a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Coffee and roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and bourbon.

Taste- Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors with light hints of bourbon and oak.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is one of better barrel aged beers that I've had. There is just enough bourbon flavor to let you know that it was barrel aged, but not so much that you think that you're drinking a glass of whiskey instead of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:49:17 | More by scratch69
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark chocolate color with a 1/2 finger head in a snifter.

The aroma was very strong coffee. This is the best aspect of the beer.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- perhaps too much for the style. I would have preferred a lighter carbonation to match the aroma/taste/finish.

The taste is predominantly coffee. I was expecting Bourbon- there was a hint of whisky- but not overwhelming as in the ale.

The finish is tart, and the body light. I would have preferred a heavier body with a bourbon barrel
stout.

In general, a good beer. However, I was expecting the aroma to match the taste- but the taste seemed weaker and less pronounced than the aroma.

I liked the beer better at the 45F range, when the coffee aroma is stronger.

I am a big fan of the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel ale, but the Bourbon doesn't seem to dominate in the stout as it does in the ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:45:18 | More by brureview
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DocJitsu

California

4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 15:36:33 | More by DocJitsu
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tut2528

Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: typical stout appearance, deep black body, khaki colored head. the head was only about 1 fingers worth and dissipated rather quickly yielding minimal lacing.

S: big coffee grounds, dark chocolate, slight hint of smoke and oak barrels. nicely balanced, alcohol pretty well hidden.

T: taste is quite artificial tasting. sweet cocoa nibs, coffee, nuts, watery, slight oak not much else

M: much lighter than i ever expected.. very light for this style. leaves a slight cocoa flavor on the palate but thats about it. very disappointed here.

O: overpriced for a 4 pack IMO. taste and mouth feel are definitely lacking. i've had this brew on tap many times in the past and its much much better.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:26:17 | More by tut2528
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dcmchew

Romania

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 14:07:52 | More by dcmchew
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 13:58:13 | More by thegodfather1076
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maxie's Southern Comfort

A - pour is dark chocolate with a persistent 1/2 finger head

S - aroma is coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate. I'm sure this will evolve as it warms

T - taste is coffee dominated, not much of the bourbon comes through. Good amount of roasted malt, less so chocolate

M - feel is thin, no burn, not much carbonation

O - overall, this is not bad. Good price, but I was hoping for more bourbon character. Maybe I'll change my notes as it warms. Would have again, but maybe my expectation for barrel aged stouts with similar names has been skewed a bit....

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 22:52:26 | More by ncketchum
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

Pours a near black with clear ruby edges. No head. After a couple of swirls a mocha colored film appeared but disipated quickly. No visible carbonation

Smells earthy and nutty. Coffee is most prevalent here. Not so much roasty as fresh coffee beans. Oak with a little char

Taste is much more akin to a coffee porter than an bourbon aged stout. No big vanilla bourbon character. Coffee steals the show. Reminds me of the Hawaiian nut coffee from Honeydew. Bitter dark chocolate lends some sweetness. Finish is dry with some oak texture

Feels thin. Very smooth and watery. Tad dry on the finish

Overall if you go in thinking bba stout you will most likely be disappointed. But if you want a pretty decent coffee porter you'll be pleasantly surprised

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 06:17:52 | More by MistahBeah
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

5/5  rDev +40.8%
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!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 22:23:40 | More by yuenglingfan101
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hackmann

Michigan

2.21/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: black body with a half finger tan head that did not stay around long; no lacing; spotty lacing with each sip and it slowly slides down the glass to nothing; no syrupy legs

Aroma: just opened the bottle so maybe it has not warmed up to display the bouquet; nothing; just plain old nothing; weak watered down coffee at best; no bourbon here; went to my cellar got a bottle of bourbon for I thought maybe I forgot what it smelled like; yep, no bourbon on the nose; no roasted notes that a stout should have nothing, just plain ol’ nothing

Flavors: some charred oak; no bourbon; thin on the flavors if there are any;

Mouthfeel: this is a stout; has the body of a black lager; fine fizzy carbonation; thin body; light bitter diner coffee;

To the Point: I would not even give this to someone as an introductory Bourbon Barrel Stout; Shit I bought two bottles of this crap; If they called this ‘Charred Oak Black Lager’ okay I would give it a B; for a Bourbon Barrel Stout – I’ll give it a D all day long; $3.55 a bottle save your money; buy KBS, Siberian Night BB; Goose Island Bourbon Country; Hell Arcadia Shipwreck Porter is closer to being a stout than this dirty water

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:18:53 | More by hackmann
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.