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

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BA SCORE
81
good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 20
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

bluejacket74, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, May 05, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the the aroma, small coffee notes. In the taste, coffee, a mellow roast, and a mellow oaky end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee and roast in the aftertaste. Nice roast, big coffee, oak notes, but not much bourbon.

OWSLEY069, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

claspada, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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!

Axnjxn, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Lare453, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

cjgator3, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

puboflyons, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lexington's crack at the stout looks to want to play; this one's heavy, very close to black but with some red highlights easing in the edges when struck by light. it's even got some viscosity to it. The brown head caps this beer nicely and rests there at one finger, depositing patches on the snifter as it recedes.
This beer smells like it wants to compete with the big stouts. There's a nice complexity and some layered depth to it. It's got a nice, well-maintained and workable sweetness off some roast that never goes acrid, a hint of toast, some meaty nuttiness, lots of coffee grounds, and an obvious barrel presence (vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and a mild whiff of alcohol).
Roast, wood and creamy sweetness from the barrel balance strong notes of ground coffee in the taste as well as the aroma does. The barrel character is really drawn into this beer, as it takes the wood and creamy sweetness into itself. It verges on a little too much sweetness without a lot of char to counter it, but it stops in measure to work extremely well.
The body isn't particularly thick, about medium-full with the alcohol seeming to thin it a little. It's certainly recognizable as a stout, but on the lighter side for body. A bit of char edges into dryness, where just a touch of astringency hits after time. Still, it finishes smooth for the most part until then.

Brenden, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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Photo of tigg924
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

tigg924, May 12, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

dcmchew, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Poured into an oversized, freshly cleaned snifter with a jet black body. Tiny, fizzy light tan head forms for just a moment and quickly falls to a small ring around the edges. A few small spots of lace adhere to the glass but mostly missing.

S- Fresh French roast coffee and espresso beans up front with a rich chocolate, roast malt base. Pretty much just a coffee bean bomb with some sweet burnt grains beneath. Some cherry dark fruit hints with warmth. Lacking depth in a way.

T- Starts out with a big dark roast coffee/espresso flavor and finishes with a semi-sweet cocoa powder, dark roast malts and slight dark fruit (cherry, currant) feel. Bourbon, oak and vanilla hints that come from the barrel are somewhat faint but add complexity in the finish. These work well with the cocoa malts.

MF- First thing I really took note of with this is the apparent final gravity being super low feeling, the body lacks that thick structure the style really needs for me. Carbonation is high and somewhat creamy which helps the thin body. Some burnt bitterness in the finish.

Solid stout with a nice flavor but lacks that chewy, decadent feel that the style's big flavors rely on.

cbutova, Oct 01, 2013
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.