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

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BA SCORE
81
good

515 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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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Waymore

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

04-08-2014 07:57:17 | More by Waymore
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DarthPaul

Florida

4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into English pint glass.

Appearance: So I poured this beer pretty aggressively and only yielded a half finger head, which dissipated almost instantly. Guess I'll blame the abv. Color of the almost non existent head was light brown. Not gonna lie I'm really bummed out over the head. Moving right along, the color of the beer is dark brown, while pouring and damned near black in a glass, very little light coming through the sides.

Smell: Beer picks up here, sorta. Not very complex, but I smell a slight roasted coffee smell. I THINK I smell bourbon but I could be imagining it, its very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Taste: Ok, here we go. So on first sip the first thing I can say is how damned drinkable this beer is. 8% abv and I could pitch these back like Yuenglings. roasty with a hint of coffee, maybe bourbon. Getting half way through and it warming up a little, it becomes a little more complex. Coffee taste is now very apparent and in the best way, Very well done on the coffee taste not taking over the beer. A slight, perfectly slight, dryness on the back of your pallet. Just slightly bitter linger but again, it's done well.

Overall: Damn is this beer good, I know it isnt the most complex beer or really worth talking about, but its a high abv that you could drink all night and really enjoy the roasty coffee notes. If I could get a head out of this it would have been a 4.00

Edit: Don't buy if your looking for a aged bourbon stout, its better noted as a basic, session-able stout with hints of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:08:53 | More by DarthPaul
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cwappelt

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-05-2014 19:41:32 | More by cwappelt
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mhbarber

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-03-2014 17:28:09 | More by mhbarber
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-02-2014 21:03:17 | More by BeerHunter76
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-02-2014 03:04:02 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

04-02-2014 02:54:47 | More by kjkinsey
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Zach136

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A - Pitch black, zero head. Fine for a 12%+ beer but not acceptable for 8%.

S - Strong coffee notes, hint of vanilla. Very little to virtually no bourbon.

T - Thin coffee notes, with a touch of roasted barley and caramel sweetness. The slightest hint of oak and bourbon come out.

M - Thin and watery. The only part of this beer that leads me to believe it was barrel aged, but not in a good way.

O - the least impressive Bourbon barrel stout I've encountered. 3.5 is generous.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 02:03:06 | More by Zach136
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abex44

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-31-2014 18:19:06 | More by abex44
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isenblatter

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I felt like I was drinking an iced coffee, with no ice. I had to double check the bottle to make sure it was what I thought it was. Just to make sure I drank the other 3 bottles in the 4 pack. I am now wired from the coffee in it and now desire something that resembles alcohol. I guess I got what I paid for in $6 for the 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:49:10 | More by isenblatter
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hopley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-30-2014 15:01:36 | More by hopley
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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
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brandon911

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-30-2014 00:38:23 | More by brandon911
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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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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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BradenMK

Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

APPEARANCE - Poured into a scotch glass, 6oz at a time, the beer was a dark, near-black, red with a silky multitude of thin brown bubbles to form the head. The head was a short-lived 1 to 2 fingers. Seems nice until it reminds you of Coca-Cola.

SMELL - Outstanding. Among the best smells of any stout I've ever had, ranking up there, for me, with Flying Dog's Barrel Aged Gonzo Porter, and Epic Brewing's Big Bad Baptist. Lots of coffee, yes, but the aroma is more complex than that and much more subtle. Some caramel and a good deal of vanilla and oak as well, almost as much as the coffee. And then, trailing at the end, a hint of bourbon. Excellence.

TASTE - Unfortunately, for me, this was a big let down. Having paid over $13 for four of these and having loved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, this stout did not measure up as being either a good stout or a good example of bourbon barrel aging. The taste is overwhelmingly of mediocre coffee, and while there is a bit of malty, vanilla-chocolate roast to the beer, it is utterly drowned out and forgettable.

FEEL - Thin for the style, the mouthfeel, again, reminds one, disconcertingly, of a cola rather than a stout beer. Medium-bodied and not very creamy, I'm left wondering where the stout I bought went. Though it is not overly carbonated, the thin liquid does little to coat the tongue and even the massively average coffee flavor dissipates quickly.

OVERALL - This is a below-average beer, forgivable had it cost substantially less and were marketed as a Coffee Stout. As a Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, this leaves just about everything to be desired. Not worth the price tag by a long shot. Much better beer can be purchased, in either style, for less money, in six-packs rather than four. I wouldn't turn one down, but I won't be spending the money until they tone down the coffee and turn up the stout + bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 05:38:37 | More by BradenMK
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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-24-2014 04:44:29 | More by Tafyob41
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QuakeAttack

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-21-2014 20:39:32 | More by QuakeAttack
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-20-2014 15:11:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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BA_John

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-19-2014 07:35:27 | More by BA_John
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

03-19-2014 02:03:02 | More by Denzo
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PhilMiller

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-17-2014 22:27:33 | More by PhilMiller
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-17-2014 14:13:02 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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Pamola

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-16-2014 17:20:09 | More by Pamola
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Cooker_stp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2014 15:04:55 | More by Cooker_stp
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.