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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 926
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 38.81%
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 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 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 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 Joshdp65
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I doubt this was a excellent stout before aging. Aging seemed decent but average stout. Since I thought it was well below average I am going to try aging it for a year.

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Photo of fank2788
2.54/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A very deep brown that is just a touch lighter in color than black in the glass with red highlights that shine through when held up to the light. This starts off with about a finger of light khaki head that quickly settles to nearly nothing. Not much in the smell other than a light touch of roasted malt and chocolate. After taking a sip I get a rather one dimensional roasted malt flavor and that is about it. As it warms alcohol too becomes more apparent but other than that there really isn't much going on in the flavor department here. It isn't really sweet but isn't really bitter either just kind of light or neutral in flavor with a bit of a slick character. It is more like a black lager than a stout and could almost be described as quite clean like you'd expect from a lager. Carbonation is low and there is no real aftertaste to speak of. Overall it's pretty disappointing, it's not a bad beer but not very good either.

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Photo of necrat
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was a gift, and as such, I won't turn it away. However I don't think I would seek this out on my own either.
It pours a nice dark color, almost hard to see through. Almost no head or lacing at all
Smells great. Smell of coffee (obviously), Bourbon(obviously), toffee notes, and alcohol.
The taste is meh. It's not horrible, it's not great either. It tastes average at best. Nothing is strong up front or behind. It almost has no flavor.
The mouthfeel is unfortunately where this beer ends up failing. It's way too carbonated. A stout should be smooth and soft. This beer isn't. It has the carbonation level of something much lighter, such as an ale.

I wouldn't turn it down if it was handed to me, or free, but I wouldn't really recommend it. Especially with so many other much better bourbon stouts out there, like the Goose Island.

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Photo of fallenshadow
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep black with some gentle lacing on top. Nice smell of bourbon coming through and decent bourbon flavour although the stout itself is just alright/average.

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Photo of JDW4195
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stout. Not as thick as BCBS, more along the lines of a true stout with an after taste of bourbon. Feels like a heavy lager. Decent taste, worth a try

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Photo of Young_John
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Looks oily, almost no head and no retention. Aroma is downright displeasing, and for those reasons, this might just be best served in the bottle. Taste is a step above appearance and smell and surprisingly palatable compared to all its other characteristics. Oddly, I'm reminded more of a pilsner than a stout. Not getting any of the usual stout characteristics from this one except its color. Mouth feel is thin with carbonation that I'd describe as fizzy, almost foamy. Goes down fast but then leaves a coating that you can never quite swallow. Glad I opted to try just one instead of buying the whole four pack. Poured it down my throat instead of the sink, so it wasn't a loss, and not even displeasing, but not great. Basically, it's one of the the last stouts I'd buy again. Given the choice of drinking this versus other styles of beer (being primarily a stout drinker), if there were no other stouts available, I would drink it again.

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Photo of JohnPolino
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer. Not great. can't really find the coffee, but the alcohol is well hidden making this a very smooth beer. I wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn it down if someone handed me one.

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Photo of themind
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is brewed with coffee and barreled with coffee which is kinda cool since I love coffee. The stout backbone is decent, mouth feel is decent and taste is decent. If your looking for a BB stout, for the price and availability, this beer delivers.

Bottom Line: Decent brew

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Photo of DIPA10
1.09/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible beer. To be clear- I seek out bourbon barrel aged stouts, and like coffee stouts - this is the worst example of either that I've ever had. Pours thin, faint coffee aroma, no apparent bourbon presence at all. I poured the last half of the bottle down the drain...Only the second time that I've done that in my long beer drinking life. Terrible, what a disappointment.

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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 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 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 jeranbrews
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

A - near black. No head. No lacing. 3.25

S - charcoal chocolate old bandaid 2

T - sour stout mixed with cheap bourbon. Chocolate bourbon and coke. 2

M - too watery. Slightly caustic. 3

D - an odd experiment but not one worth repeating. 3

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

Pours an almost black color with tan head. Some caramel and roasted malt on the nose with just the slighted hints of coffee and bourbon; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet, pretty sweet for this type of brew.

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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 Franck
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Nose of cofee and sugar. Hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel of coffee and milk chocolate. Final of anise. Bourbon taste is subtil. Quite light for 8 abv.
Bitterness is sweet and bitter. Chocolate and espresso.

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice deep chocolate brown color. Good cappuccino head tht leaves pretty nice lacing as it dissipates. Aroma is light, with faint oak and sweet malts. Taste is interesting for a stout. Lots of carbonation, kind of mild for a stout. Flavors of roasted brown sugar and faint bourbon. Alcohol comes through ever so slightly. Feels slick on the palate and has a bitter sugar finish that stays for awhile

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Photo of glass_house
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark opaque brown with a slight mahogony glow around the edges. One finger of creamy head recedes to a nice firm collar. Aroma is comprised mostly of roasted coffee with notes of cocoa and bourbon in the background. Underwhelming.

The taste is pretty much what is expected from the smell. Dark roast coffee with faint toffee, chocolate and barely-noticeable bourbon. Nothing offensive or out of place, but just like the nose, underwhelming. The bigger issue for me is the texture. Way too thin and light for a stout trying to carry this flavor profile. A bit watery even. Carbonation is slightly overdone.

Overall, I would hesitate to call this a "bad" beer, but don't get your hopes up. Not worth the price in my book, and this will be a one and done for me.

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Photo of ENogueira
3/5  rDev -15%

12 oz bottle poured in a glass. Almost no head, dissipates very quickly. Pitch black. Dark Chocolate. Coffee. Taste of whiskey is barely noticeable; instead, a roasted malt finish. It was okay.

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Photo of Omnium
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

A - Pitch black with a half a finger of fizzy off white head, no lacing.
S - Aroma is rather nice, big roasted chocolate malt, oak, burnt toffee, a little coffee, very light hints of bourbon though.
T - There's a substantial coffee flavor here with a very mild bourbon kick, some black cherry, very woody too
M - Dont feel the 8% which is good I guess, its a litlte too carbonated though.
O - Its good, but missing a lot for a beer of this type.

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Photo of bens0n
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a nice jet black with a small amount of light tan head, decent retention, not too intense on the pour though.

On the nose there is a pretty intense roasted/burnt coffee going on with a little bit of a oaked woody note. Not boozy at all, not picking up on any vanilla or dark fruits either.

Flavor wise the bourbon becomes a little more apparent, definitely still has a roasted/burnt coffee backbone. Slightly sweet vanilla finish, no boozyness at all. Towards the end I pick up on a very feint figgy/plum kind of flavor. I don't pick up on much of the bourbon, more of the oaky woody flavor than bourbon itself. Not really a bad thing though, flavor is well blended.

Mouthfeel wise its on the thin side with a pretty high amount of carbonation for something barrel aged.

Overall, I really like this, it doesn't have a crushingly high abv and extreme bourbon character but its a nice brew. I don't think they put these in the bourbon barrels for very long, but its a nice stout. If you are expecting a boozy, bourbon barrel aged RIS, this isn't going to meet the ticket, but its not bad by any means.

I have a feeling that they actually aged this on bourbon soaked oak chips instead of in bourbon barrels, a bit misleading, but again still a nice brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Big, dark beer with a formerly firm tan topper. Receded to patchiness.

Sweet chocolatey aroma with a chinsy barrel note that reminds me of butterscotch ripple, oak, and maple. Very sweet nose, but rather transparent. No depth beneath the initial sugary barrel stout whiffs. Malts are restrained. No true hop character.

Much too sweet. Tastes like oak staves, chocolate syrup, Werthers candies, buttery fusel, cheap bourbon, moderate roast, and finishing waxiness. Bitterness that finishes decently. Tries to dry up as much as it can.

Body is too thin. Carbonation is a little bit spiked, but not terribly so. Not much salvation there, though.

A one and done, for sure. Glad I tried it, but not for most. So many betters out there.

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