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

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 31
Gots: 214 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

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Ratings: 859 | Reviews: 164
Photo of Paddyjoe24
2.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bourbon flavoring nearly non existant. More of a coffee stout. Fell way flat of my expectations.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While this beer is supposed to be a bourbon barrel stout, I found the coffee notes to be well pronounced. There is essentially no barrel to this beer, other than some mouthfeel effects i think.


I actually really liked this beer, but felt like it shouldn't be marketed as a bourbon barrel stout. That being said, I will certainly seek this out and drink it again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of CIBoy10
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This, unlike the bourbon barrel ale, really doesn't work for me.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of Boccu
2.09/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not a good tasting bourbon stout

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of kds2437
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This one fell flat, literally.

Photo of Paincane
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark espresso appearance with thin khaki head. Smoky, coffee, Bourbon, molasses and oak notes. Full-bodied and full-flavored.

Photo of Joshdp65
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of JordanKerns
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Ish....to much of a coffee taste. Wasn't to impressed for the price tag.

Photo of Shooter22
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged In a bourbon barrel or just an oak barrel? The coffee flavor definitely out shines any bourbon flavor. Not bad but not great.

Photo of pruden
1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very thin, with no head. High carbonation, with almost no flavor. Not sure where the bourbon is in this one. Was not a fan.

Photo of fank2788
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flavor is pretty hamfisted booze and cocoa (but no bourbon), feels thin and just all-around lacking. For the price and style, it's very poor.

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Although I did not pick up much of a bourbon taste, I did like the coffee notes that it brought. Overall, decent

Photo of xICooRsYIx
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pretty sure it was an old bottle, but im rating the beer as is until i try it again

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

How long did they "bourbon barrel age" this? A couple of hours? There is absolutely zero bourbon flavor to this.

Photo of necrat
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly better as it warmed. Nose was the best part...mild coffee nose and taste.

Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding stout think I will have another.

Photo of fallenshadow
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of MarvinAdrian
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You can even taste the bourbon

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as the BBC's interpretation of this style.

Photo of JDW4195
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.