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

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618 Ratings
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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 22
Gots: 103 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

DelMontiac, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with 091913 stamped on the bottleneck, which I'm assuming is a best by date, but whatever. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery, bottle was given to me by a friend in a drunken haze as he cleaned out his fridge. The premise to this beer sounds nice, aged with Haitian coffee.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a slick oily opaque black, straight down the center, and I managed to conjure about a finger of creamy mocha foam that dissipates to some suds rather quick.

S - Smell is rather different than what you would expect. Coffee isn't the first thing I smell, which you'd think it would be, and neither is there any vanilla. It has more of an ashy charred dark fruit aroma. Black currants, figs, chocolate, and some alcohol fumes.

T - What the beer lacks in aroma, it makes up for in taste. I can definitely taste both the coffee bean roast and the vanilla presence from the bourbon barrels. Very nicely imparted flavors, although they take a different route than I'm used to. Some char, ash, black currant, cherry, chocolate, earthy woodiness, and some booze heat.

M - Feel is sticky and sweet, with a chocolatey / vanilla coffee bean roast flavor clinging to the palate. Carbonation is a bit high considering the style, but it works. A fitting end.

Overall, I rather liked it, although it clearly isn't the pinnacle of bourbon barrel aged beers in any way, it's a nice any day anytime kind of brew. A nice shelf beer, I suppose, if you get this in your area. It was worth the try at least once, I'd say.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Sep 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

WanderingFool, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

lucasj82, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of tlang803
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tlang803, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Irish12
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Irish12, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Beerlover, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

MattXT, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of kevgod
2/5  rDev -44.1%

kevgod, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

AOShabaz, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Jas45678
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into snifter

Pours a dark brown with a tiny tan head. Smells of roasted malt and a little chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate and coffee but is very muted and a little artificial tasting. I get little to no bourbon. Mouthfeel is thin with medium to high amount of carbonation. Overall it's OK and not very "Bourbon" or "Imperial" as the label states.

Jas45678, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

fionn13, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SlightlyGrey, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Rod_J, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Artjsantos, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Chevami, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep black pour. Tan head settles very quickly, but that isn't unexpected in a bourbon barrel aged beer. Small spots of lacing.

S: Coffee is the predominant smell up front. Roasted malts bring a thin layer of soot and charcoal. Black cocoa powder and tootsie rolls. Touch of smoke. Barrel char and oak are more subtle than expected. Caramel.

T: Acidic black coffee. Malts lend a burnt acidity too. Bitter dark chocolate. Soot, charcoal, and a kiss of smoke. More dark chocolate. Barrel char. Oak comes out on the mid palate. Thin, subtle bourbon flavor. Dark caramel pulls through more as the beer warms. Char and smoke on the long finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very slightly chewy. Bourbon flattens it a little bit, but not enough to hamper enjoyment. Low carbonation.

O: Those who don't like a big kick of bourbon in their BBA beers will appreciate this one, as it has a softer touch. Not a trace of heat, it's a pretty easy beer to drink. There's some nice complexity to it as well. More of a novel approach to bourbon barrel aging; it stays flavorful and drinkable rather than going too over the top. It won't be the next whale, but it's one of those beers that you can just drink and enjoy without thinking too much about it.

ryan1788a5, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

GBallHead, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Inkay, Sep 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Tom_Gilman, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.