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

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 870
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 31
Gots: 214 | FT: 3
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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 twiggamortis420
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Modest head that settles to a thin level of bubbles. No lace as the head settles nor after each sip. Dark brown color where no light shines through.

Sweet with strong alcohol aroma. Natural toasty smells. Do I smell some fresh berries?

Lots of darker malt/burnt toast flavors up front. The body is good with the carbonation a bit high. There's a strong alcohol element to the flavor. Not as harsh as most Stouts. There's a bit of blackberry to the flavor. (457 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a black with a short lived tan head. Head dissipates to nothing pretty quick

S: Strong black coffee up front with sweet malt and dark fruit in the background. no hop aroma to speak of. Coffee dominates.

T: Strong coffee with dark fruit and raisin notes in the background. I detect the slightest hint of oak in the aftertaste but can't find the bourbon. All hop taste is in bittering. Semi dry finish.

M: Medium bodied brew that suits that's a little weak for the style.

O: This seems more like a strong breakfast or coffee stout. I like the strong coffee flavor and aroma but it wasn't what I was expecting from a bourbon barrel stout. For what it is, I like this beer. (683 characters)

Photo of DarthPaul
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,556 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of isenblatter
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of hackmann
2.22/5  rDev -36.6%
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 (1,195 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of BradenMK
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,875 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +14.3%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of black coffee and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mild chocolate sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (820 characters)

Photo of JerUrbans
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark with tan head that dissipates very rapidly. Smell of cold coffee and unfortunately no bourbon or whiskey, kind of a poor smell. Dose not taste like a barrel aged beer, I get some coffee, some bitter acid and sour fruit. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated.

Overall, not very good, would not seek this out and I think you'd be better off not trying this beer. Has a sour and bloody taste. (409 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black in color with a small, 1 finger, tan colored head. Head retention is lacking, but there is a little bit of lacing.

S- Big, huge, dark coffee roasts and lots of burnt malt flavors on the nose. Coffee is the dominant flavor in the scent. Maybe just a touch of barrel character in the smell, but not much at all.

T- Coffee start out the taste as well as the scent, but isn't quite as dark and bitter as in the smell. Bitter and fairly strong, the coffee turns over to the burnt malts towards the middle. The burnt bitterness ramps up a little bit and the barrel makes a tiny appearance in the form of oak and spiciness. Burnt malts are the lingering flavor on the tongue after the drink.

M- This beer presents a lot of dark and heavy flavors, yet remains a reasonably sessionable beer. The 8% alcohol is not detectable at all and the coffee, while strong, is pretty palatable and delicious.

Overall, there isn't much barrel here, but this is still a very good coffee stout. Best of all, this beer is sold at a reasonable price, so if you want just a little bit of barrel in a coffee stout, this is a good option for you. (1,142 characters)

Photo of asaharyev
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour: Pitch black with some dark reddish brown along the edges when backlit. There is also a small, overactive head that fizzles quickly.

Aroma: Sharp booze, sweet chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Not much else seems to come through, the bourbon does come through more than anything else.

Taste: Coffee first, with tons of alcohol warming. Then the bourbon hits and takes over the tongue There is a hint of chocolate in there, but the bourbon takes center stage, with the coffee in the supporting cast.

Overall: A decent beer. There is a ton of bourbon, as advertized, but not a whole lot of complexity for a big beer. I like to sit for a while on barrel aged beers, but this one doesn’t really afford that. I put one down to sit for a while, perhaps that will help out. (776 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

WTF!? Did they use barrels that actually contained bourbon at some point? If you are looking for a coffee stout I say give it a whirl. As for a "bourbon" stout, look elsewhere. Almost no bourbon flavor detected. Very coffee based. Not sure how long it is aged, but I would guess while they were off over the weekend. My review is based on the label and the $15 price tag for a 4 banger Looks ok, smells ok, tastes ok. Thats about it (432 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,359 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into Otter Creek Imp Series tulip, formed a 1/2" brown head over the barely translucent reddish brew. Head promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and lightly alcoholic.

Taste starts sweet also, light to medium tart in the middle, with slight smoke and alcohol through the close. Warming after swallow. Smooth mouthfeel, and easily drinkable. Not as boozy as their more usual Bourbon Barrel Ale, but still enjoyable. (529 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being black in color—traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and coffee beans are present in the nose. Faint hints of bourbon become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has slight hints of bourbon from the barrel aging in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The name of this beer is a little misleading in that it tastes a lot more like a coffee stout than a bourbon barrel stout. Nevertheless, it's easy to drink. (804 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Overall, this beer is okay for the indicated style. Nothing stands out within the nose or the palate -especially for a stout being aged on bourbon barrels- that wouldn't be present otherwise in any other typical stout. Standard malt, bitterness, and alcohol flavors abound, not much oak, vanilla, caramel, or toffee flavors that would be present with some age on bourbon. Very flat for what its supposed to be. (410 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect stout on tap into a snifter need i say more. Nice dark black color and thick head. Nice and creamy for stout enthusiast. Bourbon and stout flavores in this beer but this one left me wanting more and more as stouts usually do that for me!!!! (250 characters)

Photo of Utility_Bill
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- This beer is jet black with almost no light getting through even when held up to a light. There are edges of dark mahogany that appear when that little bit of light does pass through.

S- Not much there, there is a bit of coffee, but for a beer that was aged with Haitian coffee in oak barrels, and brewed with coffee, it is very light on coffee smell.

T- There is coffee there, but it is still a bit light. One redeeming quality with this beer is that there is a nice mellow residual sweetness, not sure if this comes from the coffee or the malts....my guess would be the coffee, but I am not a professional beer reviewer. Just a guy that likes beer. As the beer warms up, the coffee does seem to come to the front, definitely do not drink this one too cold.

M- Nice thick feel to this one, not at all what I expected since I got no head on a vigorous pour, very silky creamy texture.

O- Overall this is a very good beer. I was expecting bourbon and got nothing, and was only able to pick up a little coffee as it warmed up. However, I do not like stout for the most part, but I would have this one again. There is not one thing that really stands out as exceptional, but the overall is definitely better than the sum of its parts. (1,247 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with half a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Coffee and roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and bourbon.

Taste- Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors with light hints of bourbon and oak.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is one of better barrel aged beers that I've had. There is just enough bourbon flavor to let you know that it was barrel aged, but not so much that you think that you're drinking a glass of whiskey instead of a beer. (590 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 12 oz Alaskan 25 year tulip. Pours a slick almost black, with a two inch tan head that leaves behind some lace. Smell is intense dark chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon, roasted coffee, licorice, and tobacco. Taste is lest aggressive with dark chocolate and roasty coffee dominating, with everything else in a supporting role. Body is thinner than I like or expect, not much carbonation as expected, dry side, and not to filling for a sipper. This is o.k, but something is holding g it back besides its thin body. (520 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter; thanks, Cliff.

A: Midnight black with a very slight tan head that went away quickly. No lacing. Just kinda sits there.

S: Charred, oak-y, coffee. But hey, where's the bourbon?

T: Follows nose with an almost flat taste. No bourbon at all. Semi-sweet, smokey. No robustness. I really wanted some punch. Got slight sourness instead.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: Not much of a kick here. Wondered if it was infected. I really enjoyed Lexington's Bourbon Barrel Ale. But this one didn't meet expectations. (545 characters)

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
80 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.