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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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BA SCORE
81
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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | 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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seakayak

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-05-2013 12:58:21 | More by seakayak
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dtmets84

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-05-2013 02:59:28 | More by dtmets84
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Eastside151

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-31-2012 23:37:15 | More by Eastside151
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headbucket

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark and opaque except right at the edges, small light-tan head.

S:starts off very coffee forward. For a little while during the warm up period there was a strong aroma of cigar smoke which was kind of off putting but that receded as it warmed more and became integrated with the coffee smell and a bit more pleasant but is still kind of hard to get past at times

T: dark roasted malts, again strong on the coffee flavor with a touch of chocolate. I start picking up a bit of vanilla from the barrels at the end and it becomes a little sweet.

M: on the thinner side of full. Lower carbonation

O: an alright beer. I agree with previous review comments that this strikes me much more as a coffee beer than a barrel-aged beer because the coffee is so dominant and the barrel characteristics so minimal. Maybe brewing with coffee and aging in the barrel with Haitian coffee as it says on the label is a bit of overkill. Would like to see them tone down the coffee and have a larger barrel presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:42:20 | More by headbucket
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tastymug

Washington

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-29-2012 23:08:28 | More by tastymug
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-29-2012 19:40:57 | More by Lukass
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imduffman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-29-2012 16:36:34 | More by imduffman
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DocJitsu

California

4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a vibrant caramelized creme brûlée colored head sitting on top. Lovely aromas of smoke, strong coffee, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is pleasntly full and smooth without being thick. Flavors are complex and balanced, but in a piecemeal fashion. Blast of coffee up front with it smoothing out gradually to a sweetness that eventually presents a whisper of bourbon. This is a pretty fantastic stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 15:36:33 | More by DocJitsu
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BlueShirtMember

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark color with a think head

S - COFFEE! Also coffee, and coffee. Strong smell as soon as the bottle was uncapped. Faint odor of oak and caramelness.

T - Strong coffee flavor to match the strong smell. However I detected no bourbon flavor whatsoever.

F - Thinner than most stouts but acceptable. Carbonation was on high side

O - IF this was marketed as a coffee stout, I'd rank it higher. However it is a Bourbon Barrel Stout. I couldn't detect any bourbon flavor, or any other flavor for that matter aside from the coffee. Overall I'm disappointed as this is my favorite style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 13:19:40 | More by BlueShirtMember
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frinkglaven

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-26-2012 15:55:00 | More by frinkglaven
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-25-2012 03:30:44 | More by Zaphog
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-24-2012 03:33:35 | More by greg4579
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Bunnyhops


4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

12-21-2012 05:50:00 | More by Bunnyhops
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xabyss

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Black as night. Maybe half a finger of head shows itself for a split second - very fizzy dark tan foam - and is gone before I'm done writing this sentence. Pretty standard fare for a stout, I suppose.

S: This is barrel-aged? Not picking much up those barrel notes I crave. Instead the aroma is dominated by coffee. Roast malts and chocolate in the mix too. As it warms, oak and vanilla emerge, but very little.

T: This is barrel-aged? There's some hints of bourbon and vanilla, but again coffee is the foremost force here. It seems other reviewers are picking up more barrel notes than I am. Caramel, nuts and chocolate are present but subdued. I'm getting a slight cola note as well. Finish is burnt coffee and a touch of alcohol heat.

M: Not as thick and creamy as I want it to be. Medium-bodied with subtle but sharp carbonation bubbles.

O: It's a pretty good beer, but I want more barrel flavor. The guy at my local wine shop compared this to Founders Breakfast Stout. It is decidedly not Founders Breakfast Stout, but a decent brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:59:06 | More by xabyss
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barczar

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights and a solid beige head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing.

Oak, tobacco, roast malt, soy, and toffee comprise the aroma, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla adding complexity. Smells savory.

Coffee dominated the flavor throughout. Chocolate and vanilla are subdued, with roasted malt and nutty notes emerging subsequently. Bourbon is a subtle afternote. As it warms, butter, vanilla, and oak become dominant.

Body is a touch light, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a hint of acrid astringency, but it's not offputting.

Overall, a lot more coffee than expected. A touch light in body, but a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 02:18:03 | More by barczar
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-10-2012 23:00:06 | More by CSQ1111
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MrBoh

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-08-2012 05:12:38 | More by MrBoh
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whodeyvols

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-07-2012 22:39:46 | More by whodeyvols
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Lynn

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-04-2012 23:57:11 | More by Lynn
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HopJack

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-02-2012 04:50:39 | More by HopJack
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nestled in the heart of bourbon country has its privileges and Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company takes full advantage. The fresh and recent decanting of bourbon barrels means that these vessels are ripe for the picking for local brewers who wish to claim the complex nuances of bourbon for their beers. The brewery simply has no fear in brewing relatively tame recipes to reside in those magical barrels- the results are not simply "hints" of bourbon or "mild" wood complexities, but rather a changed beer that's uniquely Kentucky!

Dark as night, the stout ale opens with a deep brown hue that reminds that catches the eye with richly stained tree bark and crimson highlights. Though dark, the beer shows great clarity with an onyx-like sheen, just as the redish hues plays through the saturated brown color. Its light and delicate creme floats atop the beer and decorates the snifter with lacy rings that delights the eye.

Strong coffee overtones leap onto the olfactory senses along with roasted walnut, heavy toast, and firey burnt embers. Yielding shy of smoke, the scent instead, introduces complementary aromas of caramel, cherry, vanilla, coconut, and unmistakable bourbon alcohols.

And true coffee dominance exudes in the stout's taste as well. Even thought the strong ale proclaims bourbon- its the taste of Columbian coffee, walnut, and bittersweet smoky chocolate that form first impressions. The malty underpinnings of thin caramel sweetness and starchy light whipping cream emerges at middle palate and braces the palate from the dry toast and roast of grain. And all this succulent taste is wrapped in a cocoon of bourbon sweetness with all its gentlemanly oak, tannin, and char.

Medium-full in texture, the stout's mouthfeel resides on a dry-roast backbone that evokes an, arid, powdery, and light ash that extends beyond that of receding malt sweetness and thin bourbon warmth. At eight percent alcohol, the palate easily underestimates the strength as the warmth is calming and succulently inviting. It's a much more drinkable beer than it should be.

Sure to appease the sweet tooth in all of us, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is indeed a stout at heart. But much like that of their Bourbon Barrel Ale, the beer doesn't simple add nuances of bourbon in complement, it changes the beer into something else- one with much more bourbon influence than is common for such bold technique. The advantages of living in the Bluegrass are many and this new stout is one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 07:45:58 | More by BEERchitect
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JustinWhipple

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

11-28-2012 04:10:05 | More by JustinWhipple
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-28-2012 02:09:07 | More by ortie
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours jet black with a thin tan head. A decent sized ring is left around the edge of the glass on top of the beer.

Coffee is very prominent on the aroma with a lot of roast and caramel along with a healthy dose of chocolate which surprised me a little bit. A somewhat subdued vanilla not but I can't really detect much bourbon. Nonetheless a very inviting aroma.

The flavor has lots of coffee and caramel up front but not in as strong of dose as is present in the aroma. Almost no bourbon at all but rather vanilla, chocolate and caramel. All of the flavors are a little bit thin but they work well together. Roast and char lingers long after the other flavors have cleared up. Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style with a light bitterness and a lingering stickiness.

Overall, a good coffee stout but not on par with Founders Breakfast Stout and roughly the same price. If this becomes available in TN I will gladly pick it up because of no alternatives. In other parts of the country, however, there are better alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:15:04 | More by rangerred
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bmoney

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

11-26-2012 01:36:01 | More by bmoney
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.