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

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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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Photo of ncketchum
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maxie's Southern Comfort

A - pour is dark chocolate with a persistent 1/2 finger head

S - aroma is coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate. I'm sure this will evolve as it warms

T - taste is coffee dominated, not much of the bourbon comes through. Good amount of roasted malt, less so chocolate

M - feel is thin, no burn, not much carbonation

O - overall, this is not bad. Good price, but I was hoping for more bourbon character. Maybe I'll change my notes as it warms. Would have again, but maybe my expectation for barrel aged stouts with similar names has been skewed a bit....

ncketchum, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Brew33, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Brown120, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of json83
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for a four pack. 8% Alcohol 240 Calories. Found at Giant Eagle and was a great dark beer with a coffee taste. The smell was below average but not that bad. This would be a recommended choice if your desiring a Guinness but are looking for the unique coffee aftertaste. A little high in calories though too which would be typical for this type of beer.

json83, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of diehl07
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

diehl07, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Lare453, Jun 04, 2013
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Polarslag
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Polarslag, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Mikegsparks
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Mikegsparks, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Drucifer, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 7/10/13 on the neck

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown appearing black in the glass. A small off white head fizzles to the sides fairly quickly.

S: Smells like a strong black coffee with fermented dark fruits and a touch of bourbon. Carmel and other sweetness comes to mind. Emphasis is on the coffee.

T: Comes off sweeter than I had anticipated, there is a stout in there but it doesnt appear to be very complex. Bourbon comes through only in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body that is a tad watery for the style. Warming in the aftertaste. Sweetness makes it a touch sticky but not bad.

Overall its not too offensive, worth a go round but not something I'd pickup on a regular basis.

CloudStrife, May 29, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -16.2%

ohiobeer29, May 29, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Dope, May 28, 2013
Photo of mtc23
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mtc23, May 27, 2013
Photo of thegodfather1076
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Cool classy looking classic label that is very eye-catching. Gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, web info, and brewery info.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 15min before I decanted from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. KBBS pours out an oily jet black with a 1½ finger tan foam head of a medium density. Head retention was rather short at 1min 5sec before fading into a thin foam ring. Good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep roast coffee with hints of a toasted nuttiness. Very burnt in the nose with slight hints of smoke and dark fruit. KBBS has a nice bourbon backbone.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by roasted coffee bitterness and a burnt smokiness as well as nutty chocolate malt sweetness on the front-end. A slight caramel vanilla sweetness is detected mid taste before giving way to a smokey oaked bourbon finish!!! Really Awesome!!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the lighter side of full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a dry finish. Very drinkable though maybe a bit intense for some.

Overall/Comments: I was very impressed with this offering. The bourbon barrel really adds incredible complexity in the nose and on the palette. Alcohol is masked extremely well in this offering! Classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout. Consumed 3/15/13.

thegodfather1076, May 26, 2013
Photo of ChrisMetcalfe
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

ChrisMetcalfe, May 25, 2013
Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

freewill35, May 22, 2013
Photo of Envelopes
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Envelopes, May 21, 2013
Photo of Photekut
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of EricClayton
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

EricClayton, May 17, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

williamjbauer, May 17, 2013
Photo of Beertroop
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Beertroop, May 14, 2013
Photo of Zanico
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Zanico, May 13, 2013
Photo of craftbrew502
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

craftbrew502, May 13, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty black (seems thin) with a tan head.

S - Vanilla, caramel, toffee and a bourbon oak presence. The bourbon is definitely there, just not overwhelming.

T - More charred oak aspect on the taste. Coffee is there along with some bitter dark chocolate. For a BBA beer, the bourbon characteristics are not it's strong suit.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. It needs to be a little more thicker, but it is pretty smooth. ABV is noticeable but not there.

O - A good rendition, but not a good substitute for others in the category.

cvm4, May 12, 2013
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.