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

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 20
Gots: 89 | 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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Poured from the bottle into a mug.

Look: Not too much going on here. A black that is like eternal darkness. No light penetrating this beer at all. I gave quite a vigorous pour, but no much head that disappeared quickly. Lacing is very minimal. Like the color, but nothing else to marvel at. Average.

Smell: A nice vanilla mixed with caramel. Very pleasant. It kind of ends on a woody coffee. Yes, that's right, woody coffee. I'm picking up wet wood that is soaked in coffee. Interesting, and one of the highlights of this brew.

Taste: Definitely picking up on the vanilla, and it transitions into the coffee/dark chocolate at the end. Also still picking up the wood flavor throughout.

Feel: It has a smooth smokey texture that is complimented by the medium carbonation. Pretty balanced, and the abv is hidden decently.

Overall: A decent enough brew, but I really miss the chance at a frothy head that I get to fight with. Maybe other imp stouts are the same, I'm still a rookie, but I've had another that was still able to produce some frothiness, if only for a bit. Pretty decent taste and smell, just everything else from there is slight less. I wouldn't give up on this one entirely, I'll revisit from time to time.

JackMcAwesome, Apr 25, 2013
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Pours a deep, opaque black with ruby highlights. Fair head with tan bubbles, but very little lace.

Nose is roasty coffee. I don't sense much of the oak barrels here, but as I love coffee, this is still pretty damned nice.

Taste is definitely coffee-dominant, with an aftertaste/finish that shows a bit of the bourbon whiskey character. This is really a nice, easy-drinking brew to sip (it's a stiff 8% ABV), and a must-try for coffee-beer fans.

secondtooth, Apr 06, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

I've got to say, I find the whole idea of a feed company making craft beers downright interesting, so I'm always down to try something from Alltech. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout pours a deep ruby with next to no head. The aroma is sweet and roasty, with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of their trademark bourbon aroma shining through. The taste offers a pretty flat coffee flavor with the trademark bourbon flavor from the normal KBBA. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is decent. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is a passable stout if you know what to expect - don't expect bourbon barrel aged deliciousness - instead expect a pretty bog-standard stout with a hint of boubon.

shand, Apr 06, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +20.2%

12oz bottle given to me by a friend. Brewed with Haitian coffee and aged in used bourbon barrels. No specs per the website or bottle.

Pours out to a clear near black, forming a modest light tan had with average retention and OK lacing. Appears filtered, no sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Brown highlights at the edge of the glass. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is nice...black walnut up front, followed by a little chalk, followed by a pleasantly mild coffee nose, some carob on the end. No hop nose to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a creamy dense body (denser than I would expect given the 8.0% ABV). The taste is a recap of the aroma...nice black walnut and dark chocolate notes with a subtle underlying smooth coffee flavor and subtle prune juice. Too often, coffee stouts are way overdone and the acidity is thrown out of balance. Not this one. This is well-balanced with a soft, mild bitterness. Nice roast notes, but complimenting the other flavors. No off-flavors or off-aromas. The bourbon flavor is quite mild...it is subtle and just gives it an overall slightly oaky finish. It certainly doesn't scream bourbon.

A well-balanced coffee stout, one of the better one's that I've had. Complex, yet balanced and drinkable. I would buy it again. Thanks to Adam for the bottle.

Mitchster, Apr 05, 2013
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.