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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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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 926
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 38.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 261 | FT: 5
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

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Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

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Photo of asaharyev
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +41.6%
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!!!!

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Photo of Utility_Bill
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out black as night with a half-finger, light brown head that dissipates quickly with really no lacing. Smell is coffee, dark/burnt malts, and almost a sour smell to the beer that is quite strange for the style. Really no bourbon in the nose. Taste is much like the nose with no bourbon notes at all. I'm not sure where the sour taste is coming from but it is really not very noticeable but it is there. To me it actually is kind of nice because I like sour beers but the TINY hint of sour is strange in that I'm not sure it should be there. It's strange but the beer tastes good. Mouthfeel is fairly thin to maybe a tiny bit of thickness from the carbonation when flushed around the mouth. Overall this isn't a bad beer but the slight sour is possibly a tiny infection.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, borderline black thin body. Head is an average tan, maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light coffee scent with a light-light whiskey scent.

Taste: Bland coffee feel coming off slight bitter. Has much room for improvement, I expected more coffee and more molasses and it being a "bourbon" aged beer, should be more potent when it comes to its whiskey properties.

Mouth: Light bitter finish with semi dry notes. Somewhat sticky but not as sticky as it should be.

Overall: It's good but definitely not going to be a steady in my fridge. If you are looking for something new to try to add to your list pick it up but if if have your steady Imperial Stout, my advice to you is to stick to it. Salud!

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Photo of brureview
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark chocolate color with a 1/2 finger head in a snifter.

The aroma was very strong coffee. This is the best aspect of the beer.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- perhaps too much for the style. I would have preferred a lighter carbonation to match the aroma/taste/finish.

The taste is predominantly coffee. I was expecting Bourbon- there was a hint of whisky- but not overwhelming as in the ale.

The finish is tart, and the body light. I would have preferred a heavier body with a bourbon barrel

In general, a good beer. However, I was expecting the aroma to match the taste- but the taste seemed weaker and less pronounced than the aroma.

I liked the beer better at the 45F range, when the coffee aroma is stronger.

I am a big fan of the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel ale, but the Bourbon doesn't seem to dominate in the stout as it does in the ale.

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Photo of scotorum
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby tints when seen through light. Finger thick tan head dissipated quickly to patchy surface foam and no lacing.

s: Cold black coffee and alcohol.

t: At first a rather unappealing mix similar to the aroma, of black coffee with alcohol added. Aftertaste is smoky with more black coffee.

m: Medium at most. Quite smooth.

o: Much less pleasing than their ale. The basic roasted malt is not bad, but the added coffee and bourbon barrel aging does not help add a nice flavor like it does with the ale, instead clashing with each other and the dark malt body and making the whole rather bitter.

It does smooth out somewhat towards the middle, with more smoke in the aroma and cold black coffee in the flavor. You're still left with the distinct impression you are drinking spiked cold black coffee. Perhaps if they stopped trying to be the Kentucky version of BCBCS and just brewed a plain stout in bourbon barrels, the result would taste better.

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Photo of rgturtle
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Black color; a little carbonation and head -- moderate lacing.
S - Picked up on the coffee notes and some of the oak, but not some of the malt I expected.
T - The coffee flavor was bitter, somewhat burnt.
M - Fairly flat.
O - I wanted to like this more than I did. Certainly not a bad beer, but flatter than I expected.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark brown, decent head, but fades quickly.

S - Could pick up bourbon on the nose, but there is a sharp chemical smell that is less than stellar.

T - Not impressive, but not offensive. Somewhat one note. The alcohol notes are muted. Very little of the standard roasty coffee, but a touch of the sweet chocolate. Just nothing too deep going on here.

M - Thin. Fair amount of carbonation that fades out pretty quickly.

O - Ultimately, nothing special. A bit boring, but not terrible. A flat, uninspired experience.

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Photo of Daisylovesbeer57
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am sipping on this as I type. I would not go as far as other reviewers as to say I would dump it out...but it is indeed a little disappointing. I poured this beer from a bottle into a snifter. It poured a very slight head, which quickly dwindled.

Smells lightly of coffee and vanilla, perhaps the slightest hint of bourbon, but then again, I am looking for it. One reviewer noted it was thin, yet still syrupy. I agree, and I don't understand...It's light in taste, but leaves my lips sticky.

Taste-wise there isn't a whole lot going on. I let it warm to room temp thinking that would help. It's gone flat now, sort of like soda.

It's really kind of strange. By far the lightest stout I've had, sort of reminds me of a brown. It would be good to introduce a newbie to a stout, but I am totally missing the intense Haitian coffee, and where is the bourbon?? Overall, not horrible, but I won't buy again when there are so many phenomenal stouts out there.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep black, no carbonation visible. No matter what I did I could not produce a measurable head, very worrisome. Also, body looks both thin and syrupy. The total darkness is the only thing giving me hope for this beer.

S: Coffee and vanilla predominate, with burnt malts in the back. Smells nice without being too powerful, wouldn't scare away a newcomer to Imperial Stouts, but it might slightly disappoint Imperial Stout lovers.

T: Good balance between sweet and bitter. Coffee, vanilla, dark malts and a touch of smoke make up the palate. Pretty tasty, this is the first IS I might call sessionable.

M: Carbonation is very prickly, body is kinda syrupy. A strange mix, not bad though.

O: It may be a bit accessible (read: light) for an IS, but certainly not a weak beer. Brings the dark and bourbon barrel flavors while still being sessionable. Maybe a bit pricey, but I'm not disappointed to have spent the money once.

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Photo of josephwa
1.4/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Appearance is good. Nice looking stout, very appetizing with the look of the beer itself. Nice head and chocolatey appearance.

S - Foul stench. Not sure what that is but that was frightening.

T - The coffee was very light and tasted rather cheap, Folger's? I don't get any bourbon or barrel taste whatsoever. The malt flavor is very subdued as well. All in all: awful taste.

M - This beer is very thin. I would expect a lot more body from this. The carbonation is fine.

O - This beer was awful. Hopefully it was just a bad batch or bad bottle. But my recommendation is to avoid this beer at all costs.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: black-bodied with a finger of tan foam that left no lace behind

S: roasted malts and hints of oak barrels, some suggestions of cold espresso

T: roasted malts and coffee beans, airs of bourbon and oak

M: thin for a stout (almost porter-esque), slick, smooth

O: nothing terribly complex here - but certainly an enjoyable drink - I found it comparable to Dragon's Milk - not a top stout, even with the barrel aging (which was not heavy-handed, it was more nuanced), but for folks that enjoy barrel-aged stouts, sure to be enjoyed.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch beige head that quickly dissipates. The smell is a ton of bourbon and chocolately malts...really good aroma. The taste has a ton of bourbon flavor and that is basically all...no chocolate or anything but bourbon. The body is also lighter than it should be for a stout, with low carbonation.

overall a tad disappointing, but not bad!

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaquely black color with mild head and mild carbonation. Strong coffee aroma with hints of roasted caramel malt. Oh my God roasted coffee flavor. Very heavy on the coffee aroma. Chocolate roasted notes also. We really don't taste any bourbon flavor. Should be named the coffee barrel stout. Mislabeled. Perhaps it should be brewed with the Haitian coffee once and stored in the barrels without another addition of coffee. Has some potential. Didn't really notice the 8% ABV.

No bourbon flavor.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle traded with Justin - thanks brother.

A: poured with black/ruby red color, not opaque, head 'hissed' when poured
S: I'm not a huge coffee fan but the bourbon, malt and coffee work well together
T: not as rich as I'd expect for EtOH and being a double stout with bourbon aging
M: thinner than expected
O: decent, but only that

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
80 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.