Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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Reviews by barczar:
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a brilliant golden orange with a modest cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving no lacing.
Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and pumpkin form the aroma. There's a hint of graham cracker.
Flavor is initially bourbon and oak, but pumpkin, ginger, and nutmeg creep in mid palate, leading to a fairly dry finish. There's a slightly sour note that I've come to associate with pumpkin beers. Vanilla creeps in ad it warms.
Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.
Not nearly as cloying as the bba, which is good, and the pumpkin detracts from the vanilla dominance. A little hot, and the sour note is offputting, but will probably age well.
09-28-2013 22:38:34 | More by barczar
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3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a clean, clear amber with a substantial head of fine, white foam. Lace is loopy tree-line in formation. Nice!
Nose is rich with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice touches. Pleasant.
Taste is heavy on the pumpkin and spices, and smooth. I don't sense much of the bourbon barrel aging here, so a second bottle may be in order. The high ABV also isn't too apparent, though this definitely is a flavorful and heavy brew. Enjoyable, and begging for a revisit.
10-27-2013 15:37:28 | More by secondtooth
4.23/5 rDev +15.6%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A- Pours a clear orange color with an off-white head. Perfect color for a pumpkin beer.
S- The aroma is just as the name of the beer suggests, pumpkin and spices with some notes from the bourbon barrels as well.
T- The taste of this beer features pumpkin spices, vanilla, and a warmth from the bourbon and alcohol in the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.
O- Overall, this beer is a unique twist on a pumpkin beer with nice notes from the barrel aging. Glad I tried this one.
09-30-2013 01:08:13 | More by cjgator3
4.01/5 rDev +9.6%
A: pours a light orange to copper with little to no head in my snifter. Lacing is non existent.
S: light scents of pumpkin and spice upon first pouring, but as it warms, oh my! The pumpkin and spices are enhanced, but now copious amounts of booze and vanilla pour out. All told, it's a very sweet and spiced up aroma. Really digging this.
T: The pumpkin and cinnamon spice is prevalent at the front. It's very tasty though lacking the pie crust flavor that the best pumpkin ales posses. However, as the beer makes its way to the back, the vanilla and bourbon really jump out. It finishes sweet and warm. Nicely done.
M: Decently carbonated and medium to full bodied. The aftertaste is awesome. A warm, boozy, pumpkin spice sweetness.
O: I really enjoyed this. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is fantastic and this gave it an interesting and tasty twist. Looks like they added the pumpkin and spices to an already great ale and let the chips fall where they may. The results were outstanding. Great brew for the season.
09-28-2013 20:57:19 | More by Infamous7100
3.81/5 rDev +4.1%
A- pours a clear and hazy golden orange with a fizzy white head that quickly wisps away, leaving no head behind.
S- very sweet aroma up front of caramel and cream filled pastry, the typical pumpkin spice aromas or cinnamon, nutmeg and clove kick in mid-palate. Light barrel notes give just a hint of bourbon with sweet vanilla on the finish
T- the up front sweetness continues through to the flavor with pastry-like sugary notes, of the pumpkin spice flavors that hit mid-palate, nutmeg seems to stand out the most. The bourbon flavor doesn't really kick in until the finish, providing a straight bourbon linger with a hint of sweet caramel
M- medium body with biting medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a slightly warming finish. Dangerously drinkable, given the high ABV
O- a bit sweeter than expected, I would have preferred a bit more bourbon flavor, but overall pretty enjoyable for a style that hasn't been tried often
01-22-2014 02:08:40 | More by Treyliff
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
As it is pumpkin ale it has a pumpkin orange hue but not full figured in body. The head sat firmly atop with a loosely knit but thick cloud of bubbles.
The spices typically associated with pumpkin are prevalent with cinnamon and nutmeg but there's a creamy side to the scent. Light bourbon and vanilla waft softly across the nose as one can easily notice the barrel aging.
The feel and taste of this barrel aged pumpkin are creamy on both sides. This creaminess gives a full mouthfeel and smoothness but also lends to a dessert like sweetness. The sweetness blends well with the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Spice and sweet then work together with pumpkin or pumpkin butter to give an overall pumpkin pie in a bottle, or tap.
10pct ABV is hidden reasonably well but some of the bourbon character bleeds off to make sure you know where this was aged.
09-08-2013 12:45:46 | More by KYGunner
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange color with a thin quarter inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. The brew smells like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of peppery spice. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of coconut. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick and smooth and goes down easy. The 10% ABV is well hidden in this brew. It's very similar to their regular Bourbon Barrel Ale, but with some pumpkin and spices. I think it's a good overall brew. If you like their Bourbon Barrel Ale, then you will probably like this one too. $14.99 a 4-pack.
09-14-2013 23:54:04 | More by bluejacket74
4.48/5 rDev +22.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale pours a warm honey golden color that shines with vibrant clarity, briefly topped by a white head that conservatively dots the snifter in lace.
S - Hints of bourbon barrel peek through the veil of roasted pumpkin and a melange of allspice, nutmeg, and a pinch of cinnamon, gently imparting a dribble of vanilla to the warm, inviting aroma. Bourbon notes wonderfully compliment the seasonally rich nose but leave any trace of booziness behind.
T - Sticky caramel cube and brittle toffee flavors develop wonderfully behind the buoyant fall attributes of pumpkin and spice while smooth bourbon barrel lends relaxed vanilla warmth and undertones of uncharred oak stave.
M - This barrel-aged pumpkin is much lighter than anticipated but quite smooth and punctuated with the perfect level of carbonation and alcohol warmth, which catches up with your stomach quite quickly though boozy it is not.
O - A beautifully barrel-aged pumpkin beer, this light and drinkable brew might actually be too drinkable, slyly inserting high alcohol into it's smooth lighter body and soft, warming finish. The pumpkin isn't over the top either, so if you're looking for something that's not pie in a glass, this one is for you.
10-07-2013 23:40:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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