Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale
Two Roads Brewing Company

Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon AleConntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale
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From:
Two Roads Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #120
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,517
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 14.32%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
178
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 10, 2022
Added:
May 08, 2013
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  50
SCORE
84
Good
Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon AleConntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale
Notes: The Connecticut Yankees of Two Roads have CONNjured up this moonshine inspired bourbon-like ale. Using good ol' USA corn grits and aged in real bourbon barrels from a famous Kentucky distillery, this unique CONNcoction includes notes of whiskey, oak and vanilla. It should make your taste buds happier than a pig in "____"
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Reviewed by RumDude from Connecticut

1.58/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Bottled 2017 Consumed 2022

Appearance: Clear red copper with extreme effervescence.

Nose: Sour apple cider and kvass (fermented bread beer).

Taste: Extremely thin bodied and somewhat tart with metallic aftertaste. Don’t age this one.
Mar 10, 2022
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I'd like to like this beer more than I really do. It's an unusual effort that doesn't quite work.

The look is amber, with a slight head and no lacing. The smell is sweet, with just a hint of the bourbon barrel. The taste is corn, some bourbon (not very much). It reminds me a bit of a malt liquor, which is a bug not a feature. There is a little sourness and funk, but not enough to make it like a good Belgian.

I'd give these guys an A for effort and imagination, but a C for execution.
Oct 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

Aug 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by TomBanahan from Kentucky

Jun 05, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Btld 02/23/17

Notes of bourbon, corn whiskey, oak, vanilla, some malty caramelized grains, corn grits, dried fruits, with mild earthy herbal grassy hops
May 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.71 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Aug 22, 2018
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 ml.
Bottled 02/17/16.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch slightly off white head over a reddish-amber body with some sticky lacing. Nose of sour mash whiskey and bourbon whiskey with hints of the bourbon barrel's caramel and vanilla. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with much more booze than the label would lead you to believe. Good feel and overall, not something I would have again any time soon. Cheers!
Jul 31, 2018
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Sour Mash Ale - I had no idea what to expect out of the bottle but, even then, when it poured a clear-ish copper hue with crackling carbonation resulting in a ziffy body with a soapy head I was surprised. Again - not sure what I expected.

Aroma is slightly sweet corn, cereal, malt, with a pleasant butterscotch wafting about. Spicy rye, perhaps?

Taste is a sweeter English pale ale with that nice butterscotch and light caramel followed by a punchy alcohol zing. Not picking up much oak or vanilla.

Light on the palate, slightly thin and very carbonated, almost effervescent. Big ABV with light flavor.
Jun 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.42 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Murph106157 from Connecticut

May 10, 2018
 
Rated: 2.77 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Dec 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Sep 30, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
**
06/24/17

Sampled (from bottle) with JPK after knocking down a shed.

Lots of char and wood. Hickory and whiskey.
Pretty good flavor

A touch thin; not sure if this was supposed to be an ale or a porter...named "Sour Mash Ale". I guess an ale based on the description here. Lots of carbonation.

**
Jun 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by Dirtyhands from Maryland

Jun 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jun 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a murky dark brown color with a finger’s worth of off white foamy head that fell off at a nice pace. Stringy lace. The aroma had some dark fruits, herbal qualities, light grassy hops - somewhat sweet, some basement and earthiness and ended with a little bit of a nice caramel/toffee malt base. The flavor yielded to the sweet dryness of the malts clinging to some leather and butterscotch starting to enter a tad bit more as it warmed. All of this seemed to blend into the aftertaste and follow through nicely into the finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt decent. ABV felt good as projected. Overall, pretty nice strong ale, but to me at least seemed more of an English styled one. Also, was this bourbon barreled? Cause I missed that quality in this unless my undated bottle was old.
Jun 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

May 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.47 by manofsubstance from New Hampshire

Apr 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.36 by Burt from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Got in a BIF from Roguer. 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/14/2014. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, cracker, corn, biscuit, rye, toffee, toasted oak, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, cherry, and apple; with light tobacco, leather, pepper, butterscotch, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, cracker, corn, biscuit, rye, toffee, toasted oak, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, cherry, and apple; with light tobacco, leather, pepper, butterscotch, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, cracker, corn, biscuit, rye, toffee, toasted oak, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, dark/light fruits, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly drying from bitterness/oak spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium full body; with a very smooth, creamy, fairly grainy, and slightly sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly warming alcohol for 8.5%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial Kentucky common style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Fits the base style really well, but is a bit too fruity overall; likely from the higher ABV. Nice well rounded malt complexity; good barrel presence without being boozy or overly tannic/drying. A very enjoyable offering.
Mar 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.95 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Feb 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by Jacob17 from Maine

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.62 by Jliscin from Connecticut

Jan 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.65 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jan 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 20, 2017
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the corked, caged 750 bottle with a bottling date of 02/17/16. Sampled on December 14, 2016.

It has a medium amber pour with orange and slightly red highlights under a foamy cream colored head. I notice yeast sediments in the mix.

The brewery calls it a Sour Mash Ale but I really pick up more of a sweet, sough dough, and fruity character in the aroma. The liquor from the barrel aging is low profile. So are the hops.

Medium body.

Like the aroma the taste leans on the sweet bready side with some grape-like characters and a slightly warming Bourbon-influenced finish. It fades fast.
Dec 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.17 by PHBoiler from Illinois

Nov 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.18 by emerge077 from Illinois

Nov 14, 2016
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Reviewed by FFreak from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I was impressed with this despite it not having any barrel or bourbon character to speak of. Poured into a tall tulip. Appears a slightly hazy, dark copper color with a huge tan head that coats the glass. Smell is a little malty and maybe vinous. Taste is very nice, with a slight acidity balanced by malty sweetness. Hard to describe. The mouth feel is great and was the highlight of the beer for me - light body, somewhat dry, but still creamy and refreshing. Very easy drinking. Overall, a little let down that it has no barrel or bourbon, but still a solid and satisfying brew.
Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.13 by Pierre_Pressure from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Sep 06, 2016
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
-Road less traveled series, sour mash ale in bourbon barrels. 2016. stout/porter glass.

A: Hazy ice tea coloring with loads of effervesce. Foamy tan colored head, two fingers shows an outstanding resilience.

S: Faint bourbon, fresh barley stalks, dried rum, with some sugars but very faint at heart. Alcohol of 8.5% comes off sub 5% with watery bourbon influence.

T: The flavor was light watery bourbon and barley grains, lightly dry barrel wood and dried rum sugars. The dry bourbon begins to pick up after a few sips saving this from being an utter disappointment. Some dried rum and dry alcohol breath.

M: Light side of medium body, slippery smooth feel, but really nothing to write home about, expected a bit more.

O: I expected a bit more from this per cost ($15) a bomber and big looking bourbon style label that sucked me in. Decent sour mash, though a bit light on complexities, body, and aroma. Bourbon influence falls a bit short for me, the name and label looked promising, don't judge a beer by its label. Didn't hold my attention for long and drinkability was a bit mundane. Moderate drinker at best, not worth the cost.
Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

Aug 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by BubbleBobble from New York

Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by manfromanotherplace from New York

Jul 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2016
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Reviewed by threeviews from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750ml bottle (BOD: 04/11/15) into a Two Roads Conntucky Lightning Mason Jar

A - Pours a clear, deep amber color with a 2-3 finger worth of an off-white sudsy head.

S - Bourbon, Oak, caramel and some orange rind citrus.

T - Bourbon and mild tartness is the best descriptor I can afford. Sour it is not and the bourbon barrel is definitely present. The balance is where this beer shines.

M - Mild sweetness from the malt bill and bourbon barrel is met quickly with an enormously dry finish thanks to a adjunct-heavy malt bill and a long with a hearty level of carbonation.

O - One of the most unique beers to find its way to production. What's more, time in the bottle has done it well and the balance is sublime. Although I prefer it fresh (i.e. on tap at the Two Roads taproom). The caramel from the malt, the sweetness from the barrel and the dry finish is reminiscent of Belgian Strong Pale Ale a la Piraat which possesses the same body, dry and fruty complexity.


Believe it or not, I had a bottle of the same vintage (opened one year ago) that I drain poured due to the overwhelming sour component. This bottle has none of those descriptors and am happy to review it so favorably this time around.
Jul 04, 2016
Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 220 ratings