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 #134
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,202
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 14.32%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
222
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 31, 2023
Added:
May 08, 2013
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  50
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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Rated: 3.84 by rorjets from Connecticut

Mar 31, 2023
 
Rated: 3.81 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Feb 23, 2023
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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 Ohio

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
Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 222 ratings