Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon AleConntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 "____"

Added by Jason on 05-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
45
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Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of manofsubstance
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burt
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Jacob17
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jliscin
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurzman
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FFreak
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of threeviews
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very interesting beer right here, not like many i have had before. its a kentucky common as a base, but its aged in bourbon barrels, and it has a lot going on. some pale shade of brown in color, like coffee was dumped into a wheat beer. i dont get much of chocolate or other darker grains in aroma or flavor, but the color is there, maybe from the barrels or something. good head though, soft and inviting look to it. smells like vanilla and bourbon for sure, wet oak, but also not as sweet as others, very little booze coming through, and oddly enough a really interesting grain quality that might include some wheat and rye, definitely a multigrain cracker thing. plenty of whiskey up front in the flavor, but like the aroma, its real dry later on, the whiskey is almost gone by the end, toasted barley malt and something else, corn maybe, come out in the end more than the barrels do. almost crisp for what it is, almost lake a lager hybrid, the body reflects that too, they have been nice and patient with this, which i always appreciate. an inventive and quite well built beer, awfully weird, but also very good. no hint at all of its alcohol strength. fun stuff.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass with a modest head. Settles to rim bubbles and leaves several small spots for lace. Dark amber, light brown color. Moderate haze.

Strong, oily aroma of malted crystal and alcohol. Light definitive hop nose in the background.

Starts off like a heavily hopped barley wine with an alcohol warmth that exceeds the 8.5 abv. I think it must come from the aging in the Bourbon barrels. The hop barely makes a dent to the strong semisweet, toasted caramel. Light carbonation until the swallow where it becomes spritzy. Very full bodied. Lingering aftertaste that's similar to the initial sip.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bdiiorio
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tregan_20
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this 8.5% ABV brew on tap at Foxwoods. Given the name, I was expecting a bit more deeper color. It came in a frosted glass with a nice size white head but at best was a light colored copper shade.

I wanted to like it straight away but I had to have several to reach a conclusion. When all was said and done I didn't regret the experience but it wasn't anything over average.

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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
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