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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale | Two Roads Brewing Company

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196 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#29,580
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
196
pDev:
13.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 33
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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 ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, clear, golden-brown in color

Smell: Citrus hops and light oak--very inviting

Taste: sweet corn to start, the oak comes in the middle and is dry to the end, citrus hops are also fairly present.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high carbonation, sweetish start follow by bitterness which dominates and mixes with some oak.

Overall: I usually love Two Roads brews, but to me this was a bit lacking after the wonderful smell. The bitterness was a bit overpowering at times. There was not any sweetness or vanilla that I generally associate with beers of the style. It tasted like a malt liquor with more oaking, not bad, but just not up to the same quality I associate with Two Roads.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jliscin
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3%

750{?} ml bottle.
Deductions for overly thin body and a hint of tobacco smoke.
Moderate bourbon barrel but perhaps a bit more than the underlying malt/hop load can withstand gracefully.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of rdilauro
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was a very light amber with hardly any noticeable head. The aroma was typical of ales that have been aged in whiskey casks. It was a pleasant aroma with the absence of any detectable hops, citrus etc. I could smell that this was going to be a bit malty.

The first taste was nice, big, soft and round. The whiskey overtone was not too pronounced and didn't hit you in the face. That was done, then on the second sip, I had the same impression as when I finished my first one. The finish and aftertaste basically dropped off. There wasnt much left to feel, in fact, it picked up a stranger taste that I have not been able to put my finger on.

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Photo of dbakondi
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kochiss
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ScottieD
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of trevorpost
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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