Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon AleConntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

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

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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bottled 5/14/14

Pours a light amber color with some golden hues along the edges, decent sized head but it doesn't stick around too long nor much on the glass.

Smell has a strong whiff of bourbon mixed with the sweet malt backing, sweet nose yet also has a latent astringency from the alcohol it's trying to hide.

Taste has a nice sweetness up front based on the malt, nothing cloying, almost a caramel/toffee presence, bourbon and wood has a strong presence without much of the burning sensation in the throat, hops don't have much of a showing although there is a slight citrus element.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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Conntucky Lightnin' Bourbon Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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