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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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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a small pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar of dense, small bubbles around the edge.
S: Once the beer warms up, light to moderate aromas of bourbon become apparent in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with initial flavors of apples followed by notes of bourbon, the latter of which are most prominent in the finish. Slight bits of malty sweetness are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel seems to be a little thin for the style.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but seems like it could have used stronger aromas and flavors as well as a heavier body. Nonetheless, the beer grows on you and the light amount of bourbon in the smell and taste keep things interesting.

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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sunday Night Football Pats game. Need a New England local beer, so why not a big bourbon barrel aged ale from the newest CT brewery. Bottled 5/14/14, not really a summer style beer, so now that it's cold this should go nicely.

Pours a smaller fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, as if it never really existed, although it does leave mild lacing to remind you, and decent legs too, dark semi hazy slight clear darker amber reddish orange color.

NOse brings lots of bourbon, a raw barrel juice, sweet under-aged bourbon, with lots of oak, tannic oak as well, bourbon almost seems tangy. Sweet caramel malts, candy, toffee, little nutty, lots of sweet candy reddish malts, faint candied dark fruits, with some vanilla, and a little sweet corn mash, probably where that tangy like note comes from.

Taste brings sweetness, not super sweet but thick syrupy candy and fair sweetness. A big corn slight sour mash flavor, with plenty of caramel and toffee candy, with caramel candies and syrup like with some warming booze and tingly notes, mostly warming in the throat. Then bourbon barrel, some raw bourbon, again very under-aged young bourbon, and some mild tannic oaky barrel, with hint of vanilla, and into some candied dark fruits that are also quite mild. Mild sweet reddish malt, but the bourbon just overpowers it all, and a young bourbon doesn't place well. Little butterscotch candy on the back end between the candy and mild buttery oak. Finish is sticky sweet, fairly hot booze, more caramel and candy syrup, more young bourbon and tangy sour corn mash flavors lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, syrupy and messy, fair hot booze warmth but nice carb.

Overall meh, this reminds me of the Innis & Gunn style beers, with raw oak, young bourbon that just overpowers the beer that doesn't hold that well by itself anyways, and some not so great tangy sour mash corn flavors in there as well, just a mix of a lot of not so great characters.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.4%

On-tap 5/17/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains bourbon, caramelized malts, vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to drink worth drinking for a while.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 10/22/15 notes. 8 oz pour at Pony Bar HK in NYC.

Pours a medium brown color with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Lots of malts....caramel malts, dark fruity malts, bready and toasted malts, bourbon, coconut, wood, leather, figs, and alcohol. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

overall a decent BA strong ale. The booze comes through and you get a lot of that hot coconut flavor from the barrel.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of chippo33
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

750 ml bottle. Hazy amber body, no head or retention. Boring, flat looking beer. Aromas of wood, corn, pale malt, wet wood. Flavor is corn, wet wood and no real bourbon anywhere here at all. What a complete disappointment of a beer.

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