Kentuckley
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #83
ABV:
14.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #320
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 5.54%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
180
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Transient Artisan Ales
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  80
Gots
  22
SCORE
98
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Notes: Imperial stout with vanilla, Tugboat coffee and Michigan maple syrup, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for 12 months.

2015: Buffalo Trace & Four Roses
2018: WL Weller
2019: Heaven Hill
2020: Heaven Hill
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 180 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by KevinL:
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KevinL from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 07, 2020
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Spinaltapped from Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Acquired from an the Beer Temple in beautiful Chicago, IL. Drank out of a Transient Artisan Ales Members teku.

Look: La Brea Tar Pit black with a one finger dark mocha head. Low trace lacing, low head retention. Just absolutely blacker than you would believe. Could stand for better head retention and lacing, but I'm nit picking really.

Smell: A nice whallop of bourbon, french vanilla coffee, marshmallow, creamy milk chocolate, dark fruit, amaretto, organic maple syrup. Smells so good. Perfectly balanced. The barrel gives nice oak and spice characters as well. Just lovely.

Taste: Just as good as I remember it on draft. Vanilla and maple are the first out of the gate followed by oak and bourbon and then a nice pop of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate at the end. Subtle notes of dark fruit and almond with a surprising amount of bite from spice and the ABV. Not hot perse, but definitely a lot of alcohol to cover up at 14%. This gets so damn close to joining Clare's Thirsty in the elusive 5/5 taste club. I'm sure a bit of time to calm the heat would absolutely do the job.

Feel: Medium heavy mouthfeel, not quite BCBS levels of heavy, but still up there. The residual sugar level is perfect thanks in part to the maple, very slick and coating while avoiding that chalky feel that will follow every once in a while in an adjunct heavy stout. Syrupy without being overly heavy or sludgy.

Overall: I really liked Buckley as a base beer, but give Chris a barrel and he'll make magic. Wowowow. I would put this on the same level as the highly regarded BCBS variants. Just a joy to drink.

Jul 09, 2016
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Junior from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a dark, dark brown with a thick caramel head.
Smell - Bourbon, sugar and a hint of soy sauce.
Taste - Roasted malt. Sweet and hot. Did not improve as it warmed.
Feel - Very thick and creamy. A little boozy on the finish.
Overall - A little too sweet for my taste. Not very well balanced.

Mar 09, 2018
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MTKATL from Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 01, 2019
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Richter525 from Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

May 27, 2017
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: motor oil black with a chocolate khaki .5inch head
Smell: maple syrup and a ton of coffee.... you get hints of cocoa, bourbon and vanilla too
Taste: coffee, some dried fruit, you get some maple and barrel... you get zero vanilla.
Feel: medium body, light carbonation, slightly bitter

Nov 08, 2017
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

May 28, 2017
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 30, 2019
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troybeeramalau from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 24, 2016
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant vanilla and maple. After a couple of years of aging I. The bottle, the booze flavor is minimal. Tast matches aroma.

Sep 13, 2018
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/31/2018 (2018 bottle) -- maple syryp/vanilla upfront with coffee/bourbon blooming mid-palate and carrying nicely off the back. Very enjoyable and better as it warms.

Jan 04, 2019
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heysuz from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 02, 2021
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Everything as advertised, minus the barrel presence. I only got a faint hint of the barrel with maple being the leader on this one. Very delicious, glad I tried it. Don't think I'll be paying any secondary prices on this again anytime soon, though.

Jun 26, 2017
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Off the charts... builds on base beer with sweet vanilla and maple that give way to the coffee flavors with rich oak/booziness that smooths out the bitter coffee notes. Just perfect

Oct 25, 2018
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AdrianC31 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 14, 2017
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 13, 2018
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7irondave from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 10, 2019
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WolverineFan1243 from Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dec 31, 2018
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 22, 2019
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TheGUZ from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 27, 2016
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Looks great. Very dark brown to black. Mocha head that sticks around.

S- Burst of coffee, but not quite as much as the base. Maple and brown sugar with just a little vanilla. Not much barrel or booze, just a little oak.

T- Pretty balanced. I found Buckley to be a little bitter, this is more well rounded. Mostly coffee with some sweetness. Right amount of maple, though it seems to fade at times. Barely any vanilla. Not much booze, slight barrel presence.

F- A little more carb than I'm used to. Still smooth with medium thickness. Decent coating.

O- It's well done, but I would have liked a touch more maple and more vanilla. Admittedly, I'm not a big coffee fan and more adjuncts might make it too sweet. Definitely an upgrade over the base, but not quite as significant as I expected. That's not meant to be a knock, it's still damn tasty and one of the better breakfast stouts I've had.

Aug 18, 2017
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Feldpausch from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 10, 2018
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Bammer21 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 20, 2018
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goblue30 from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage. Really good beer, but too sweet to drink more than 8-12oz of at a time. Would love a smaller format.

Dec 17, 2018
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage. Tastes amazing.

Feb 23, 2018
Kentuckley from Transient Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 180 ratings