Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel BarleywineKentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BEERchitect on 03-12-2014

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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance 3.25: Poured out a deep, translucent, reddish-brown. No head and no lacing. Still, this beer looks striking in the glass.

Smell 4.0: Awesome hit of vanilla and oak tannins once I opened the bottle. This only faded slightly the longer the beer was exposed to air. Gorgeous scents of burnt sugar, barley, deep oaky tannins and, of course...bourbon.

Taste 3.25: Front is flat and somewhat dry. Middle is where the tastes come rolling in: vanilla, oak, bourbon, faint hints of dried stonefruits and a slight hop bite. Finish is slightly bitter, with a warming sensation from all the alcohol (however, there is no taste of the alcohol). Aftertaste is long and heavy on the oak and bourbon. There is a bitterness that lingers on the palate at this level. It is slightly off-putting, but not unbearable.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Dry in the mouth and somewhat less than enticing for multiple sips. The bitterness also detracts from the score at this level.

Overall 3.25: Very good barley wine. The oak aging puts it over the top and I am certain that if you let a bottle of this sit around for a few years it will be exponentially better than it is currently. Still, for those of us who cannot resist, this beer is warming and exhibits all the delicious flavors that we "aged in oak" nuts love.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Ale pours a brilliant ruby red with light pooling foam layer that just keeps hanging around
with excellent lacing. Nose of rich dark berry fruits, oak, sweet caramel, and mild bourbon.
This ale increases in complexity the more it warms. A very nice smooth mouthfeel, moderately
coating with decent carbonation for the style. Brown sugar, and a dark plum like flavor hits
upfront with alcohol and oak coming though on the back with a decent amount of sticky hops
kick to keep the hop heads happy. Strident and in line with the style, this is one you could
easily lay down for a time. Ice cold does nothing for this one. Let it warm and speak to you,
it will tell an interesting tale.


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Photo of ThickNStout
1.98/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 3.79. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rose hued burgandy brown with a half finger ecrue head. The head settles to a thin ring, only leaving occasional dots of lace.

Lackluster aromas of simple syrup, bourbon and cereal grains.

The flavor is so unnecessarily boozy. Hot bourbon, burnt sugar, cereal, charred oak and tons of harsh alcohol. All burn and very little flavor.

Slick yet fairly thin body with mild carbonation. Harsh, boozy hot finish with burnt wood, bourbon and blackened sugar.

Yikes. This turned out to be a hot, unflavorful mess. I powered through about 7-8 ounces in the name of science to finish this review. That was too much.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear deep plum color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is alright given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.25 S: The barrel comes through well. Big leather, vanilla, and oak. Caramel, toastiness. Just a few hints of dark fruits including plum, red apple, and a touch of raisin. The base beer doesn't offer a whole lot.

2.25 T: The taste is severely lacking. It's all barrel and no base beer. Leather, tannic astringency, vanilla, oak. Toasty. Just a touch of plum, raisin, and toffee. Overall pretty dry.

2.25 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lacking all creaminess.

2.0 D: This is a pretty piss poor beer. Fails miserably as a barleywine.

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Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May be the best thing Alltech has ever made.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Murky red color. Off white head dissipates quickly. Wispy and spotty lacing.

S: Rich brown caramel, brown bread, raspberry scones, fruitcake, pinch of brown cocoa, juicy red berry and currant esters. Bourbon and wood are initially quiet, but become more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Candy apple shell, brown bread, chewy caramel, toffee, brown cocoa. Earthy and herbal hops are stiff and bitter with a spicy and oily punch that clamps down a bit. They bring a nectarine/marmalade citrusy dimension too. Vinous fruitiness of cherries, currants, and red berries. Woody barrel flavors and bourbon punch through toward the back with a touch of spicy alcohol heat. Sweet candied finish with earthy bitter hops gripping harder.

M: Thick and chewy in body with a syrupy and viscous feel. Low carbonation. Spicy alcohol warmth.

O: It feels very young and rough, but there's some potential here. This is easily a beer that can-and probably should- spend at least a year in the barrel.

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Photo of WasupBeerQueen
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Look was dark pink, smell was sweet. Taste was smooth, feel was smooth, and I give the over all a 4.25

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Photo of tigg924
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 inch head, clear, copper in color

Smell: citrus hops, bark, and light bourbon

Taste: Like the smell, citrus hops, bitter barky hops, and fresh bourbon

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle and dry bitter finish, heavy-bodied, high carbonation

Overall: Of all of the Lexington brewery beers I have had so far this is my least favorite. The finish here is really dry and the bourbon seems a bit young. This might be better with age, but for the price-point I am unlikely to try it...especially when I know I can get their regular bourbon ale and be perfectly happy.

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Photo of backwardspope
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Italiano86
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of marmstrong1212
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Retroman40
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle served in a wine glass at garage temperature (about 60 F)

A - Beautiful clear amber/copper color with a short lasting head.

S - Oak, caramel, perhaps even some alcohol as the beer warmed to room temperature.

T - Some initial hop/malt followed by classic bourbon flavors of oak and vanilla at the finish.

M - Low carbonation (which is good here) and a very smooth feel.

O - I really enjoyed the balance of bourbon flavors with the beer. Perhaps just a touch more hop note and this would be perfect for me but it was still very good. A little on the pricy side at 15 bucks for a 4 pack but I don't regret the purchase. I look forward to sharing the remaining three bottles with a couple of my bourbon loving friends.

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Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Dmetal
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beerhan
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a light root beer brown cleanliness with lots of carbonation and a thin fizzy head with little to no retention.

The aroma holds hints of brownie, boozy toffee, and light dark fruit like prune and date. Oakey barrel and bourbon touch the nose slightly with some marshmallow creaminess.

The flavor has good chocolate qualities with some toffee, caramel and Werthers candy. The oak and bourbon are creamy and definitely reveal the same barrel in the KY Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech. I also get touches of maple, prune, coconut and butterscotch.

This really seems to be an excellent addition to the Lexington Craft Beer scene but for an all too off putting feel. This is exceptionally thin, bitter and a touch boozy. Three qualities that I don't want in a Barleywine. The feel is so poor that it actually detracts from the flavor which I found quite good.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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