Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel AleKentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Latarnik on 05-03-2015

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear amber/orange/copper color with a thick, meaty head. Head faded quickly as per ABV. Left excellent lacing.

S---Sweet & fruity. Cherries are apparent. Malty. Oak is noticeable.

T---I'll admit, I've never had an old fashioned, so I'm a bit behind the eight ball in trying to judge if they've achieved their stated goal. Cherries are obvious. Oak & bourbon show up. I get no orange, and to be honest, I wouldn't know what bitters tasted like if you offered me a million dollars, so, there's that. But there's no real bitter taste to this, if that's what bitters would impart. Definitely a boozy note to it. As it warms, vanilla comes out.

F---Feels heavyish and boozy. Definitely not crisp, clean and refreshing, but I'm sure that's the whole point .

O---I feel bad, because I don't know what an old fashioned is. This is a beer I'll definitely seek it out again.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zacky_U
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nabbed a 4-pack on clearance at a Total Wine & More in Austin, TX for $6 USD plus tax.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz format. Brown glass. Branded pry-off crown cap. Uninteresting label.

10% ABV. "Ale brewed with cherries and orange peel, aged in oak bourbon and bitters barrels."

APPEARANCE: Creamy off-white head lasts ~8 minutes...that's rather superb given the beer's 10% ABV. Thick lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Thick and robust.

Body is a clear vibrant copper-amber. Appears filtered; I see no yeast/lees within.

AROMA: Orange peel/marmalade is the first note I detect. Heavy barrel sugar sweetness mingles with pale malt sweetness, suggesting a possibly cloying ale. There's some artificial cherry up-front; I suspect actual cherries weren't used. The cherry note is a bit Belgian ale-redolent, which is unexpected.

Oak? Bourbon? Not really...all I get is that barrel sugar sweetness. No coconut, vanilla/vanillin, toasted white oak, or the like. Bitters? I'm not finding 'em.

Not boozy, contrary to my fears. Suggests a slightly syrupy slightly sticky ale with heavy sweetness but a well-disguised ABV and a fruity flavour. Nothing wrong with that, but it isn't saliva-inducing.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Syrupy indeed, with some stickiness. Very weighty and slimey on the palate, which lends itself to a sort of medicinal mouthfeel...not very approachable fare. Fortunately, the alcohol isn't too present; there's some warmth in the belly after drinking it, but it's a pleasant warmth and is in keeping with the idea of an old fashioned ale.

Warm notes of marmalade and rich barrel sugar sweetness are most prominent, but even when searching for cherry, oak, bourbon, and even orange peel I struggle to find them. Bitters? Sure it's there, but it's buried beneath the barrel sugar sweetness and layered pale malt like everything else.

Certainly a sweet brew, which serves to hide the ABV. It's a bit like a malt liquor in that respect - is it worth syrupy sweetness to hide alcohol heat?

Full-bodied, unnaturally smooth, wet, unrefreshing. Weighty filling fare, but I'll be able to finish the bottle in one sitting. Not quite a sipper from the alcohol, but less drinkable than it should be owing to that decreasingly palatable saccharine syrup note.

OVERALL: I feared the worst venturing into this, but it's not the boozy sticky mess I expected. Kentucky Ale seems to trade on a bourbon-forward brand image (I mean, it's Kentucky), but this beer doesn't bring the bourbon the other beers I've tried from them do. I don't particularly like the premise of the beer - do we really need a beer that tastes like an Old Fashioned? - but the execution isn't awful. I can't say I'd buy it again and each sip reminds me I need to schedule a visit to my dentist, but it's far from awful. I wouldn't recommend it to others but it's okay.

C (2.82) / AVERAGE

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lelu Coffee Lounge, Sarasota, F

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: Light fruity aromas are present in the nose—green apples seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of whiskey.
T: The taste follows the smell and has fruity flavors of citrus along with bits of whiskey.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down very easily. No alcohol is perceptible whatsoever.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of pm0719
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zeeck
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - This is a good looking orangish-red, coppery color, almost rust colored. It also had a nice, thick and frothy head on the pour.

Smell - The smell is mostly bourbon and orange peel. It's certainly sweet smelling, but that is offset a bit by an earthy maltiness.

Taste - This beer is lightly tart, but otherwise not strong in flavor. It's like a slightly flavored brown ale. The cherry is minimal, and the flavors of brown sugar, burnt orange and orange peel dominate. I'm sure the orange peels and bitters barrels had everything to do with that.

Feel - This is pretty watery and thin in texture, particularly given that it's barrel aged and high in ABV. I would have expected, and would have liked, a bit more viscosity .

Overall - This was a fun experiment, and I'm certainly glad I gave it a go, but it's just not for me. It was just a strong brown ale brewed with orange peel. Nothing else really came through.

Pairs Well With - Wishing I had just mixed myself an actual Old Fashioned.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co. "Alltech's Lexington Brewing"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle,
$3.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I assume this is something like an "Old Fashioned" cocktail based on the label, or at least the orange peel, cherries, and bitters barrels that are listed. So let's see, it's a clear deep-copper with golden-orange highlights beneath a finger-thick head of creamy off-white. The aroma displays only caramelish malt and a hint of orange and maybe some light herbs. The flavor delivers more, and I'd say it tastes something like an Old Fashioned without really having any of the parts particularly show. What is there is mainly caramelish malt, and then orange with a hint of cherry, oak and herbs, and alcohol. It's 10% so that's acceptable to me, and to be honest, probably required for what it's intended to be. It unfortunately tastes a little bit like a watered down Old Fashioned, one that was left and all of the ice melted. I wish there were more to it. On the other hand, it's really well balanced and does contain a little bit of everything promised so I can't really say there's anything wrong with it; no defects. To finish up, it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a moderate carbonation that warms in the mouth to leave it smooth - complementary to the idea behind it; and the head fell fairly shortly but it left some very nice lacing behind. I'd suggest it's worth trying but it's not their best offering.

Review# 5,917 3.75/3.75/4/4/3.75 = 3.88

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle has raised '10' '17' '14' on bottle.
Medium amber colored body, with red highlights. Clear body. One finger white head settles to ring and islands. Some scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of cherry and orange, malt, and bourbon/bitters.
Taste is a cocktail mix of bourbon/bitters, cherry, and orange. Hint of vanilla. Taste is sweet and boozy.
Mouth feel is thin to medium, prickly on the tongue, and boozy dry.
A dessert beer made to taste like a cocktail. Very innovative.

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Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red appearance with a creamy head, aroma is of vanilla whisky with a thin and heavy creamy mouthfeel. The taste is bourbon barrel and vanilla with cherries very subdued which helps to balance out the smoothness. Goes down like water, very easy drinking for 10%. An amazing dessert beer that is a tad on the sweet side but perfect for what it is.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look: Beautiful ruby red with a small but persistent white head.

Smell: Really does smell like an Old Fashioned mixed with beer! I can make out the bourbon and cherries very easily, plus the added malt.

Taste: A surprisingly strong hit of bitterness. Deep roasted malt is the forefront, followed by cherries and some bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, not unlike Guinness.

Overall: I do wish it tasted a little more like the smell. The bitterness overwhelms a lot of the flavors of an Old Fashioned that could otherwise have come through. I'm not sure I could have more than one at a time.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of luke12345
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_V
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ctmiami
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely you can taste the Bourbon and the barrel. Weak head

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cherries in the front. Bourbon in the back.

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Photo of Jcbroome
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobv
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch off-white head over a light ruby colored body with some lacing. Nose of cherry, orange, slight malt, and even slighter booze. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with the bitters (yes, bitters) coming through on the finish. An Old Fashioned, indeed! Feel is thin, but so is the cocktail. Overall, a surprise for me as they actually made an "Old Fashioned" beer. Cheers!

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber ruby with a 1 finger head. Aroma-grass, orange,slight chocolate, and cherry. Rose wine. Not much Barrel or alcohol treatment here. Taste-orange. Still not much alcohol but getting a little oak. Caramel. Vanilla, cherries. Some bitterness in the way way back end. Mouthfeel- a little syrupy, but medium tingling carbonation. Overall- this is like a barrel aged imperial blue moon. Having said that, I like it very much.

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Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 168 ratings