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

Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel AleKentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Strong Ale
Ranked #240
Ranked #31,454
3.75 | pDev: 10.93%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel AleKentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale
View: Beers
Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 182 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with date of 10-28-2019. Sampled on Nov 23, 2019.

The pour is handsome enough with its medium amber brown appearance but a quick lived off-white head. Okay clarity.

I pick up a malt forward,, butterscotch, wooden, aroma with the cherries being lower profile than advertised. No booze though.

Medium to full body.

The booze is buried in the taste to but it definitely has a malty forward character. Again, the alcohol does not show up. This was a one time thing for me. I won't have it again.

 527 characters

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My rating is largely based on how true to form it is. This tastes so much like an old-fashioned that, honestly, it might just make some drinkers want the real thing.

 165 characters

Photo of jkblr
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 10/19/18 (2 months ago) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours bright dark honey amber in color with fizzy, quickly settling off white head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is faint with cherry, caramel and cocktail bitters. The taste is semisweet caramel with minor hints of barrel, cherry and bitters. The balancing is done with the barrel, so no real hop bitterness & no sign of the 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with very low carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good. This one comes together a little bit better as it approaches room temperature.

 654 characters

Photo of TonyLema1
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: clear copper color, small head, some lacing
S: sweet, some
T: some booze, some sweet malts, not a lot of flavor
O: huge mouthfeel, coats entire palate
F: nice sipper

 172 characters

Photo of Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Set expectations to low and poured this into a tumbler... Medium amber and crystal clear... A slim finger of fizzy head appeared and then disappeared... Kicks up some fruity whiskey-like aromas, maybe suggesting orange and cherry? Tastes fairly non-beer-like - which is part of the deal actually... Get mild fruit tones, light citrus and fruits, maybe with that darker shade of cherry-like flavor - and a bit of oak barrel and a faint herbal/floral element... Feel is smooth and clean - little to no carbonation, not too sweet - rather mild actually, and also mild on the bitterness front... Pleasant aftertaste - like i just had a cocktail... I haven't been a fan of cocktail-themed beers (I've had a few), but this really isn't half bad - as long as you understand that they did a pretty good job of making this beer taste like a light version of an old fashioned... Pleasantly surprised... Worth checking out if you like old fashioneds or beers themed after cocktails, but don't expect a "strong American ale" - that's just the closest category approximation you're gonna get... Brewed with cherries and orange peels and aged in oak bourbon and bitters barrels...

 1,166 characters

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

 930 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
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

 2,869 characters

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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

 625 characters

Photo of Zeeck
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

 999 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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

 1,532 characters

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

 515 characters

Photo of BenHoppy
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

 353 characters

Photo of chitoryu12
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

 590 characters

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!

 393 characters

Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

 437 characters

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2017. Pours crystal clear deep orange amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, cherry, apricot, orange peel, toffee, vanilla, honey, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, biscuit, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, cherry, orange peel, and bourbon/bitters barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, cherry, apricot, orange peel, toffee, vanilla, honey, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, biscuit, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/spice bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, cherry, apricot, orange peel, toffee, vanilla, honey, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, biscuit, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cherry, orange peel, and bourbon/bitters barrel flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly silky/slick/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%, zero barrel booze. Overall this is a very nice imperial cocktail style beer. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cherry, orange peel, and bourbon/bitters barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Not nearly as spice heavy as other cocktail beers I've had; but it has a really great balance of malts, cherry, orange peel, and bourbon barrel character. No overpowering flavors. A very enjoyable offering, and well made experimental beer.

 2,073 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't quite remember how I got this but I think I traded out for this quite a while ago. The only other offering that I had from Alltech was their Bourbon Barrel Ale, so I could tell that there was a theme going on with their lineup. I like an old-fashioned when I go out to drink but never could I have imagined that a beer would taste like one. Yes, this could have "used" more bitters but for the most part, this nailed the essence of that drink down to it's relatively ease of enjoyment and hidden presence of alcohol.

This beer had a nice look to it as I poured it out - to the point where it reminded me of something from Innis and Gunn because of the level of clarity and smoothness that it conveyed. A rich almond hue with a fair amount of sediment was what I saw when I held this up to the light, as the head was khaki with a hint of cherry blossom tossed in for good measure. Lots of muted cherry juice, oak barrel aging, and a bit of blood orange in the nose with all of those in the taste as well. Juicy, dark, and slick, this beer reminded me of a cocktail that was somehow fermented and hopped with plenty of carbonation and booze to keep things strong and lively.

Plenty of booze here but when you're having something this smooth, who's to notice? I loved how smooth this was and if you're into beer, you probably will feel the same way. Orange peel, bourbon barrel, and peat malt were all present here as this felt like a cocktail come to life via yeast and hops. Not quite a gimmick, this was a beer that expands the profile of what's possible in a malted barley beverage. Worthy of it's own category!

 1,621 characters

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear dark amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Orange rind nose and flavor is semi sweet orange rind, hints of bourbon. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.25 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

 310 characters

Photo of Guppy314
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as amber with a thin off-white head. Aromas of cherry and perhaps vanilla. Flavors are pronounced bourbon with all manner of cherry, orange, sweet caramel, fruits and spices. Overall, nicely complex. I had expected a bourbon-heavy one-note. Very nice.

 277 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The aroma has a strong amount of cherry - but also a lot of buttery diacetyl. Orange peel and subtle oak also show up, but hey, so does the diacetyl. It tastes like a liquefied Werther's Original laced with cherry juice and orange peel at first, but the finish redeems things (slightly) with a nice herbaceous kick. It's pretty simple, and that's disappointing for 10% - still, I find it fairly likable. It has a medium body, yet there's a tongue-tingling coarseness to the texture that allows it to go down easily. Yeah, it's a bit boozy, but who cares? It's dangerous, and I like that in a big-ass beer. For what it is, it isn't bad at all - I'd drink it again, but not buy it again.

3.07/5: I think I'm sloooooowly coming around to these Alltech BA beers...

 761 characters

Photo of drpimento
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

After reading a few of the other comments I expected a lot more out of this. What I got was an aroma that's understated fruit, malt, and a hint of lumber. Flavor's mostly sweet tart, with little bitter. There is some sweet tart flavor, but it's mostly generic with only a suggestion of cherry. No bourbon or anything else. A little boozy in the finish, but that comes and goes. Not bad beer, but nothing special.

 413 characters

Photo of VTR
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is surprisingly very good. Smell is faint fruits with the bourbon. Taste is nice with muted cherry, orange, and bourbon. The end is a nice bitter with only the slightest alcohol "burn." This is very drinkable for 10%. The only thing that keeps me from revisiting on a regular basis is the 17/4pk but I'd recommend this for a great BA beer that is not a stout.

 365 characters

Photo of basaywhat
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Clear copper, small head, poor retention. Bourbon and cherries, apples, subtle. Medium body, easy carbonation, a little alcohol burn in finish.

 157 characters

Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: mostly clear copper-amber. Sparse off white head.
smell: Fairly rich caramel butterscotch vanilla nose. Hints of fruit.
taste: Some of the characteristics of the nose. Not as rich. Drier, some spicy notes.
overall: Nice brew, pleasantly surprised.

 253 characters

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Cherries, vanilla, oak, coconut, banana, orange, dark fruits, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Same as above. Some sweetness and chewy notes. A little tingly and super smooth.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium to full bodied, a little tingly, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and nice warm booze.

Overall: This log of beer has aged well for the last 6 plus months. Thank god those Derby drinkers left me a glass.

 662 characters

Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 182 ratings