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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel AleKentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.19%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after dinner drink.

Added by SheepNutz on 07-13-2004

BEER STATS
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#29,103
Reviews:
683
Ratings:
3,104
pDev:
17.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,104 |  Reviews: 683
Photo of Tom_Hoover
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice smooth malty taste

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Photo of Nass
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I agree with everything that has already been said about this Bourbon Barrel Ale. You have to like bourbon to be able to drink an entire bottle, the vanilla is upfront, slight booze on the finish, good carbonation, clean drinking. It almost feels like I'm drinking a mixed drink. Man o man the craft breweries are really attacking the alcohol beverage world from all angles, and this a solid representation of that. Cheers! B

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Photo of BeerBourbonAndBooty
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Bourbon so I absolutely love this beer most of the time. Very complex yet smooth taste with a malty ale taste overridden by Bourbon and vanilla flavors. The only complaint I have is that sometimes different batches taste inconsistent because every Bourbon Barrel is going to produce a different taste. I don’t think they’ve quite mastered the quality control in producing a consistent taste. It’s always good, just sometimes more bourbon, sometimes more vanilla, and sometimes not much of either. I think they grew much quicker than they expected and kind of threw quality control on taste consistency out the window.

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Photo of Zenboy99
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bjlaroy
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Tinfang
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewery website calls for this to be drunk from a goblet. Used a similar bar glass. Packaging is about as Kentucky as could be.

Coppery dark cola color with fine bubble head. Not generous but adds to the appeal.

Smell is vanilla and bourbon.

Tastes like bourbon, along with vanilla and a bit of cake spices. Bourbon is very dominant, sort of overwhelmingly. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel a bit thin but good carbonation.

Overall worth trying but you gotta like bourbon to be a fan.

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Photo of smcbeth
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnDon
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into snifter glass. Appears a medium to dark amber with a half of inch head that dissipated within 30 seconds, leaving a thin lacing around the bottom. Smell is very forward with bourbon. Taste is smooth, creamy, and vanilla with (surprisingly) mild alcohol taste. Feel is light and carbonated. Was my first "English Strong Ale" but was very good and drinkable (for the ABV).

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Photo of Coffee143
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeyJellico
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into mini snifter.

Gorgeous fiery amber-orange color with a creamy off-white head of 1/2 finger. Lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Aromas are clear and evident. Caramel, toffee, molasses, horehound, with dried apples, peaches & cream, and slight smoked fruit.

Flavor brings forth toffee, hot caramel, red grape, and freeze-dried banana, Slight boozy heat.

Feel fits the beer perfectly I think. Cuts nicely but retains a good level of heat and a medium-heavy body.

Overall, I think Alltech gets hated on for a lot of reasons, but this shouldn't be one of them. This is a stellar beer. Absolutely would purchase again.

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Photo of TLA
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeenTired
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This feels like a BBA beer that doesn't want to be a beer. Given the different varieties available, it feels like another attempt to create the same trendy wave of Alco-pop that NYFRB spawned except this time with Bourbon.
Tawny and clear in a nonic pint. Much more carbonation than expected from a beer that's Barrel-aged. Aroma and flavor are the same: watered down bourbon with a hint of caramel malt. It's not offensive, and it's not entirely bland, either. Feel is thin with prickly carbonation. Maybe someone who wants 16 proof bourbon would enjoy this.

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Photo of Z-man
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerucee
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still prefer others.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Somewhat clear copper with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Very sweet malt. A little noticeable bourbon.

Taste: Incredibly sweet malt with vanilla and caramel notes. It's difficult to really identify as a beer from the lack of beer-like flavors. Almost no bitterness, with a very minor bourbon note.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: I'm not sure. While it doesn't taste bad and some may even argue it tastes good from the high sweetness, it falls pretty far from a strong ale definition.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't drink much craft beer anymore. I saw this one at a good price and I'm drinking it straight out of the bottle.

Nose is VERY sweet up-front. A strong, sugary malt flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel.

Taste also hits hard with the sweetness. It's possible that this has been sitting on the shelf for a long period. I purchased it at a shop where I've been able to purchase several beers that have been out of production for years. Nothing wrong with this if you're ready for a sweet beer, though. This has not suffered any ill effects from aging, other than possibly being a bit mellowed. I can taste the oak, for sure, but it's like a sweet oak. There's just so much brown sugar and candy flavor going on here. A little bit of the yeast can be tasted and you can sorta tell it's 8% ABV, but it's well masked by the sweetness.

There's really not much else to say. You want a sweet, oaky, dark, 8% beer, get this.

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Photo of 11rufus11
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bartleby91
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lancefrazier
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One will immediately notice the bourbon barrel influence. I like beer; I love bourbon... give me an Alltech's Bourbon Barrel Ale!

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Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,104 ratings