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

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BA SCORE
3.7/5
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3,036 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#30,166
Reviews:
669
Ratings:
3,036
pDev:
17.84%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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157
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Photo of theBubba
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pored into my tulip glass and before I could line up my camera (I take shots of all my beers to catalog) Poof! The head was gone. Didn't make for a nice shot. Smells nice. Bourbon and vanilla. But it's thin bodied and almost flat in terms of carbonation. And at close to 5 bucks for a 12 oz. tall neck, there are much better ways to spend your beer money.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Has a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma has some vanilla and wood. The taste is mild with a hint of bourbon in the background.

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Photo of Tludke
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of quadmad
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled April 2017. Purchased July in Simsbury Ct. A bit strong on the bourbon for my taste. Nice dark amber colour. Kind of boozy. High price for ordinary beer.

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Photo of ScottyB515
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marcrech
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of HopsandHeads1981
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAND_MINE
1.61/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This label should read: Aged in Bourbon barrels for 3 minutes. Where is the Bourbon? I couldn't taste any. I have tried two different "BBA" beers from here and felt like I was drinking water. Also, what awards did this win? Only thing I could figure is that the Bourbon they got from the barrels won awards. The same barrels they swished this beer in for 30 seconds. I highly recommend that you find something else to drink as this is NOT a BBA beer.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwm51662
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a beer first tried in the midst of a long night. Was glad to later find out it was as good as it seemed then. Prolly one of the weakest aromas I've hit, but full flavor.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mjbalog
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevotex
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with a soft, even fuzzy blanket.

Aroma is mild of banana bread and pear.

Taste has a smooth toastiness with banana bread, very light wood and some sweet cola with a faint splash of bourbon heat and spiced apple. I think maybe vanilla tones from the barrel are creating the banana-like effect.

Full body, soft carbonation, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of FullOfHopkins
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Very easy to drink for 8%. This is a great beer to follow up a good meal with it. It’s got a nice flavor, it’s smooth, and it’s just sweet enough to really compliment a meal, almost like wine. Flavors aren’t very complex and are a little *too* sweet for my general preference, but overall I definitely enjoy it. Nice vanilla and bourbon notes, and they hide the booze really well. Overall, not my favorite but a very solid beer that I would (and will) drink again.

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Photo of Craven
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ctmiami
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Probably not my favorite style but a big success in my house with family and friends over thanksgiving , People where impressed with the aroma and flavors. You can definitely smell and taste the bourbon and the barrel.

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Photo of Thmcress
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spencer96
1.54/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of MrJuengling
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhdjinn
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Okadamag
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,036 ratings