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

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Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #29
Ranked #25,141
3.7 | pDev: 17.57%
May 10, 2022
Jul 13, 2004
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel AleKentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Notes: 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.
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3.62 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin on May 10, 2022
2.53 by The_Beer_Guru from New York on Mar 09, 2022
4 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Feb 16, 2022
3.68 by KT3418 from Colorado on Feb 15, 2022
3.59 by AltonWayne58 from Texas on Feb 04, 2022
2.86 by Avitra from Switzerland on Dec 31, 2021
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2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by hof_1991 from Wisconsin

On tap in a Wisconsin gastropub. Poured flat and looks more like a mixed drink. Not a lot of taste before the alcohol hits at the end. Not impressed but that’s because I’m used the the very fine Central Waters version.

Dec 30, 2021
3.67 by NastyNorseman from New York on Dec 28, 2021
3.59 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Dec 25, 2021
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3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Brook82 from Ohio

Overall, enjoyable but not exceptional beer. Easy drinking with lingering tinge of bitterness. Had ample head when poured, a bit hazy. Mixed aroma of earthy grasses, malts, and small whiff of citrus.

Dec 12, 2021
3.93 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Nov 25, 2021
3.9 by BD3 from Wisconsin on Nov 21, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear amber appearance with a small off white head and light lacing. Aroma holds promise; oak leads things off followed by vanilla and dark bread. Haven't had a bourbon for awhile to compare the smell to, but certainly some sort of whiskey. Caramel malts to round things out. Trying to separate the aroma from the taste is not easy. I have the same trouble with rauchbiers. The flavor is not as earthy as I was expecting but there is a nut-like quality. Still sweet though as notes of toffee swirl about. You can feel the strength more in the aftertaste. Smooth, medium bodied, moderately carbonated lingering mouthfeel. Paired well with some strong cheeses this evening. Could not find a freshness code on the bottle.

Oct 28, 2021
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4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Musillilaw

This is the Holy Grail for me. Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! Amazing taste. Wonderful balance. The best of the best.

Oct 25, 2021
3.7 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2021
4.18 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois on Oct 10, 2021
3.77 by Taenim from New Jersey on Oct 08, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Oct 06, 2021
3.75 by jlmontague from Connecticut on Sep 20, 2021
3.25 by Techichi from Texas on Sep 11, 2021
3.55 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Sep 10, 2021
3.55 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Aug 07, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Good strong ale. Bouton throughout the taste & slight alcohol taste.

Jul 10, 2021
4.35 by magikbagel from Wisconsin on Jun 25, 2021
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2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by MrPither

Picked up a four pack of this today and poured one after work, looking forward to a nice bourbon barrel ale. Unfortunately, this just isn't it. It smells like a bourbon barrel ale (although a little too sweet) but that's pretty much where it ends. There's just nothing there. It's flat, dry and nothing. Compared to any other bourbon barrel ale that I've tried, this one just fails to hit any marks. I thought maybe it would wake up a little as it warmed up but unfortunately, it just lays there.

Jun 24, 2021
4.69 by BEZMEZ on May 29, 2021
3 by GRhoads from Ohio on May 24, 2021
4.09 by bncolin83 from Illinois on Apr 26, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 4/5/20, bought this a while back so I could finally review it but completely forgot!

This is a beer I've had quite a few times at some local bars, but never bothered to actually sit down and review it. Still my first English strong ale, and not my favorite beer by any means, but I figure it deserves a proper review so let's get into it

Pours a a crystal clear orange amber with 2 fingers of off white head that fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

This is quite sweet in the nose, like a sweeter whiskey without much oak presence. I'm picking up on aromas of sweet honey, coconut, caramel malt, creamy vanilla, golden raisin, and lightly toasted bread

While not quite as sweet in taste, it's a bit bland, feeling like a watered down glass of whiskey at points. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting honey, molasses, and light earthy hops. The swallow brings notes of spicy whiskey, toffee, sweet vanilla, and a touch of brown sugar

A medium body pairs with mild tingling carbonation, resulting in a silky beer that still feels a bit thin. Finishes mostly dry with a lingering sweetness

This one is good, but not great. It's one of those beers that's good when you're already drunk, and doesn't fare so well under a more critical lens

Apr 07, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jkh15 from Michigan

Really rich in color. Smell just hints at bourbon. Tastes like someone diluted bourbon with beer, but in the best possible way. Taste of honey on the back of the tongue and the typical warmth of a good bourbon going down. Bourbon for people who don’t like whiskey.

Mar 06, 2021
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2.03/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by ChrisAuletta from New York

Not great....

Feb 28, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

L: Pours a light copper/amber color with a one-finger beige head.
S: Smells like toffee, caramel, vanilla, toasty malts, just a hint of bourbon.
T: The taste certainly follows the nose, heavy on the caramel & a lot more of the bourbon comes out in the flavor of the beer rather than the smell.
F: Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, thinner than I expected, slowly warming as you consume.
O: certainly a good beer to try, lot's of complexity.

Feb 26, 2021
3.18 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Imperishable_NEET from Massachusetts

Beer is a brownish amber color, The "Bourbon Barrel" label did not disappoint, there's some definite whiskey flavors in here. As for other flavors, only a little bitterness followed by caramel and fruitiness. Malty aftertaste. Overall pretty good, would definitely drink again.

Jan 31, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by BWolfgang from Massachusetts

Love the bourbon infused taste of this beer. However, it's kind of thin. Wish it had more body and a creamier head. This beer also makes for a great boilermaker with a half shot of bourbon. With this beer I find that's enough.

Jan 16, 2021
3.83 by Winbed from Indiana on Jan 05, 2021
3.69 by Fridgepants from Tennessee on Dec 18, 2020
3.65 by pinkgengar from Michigan on Dec 15, 2020
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3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

Smooth taste, small citrus after taste. Kinda heavy feel.

Dec 02, 2020
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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