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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#29,778
Reviews:
684
Ratings:
3,116
pDev:
17.84%
 
 
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Photo of Swizzz
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JSirko
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bromannrn
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 11/16/16, so over 2 years old here.

Slightly hazy yellow/amber body. An initial decent white head dissipates to a thick ring & strong covering. Decent lacing.

Aroma of booze & boiled sugars.

Frankly it tastes like 80/20 bourbon & water. There is a hint of sweetness and a light burn from the abv.

Mouth is between thin and medium, finish a light bourbon burn.

Overall, not a beer I particularly enjoyed. Light body & mouth. pretty one dimensional.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JB4Beer
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of norinco
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KMcGrath
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiskeyRomeo
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of loganburgh
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Daxwell
4.86/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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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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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,116 ratings