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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#28,395
Reviews:
677
Ratings:
3,087
pDev:
17.84%
 
 
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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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Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Quikshark
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of miwestcoaster
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tp1962
4.91/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have to say the price point is not in comparison with taste. $12.99 for a 4 pack? Really? It should be priced based on abv. I like it but won’t buy it again at $12.99 price point . There are more affordable great tasting beers for a lot less$$$$

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Photo of THOM-pronouncedTOM
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This one isn't for everyone, but I like it. It's definitely unique.

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Photo of TomGoodin
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThemThangs
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this randomly and came in with no expectations, and it's pretty good. Refreshing and crisp, would be a good Summer BBQ beer in my opinion. I could knock back a few of these no problem, very easy drinking. I don't get a ton of the bourbon flavor, mostly a nice balance of hops and sweetness.

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Photo of Mclusal
2.42/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Primrose
4.86/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigedal60
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Alex725
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jeeburt
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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 3,087 ratings