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

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3.7/5
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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
Ranking:
#32,489
Reviews:
675
Ratings:
3,074
pDev:
17.84%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 675
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

Photo of Johnnyc3
2.24/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to love these beers, but lately (I'll pick a few up ever so often) they just taste like crap beer and a mix of cheap whiskey.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Radcpa
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown copper appearance with slight white head that disipates almost immediately. Aroma is a strong bourbon. Taste is a mild alcohol with much weaker bourbon than anticipated from the aroma.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm just drinking this for the style tick. It's not good, but I'm glad I tried it. The bourbon brings tons of vanilla and some caramel to both the aroma and the flavor. It's super sweet with tons of barrel character, but I'm not sure what they were going for with the base beer. It's a good example of what barrel aging can do, but it's really not a great beer.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spongebob2
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epterina
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Daniel_Novakowski
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Jrosso
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cx329
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I really wanted to like this one but sadly it fell flat and I won't be buying this one again.
The color is a nice copper I'd expect from an ale, the head a bit thin but not bad.
Upon the first sip I get hints of oak and bourbon but the nose is lacking. Not much going on there, a slight barley/bourbon mix perhaps. Up front I can taste the bourbon and oak but the finish is weak and flat. This brew would shine with just a bit more carbonation and a liberal sprinkling of noble hops.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,074 ratings