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

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BA SCORE
3.7/5
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3,059 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:
#31,765
Reviews:
672
Ratings:
3,059
pDev:
17.84%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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158
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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
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | 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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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of markallmon
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pm0719
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTPrince
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It’s not that bad, especially for the high abv. But.... definitely over priced, and disappointing. “bland without a bite”.

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Photo of Cunny123
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superwho24
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bdaggett
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of bikeforcoffee
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCondor
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up from the Party Source and poured into a snifter. Really excited about this one as I like beer, and I like bourbon, so what could go wrong? I found out quite a bit.

A - The best part of the beer. Pours a nice copper color with a small fizzy head that goes faster than a noob in porn. I do think the packaging is cool though.

S - Slight bourbon, a bit of malts, a bit of breads, pretty flat nose.

T - Even worse than the nose. I did not like this beer at all. Could not taste the bourbon, very flat flavors. Bits of malts, a bit of sweetness and caramel, but not much else.

M - The worst part of the beer. Really thin, fizzy, and dry. It just felt very watery to me.

O - I would not recommend this brew, especially for the price. I was expecting something with a lot more bourbon and a lot less fizzy and water. It's been a long time since I had to drain pour a brew but I had to do it with this one. It was awful. I don't know how this got up to a 3.7 rating, maybe they changed the recipe recently or something. There was nothing in my experience to indicate I did something wrong, it was a clean glass and I had a fresh palate. I think it just sucked.

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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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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,059 ratings