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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
Ranking:
#29,193
Reviews:
661
Ratings:
3,014
pDev:
17.84%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
1,028
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Photo of MrJuengling
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhdjinn
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Okadamag
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jweiderhold806
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stout_beast
2.18/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of j_albatross
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soapy loose head in a pint glass. Copper, light amber color. Light, sweet bourbon nose. Very sweet ale, malty forward, with rich notes of good bourbon and an oaky finish. The thin body of an American domestic lager or ale makes for easy sipping. Overall pleasantly surprised, was great as an after lunch digestif.

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Photo of h4ger
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Calraven
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

There's a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and most of the middle. The beer is copper in appearance. The aroma is difficult to seek out but I get some vague cereal grains. I'm tasting caramel with a hint of bourbon at the back of the palate. The mouth is dry, warm, and a touch thin.

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

Photo of BenHoppy
4.97/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a bourbon ale it's phenomenal with its bourbon forward flavor

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Photo of TerryMills
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden copper color with some sweetness and hints of vanilla and barrel as you drink more of .

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like a strong bud infused with bourbon. I wouldn't go back to it. I understand now the price (less than €3) for a bourbon barrel aged beer. Not worthy

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Photo of Tcsox
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZCarper
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer tasted like liquid popcorn. It tasted like I was drinking a stick of butter. I had drank a devil's ale right before and I think the pale ale dimmed the true flavor.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a bright amber body with some lacing. Head is gone in a few minutes. Nose of slight vanilla, oak, and slight bourbon. Another "let it warm" offering. Tastes of bourbon and vanilla, but only after some time in the glass. Good feel and overall, pretty tasty and with some patience, rather enjoyable. Cheers!

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Photo of WangFire
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GiselesGazelle
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance - just under a finger of head, white that has a hint of beige to it. Head dissipates fairly fast, the lacing quickly trails off. This beer is fairly translucent, but has a nice golden-amber body.

Smell - aroma is fairly sweet, vanilla, bourbon, yeasty wheat. It's hopped with fuggles, which imparts an earthy, woody scent.

Taste - I'm a fan of wheaty malts. The vanilla comes through bright and clear, finishing with the distinct charred oak. The bourbon is there, but it's pretty light. Lightly bitter.

Mouth feel - moderate carbonation with light-medium body, smooth finish. I'm not sure if "robust" is the right way to describe this, but that's not a bad thing.

Overall - pleasantly surprised with this one. Really solid 8.2% abv, smooth finish. If you like wheat beers, this is a really good option. I feel like the bourbon barrels are a bit of a tease, this one could really be pushed to the next level if they aged it a bit longer, but I guess that's the trade off for price and storage space. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear gold color with a 1 finger foamy off white that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of vanilla, coconut, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, oaky notes, wine and funky yeast. The vanilla really stands out and dominated the nose.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, graham cracker, wheat bread, light booze, bourbon, charred wood, maple syrup, tea leaf, light peppery spices and earthy notes. Really nice oaky and vanilla notes, with a fine level of sweetness that hides the ABV well. Goes down pretty easy for a BBA brew.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jake96
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Like a mild, easier-to-go-down whiskey. High alcohol content with a robust feel in the mouth. Really good!

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Photo of cstasek
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,014 ratings
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