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

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82
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2,967 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
Ratings:
2,967
Reviews:
647
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
998
For Trade:
8
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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of rspauldi
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of Holland
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of Beer-Revelry
1.58/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

I taste absolutely zero bourbon notes in this brew. I honestly don't know how they get away with calling this bourbon barrel ale.

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Photo of bhblbagpiper
1.59/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One of my least favorite beers I've had in a while. I actually had to dump it out. It was very hyped before I had it so maybe that made the let down even greater. I found it very sweet and the bourbon/oak qualities to be completely overwhelming. If I want bourbon Ill just drink bourbon.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.6/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Grabbed a 4 pack on a recent excursion to the Hoosier state... I planned on drinking one and tossing the others in as extras-- and now that I've opened this, I'm even more certain that will be my action with the other 3!

Served in my Portsmouth tulip.

The one finger... Er... Half finger... Ummm... The thin ring of antique-whitish bubbles form a collar around the inside of the glass. Oh wait, they're gone now. This looks like it was apricot juice, if such a thing existed. No lacing. No signs of carbonation.

The nose and flavor are pure cheap boozey bourbon and artificial vanilla. I don't get anything from a base beer here.
This is boozy and harsh. Unbalanced and unenjoyable as a sipper. As this warms, I'm reminded of honey flavored cough drops.
The body is very thin and holds limited carbonation.

Overall, there are so many bourbon barrel-aged beers out there, I would be fine to never drink this again. The beer isn't my cup of tea-- but that doesn't mean I cannot imagine some one else enjoying it.

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Photo of Chrisc212
1.6/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of Sapsquatch
1.6/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Does anyone else remember when this beer was good? It actually changed my life when I first had it about four or five years ago. I was blown away by the vanilla flavor that came through in the beer. I could not believe how much a bourbon barrel could change a beer. It was delicious.

Not any more.

I'm disappointed every time I taste it. Every now and then I will sample it from various taps in hopes of a good batch. And I know it when I have it. I have yet to consistently sample it at the quality level of when it first came to Ohio. Really, it was that good.

You know, it might still be a good beer. But this beer set a higher standard for me. It is unfortunate that I am holding this beer to the very standard it created for me years ago. Every now and then I will get lucky (less than 5% of the time) and stumble across a good batch. But I have given up at this point. The business decision that was made to sacrifice quality lost me as a consumer.

Maybe it is the aging time. Or maybe it is the process that has changed. It sure seems like the bourbon barrels are being used too many times to claim "barrel aged" on the label without adding flavor. I miss the original. I would have paid more for it. Now, it is so mainstream that the quality has been sacrificed for distribution.

This could have become an iconic beer if quality was more important than quantity. Demand would have always exceeded supply. Instead, consumers like me - that helped to build demand for this beer - are no longer the consumers buying it.

Am I the only one that noticed this?

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Photo of herrmaurer
1.61/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Nasty shit. People can't really like this flavor

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Photo of jccuevasr
1.65/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Monalenard
1.65/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a mahogany brown with a fizzy macro/corn soda lager head that fades as quickly as possible.
smells like it looks, cheap malt, slight hints of bourbon and oak.
taste follows the nose- bourbon barrel budwiser.
mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation.
overall- bourbon barreled budwiser.

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Photo of Travisjutin
1.7/5  rDev -53.2%

Photo of goddy82
1.71/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of gfreed
1.72/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the clearest, brightest beers I've ever poured into a glass; a big, bright pool of shimmery amber just begging to be sipped. But... stop! Unless you like butter, pour this one down the drain. Butter in the aroma, suffocating butter in the taste... butterbutterbutterBUTTAH! Even the body felt a bit oily. I don't know if this thing was aged in an oak barrel or aged over oak chips (or aged in a vat of butter), but the brewery boys and girls need to take a lesson in moderation. Too much oak = too much butter. Might taste good on pancakes, but not much else. Poo.

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

One word: Butterscotch.

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Photo of PaulD
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of KNor
1.81/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

What city does the "M" stand for that on the bottle? Ussually a letter in front of the code indicates a differnt manufacturing location.

tasted fruity/ banana not as bourbon like as it was last time i tried it. Did they start diluting this down. wonder what percent of the beer I drank was ever in a barrel

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Photo of aforbes10
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased by shivtim on his drive through Kentucky. We assumed this was one of those MBC "front breweries" but apparantly its not. Pours an uninteresting amber with a slight, wispy head. Smells like grain alcohol, shitty bourbon. Tastes like watered down bourbon, vanilla flavoring and not much else. pretty bland and watery. Medium to thin bodied. Eh.

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Photo of magnumpoppy
2/5  rDev -44.9%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,967 ratings.
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