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

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3.7/5
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3,002 Ratings
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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:
#28,875
Reviews:
659
Ratings:
3,002
pDev:
17.84%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, having never had anything from Alltech's before. I like this style of beer but as so many others alluded to on here, this was weak in the mouthfeel and fell way short of its potential. Even the alcohol was too weak, leading me to believe that this could have been a Brown Ale instead of an English Strong Ale. It went down well but on a cool night like this, I was hoping for a bit more warmth and body.

The pour to this was decent, with a clear appearance, bright copper hue, and sizable head. There was enough lacing to be seen as well and nice amount of carbonation from the get-go. Not a strong aroma as there was some bourbon, oak, and molasses in the nose and faint amounts of those in the taste as well. Was this too malty? Sure. Was this too weak? Unfortunately. Was this like an after-dinner cordial and not a beer that I would expect from the Bluegrass State? Absolutely. Almost reminded me of Frangelico or 43 as there was some walnut or hazelnut that came out of nowhere and went away just as fast. Not a lot of warmth of stickiness like I had hoped.

There was alcohol here but not in the taste and only when I polished this off could I fell it subtly kick in. While not a complete letdown, this beer had so much potential to it but proverbially fell flat. Not as complex as a true Bourbon Barrel Beer, this is what I'd give someone who never had anything of this sort before. Too light for a style that can get as heavy as can be - worth a go once for for those who can't get a hold of anything from Innis and Gunn.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.76/5  rDev +28.6%

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1.4/5  rDev -62.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L - Dark colour. Not very transparent. Some light lacing on top.
S - Lovely bourbon smell upfront.
T - Outstanding bready, caramel, vanilla and bourbon oak finish.
F - Smooth as silk, what more can I say.
O - Maybe overall I'm giving this a real high rating but if someone offered me a bottle of this I would take it in a heartbeat. A beer I would keep my eyes open for again.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

A - pretty amber fine bead cloud white head 3.5

S - bourbon! Sweet and tons of bourbon 3

T - whiskey and a tiny bit of beer. Whiskey flavor overpowers beer completely - 2

M - sharp bourbon sting, with the creamy beer mouthfeel. Confusing. 3

O - interesting but more like a beer cocktail than a beer - 3

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,002 ratings
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