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

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3,001 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:
#28,857
Reviews:
659
Ratings:
3,001
pDev:
17.84%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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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

Photo of DiscerningEye
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I drunk it out of the bottle so can't really comment on the look. Started drinking it cold but liked it better after it warmed up a bit. Bourbon aroma was definitely more noticeable after it warmed up. Very light hints of vanilla. Great beer for a cold night. A robust and strong beer but easy to drink. Take it slow, it is a strong one!

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Photo of Verasong
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production data.
A: Pours a crystal clear copper color with a one inch head that clears rapidly leaving some soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of bread crust, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Almost like a Sugar Baby.
T: Sweet. Vanilla and light caramel flavors in balance with strong bourbon note. Little bitterness. Sweet aftertaste.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.
O: Clearly a taste forward, American innovation on an English classic. Really enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of mltobin
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Machete824
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shsims
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OzmanBey
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you like the taste of straight bourbon with a nice taste of unhopped beer than this is for you. It's smooth, you can enjoy warm or cold, sip it and enjoy the essence of toffee and vanilla play on your tongue.

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Photo of briandschorr
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from this brewery. Impressed. Found this at the Beer Den in Leland, NC. The color is dark like coffee. One inch head with mild lacing. The nose is balanced between bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and espresso. The taste follows the nose. A bourbon mixed with coffee and chocolate. The bitterness is there but does not overwhelm the palate. The feel was great. I got a creamy fairly heavy body. Overall, a strong beer and worth a try for all fellow beer lovers.

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Photo of mattjp03
1.9/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Bocifius
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a four pack at the local store for $12.95. I usually stick with cheaper beer but wanted to try something different. I went with the tulip glass for this one. On the pour the head was small with a little lacing as it settled. Golden in color like honey. The smell was of bourbon whiskey. Taste like someone mixed a shot of Jack in with my beer and some vanilla. Overall I would say it is not good but not bad either the bourbon smell and taste is a little strong. Pace yourself as this one will kick you in the pants.

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Photo of kayroy
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeW_
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark. Smells much milder than most stouts. Above average bitterness, but not unpleasant. Fairly strong codes taste. Bitter finish. Very smooth feel. Overall, one of my favorite stouts. This brewery makes a lot of very amazing beer!

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Photo of DaPan
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stadmo1
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Scepter
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddieeight
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like honey
Smells like weak bourbon
Tastes like vanilla and smoky oak with the bourbon increasing as the flavor fades
It's like someone threw a shot of whiskey into my beer
Mouth feel is light like water
I couldn't drink more than one at a time

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Photo of Tomesco
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elneely88
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonathanED
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tstromer
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,001 ratings
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