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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel AleKentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States

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

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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

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

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,031 ratings
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