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

BA SCORE
82
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2,940 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:
2,940
Reviews:
642
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
979
For Trade:
8
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Photo of DerekDeN
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter bourbon barrel ale, which is a nice change of pace. Almost a creamy taste, which was a nice surprise.

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Photo of Mambajahamba
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxOhle
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Babalu614
4.96/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A dark amber/ copper color. Aromas of bourbon, oak , and honey. Crisp flavorful tastes of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Very easy to drink for an 8.2 abv and only 190 calories per 12 oz. One of my go to beers, Kentucky Bourbon Ale never disappoints.

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Photo of MR2slow
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to glass.
Pours a nice deep amber color with a decent head that fades quickly. Smell is mainly charred wood with hints of toffee. Taste is very much oak with a sweetness of caramel and vanilla with a very slight whiskey kick. Feel is light and finish is slightly flat. Overall, it would be a very nice beer with a steak and some oak logs in the fireplace on a cold, quiet night.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dtm426
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluecrow
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

clear, dark tap pour with little discernible effervescence. Whiskey and toffee notes in the nose. Flavor includes malt and whiskey and a touch of vanilla, but is the body is very thin and finish is flat.

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Photo of jnorris404
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jp32
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent amber in color with a good sized head that leaves nice lacings. Smells malty, sweet, with notes of oak, booze, and vanilla in the background. Flavor of toasted caramel malt, leather, oak, and a low tea-like bitterness. Relatively thin bodied compared to most barrel aged beers that I've had, but perfectly carbonated and seemingly well-made. A bit of bourbon shines through in the middle taste. The beer finishes a bit bready, yet simple and clean with no lingering aftertaste. Pretty decent beer here. It's year-round widespread availability makes it a common gateway beer for people just getting into craft beer.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hackattack
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local pizza place. I was surprised at the malty sweetness. I expected more of a bourbon overtone in the taste. Also the high ABV at 8.19% was deceiving...... it was not whisky-like at all. Really flavorful taste.

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Photo of dms1767
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, fruitiness, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, fruitiness, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/creamy, and lightly tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a very good barrel aged English strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Not a ton of malt complexity, but showcases the bourbon barrel character very well. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrWonka
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is what I consider one of my go-to beers. Though a bit pricey at about $12.29/4pk (of course prices are always variable depending on where you're shopping), you just have to know what you're getting yourself into when buying this particular beer. It is year-round in availability, but I still consider it to be a "classy-type" drink, either when out at a bar/dinner, or at a social gathering at someone's house. This is a beer that is sure to impress at least one/some of the people you are with.

It's interesting because I don't drink bourbon or liquor at all. Strictly craft beer. That being said, I find in interesting how much I like this particular beer. Its flavor, the aroma, the drinkability for it being 8.2%, pretty much everything about this beer receives a good rating.

The look: A nice, copper color; showing mild carbonation. A tiny white head remains, but it is extremely faint.
The smell: Sweet, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, wood, oak, slight alcohol and some mild dark fruit.
The taste: Follows the smell, with oak and wood flavors becoming a bit more prominent. In a way it is somewhat hard for me to explain more in regards to how this beer tastes, so everyone reading this will have to rely on my analysis above.

All in all, this is an extremely underrated beer, especially considering its year-round in availability. While many will argue over/complain about the price; I myself am partially happy this brewery is charging what they are for this beer. Not only is it a high-quality beer, but one of my main hopes is that some customers/craft beer enthusiasts will go about in liquor stores, stumble across this beer, and think to themselves, "Hm, I wonder what this beer is all about. Almost $13 for a 4-pack? Must be pretty good then. I think I'll try one." Boom. Purchased. Done deal. Ah how a man can dream.

Cheers everyone.

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Photo of Briggsy43
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon notes and strong ale, how can you go wrong?

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Photo of Luckydog91
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of stahlhelme
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, medium amber color, but with minimal head and no lacing.

S: The bready malt, typical of an ale, is the first thing I smell. Strong vanilla aromas come next, followed by some leather notes. Yep, there's whiskey in this beer.

T: There is some malt flavor here, and a little hops bitterness in the finish. But they are completely buried by the taste of bourbon whiskey.

M: Despite the lackluster head, the carbonation is good and it has a nice crispness to it.

O: I'm a big fan of bourbon, but sometimes there's just too much of a good thing. I was hoping for a beer complemented by the whiskey, not dominated by it. It wasn't bad, per se, just not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of akk14
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,940 ratings.
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