Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry PorterKentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter
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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #332
Ranked #21,805
3.84 | pDev: 13.28%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry PorterKentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter
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Photo of EMV
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark burgundy pour with 1-2 fingers of fluffy off-white head.

S: Blackberry and sweets. Vanilla and bourbon.

T.F: Sweet up front. Berry and fruit mixed with vanilla and bourbon/booze. Bread and tea... fruit and sweets... modest bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A decent blackberry bourbon beer. Not elite, but easy drinking with enough flavor to be interesting.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky Blackberry Barrel Porter has a thin, ivory head, a dark-brown appearance, with bubbles and minimal glass lacing. The aroma is of faint blackberry. Taste is of that, with dark brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is thin, and Blackberry Barrel Porter finishes midway sweet-dry.


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Photo of Nass
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There is no date on the bottle. The pour is black. The nose is sweet dark fruits & malts. The taste is a mixture of blackberries & bourbon, it's quite sweet. The abv is well hidden for an 8.3% beer. The body is medium Well at least now I can say that I've had a beer with blackberries added to it. Cheers! B

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Photo of GunNut37086
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I admit my extremely strong bias for anything blackberry flavored up front. I also prefer porters and stouts. So, it's no wonder I like this one so much.

Popped off the cap and I could smell blackberries before it got a foot from my nose...that's a good sign. First sip in and the flavor was spot on, but not overly sweet and syrupy...just right. It's rich and dark, but not overly heavy and the perfect amount of malty goodness. If all porters were this light on the hopps, I might swear off of stouts....nah.

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Photo of MattDecker
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark brown with maybe a deep deep purple in there
Smell: blackberry, fruity, sweet, brown sugar, smells very good!
Taste: initially dark malt, then blackberry, bourbon kinda kicks in, brown sugar, roasty and then the most interesting thing for me...a nice smokey lingering pallatte. (Maybe the char from the barrels? Its unique and I really like it!)
Feel: medium body, could chug it easy enough. The medium body fits, though I'd prefer if it was a bit fuller being bourbon barrel. It's another interesting aspect of this beer - a lighter body, considering it's a bourbon barrel Porter
Overall: an extremely interesting and pleasant beer! I'd prefer my bourbon barrels to be more boozy/bourbon-y AND to have a full rich feel on top a deep full flavor. This isn't that, but at every point that it differs, I don't resent it but instead think "that's...not what I was expecting...and I really like it!"

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This mighty fine brew
pours a murky and muddled brown with thin cola highlights and a
decent head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring with light
lacing. Nose of ripe black berries and sweet brown sugar malts with
a hint of bourbon. Flavors excel with blackberry and subtle light bourbon
that mingles nicely with brown sugars and caramel that becomes more prominent
with warmth. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth. medium light carbonation,
and a sweet berry finish.

overall it is worth a try---would like to give this one a try in a bottle.


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Photo of CaptainHate
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was recommended to me by a guy at the grocery store and I'm glad he did because otherwise I'd have passed on this. The blackberries overwhelm everything but not in an unpleasant manner. The barrel taste blends with it very effectively and there's no hint of bourbon, which is fine. A strangely intriguing porter.

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Photo of Rynocat
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I never really care for flavored porters or stouts but I'm glad I tried this one it was very light and crisp although it didn't really taste like a porter, probably one of my new favorite beers.

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Photo of Loran1
4.98/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very delicious porter. Fruity aroma, tasted pleasing caramel notes, and a smooth mouthfeel. Was surprised to find this in a local Minnesota bar, but was pleased nonetheless.

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Photo of jkblr
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 3/14/19 (one month ago) poured into a snifter at fridge temp 8.3% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with red/purple highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to fat ring and island and leaves some lacing. The aroma is caramel and milk chocolate. The taste is barely tart blackberry jam up front with chocolate and caramel mid-palate before an oaky, vanilla, blackberry barely bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Very nice blend of flavors, as advertised, once you understand that you will never get a strong bourbon presence from Alltech.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not like any other porter I’ve tried. Like drinking a blackberry pie. Nose and taste is totally blackberries. Not the best or worst beer or porter ever.

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Photo of ViggieMech
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled 16 oz glass. Thin lacing head which disappeared not long after pouring. Color is deep mahogany brown. Smell WOW blackberry to the max! Mouth feel is full with a some viscosity. Taste is definitely blackberry that lingers well on the palate. Definitely a return porter if it becomes available in my area again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 4 pack purchased in Port St Lucie, FL for $13.99. Poured into Thulsa Doom (my chalice).

Thulsa Doom usually destroys beer head, so when I saw that this guy still managed a 1/2 finger of head, that really impressed me. Brown pour but it forms into a dark brown to black body. The head recedes to a fingernail and leaves bubbly moss on top.

Aroma is of both astringent bottom shelf bourbon liquor and smashed, caramelized blackberries. Slight licorice pokes through as well as some caramel.

The flavor is a bit weak, starting off like a Seagrams' Blackberry Breezer wine cooler. It only gains a touch of complexity from there adding roasted malt, slight vanilla tree, faint stale coffee, and slight caramel. Bourbon heat comes forward and warms the belly, but its general sweetness and flavor are not present here.

Feel is cut thin by the bourbon barrel, and gains no real benefit from it. A slight fake (?) creaminess pops up, almost like a last ditch maltodextrin pitch in each bottle. It's not absorbed into the beer, much like adding some flour to your canned soup once its in your bowl. Boozy heat grows on the tongue and sits warmly in the belly. Slight dry alcohol heat finish. That part I do like.

Overall, a bit disappointing. It's nothing I can't finish, and nothing I completely regret - however I do wish I would have stuck with a single much like I did with that Peach Barrel Ale. I guess the situation could have been flipped and this is a hell of a lot better than Peach Barrel, so thats okay.

If you like Seagram's, imagine mixing it with a shot of bourbon and crushed Cheerios and this is what you get.

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Photo of GeriSullivan
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Taste left me saying, "this the Boone's Farm of beer." It's fruity, tastes like grape soda. Very thin, none of the substance I look for and expect from a porter.

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Photo of mntlover
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown almost looks black, but when held to the light clear almost dark walnut in color. Tan head is only thumb sized with an aggressive pour and fades fast only a few pieces of spotty lace left behind.

Aroma is bourbon barrels and oak vanilla right of the bat with blackberry showing up underneath it all. The porter base is even further underneath the blackberry and bourbon barrel light dry bakers chocolate and hints of toffee.Must say like the nose not overly bright but more subtle and blends well together in my opinion.

Taste is wow blackberry pops to the front followed by chocolate and lighter bourbon barrel notes. Vanilla and dry chocolate mixed with caramel and toffee hints round it out. Blackberries show up again as lingering fruitiness in the finish. I am enjoying this one not overly done big blackberry notes but bourbon barrel is not over powering and adds some depth. Personally love blackberries so I might be biased but I would buy this one again.

Mouthfeel is bid medium almost full with nice mellow carbonation to keep everything nice and smooth.

Overall I like this beer very well done nice and enjoyable, not over done or in your face just smooth sweet easy drinking blackberry bliss.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like mouthwash. Sorry to say this full well knowing that these folks put. Lot of time and effort into this BUT it just didn’t float my boat.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light khaki head, that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose, taste has more blackberry than bourbon, some sweetness. $4.20 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co. "Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter "
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without production coding or freshness dating
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So let me get this straight, on top of it's being a Bourbon barrel aged beer, it's also got fruit in it, AND it's an Imperial Porter? Well not exactly, the label reads "...with natural flavors..." and mentions nothing of actual fruit, but it's close. OK, let's go... It's poured a very dark brown with clear ruby highlights when held to the light beneath a short head of creamy tan. The aroma expresses blackberry and a sweetish, caramelish and lightly chocolatey malt base. I'm getting some Bourbon barrel as well, but not much, and overall it's not a bold aroma, The flavor is much fuller with the slightly tangy blackberry hitting you right up front. It cuts through everything else and you don't get the caramel until the middle and then chocolate in the end. There's a little bit of barrel character there as well, but just like in the aroma it's quite limited. It's nice though, just a hint of sweet Bourbon and just a flicker of drying oak. A moderate bitterness balances it, and it's sweetish up front but then moderately dry in the finish with just a mild bit of sweet malt lingering. It's really a whole lot better than I thought it would be, and much more interesting. Looking back, the head hasn't held up well, which is disappointing for a beer with so much malt to it. Only spotty and streaky lacing is left behind. I may have to give it the benefit of the doubt though as I'm not sure my glass is "beer clean". In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled moderate carbonation that just gives the tongue a light caress. I don't get the alcohol at all, which is impressive for a beer of 8.3% abv. So what is my summation? Number one, it's interesting. I've had blackberry porters before but none that have had quite as much character while being so sublime at the same time. The barrel aging really helps with that. Then there's the balance. I'm not sure you could have done it any better. It needs a little sweetness to work, and in the end it comes out fairly dry. On top of that it's really nicely polished. Real fruit would certainly change it and maybe improve it, but maybe not... ? It's unique, and charming, and I'll definitely be enjoying a few more of these down the road. 3.75/4/4.25/4.25/4 = 4.11

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/30/2018. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy blackberries, plum, raspberry, red grape, fruit skin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coconut, coffee, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of blackberries, bourbon barrel, and dark/bready/light roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy blackberries, plum, raspberry, red grape, fruit skin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coconut, coffee, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very minimal herbal/roast bitterness, bourbon/oak spiciness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart/tangy blackberries, plum, raspberry, red grape, fruit skin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light chocolate/coffee/coconut, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, bourbon barrel, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/silky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal chalky roast, fruit tang/acidity, and oak tannins. A tad thin, but nothing to really complain about. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.3%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited barrel aged porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, bourbon barrel, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the minimally bitter/tart/drying finish. Nicely jammy blackberries with balanced malt complexity; nice overall barrel presence/integration with no booze. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard poured from a bottle and it poured a nice dark brown, almost black. Light tan head that sticks around a little while, but dissipated around 5 or 10 minutes. What remained laced the glass to the last drop. Smells are definitely blackberries and the taste totally followed. Mid level carbonation and for me, pretty much right for a Porter. Great flavour and definitely a lot of berries going on. I absolutely love Kentucky Bourbon Barrel’s brews, and this one is no exception. Good stuff!!!!

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Columnar bubbles with thin, khaki head; dark merlot color when held to light
Smell: Subtle blackberries and bourbon
Taste: Blackberry taste is artfully done: doesn't taste artificial
Feel: Very smooth, rounded tone; rolls on the palate
Overall: A velvety and mellow porter; Usually don't go for porters with gimmicky flavors, but this is good

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Photo of Pegasus
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep garnet red in color, with a sparse off-white head, which soon fades to a mere scattering of thin foam on the surface. Thin, unbroken sheets of lacing coat the glass wall. An occasional fat bubble drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Intense notes of blackberry jam and vinous alcohol, paired with rather intense toffee and burnt caramel.

Taste: The taste begins with flavors of blackberry liqueur and wood. As the taste progresses, jammy notes of blackberry ascend. Finishes with lingering blackberry wine notes.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with rather sharp, somewhat stinging carbonation. The carbonation is not to the level of champagne, but imparts a bite, nonetheless.

Drinkability/notes: Rather nice and cordial-like, if the mouth feel were a bit softer and fuller, this would approach the rarefied heights of artisanal craft brewing. It is quite good, for what it is, and could be made no less than extraordinary, by softening the mouthfeel and improving fullness. There would also be a benefit in increasing the ABV by a percentage point, or two.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have actually been pretty impressed overall by these guys' smaller-batch offerings. Their normal BBA strong ale is quite boring and pedestrian, but several of their other brews have piqued my curiosity with their odd flavor combinations and then, surprisingly, followed through when poured and tasted. This 8.3% fruited porter aged in bourbon barrels is the newest of their beers to grab my attention, so I picked up a single to give it a shot. I tend to like stouts and porters with some darker berry influence to the flavor profile; it can lend a jammy, somewhat tart aspect that balances and works with the roast. Even better if some barrel-aging is involved!

This pours an attractive 35-37 SRM beer with some ruby tones underneath the stark blackness. The head builds up to only a couple fingers in my glass, but its wispy nature and khaki-color seems charming nevertheless. The surface of this beer is mostly clear, obscured only by slight cloudy foam here and there. No lace or legs to speak of with the remaining half-finger of head, but it does retain where it settles pretty nicely. I love the deep, intense color of this beer and how subtle it seems about its interesting purple-ish hue.

The nose here is rife with deep, dark berry... jammy for sure, with some light acidity and tartness. Plum, blackberry, raspberry and even red grape elements come out here. A nice melange of darker pit fruit, for sure. Of course, the barrel-aging lends some sweetness; bourbon, vanilla and light brown sugar combine with some interesting medium-roast coffee notes and toasted bread. Overall, though, there's a definite bias towards the fruit addition rather than the base beer. I would prefer slightly more balance, but I get that this brewery tends to go adjunct-heavy on these beers and respect them for it regardless.

More tartness on the tongue, with slick and sweet bourbon notes melding with a medium-roasty, strong porter base toward the middle. Very fruit-forward... more plum and blackberry tingling on the tongue as some vanilla and espresso notes come across on the backend. The finish is fairly-succinct but not dry by any means. Round and ample with lingering flavors suggestive of whiskey and dark fruit once again. Kind of one-note but satisfying nonetheless.

Massaging carbonation and a medium-heavy body help buoy this beer on the tongue, making it an interesting and drinkable imperial porter. The fruit addition lends appreciable qualities that definitely do a lot to add personality to what would likely be and otherwise-forgettable base. I'm not convinced that's a good thing really, but the marriage of the two feels right to me.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours near black and smells of roast malt, blackberries, and mild bourbon. The flavor is sweet with blackberries, roast malt, and subdued bourbon.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad! I wouldn't go for a steady diet of it, but as a novelty it is interesting.

It doesn't look like much in the glass. No head - like a cola that's been sitting for awhile. Aroma is faint, and yes, you do get hints of blackberry - and not an artificial smell. The flavor is actually quite nice. Ever so slightly sweet, and definitely blackberry - not just generic "berry."

Well carbonated and sort of light in body.

As I write this review and sip, I find myself nudging my scores in the categories slightly upward, as I am beginning to enjoy it more after the first tentative sips. I wouldn't buy a case of the stuff, but it's enjoyable enough that I would buy the occasional bottle or two among other purchases in the future.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 127 ratings