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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry PorterKentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter
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Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
kentuckyale.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jp32 on 02-05-2017

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#18,212
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
93
pDev:
12.3%
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Photo of dental
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -18.6%
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 +4.7%
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 EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hooley
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pm0719
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Zazzi82
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fisherbray
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AMCPhD
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pastreit
4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beerucee
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite. Too sweet medicine like. At yardhouse.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +30.9%
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 QuentinDishaw
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +1.3%
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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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 93 ratings