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

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

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jp32 on 02-05-2017

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Greasy:
Photo of Greasy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of mntlover
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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 ichorNet
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 heddar33
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is cocoa, cola, blackberry, and light bourbon as the beer warms. Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, and slightly sweet. Unlike some of their other beers, the bourbon just adds a soft touch to this beer. I would like the blackberry to jump more as well. What is left is a good porter, with a couple of gentle add ins. Above average and worth a try, but I prefer others from the brewery.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Jcbroome
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
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 tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Shade1951
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Captain69
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. 013117 stamped on the bottle, I think this is the bottled on date since this is a newer Alltech brew. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about an inch light tan head that stuck around a little while. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells mostly like blackberries, along with some roasted malt, chocolate, and bourbon. The taste pretty much is just like the aroma, it mostly tastes like blackberries, with some roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla flavors noticeable too. The barrel character in this brew is light, it seems to me that this wasn't aged in bourbon barrels for very long at all since the blackberry aroma/flavor is stronger compared to everything else. That's not a complaint since I like blackberries, but compared to most of the other Alltech brews I've tried the bourbon barrel just isn't as strong in this one. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink. Overall I thought this was a good brew, if you're looking for a good blackberry porter then grab this one for sure! But if you're looking for a bourbon bomb you might be disappointed. $12.99 a 4-pack (on sale at Meijer, $14.99 regular price).

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dental
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdecross
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackberry taste and not much else

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Photo of Beerucee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 bshiban
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pegasus
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 chrismattlin
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 103 ratings