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

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #332
Ranked #21,801
3.84 | pDev: 13.28%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry PorterKentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter
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Reviews by anthony-s:
Photo of anthony-s
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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 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 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 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 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 robotic_being
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 JakerLou
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deg
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark in color. When held to the light some ruby notes barely squeak through the darkness. Not much head retention. Big blackberry/raspberry nose sits on top of toasted malt aromas. Its flavor is big on blackberry and is coyingly sweet. Body is good, but the blackberry flavor seems to flush out eveything else about the beer, and not in much of a good way. Maybe this just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, if the summer has its "dog days", then what does winter have? Other than February blahs, February also has this- a bright fruit flavor of a dark and robust berry and an equally dark and robust beer. Oh, and it also takes bourbon barrel nap before gracing your presence.

Very dark brown, nearly black, the translucent dark ale nestles in the glass growing a spritzy khaki froth. Short lived, the ale falls still, but releases a fruity, coffee-like, chocolaty and toffee scent that lays similar tracks on the front of the tongue.

Yet as the ale unfolds on the middle palate, its sweetness begins to quietly fade and its fruity undertones become overtones. Never giving up on its coffee and cocoa aspirations, those balancing tastes bring a somber, robust and smooth taste to the tartness and tanginess of the blackberries that show prominence deep into taste that the ale goes. Slim bitterness and boozy oak offsets the fruit and residual sweetness to near even keel perfection before a long and savory finish.

Medium full in body the beer's toasty malts suggests something fuller, its tangy fruit acidity and the assertive bourbon booze cuts through the malts and creates a taste of vinous drinkability but with a kiss of vanilla, caramel, toasted oak and coconut that closes the session in bourbon barrel style.

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyLema1
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep brown, some red, not much head or lacing
S: faint berry smell, some sweetness too
T:lots of berry, some boozy sweetness
F: light to medium body, little mouthfeel
O: another meh, from this brewery

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

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