Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream AleKentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
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From:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
 
Kentucky, United States
Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #40
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,643
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 13.32%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
207
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 02:05 AM
Added:
Mar 10, 2017
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  76
SCORE
86
Very Good
Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream AleKentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
Notes: Kentucky Vanillla Barrel Cream Ale is our take on a classic American style of beer. We took a cold-conditioned cream ale brewed with a hint of flaked corn and bourbon vanilla beans and aged it in freshly decanted Kentucky bourbon barrels for a minimum of two months. A perfect blend of vanilla and bourbon notes make this cream ale irresistible. The medium body and 5.5% ABV make Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale the perfect complement to any dessert, or all day event.
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I got a bottle of this beer from my old college roomie whom bought a sixer of it at my local meijer store. It poured a clear amber with very thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had subtle vanilla notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with strong vanilla presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.
Jan 22, 2023
 
Rated: 4.3 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Jan 21, 2023
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Rated by Dalkri from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. It literally smells like vanilla cookies.
Jan 16, 2023
 
Rated: 3.87 by cwd from Kentucky

Dec 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by axxe from Maryland

Dec 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
This is a 12oz, bottle poured into my Bourbon Barrel Snifter glass. There is just a slight white head that disappeared as fast as it appeared. There is an ample show of carbonation in this clear, very light brown brew, leaning toward orange.
The aroma is vanilla, just sweet vanilla.
The flavor is sweet vanilla with a very slight oak dryness to the finish. I was hoping for a little bourbon bite and more oak flavors. This is a vanilla cream soda beer.
The feel is medium creamy, slightly dry to the finish.
This is good. OK, I would like it better if the vanilla was subdued and the oak and bourbon notes were showcased a bit more here.
Jun 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Seinfeldfan from Ohio

4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
On tap, surprisingly, at a local pizza shop. The appearance is clear, golden, some bubbles. Smell is mostly vanilla, with a hint of bourbon. The taste follows the nose , both of which I liked. This is an unusual beer with its cream soda like taste but the bourbon on the back end makes it work. Not sure how many of these I could drink, but for that 16oz. , it was delicious.
Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a ton of frothy light white head. Color is a clear amber. Smell is sweet and icing-like vanilla. Taste follows the smell, a bit artificially sweet vanilla, a hint of bready. Light bodied with moderate carbonation even after the hard pour. Not bad, but the artificial sweetness wasn't my thing.
Mar 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.36 by RichardOrmiston from North Carolina

Mar 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Joshuaa

4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Hints of a coffee/latte with a first note of vanilla. Sweet but not overpowering with a light and refreshing taste. Oak and ale comes in on the last note but doesn’t linger which makes me want to take another drink! If you are into a sweeter, creamier ale then this is the beer for you. Would be a great beer for all seasons and would be paired nicely with a dessert or even by it’s own with the refreshing taste.
Feb 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Feb 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by jschurter from Georgia

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thin head, good bubbles. First sip, tastes like cream soda. Sweet, prominent vanilla flavor. Can't really taste any hops. Thin body, very easy to drink, refreshing. Fun to drink !
Jan 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.42 by selekt0r

Jan 17, 2022
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Rated by steinerlicious from Ohio

1.63/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Not sure why it is rated so high. Tastes and smells like air freshener
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a gem clear, rich amber gold (SRM 5-7). A thin, off-white foam is short lived, leaving spotty lace on a double-walled pint glass. Columns of carbonation are perpetual.

Wow! They're not kidding with the vanilla and cream. The aroma is very similar to Cool Whip, with a faint touch of Jack Daniels. Toffee and saltwater taffy are also quite evident. The likeness to cream soda is remarkable.

Flavor follows the nose, with the whiskey being more noticeable. Cream and coconut cream are front and center, along with taffy. Initially, the finish is a bit astringent, though after a few sips, that all disappears, leaving only a pleasant, moderately long afterglow.

The body is light and crisp with a soft, silk texture. While alcohol is posted at 5.5%, given the aroma and flavor, it is shockingly absent. Carbonation is light.

This is a fun and exciting twist on the normally uninspiring Cream Ale. I bet this would work just as well as a Kentucky Common. I enjoyed it on a cool and sunny mid-Spring afternoon while a light breeze rustled through the trees.
Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.86 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Purchased as a six-pack from Kroger for $10.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Bright copper with a one-finger cream head. Head dissipates quickly.
S - Vanilla, birch, and corn. A bit of bourbon is present, but not too noticeable.
T - Vanilla and corn notes are very upfront. Hints of toffee and caramel. Finish is a bit of a watered-down vanilla. Well-balanced.
F - Extremely drinkable. Refreshing. Medium-light body with light carbonation. It'd be super easy to crush a six-pack without realizing it.
O - All things considered, this was pretty underwhelming. A great cream ale for sure, but a very average brew. I'd recommend giving it a try, but be warned: the vanilla is muted, the toffee is barely noticeable, and the bourbon notes are merely "technically" there. I probably would buy this again for game night parties, but that'd be the only reason.
Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Slightly glowing transparent amber under a light 3-finger vanilla pudding head holds promise... especially since this is the 5th bottle of a 6-pack picked up late last week. Vanilla is certainly the name of the game here. Bordering on the cloying, it is not an overpowering scent and reminds me of a boozy creme brulee. The vanilla is still there in the taste, but any sweetness is nicely cut by a bitter bourbony creaminess that gives only a slight bite as I swallow it. I can't drink more than one of these at a go, but then why should I deprive myself of one tomorrow.
Nov 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Oct 06, 2021
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Reviewed by rphbrew from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The vanilla was just overwhelming for me. The beer looked good when poured, had a good head, smelled okay, but the flavor didn't impress me. I would not purchase it. The bottle was left by my future son-in-law. I may have to talk to my daughter.
Sep 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio

Sep 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Aug 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Aug 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Aug 07, 2021
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Smell & taste of bourbon vanilla beans. Well balanced ABV, vanilla and bourbon to this cream ale. Bourbon lovers should try it!
Jul 23, 2021
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear light amber. Sweet vanilla aroma. Bold vanilla body. Perhaps too bold. Fades to a unpleasant bitterness. Creamy. Not bad but I wouldn't drink another one...unless that's all there was to drink.
Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 20, 2021
Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 297 ratings