Kentucky Coal Porter | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company invited homebrewers / AHA members to participat in this Pro-Am event. Sixteen brewers participated and this beer was selected for large-scale brewing by the brewery and submission to the GABF 2010, Pro-Am division. This Robust Porter, behind the recipe formation of Jeff Beagle and a big thanks to Ken, Scott, Rob, Matt, and Jeremy, at the brewery for another great beer.

This Porter pours a very dark brown, but ultimately clear appearance with a moderate froathy head that amounts to about 1/2" then reduces to a consistent sheet across the surface of the beer then holding firm. Moderate lacing left behind as the beer falls down the glass, shying everso close away from classic rings.

Shy aromas of toast, roast, and cre amy malts fill the olfactories first with with rebutals from walnuts, cocoa beans, and Columbian coffee as the beer warms.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas with the roast and malt character leading the charge. Earthy/nutty flavors with mild cream, bittersweet chocolate, and soft coffee rounding out the balance. Moderate hop additions add the coffee-like resin character in bitterness but not flavor. Favoring a few target flavors over complexity makes the beer clean and targeted rather than messy and scattered.

Moderately full but not robust in texture, the mouthfeel shakes off the malty/creamy feel early on in favor of the arid toasty character; all leading to a fleeting and powdery finish that makes the beer very drinkable for it's punch in flavor.

Where this beer is only moderate in character, it makes up for in attenuation, digestibility, and drinkablilty. A very comforatble beer for such toasty character.

A final Congrats to Jeff!... a great friend who should soak in the fun of this recognition!

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Photo of ltjska04
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Every year Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company has a homebrew contest where the winner's recipe is brewed and entered in the GABF Pro-Am. This year's winner was Jeff Beagle's Kentucky Coal Porter. I was interested to try the brewery's first dark beer so I picked up a growler from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

A- Poured into my Perfect Pint glass, this beer is a very dark brown with ruby edges. It is very clear and has a nice looking head that settles to a ring of retention.

S- This smells of chocolate and roasted grains up front. There is also a soft caramel scent and a hint of vanilla.

T- The taste at first almost reminds me of a darker Bourbon Barrel Ale. The sweetish/vanilla flavor is there as well as some intangible flavor- probably the house yeast. There are hints of chocolate and maybe even a hint of wheat (which wouldn't be too weird; they use some wheat in their KY Ale). The aftertaste has some coffee and more chocolate.

M/D- The mouthfeel is smooth if not a little over carbonated and similar to their other offerings. This is probably technically a Robust Porter with an ABV so high but it doesn't punish your palate. It feels light for the gravity and color. I don't think I'll have any problem finishing this growler tonight. This is a pretty good porter and my second favorite beer in Alltech's stable of offerings.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Picked up a growler at Party Town. Amazing deal.

Appearance: dark mocha with red highlights held up to the late summer late after noon sunlight. 1/2 inch of pretty off white tight lace on the Sam Adams perfect pint 1 minute after an aggressive pour

Smell: roast,porter porter, haven't had a porter in months, it's going to be 50 degrees tonight and it's a wonderful smell to welcome in the fall

Taste: similar to the smell, roasted almost burnt smore at a campfire, high carbonation cuts any cloying off the sides of the tounge. 8.5 ABV? Really feels like a 5 yet i'm half way into the growler and feeling warm and happy!

Mouthfeel: very appropriate for a strong porter. no aqueous let down whatsoever. maybe just mildly overly carbonated, especially since this is a growler, very newly tapped keg though.

Drinkability: dangerous! exceptional masking of the ABV.

This is my first review BA! great beer to start with, i'd recommend this as an exceptional porter choice to anyone. love the Party Town growler selection!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Party Source in KY. I was really impressed with the sample I tried so I went ahead and got a growler full.

A: Very, very dark with a tan head.

S: Coffee, Mocha, Chocolate.

T: It was a good full taste. Very drinkable. Roasted malts. The flavor is exquisite.

M: Smooth, really smooth. I wanted to just let in linger in my mouth. Creamy, roasted, and smooth.

If I ever see this beer again I will make sure to stock up.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler Fill at party town in Florence ky

A-black like you would expect from a porter but when held to the light you see some ruby mixed in.
S-coffee and mocha mostly

T- Very nice direct flavor coffee and chocolat with some spice mixed in kinda like a cappachino <sp?>
M. a little thinner thin I would of liked but not bad

D wow for a high abv like 8.5 you couldnt tell was very smooth

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Kentucky Coal Porter from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 9 ratings