Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Stout - English
Ranked #51
Ranked #28,802
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Notes: 18 IBU
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CHickman from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers that looks great on paper and is almost there upon bottling, but comes up just short on everything except for its ability to hide the ABV and go down smooth. The coffee is weak, it has roasty notes and some char but not enough to get me excited, the vanilla is nice as are the hoppy accents, but it feels light, thin and watered down for a barrel aged stout. It’s a good beer and I’ll drink the whole 4 pack, but compared to most BBA stouts I have this feels minor league.

Mar 16, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours very dark brown. Ruby highlights are visible when held to the light. It is topped with a minimal mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is coffee forward. I pick up some caramel, vanilla, and chocolate as well.

Once again the coffee is upfront. It gives way to some chocolate flavor. I get hints of caramel and vanilla. The finish is coffee and lingers a bit into an aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

I pass these guys over a lot for trendy beers. I am always content when I purchase an Alltech beer. I need to get down off my high horse more often.

Feb 24, 2021
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I opened and poured from a 12 oz. chilled bottle. A 1 inch, pale tan head emerged.. a very mild stout nose was barely discernable. The beer poured a dull, thin black. It felt decent enough on the tongue, but there is a washed-out taste.. the coffee and hops notes are quite mild. There is nothing bad or wrong here.. it just lacks oomph and character. I suppose if you like a mild coffee, like Dunkin' Donuts, this might be a perfectly wonderful beer. The bourbon barrel taste has substance, but I have never had that be the singular flavor of a beer, on it's own. I will not be obtaining more. It gets a 3.25 because there is nothing objectionable..

Jan 12, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a 4pck of this beer from my local meijer store. It poured a nearly opaque dark amber with no head and no lace. The scent had faint chocolate malt and subtle coffee and bourbon notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bold roast and espresso base and bourbon highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

Nov 26, 2020
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout brewed by Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., with an ABV of 8.00% This English Stout Pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a Deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the color of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with coffee and Bourbon notes. Mixed with lots of roasted gains and malts. The hops notes in this brew, tie it all together. So far Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. Lots of roasted goodness. The coffee mixed with the bourbon notes really adds to this English Stout. The roasted grains and malts mixed real well together in this brew. The body of Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout is a solid medium. There was a nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner or on a cool day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Coffee, Bourbon, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give this English Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to.
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. , did a super nice job with this English Stout.

Oct 30, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep black in color with a bitchin two finger espresso head.
S: Smells rich of bourbon, coffee beans, & roasted malts.
T: Taste pretty much follows the nose, this stout has an acidic bitterness to it just like coffee. None of the characters really stuck out though, it's somewhat bland.
F: Medium-bodied with a thin feel to it.
O: Best thing about this stout is it's ABV.

Oct 24, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A good finger and a half of mocha colored head sits atop a dark cola body. Head dissipates rapidly and loudly. You can hear snapping, crackling and popping like a bowl of Rice Krispies. Almost no lacing, if that's your jam. Smells pretty damn nice with a blend of coffee and oaky booze. Taste follows, with some mellow milk chocolate notes and something kind of metallic on the back end. Hmm... I'm having some reservations about the price tag. Not that it was super steep, but still. Body is very thin and oily and over-carbonated with a dry finish. I'm not crazy about this. I knew something was up when I saw 8% ABV on the label. Not that that is anything to sneer at, but this comes off more like a barrel-aged porter than stout. Which is fine if that's what you're after. I, however, wanted a stout.

Oct 17, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 9/23/20.

Pours a dark cola color, semi opaque, with a one inch head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of lightly roasted malt, chocolate, char, some coffee and vanilla. Flavors of bitter- and not in a good way- lightly roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee- a little more as it warms, a little vanilla. Mostly smooth, a way too light body for the style, appropriately carbonated.

I envy the folks that got any barrel from this- aroma or flavor. Even the coffee doesn’t have a that big of a presence. The aroma is ok, but the flavor and feel just crater.

Sep 24, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snulip glass.

L---Impenetrably dark brown color. An aggressive pour yielded two fingers of light brown head. Head faded quickly to a cap and left very nice lacing.

S---Well, there's coffee and bourbon on the nose. But not as prominent as expected. Roasty malts are also noticeable.

T---Coffee is stronger than on the nose, but bourbon is still lacking. Roasted malts & cocoa are also present.

F---Medium mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Just ok.

O---A bit of a letdown. I was excited about a stout aged on coffee in bourbon barrels. But this one is just ok.

Sep 08, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1 1/2 inch tan head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of molasses, coffee, chocolate, roast malts, oak, fennel.

Taste is molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Semi-sweet, oily finish.

Outstanding! A very good barrel aged stout.

Sep 04, 2020
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cwm51662 from Indiana

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Many of the reviews I read mentioned that everything seemed... mild. That would about cover it. Not what I was expecting from a Lexington beer. Look was fine, smell seemed to evaporate after an opening bourbon scent.Taste was all back of the mouth, no tongue. A bit watery for a stout IMHO. As one said earlier, full pass moving forward.

Jul 05, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

This beer pours a cola-brown which had a khaki colored head. The head was about a half-finger thick but had no retention to it and didn't really have any rocky bubbles.

On the nose, there were primarily aromas of bourbon and cacao which were complimented with a sweetness from the malts giving the aroma a sweet dark chocolate vibe to it. Despite this beer being considered a "coffee stout" I found that the coffee aroma was really faint as I only got a little bit of it on the back-end of the aroma. With that being said, I was a bit disappointed with the aroma hoping it was more coffee forward than sweet.

When tasting this, I got more of the coffee upfront than the bourbon. The bourbon really shines in the middle where the coffee taste fades a bit, only to get reintroduced in the back-end along with tastes of the sweet roasted malts and the lingering taste of the bourbon.

The feel of this felt light to medium bodied and had a low to moderate amount of carbonation. I found that there was also a lingering bitter coffee and bourbon aftertaste.

Overall, I felt like this was an ok beer but it was nothing special. It had a nice balance to it on the taste with the bourbon, coffee, and sweet malts but the lingering bourbon/coffee bitterness in the aftertaste was too much for what I normally prefer in a stout. It was also on the pricier side when it comes to beer so I probably wouldn't buy this beer again for what I got.

May 26, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another coffee beer i shouldnt have cellared, the lesson has been well learned by now, but i still have a number of beers that need to be consumed probably past their prime. this is a couple of years old and definitely faded on the coffee side, but still enjoyable and showing signs that it was probably delicious when the coffee was fresh. its lighter in color than expected, more brown than black, a root beer shade with some light coming in and not much head sticking around. aroma is a bit light on the whiskey, quite sweet, and with brown sugar, raisin, and caramel notes. the coffee has a little bitterness, more than the roast of the barley to be sure, the malt isnt as dark or sturdy as expected, and this is curiously low in abv for the style too. the coffee is faded which is a shame, not sure ive had much coffee from haiti, so was hoping for a more distinctive experience with it in this beer, but thats on me for letting this sit around so long. still very sweet, some oak and vanilla notes to it, maple maybe, but not overly barrel forward, an element i wouldnt expect to mellow over time like the coffee has. a little cardboard oxidation character in here too, but its not bad. the whole thing feels a little thin and tastes a little cheap and less dynamic than i was hoping for with it, but ill have to revisit this when i can find it fresh, as i think its lost some luster over time. the first beer ive had from these guys in years...

Apr 10, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet; not overly coffee. Taste is more boozy than coffee. Taste is thinner than normal stouts.

Nov 12, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours seal brown with a finger's worth of fine, khaki foam. Sweet aroma smells of toffee, coffee, peat, and molasses.

Mild taste features mostly roasted malt. That's not to say that there is a substantial amount of roasted malt character—just that it's the only discernible flavor at first blush. The remainder of the flavor profile is oddly neutral in nature; I can feel its presence in the mouth, but it doesn't amount to anything appreciable. Warming finally suggests rumors of sugar and bourbon, but only the barest trace. On a positive note, alcohol is well concealed—just like everything else. Medium body and modest carbonation make for a smooth, drinkable mouthfeel, although a bit more heft wouldn't hurt.

Overall, this is just about the mildest tasting stout I've had, with or without bourbon barrels. If you were expecting a robust coffee or bourbon character—or any character at all—think again.

Nov 12, 2019
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black beer, with no real head. Smells of coffee with a hint of beer. The taste is a lot stronger in all regards, with additional notes of caramel and a "woody" aftertaste. Has a very good amount of bubbles, enough to complement, but not overshadow. Comes together to be more than the sum of its parts.

Nov 09, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. Solid black color with a small brown head that quickly dissipates. Smells of roasted malts , bourbon, and coffee. Kind of thin feel, but very smooth. Rich coffee and roasted malt flavor with some molasses notes.

Sep 30, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Good looking almost black appearance sith usual tan head, good lacing in pint glass. Barrel aged beers come across as too liquor flavored for me. I can not recommend but I'm in the minority.

Sep 21, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout has a medium, beige head, a dark-brown appearance, with red highlights and some lacing. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, with a touch of coffee, perhaps. Flavor is similar, and the body is low medium, like porter. Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout finishes powdery dry.


Sep 03, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 7/18/19 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big khaki head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Fresh earth, mild caramel & faint notes of oak & dark roast coffee bean in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, cream & mild dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; mild oak notes on the finish.

A barrel aged coffee stout...for a teenager? Lacks the depth, flavor & substance that makes the style worthy. Full pass moving forward

Jul 19, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - no date - poured into an old fashion glass at room temperature.

Pours a deep mahogany brown - sitting an impenetrable jet black in the glass, with a finger of light tan head that recedes very quickly, leaving no lacing behind. Lots of tiny bubbles feed the thin, loose collar around the edges.

Nose: Dark baking chocolate, roasted coffee bean, dusty ex-bourbon barrel, vanilla, rye spice, and some very bright dark fruit aromas. Some whispers of barrel char and actual bourbon can be found by inhaling more deeply. The oak/barrel/bourbon notes are subtle, but it's definitely there without question. Fairly simple and toned down on the nose, but it still possesses all the aromas you would expect from a bourbon barrel-aged stout.

Palate: Dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt all greet the palate quite intensely, followed by some tangy dark fruit, raisin, vanilla, oak, spice, and molasses. The roasty malt is rich in flavour, but is relatively dry, lacking the big sweet element that can be found in many barrel-aged stouts.The dark richness of the flavours increase right up until the finish, where everything backs off and subsides momentarily, allowing the unmistakable character of wet bourbon barrel to shine through. The barrel note is not just barrel, but a nicely balanced American whiskey flavour as well. Into the finish, the dry, bitter, ashen charry flavour reappears and ramps up - lingering for quite some time, along with just a whisper of bourbon barrel. The flavour ia decidedly simple and not very complex, however, what it has is still enjoyable, and there are no glaring flaws or rough edges.

Mouthfeel/Body: The low point of this beer most certainly is the body. It's surprisingly thin, bordering on watery. The effervescence is so fine and fizzy, that it fizzes up in the mouth when you take a sip, giving the illusion of thickness, before quickly settling down, revealing the watery body, with absolutely no viscosity, thickness, or chew. Easily thinner than the majority of IPAs I've tried. It finishes dry and tannic, with no coating or texture left behind.

Overall: This is a tough one. In terms of flavour, the beer is good. It's fairly simple, but while lacking complexity, it isn't entirely boring. It's a bourbon barrel-aged stout, and it delivers on those expectations of taste, albeit in a relatively low-key, quiet way. The body of the beer forces some demerits, as it's quite simply a watery beer - especially so for a style that is generally expected to be big, rich, and full. The flavour is the most important aspect of the beer, and I will give it due credit for that, but I also cannot pretend that the simplicity, and especially the lack of body doesn't take away from enjoying it. It does. I'll meet in the middle here, and give it a high 3 or very low 4. I suppose it's worth trying if it can be obtained as a single bottle for under $3, but I don't think I'll be revisiting it any time soon.

Jul 05, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with a thin mocha head. Head dissipates quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, a little coffee, no bourbon. Flavor is more coffee forward, dark roasted malts are there, still struggling to find any bourbon barrel. Feel is on the thin side for a stout. Overall a very nice tasting beer, just not as advertised.

Jun 28, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
No visible date code
Pours black with a thin coffee colored head, good retention
Heavy coffee aroma, caramel,  butterscotch
Coffee, artificial vanilla, sweet milk, splenda
Feel is creamy medium bodied with a bite
Overall this an average coffee stout, with zero barrel character

Apr 14, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle; no date. Repeated in November 2019.
Pours essentially black with a rather fizzy but semi-durable tan head.
Coffee, bourbon and dark bread, in that order, in the aroma.
The coffee and bourbon, along with some wood and light smoke, are stronger in the flavor.
Smooth, medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Nov 10, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the growler via DEPS in NKY. This rather nice stout pours
a rich muddled blackish brown with a nice head of off white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and displays some nice
subtle lacing. Nose of rich chocolate, moderate coffee, light vanilla
fluff, and subtle bourbon. Flavors follow the nose with a coffee
and mild dark chocolate syrup note around a mild bourbon note
with subtle oak and more prominent vanilla with some light earthy
notes. Nice mouth feel; medium full body, lightly slick, subtly
coating, smooth, and finishing sweet but a touch on the thin side.

Overall, a solid little brew that is worthy of the Alltech
moniker and better than the original KBBA.


Nov 05, 2018
Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 115 ratings