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

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Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
English Stout
Ranked #44
Ranked #19,960
3.82 | pDev: 10.99%
Feb 28, 2023
Mar 01, 2012
Very Good
Kentucky Coffee Barrel StoutKentucky Coffee Barrel Stout
Notes: Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout is brewed and aged with Alltech® Café Citadelle Haitian coffee and aged in world-famous Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is a complex stout with dark-roasted malts, hints of caramel and vanilla, and a lightly roasted coffee finish.

18 IBU
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
May have left this one in the cellar too long, the bourbon mostly dropped out and the coffee was faint. The feel was pretty thin for a BA stout but not bad.
The taste ended up being a really decent stout, not necessarily BA in flavors but still quite tasty.
I guess I should try it again, and drink it fresh. Heck, they don’t even list the name the same as what is on the bottle.
Feb 28, 2023
Rated: 3.35 by MonkeyLord from Oklahoma

Dec 24, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by Klister from Maine

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Notes as written 08/18/2022:
Light leather-brown clear body, bubbly pour with a fine white head that dissapates after a minute or so, very very aromatic of toffee and coffee, almost like entering a good fresh coffee shop full of beans intertwining togethor, very smooth and easy to drink, not overpowering in flavor but overwhelmingly delightful, slight bitter aftertast light you just ate a coffee bean covered in toffee
Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Bass-n-beerman from Nebraska

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
some good complexity, roasted malts, bit of caramel, light coffee on the finish, quickly disapating head though, a bit thin, a "lite" stout in my book, but a good solid drinker
Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
This is a 12oz. bottle, pouring into the Bourbon Barrel snifter. Three fourths fit in the glass with a one finger tan head that quickly dissipated. This is a very dark stout, almost black.
The nose is sweet, light oak scents, vanilla, and I am getting a good whiff of the bourbon.
The flavor starts with sweet roasted malt, a touch of oak, with the dry coffee finish. There is a lot going on here it is hard to separate all the flavors. There is bourbon there but it is not over powering.
This is smooth, yet there is a touch of carbonation fizz. As the ale warms so do I, my guess it is the bourbon. I like The Bourbon Barrel Stouts like this, the oak shows up, roasted malt, a touch of coffee, a hint of vanilla, and there is enough bourbon there but it does not steal the show!
Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Geater from California

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
At 8% this is somewhere between a regular American stout and an imperial. It doesn't give much away on the nose, and the majority of the coffee and bourbon is on the finish. Smooth, rich and full of flavour.
Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 3.29 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by zotzot from Vermont

Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by timobkg from New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Pours a very dark brown with hints of red and a thin cream head.

Aroma of straw, biscuits, vanilla, raisins, pecans, and hints of bourbon. No coffee in the aroma.

Taste is heavy bourbon, like someone poured a shot into my glass. Beyond that are bread and roasted grain notes of a mild stout, and a mild bitterness. Still no coffee that I can discern.

Mouth feel is good, nice and rich.

Overall it's okay, if disappointing. I love coffee beers, so I'm disappointed that I couldn't pick up any coffee in a beer with coffee in the name. The bourbon is heavy and unbalanced - I like bourbon, but it tastes like I added bourbon to an average stout myself rather than a beer made with bourbon. The base stout is light and nothing special on it's own.
Jun 17, 2022
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Rated by evanwoertz from California

4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
really good stout but nothing stands out about it.
May 06, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

May 04, 2022
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L - Poured black with half finger tan head quickly dissipating to a thin ring.
S - Coffee, roasted malt, faint bourbon
T - Roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and noticeable bourbon
F - Medium-light body with fizzy carbonation. Somewhat thin.
O - I was expecting something a bit thicker. Great taste but feel and smell was a bit off for me.
Feb 06, 2022
Rated: 4 by Sellen from Connecticut

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Steve78 from Florida

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 3.7 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire

Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Gukkor from Texas

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into a 16oz dimple mug.
L: Pours black with a thin beige head that quickly recedes to edge foam. No visible carbonation. No lacing.
S: Firm dark toasted malts, coffee, light vanilla. Bourbon as the beer warms.
T: Taste is the same as smell plus oak tannins, a slight earthy quality and is lightly sweet. It has a prompt, chop-chop char bitterness that terminates quickly.
F: Moderately thin, smooth and medium-light bodied mouthfeel with a medium length finish that has a touch of dryness.
O: This beer behaves much like a porter. It has a rich, deep, dark toasted caramel malt flavor. It's 8%ABV is somewhat camouflaged at first by it's straight forward flavor characteristics those being woody, rounded and very toasty. An easy somewhat lighter bodied stout to enjoy year round. It is excellent in it's style.
Aug 19, 2021
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sampled July 2021 from 12oz bottle in snifter style glass. There is a date of 21-03-12 listed on the bottle that I expect is the bottled-on date.

Appearance: Very dark black, dark color, with a thin dark tan head of 1 finger. The head lasted only a short length of time, and did not leave any lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Some bourbon, coffee, and sweet caramel aromas. There are also roasted fire aromas, along with some vanilla.
There are no hops aroma. Nice combination and balance, but the bourbon and coffee aromas dominate.

Taste: Pronounced bourbon and coffee flavors. Also caramel and burnt malt flavors. Very little hop flavor. It is very smooth. There is a hint of sweetness like chocolate, but the bourbon barrel flavors provide for a unique stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and alcohol, which matches with the 8.0% on the label. It is thinner bodied than I expected from an 8% stout.

Overall: This barrel-aged Stout is a good stout. It has strong flavors as well as alcohol, but not as complex or flavorful as other barrel-aged stouts. Also, thinner bodied than stouts of similar alcohol. This is a good stout and I would buy this again, but there are other stouts I prefer for their fuller body and more varied flavors.
Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Received a bottle from a friend on 7-12-21. No distinct bottling date though i saw a stamp indicating 020-10 so perhaps bottled in October 2020.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that has some good hang time.

Nose has a decent hint of bourbon barrel and a slight hint of coffee.

Taste is nicely done. Medium malt base is enhanced with nice touches of coffee and bourbon. Finishes balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and not overly smooth..

Overall the flavor profile was better than i thought it would be. Worth a shot.
Jul 21, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours mahogany with a tan. colored head.

Smells of coffee bourbon vanilla and malty dark bread.

Taste is coffee and bourbon with vanilla and dark bread.
Jul 14, 2021
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, into glass

black in color, thin cream colored head. pretty good coffee and bourbon aroma. flavor is a good balance between boldness and smoothness. medium to full bodied.
May 24, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 27, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Look: Deep mahogany brown with a one inch light tan head that melts to a thin ring around the edge. Good lace on the sides.
Smell and Taste: Dark-roasted malts, hints of caramel and vanilla, and a lightly roasted coffee with a dry finish. Pleasant aftertaste slightly bitter on the palate.
Feel: Very well balanced between the sweetness and carbonation.
Overall: Was expecting a little more of the bourbon taste from the barrel aging to come out. Oh Well! Time to be moving on. I would have another if you're buying LOL.
Apr 25, 2021
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Rated: 4.16 by BidYouABrew from Washington

Feb 27, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Rated: 3.97 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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
Rated: 3.75 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 11, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by KrissyKat6 from New York

Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Dec 23, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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
Rated: 3.67 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Nov 20, 2020
Rated: 3.43 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Nov 04, 2020
Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 143 ratings