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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Coffee StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
18 IBU

Added by BEERchitect on 03-01-2012

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Dactrius
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hooley
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ned57
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stooven
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feel misled. Smells like coffee. Tastes like brown ale. Label has all-caps that say Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout, but then script that says "stout brewed with coffee and aged in oak barrels with Haitian coffee." Are the oak barrels not bourbon barrels? Because I don't taste bourbon. Alltech's standard Kentucky Bourbon Ale tastes like it was aged in liquor barrels. This doesn't. It's not a bad brown ale -- coffee flavor is kind of weak, and there's a somewhat cloying sugar taste -- but among the traditional stouts I just don't taste a reason to come back.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Milkman_d83
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Isn’t bad. Not what I was expecting. The coffee and bourbon flavors are not as strong as I thought they would be. But it’s drinkable

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Photo of lebriarjr
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OzmanBey
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you ever enjoyed whiskey in your coffee or Scotch in your coffee you will enjoy this one. It has a great dark black coffee smell and an enjoyable coffee flavor that blends perfectly with the bourbon tasting beer, the beer actually adds a hint of sweetness that stops this particular coffee from becoming sickening. It's the perfect combination of Bourbon and Coffee.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chumad
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of billgulch
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Magery
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of crbnfbr
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of MLFrank
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very black body but a lightly colored head, this barrel aged stout had more carbonation than I usually see in such a style.

The scent is of fresh brewed coffee! Very nicely presented with strong roast bean tones.

The taste is of coffee, plain and simple. A few burnt or roasted tones waft on the tongue but the coffee overpowers. The coffee taste is of a good blend, rich and flavorful, it's rather one dimensional with few intricacies.

The mouthfeel if not what I expect or want in this type of stout. Very thin, almost watery, I wish for a more viscous feel.

Overall not a bad entry for the price but certainly can be improved on.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, coffee and a small sweetness. In the taste, a small coffee note and a lactose like sweetness. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry faint coffee in the aftertaste. OK, kind of a faint flavor.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kentucky Coffee Stout
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Style: English Stout
ABV: unknown

LOOK: Very dark brown with a creamy khaki colored head. Fine display of lacework and the creamy head did not want to leave.

SMELL: Bitter coffee, roasted malts, espresso, and vanilla make for a very inviting bouqet of aromas.

TASTE/FEEL: Smooth and creamy brew, which goes down very easily. Light mocha notes, vanilla, cream and some light alcoholic flavor. There is also a subtle note of smoke and well made bourbon though faint. Moderately complex and well rounded flavor. Dig the coffee, malt and low bitterness as well as the smooth feel. Drinks very nice.

OVERALL: A very nice session stout from Kentucky/Alltech's Lexington Brewery. Being a fan of the Bourbon Barrel Ale, I had to give this a try, and I'm glad I did. This can stand up to any stout and at least meet it half way.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce mason jar/mini-growler purchased from Party Town earlier this morning for $2.75. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly coffee, with there being some roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate also noticeable. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some burnt/charred malt. The flavors do seem a little weaker in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. It's not one of the best coffee brews I've had, but it's still solid and definitely worth trying. I'd buy this one again in the future.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Subtle, soft, and robust all at the same time, this coffee infused dark ale allows the spice of coffee beans to complement the ready flavors of toast, caramel, and low-lying fruit for a focused and controlled taste.

The pour of dark brown with burgundy highlights promise the masculine flavors of dark beers, but also carry a slightly off white head that provides a delicate and creamy sheet across the beers surface while providing the most supple of lacing. A classy but underwhelming appearance. Maybe I want more boldness?

Soft aromatics of obvious coffee is backed by notes of toffee, cocoa, toast, and smoke. An underlying fruity note reminds me of grape while a spicy note of pepper and walnut also presents itself. Simple enough, the aromas are focused and dedicated on the coffee and what supports it best.

Flavors are also very soft and subtle with a very drinkable flavor spread that represent well the notion of coffee first and foremost. The readily available stout flavors of charred grains, caramel, dark fruit, and malted milk are all there, but in much less intensity than you'd expect. Light enough to resemble Porters, the beer remains light for drinkability, yet at the sacrifice for lushness and boldness. A non-descript bitterness results from both hops and roast and allows for a complicated finish of powder and ash.

Medium-light in body, the glaring weakness of the beer lies in it's inability to maintain the creamy and velvety texture with which it begins. Starting velvety and lush, the beer falls off quickly and resorts to grainy textures that boarder on thin, watering, and grainy proportions that leaves the mouthfeel open for grain and roast astringency.

The coffee stout could use a lot more of everything. As a stout, it struggles to hold up to the proper proportions of roast and dextrin that set stouts apart from porters. The timid coffee aditions may have gotten lost if it weren't for the name of the beer directing me to the subtle taste. Whatever the beer wants to be, it's gotta give more in order to live up to its name.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 25 ratings