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

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English Stout
Ranked #62
Ranked #30,178
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Coffee StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout
Notes: 18 IBU
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Photo of dd53grif
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Rubicj
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.


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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of Samlover55
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.


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Photo of briandgilbert
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L - normal dark look for a coffee stout
S - nice smells makes it feel tasty, smells way better than it tastes - slight bourbon but more on the ]coffee side
T - let down - has good flavor right up front but is gone fast and leaves teeth and tough in a stingy feel, don't like it - on the sweeter side
F - Not thick easy to drink, 8% ABV
O - Was hoping for more with this. Good smells but the after taste that bites the teeth and tough with quickly diminishing taste was a let down. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly smaller darker colored head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing though, and decent retention esp for the abv, just about pitch black beer with some decent legs too

Nose brings thick fudgey chocolate, but a weird chemical thing too that I think I get with most of the Kentucky beers, a coffee syrup oil thing, a nutty roasty coffee, touch of general roasted malt too, a sweet like molasses aroma, very very faint bourbon and vanilla barrel but almost like it was extracted

Taste comes on thick and syrupy, heavy, thick fudgey chocolate cocoa, some coffee but not a ton, nutty chocolatey coffee with a bit of roast, little acrid note, and acidity from the coffee, very mild vanilla barrel but not really any bourbon, well maybe a touch on the back end, thick syrupy molasses and sweet malt extract like characters, biscuity almost cookie like, some spicy hops cut in late and clash just a tad, some warming alcohol flavor in there too like again that chemical alcohol thing, finishes dry and very fast somehow

Mouth is thicker chewy some warming alcohol and decent carb, syrupy

Overall eh, not too bad but not somethign I would drink much, coffee is OK, base beer is meh with the weird molasses sweet syrupy flavors and that weird chemically alcohol thing going on, lots of extract unfermentable things in there too I feel, and almost no barrel characters at all

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Photo of GreenDragonPurse
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks beautiful in the glass, deep brown, almost black, with a quarter-inch dark tan head that vanishes quickly. A vaguely sweet smell, like raw cookie dough. But a one-note flavor: coffee. I love coffee, but I'd rather drink it in coffee form. No complexity here. Mildly bitter.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 4 pack purchased for $13.99 at Total Wine in Brandon, FL.

Lovely inky black pour into the snifty with a fingernail of off-white head with slight moss on the top.

I can see why the nose could be offensive to some, but my olfactory is eating this up. Lots of calm, warm sugary vanilla wrapped around a slightly metallic coffee bean with spurts of roast barley here and there. There's a very faint sour note I'm picking up but it's not bothering me in the slightest.

The flavor is very decent - 100% old school stout lots of roast barley up front, contrasted by some pilsner/2 row base malt. Slight natural vanilla bean meets notes of hot fudge and finally a very loud smack of freshly sliced green pepper. I'm not a fan of peppery coffee so this gets a little deduction from me, the flavors that surround it help cancel it out. The barrel tastes like straight oak barrel, zero whiskey/bourbon here at all.

Feel is semi-creamy with a mild buzzing carbonation and a slight alcohol burn, ending on creamy smoothness and roasty dryness simultaneously.

Overall, when I bought this I thought I picked up the original BB Stout (which I loved) so I had my doubts. The 4 pack art looks very similar so it was an easy mistake to miss the coffee beans on the front. It's not as good as the original, but it's still worth at least a single if you're curious. Much better than their Peach Wheat Ale, that's for darn sure.

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Photo of Stooven
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 OzmanBey
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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 KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -20.7%
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 +1.1%
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 -3.7%
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 -8.2%
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: 84 out of 100 with 72 ratings