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

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Ranked #42
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3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
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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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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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Apr 27, 2013
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Pens1967 from Louisiana

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aug 13, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -22%
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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stortore from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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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kds2437 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2019
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Argail from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 21, 2020
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robebo44 from Virginia

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

Mar 10, 2020
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jdezelick from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 20, 2020
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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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KrissyKat6 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 31, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 27, 2021
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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
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cwm51662 from Indiana

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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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beaulabauve from Louisiana

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 20, 2020
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zbooks from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 15, 2020
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Velivolus from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 06, 2020
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Captain69 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great coffee flavored stout smooth not real strong

Sep 01, 2020
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Magery from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.5%

Nov 06, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Mar 01, 2012
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Apr 21, 2012
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bplzip from New York

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 03, 2018
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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
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -22%
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.

Jun 01, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Oct 21, 2018
Kentucky Coffee Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 123 ratings