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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 1,085
Photo of Bluecrow
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

-clear cola brown pour with a coffee nose. The flavor is of toasted malt, pronounced coffee and some whiskey notes. This tasty, but the body and mouthfeel are very thin.

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Photo of PrimustheOne
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For years I've wanted to try this beer. Finally it was available in my area, so I snapped it up and anxiously waited for the opportunity to try it.

What an incredible disappointment. I just don't understand the hype behind this beer.

The smell was good. Coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.
Taste: Coffee, and more coffee. Where's the bourbon, where is the oak?
Mouth feel: Watery thin.
Overall: Meh.

Not going to buy this again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 15.00 (Including tax)/four pack ($ 0.312/oz) at Franklin Beer, Frankin, PA
Bottle marked 61129W2120149 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – coffee and roasted malt and more coffee
Head large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin layer with central rocky island
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – begins slightly sweet with caramel and coffee notes. Ends slightly bitter. Not picking up any bourbon or oak flavors. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

To me, definitely more of a porter than a stout. Drinkable but heavier on the coffee side than the beer side. Four and done.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.5. Rating 3.64, rDev +2.2%.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of bourbon and vanilla. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was espresso with touch of bourbon. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a decent stout.

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Photo of meyou
2.36/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't get it. I paid $14.99 for a four pack and this is really not good. Not sure what the buzz is about.

Smells decent. But VERY thin, hard to call it a stout. Kind of sweet finish and then...that's it. A big disappointment.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Light khaki colored head with moderate retention.Black in color,with no light coming through the glass.

On the nose I get mostly dark roasted malts,and coffee,with slight chocolate notes.Absolutely NO bourbon whatsoever...Not necessarily a bad thing...We'll see on the palate.

On the palate get only dark roasted malts,and coffee.AGAIN absolutely no bourbon whatsoever...Again I don't think that's a bad thing,but I guess I have to deduct points,considering it is advertised as "bourbon barrel aged".

The body is medium / heavy,with a pretty smooth finish.

I personally think this is a pretty good stout,I'm not a huge fan of beers with too much bourbon flavor.But I guess since it is advertised as bourbon barrel aged,and it has none of those characteristics I will have to deduct points off the overall score...Damn shame because this is a pretty damn good stout.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with decent head that soon fizzles away
Aroma is of dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate and hints of bourbon

Taste is of dark chocolates, coffee, vanilla, and a little bit of bourbon

This beer is really good tasting, a little bit light and carbonated then what you'd expect from a stout. I could see myself getting another. Given its a bourbon barrel aged stout I expected a lot more notes of bourbon that could have really set this thing off

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Photo of iridius
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea why this is rated so low. I am having it at Midway airport on draft and it tastes as good as Founders Breakfast stout. Smooth, tasty, dark. Maybe a but expensive here, but worth it.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown almost black in color with a creme head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Notes of coffee, bourbon and vanilla on the nose. Upon tasting, you get the coffee up front and the bourbon on the back end. While this beer is good, I expected a lot more for as much as it costs.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle / 8.0%

I just tried the boirbon barrel aged ale from this brewery and was a bit disappointed - especially with how it looked so I gave this a big pour; hardly any head, no film, no lacing but a fairly nice dark brown colour.

Lots and lots of coffee on the nose and a little cola.

Palate is coffee and n ot a lot else. Mouth is thin.


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Photo of RacerX5k
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weird, different, hard to describe beer that I've always wanted to try never did at the asking price but finally got the chance to courtesy of the $13 7 Pak Weis special.

Bottom line, I liked it would drink again but no more than $2 a bottle. Standard black little crimson highlighting. Smell real hard to describe but I like, malts,'hops, little oak. Tastes good, very hoppy, smooth and mouthfeel appropriate for the listed (here) 8%. Really? ABV not on the bottle I'd guess 6% but followed an 16oz Trogenator so you know I'm good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have really been negligent when it comes to the bottles here at Chez Woody to the point that I am really making an effort to divest myself of them & move onto new & different things in CANs. I am amazed at some of the things that I am finding! This one sounds really good.

From the bottle: "Stout brewed with coffee and aged in oak barrels with Haitian coffee". Ooooh.

The Pop!ping of the cap only seemed to signify great events in the future. I went with a gentle pour due to the small glass that I had standing by. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, deep-tan/light-brown head with low retention, quickly falling to a skim of wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was rich, with notes of chocolate, bourbon, oak, coffee, leather, black currants, raisins and light smoke. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not thick on the tongue, but on the approach. The taste did not live up to the nose, however. The burnt smokiness of the coffee overwhelmed everything in its path. The oak and bourbon flavors were barely perceptible through the intensity of the coffee. How sad. Finish was dry, but more of a burnt, smoky dryness than one from hops. This needs improvement and I would begin by reducing the amount of coffee in the equation. Otherwise, aging it in oak barrels becomes an almost moot point. I like the innovation, but not the execution. I would be willing to give it another try, but assurances of changes/tweaks would need to be made in advance.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased while visiting the US last weekend. Picked this particular beer on a whim based on the description of the title.

Appearance - pours a very dark brown and nearly black beer topped with a finger of light crime coloured head. Retention is modest and there's not a lot of lacing left behind.

Smell - a little coffee, a little bourbon and some vanilla and dark chocolate mixed in for good measure. Appetizing, but not the biggest nose out there.

Taste - some light coffee flavours and a faint trace of bourbon. There's also some earthy hops lingering in the background. Wet and stale coffee to close. Vanilla is lacking as is the chocolate. Finally the taste is thin and just doesn't have the well rounded flavor of a better stout. Alcohol is well hidden. Some ashy char going on in the background too.

Mouthfeel - thin and fizzy, lacking the smooth slickness of the better stouts of this style. Finish is pretty middle of the road.

Overall - while initially promising, the lacklustre taste and feel of this beer, made me regret this purchase a little bit. It's not inherently bad but there's a lot of better stouts out there.

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Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a half finger of head. The nose is nicely roasty but I am not really getting any bourbon. The flavor is the same as the nose - no real bourbon notes. The body is thin for such a high gravity stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon Barrel Stout pours an almost completely black color with a small head. Nice rich bourbon and oak aromas. Taste has a nice bourbon kick, some notes of oak, on a roasted malty backbone. Weaker and watery body, that is slightly flat. Overall, taste good, but weak.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My second offering from Alltech's and I'm becoming more and more intrigued by this brewer...

To be fair, I am a dark beer aficionado, so I gravitate to these regardless of the time of year. Given this, I really enjoyed the black color of this brew - blacker than the blackest coffee and devoid of any highlights. There were coffee notes, a strong scent of bourbon, all mixed well with a slight hint of caramel. Though well carbonated, it was smooth and even creamy to the feel. The taste was all bourbon and roasted coffee, well balanced and though high in ABV, I could easily drink several of these (and only slightly regret it the next day.) :)

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn't seem to be quite as good as the last time I had it back in "14. Again has a short lived tan head. Aroma is toast malt. Flavor is a mild traditional sweet stout and taffy. No sign of the alcohol. Nice mild finish.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours an opaque dark/black, with a dense tan head. Distinctive roasted malt-forward flavor with pronounced coffee flavors. Mouth-feel is really fulsome, decent carbonation, and flavors that don't fade.

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Photo of leantom
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. Rather light for my tastes, especially considering the style, but it was good nonetheless. Here goes:

A: Pours pitch black (maybe some red hue at the bottom, however). Head is mediocre and dissipates way too quickly. However, the lacing and body effervescence are both good.

S: Has a toasted lager quality about it. In fact, I would say it smells like a toasted lager mixed with coffee and some dark chocolate. Overall, it's good. Not what I was expecting, however, given that it purports to be a bourbon barrel stout. While I can detect oak and vanilla, they are in fact very muted, especially when compared to other BB stouts.

T: Very toasty. Toasted caramel malt, some coffee, and maybe a touch of chocolate. Good. Flavors are somewhat muted, however; it isn't nearly as robust as other BB stouts. I still can detect slightly more vanilla in the taste than in the nose. Still too muted, however.

F: Little too light.

O: Good beer. Probably shouldn't say it was aged in bourbon barrels, though. Not nearly enough vanilla or woody goodness.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee & bourbon nose, flavor is bourbon, almost burnt coffee. $4.00 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of ccg
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016-04-13: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

Look: Looks fairly rich. A finger of initial foam. It has some legs when you tilt it, but they recede quickly. 4.0

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Smells somewhat similar to Founders Breakfast Stout, but lighter on the coffee. No sign of bourbon-barrel aging, however. It smells pretty good, but it's not really delivering on what its label is promising. 3.75

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and malt. Still no sign of the bourbon. Bit of a metallic aftertaste. 3.5

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, light body. 3.5.

Overall: It's a pretty good base stout but definitely needs some more time in the barrel. 3.5

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Photo of Ottoj55
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice glass, its black with tan head, nice cap that faded rather slowly. The smell is highly roasted, burned coffee, some oak and whiskey. Taste is too roasted, its all burned flavors masking the oak and whiskey. Mouthfeel is astringent and dry. Needs to back off the roasted malt, the char of an oak barrel provides plenty of that.

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Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a rich dark black color with a small tan head. The aroma is a blend of malt, bourbon and a good dose of alcohol. The taste is a fine blend of all of the aromas. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Tapped: Surprisingly served in a pint glass. This one pours a dark, inky opaque brown color. It had a fingers worth of a tight brown head that didn’t linger long. Nice aroma. Touch of bourbon, faint chocolate, faint roastiness, malts. A little more than medium bodied. Good taste and only a touch of the bourbon. Chocolate malts. Actually a touch of bitterness over the slight sweetness.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Black, next to no head even with very aggressive pour, next to no lacing.
S-Coffee,chocolate, vanilla, charred oak.
T-Big burnt coffee flavor, chocolate, vanilla, quite a bitter component, charred oak barrel, as well as alcohol.
M-Big carbonation gives it a certain crispness despite the medium body, bit astringent.
O-Big distinct flavors & characteristics to this beer.

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