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

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3.57/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,727
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
1,171
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
394
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,171 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of JerryHelper
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of izraelc
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I knew this one was going to be bad. Nice dark pour but doesn't smell like a stout at all. Tastes like weak coffee. I can taste the bourbon barrel flavor but it doesn't seem to mesh well with the rest of the beer. Good concept but poorly executed.

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Photo of Colt_E_Rathbun
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears to have been bottled 9/2/16, so well over 2 years old.

Black body with initially a decent tan head which fizzled out quite quickly to a ring and sparse covering. no lacing.

There is a faint coffee aroma.

Dark fruit and coffee notes. Snag is, the fruit is a bit to tangy and the coffee a bit too bitter to be enjoyable. The flavors become a little better as the beer warms. Mouth around medium. Finish bitter/tangy.

Overall, not an enjoyable stout for me. balance and flavors seem off. Might be an age issue, but I don't get that impression.

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Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect with steak and mushrooms

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Photo of shulmm02
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMcGrath
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve 10-oz. snifter
From: Total Wine in Uptown (Albuquerque), N.M.
Price: $3.99
Purchased: Nov. 3, 2018
Consumed: Nov. 13, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: No bottled on date

Picked this up on a recent work trip to Albuquerque, N.M. Kind of a sucker for bourbon barrel-aged beer and liked this one at 8 pct. ABV. Cut down Untappd description read, “Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout builds on the success of its barrel-aged brother, the beloved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Kentucky Bourbon 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.”

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy khaki-tan head. Could see bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass at different speeds. Excellent layered foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled British hops, bourbon, plum, coffee, cacao nibs, chocolate, purple grape, dark-roasted malts, artificial vanilla, caramel and toasted oak. Smelled better as it warmed up. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted British hops, coffee, plum, bourbon, toasted oak, cacao nibs, dark-roasted chocolate, semi-char wood, vanilla and hints of caramel. That 8 pt. ABV was well-hidden. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Liked this beer a lot. Was back and forth on a few of the categories, but settled on this. (Overall - 4.00)

3.97 | 89 | B+

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Photo of Prankk
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ianglso
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of akme223
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, minimal tan colored head with a semi aggressive pour.

Mainly picking up malt, hint of chocolate and slightest bit of coffee. No bourbon on the nose.

Taste draws out some coffee taste, still no bourbon flavor, maybe a touch of woody/oak flavor but not much. Not the most enjoyable mouth feel either.

Disappointed to say the least in this one. Coffee is there but the bourbon nonexistent. Was expecting more as KBB is enjoyable, but I don’t know what it is with this one, the bourbon is just not there. The beer itself is not bad per se, but it’s not a bourbon stout imo despite being advertised as such. Much better options in the style, this one is a pass for me.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CollinaTiger
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phillipsri
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sauced4life
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DudMan
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwilbur
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a moderately dark brown hue with 1/2 inch light tan head with decent retention. Lighter in color than expected.
S: Loads of vanilla, moderate amount of dark roast malt, and a hint of coffee. A bit unbalanced.
T: Burst of vanilla, quickly followed by bitter dark roast malt, and a quick hit of coffee (not great coffee). Hmmm...not so good.
M: Light-medium body. Not picking up on the bourbon barrel. Sweet, but off flavor...too fakey? Vanilla too strong. Mildly bitter coffee, again a bit off.
D: Disappointed in this one. Poor balance. Lacking the bourbon barrel aspects. Needs a bit of work to live up to what the label is promising.

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Photo of samEBC
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Nunya
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pm0719
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of austincoleman
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FlaS4
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 1,171 ratings