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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,680
Reviews:
203
Ratings:
1,142
pDev:
15.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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44
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384
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Ratings: 1,142 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of shimmyk26
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A shiny dark brown pour fills to black with a creamy tan head settling to a thin collar leaving some lumps of lace.

Smell is roasty, woody, smoky and nutty with some cacao and cola.

Taste is nutty roast, cocoa and wafer with cola and root beer accents. Barrel adds sweetness, but little else, maybe a slight woody dryness in the aftertaste.

A moderate body with a light but soft filling froth finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had several bottles of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout now - there has been a tremendous variation between bottles, which is very strange. Several have tasted very strongly of diacetyl (profoundly buttery). For the most part, they tend towards a theme:

The beer pours deep brown-black with a decent light brown head. The nose doesn't reveal much. The taste, while cold, doesn't give up much more than that - while the mouth feel isn't my favorite; the carbonation is just too aggressive.

When the beer warms up, the coffee comes out a bit. This isn't necessarily a good thing. The coffee tastes used and stale. The carbonation is lingering, still unpleasant.

The beer, unfortunately, is generally a let down.

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Photo of jnorris404
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thmcress
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shadrack
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NilocRellim
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown colour. Cold press coffee aroma, cocoa nib, a bit of vanilla bean. Zippy enough carb, smooth mocha to bourbon finish, but of oak and cocoa nib aftertaste.

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Photo of wroywel
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bisco42
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you know how they create this brew, than you know how lacking it truly is. Compare this to a beer of the same style and you will realize how much is missing. It almost tastes like a malt. Poorly designed, falsely advertised and innappropriately balanced. Not one I'll buy again.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Calraven
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light seeping through. There's a fingernail of brown on top. The aroma is of dark malt, but I'm really not smelling any bourbon. I'm tasting dark malt with just a hint of sweet bourbon in the finish. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy. I expected more bourbon flavor and character from this.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of bobv
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields a one and 1/4 inch light tan head over a dark brown body with some lacing. Faint nose of slight vanilla, slight coffee, and even slighter bourbon. Bourbon does come through a bit more as it warms, so let this sit for at least 20-30 minutes! Taste is more (or less?) of the same with some espresso-like character coming through as it warms. Okay feel and overall, I was hoping for a bit more on the nose and taste buds.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 17, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Celtics to kick off the season... demands a beer with some strength... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde snifter... pours a midnight-black, thick with a creamy brown single-finger head... roasted coffee bean, cocoa nib, vanilla, and thick roasted malts... first sip is effervescent, surprisingly thin at the teeth, and coating at its throat... late in the profile, a cloying dryness settles with warmth... perhaps this is where the KBS pales to other with the same moniker... the vanilla tops a sweet mocha coffee bean, making this a pleasant sip... some nuttiness in the roast too, with an acetyl alcohol that taints the finish ever so much... the caramel adds sweetness to the mix... overall, a solid, medium-bodied, flavorful stout that doesn't reflect enough bourbon to wear its name...

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Starts pouring brown but develops into a more appropriate coffee black color. The head is 1/2 finger to start, looking good, and fades to a creamy ring.

Aroma is as advertised - coffee, vanilla, chocolate, slight whiskey. A touch of coconut creme and vanilla beans. I actually love the aroma on this.

The flavor translates wonderfully. First, there's a rush of chocolate cadberry creme egg, followed by the best vanilla pudding flavor ever, mixed with vanilla beans, and the familiar burn (but not flavor) of whiskey. It tails off with fresh coffee and burnt toast..

Feel is abundantly roasty, with a ton of carbonation, and a hot, dry finish.

Overall, I'm trying to find something wrong with this beer but I can't. I don't understand the low ratings - this beer is freaking delicious. Wish I'd bought more.

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

Photo of Timc32
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second-day growler pour resulted in very little carbonation, though there wasn't a ton to begin with. Ultra-dark brown with only faint hues of red creeping in with light behind. Lovely dark chocolate and roasty malts on the nose. Chocolate is again what dominates the taste. Very limited bourbon bite on the back end, and there is a smooth, sweet milky taste to balance. Like a milkshake! Mouthfeel is very substantial, yet smooth, and not overly heavy. An excellent beer I'd come back to again.
P.S.: You'd not guess it's an 8+.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 1,142 ratings
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