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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 1,048
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +5.9%
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 +2%
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 +20.8%
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 -15.5%
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 +7.6%
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 +13.8%
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 +11.8%
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 +1.1%
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 -17.2%
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 +27.3%
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 +9%
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 +11.8%
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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Photo of basaywhat
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours near black with thin beige head. Has the aroma of roasted coffee beans and cocoa. Taste is coffee, chocolate, rotated malt, smoke and a hint of bourbon. Pretty good stout.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost jet black-creamy off white head. Minimal lacing. Dark roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon fill the nose. Taste of chocolate, touch of vanilla and average bourbon. Finishes rather sweet. Not bad but wouldn't seek out. Wish the bourbon was better quality. Still, a decent offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, vanilla, earth, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour dark fruit, cocoa powder, burnt coffee, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has no real bourbon qualities and seems to be suffering from an infection issue that comes across in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ErichPryde
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A purchase that, after two sips, I regret. Bourbon barrel stouts should be bittersweet, syrupy, dark-hearted, heady affairs that you hesitate to share even with your closest friends. Yesterday's coffee grinds and a hint of tired, old oak conspire to simply make this brew bitter.

If you're looking for a smooth and uninteresting coffee stout, this may be the beer for you. If you're looking for a complex imperial or BBA, steer clear.

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Photo of RADIX60
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is the Smoothest Stout Beer I have ever had. Almost No Bitter Aftertaste. My New Favorite. Being Served at Rockin Brews Resturant in Oviedo, Florida. Great Food, Great Beer, and the Managers and Servers there are Very Cool !!!

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Photo of Namabiru
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

(A)ppearance - Pour was dark brown and once settled into the glass a deep rich brown color. Head dissipated quickly, leaving no lace. At the finish, beer held a deep rich caramel color similar to an aged whiskey.
(S)mell - no aroma of hops; did not pick up any vanilla or caramel, but did smell the roasty nuttiness and some earthiness.
(M)outh feel - flat due to low carbonation, but very smooth and easy to swallow, leaving a bitter roasted after taste for just a brief time.
(T)aste - Roasty and warm, strong dark coffee flavor with lingering caramel and oaky notes. Smoke was also prominent, infused by using the burnt oak barrels.
(O)verall - the first stout I've had in quite some time. I enjoyed the the smokiness and roasty flavors. Big bold flavor from the roasted grain, but subtle hop flavor. Easy to drink despite the bitter rough after taste in the first few sips. Not a beer for food, but something to have after a meal, even though a stout it was not particularly heavy. Good on a cold day, and try it slightly cool, not cold...drinking it ice cold may increase that bitterness.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a strong coffee smell and taste, It's not bitter like a lot of coffee stouts, very good mix of coffee and beer flavors. It's Expensive but I'd buy it again.

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Photo of boocher
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

What an utter disappointment. If Anheuser-Busch made a bourbon barrel stout, this would be the result.

Medium-light body. Too thin and way too carbonated. A poor man's bourbon barrel stout. Simply tastes watered-down. Nose is the only redeeming quality.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. - Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. 8% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 11/20/15.

Look: Pours dark brown, and settles pitch black, retaining some light caramel highlights. One finger mocha colored head from aggressive pour, which slowly settles.

Smell: Sweet bourbon, charred oak barrel, followed by sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel, honey, espresso, sweet cream, and some earthiness.

Feel: Medium to light bodied, pretty smooth but a bit chewy with a little carbonation.

Taste: Sweet bourbon with a hint of charred oak, dark earthy malts, followed by toffee, caramel, honey, chocolate, and coffee. The finish consists of sweet cream, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Not really boozy, but does leave a slight burn on the back, which fades instantly.

Overall: I have wanted to try this since trying the Honey Barrel Brown Ale, and finally found one. This had a great aroma and taste, and seemed perfectly balanced. Definitely underrated.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Normally I do a standard format for a review. This beer doesn't really merit that much of an effort. The look isn't terrible, but the thin head disappears shortly after pouring with no lacing. The smell is probably the best feature of this beer, consisting of coffee and some chocolaty malt. The taste is disappointing. No bourbon, just some coffee with an almost buttery aftertaste. The beer may very well be on the old side, but there is not date so who knows. The feel is probably the worst I've ever had in a "stout". It is thinner than most porters. While I wouldn't mind trying this one I know is fresh, it isn't worth chasing.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a transparent deep brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is roasted malt, and coffee. There is a hint of bourbon, but not dominant by any means. Medium mouthfeel (too thin for a stout) and low carbonation. OK but not outstanding.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fills an Offero glass very dark brown and essentially black with dark brown highlights. The thin, fine chestnut head quickly fades to minimal lacing. Short columns of fine carbonation cling to the glass.

I was unable to detect any bourbon. However, there was lots of charred malt with some chocolate and coffee. There was also a light, smoky aroma.

The flavor also contained no noticeable bourbon. Black coffee and chocolate nibs are set against roasted malt bitterness with a hint of sweetness. This one is barely balanced, with a slight brief finish.

A medium body with alcohol as expected in this well-carbonated beer with a cotton texture.

This hardly impersonates the targeted Imperial Stout. It is nonetheless enjoyable as a robust Stout. One can enjoy this beer while relaxing or with a burger. However, if one is looking for the Kentucky Bourbon promise they will be sorely disappointed.

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