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

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,030
Ranked #42,278
3.59 | pDev: 15.04%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 1,175
Photo of IKR
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a generous sized dark beige head that gradually faded. A nice looking Stout

Smell: Mild bourbon. a touch of malt. The aromas are subdued and mild.

Taste: The taste profile consists of some faint Bourbon notes and mild roast malt notes. Mild alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation. It comes off as a bit thin.

Overall: A nice looking beer that comes off a bit plain and nondescript for my tastes. The bal-aging elements, nose, and taste profile are a bit too subdued for me.

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Photo of Stephen85
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque black. Small head that quickly dissipates. Smells of malt, bourbon and a small amount of dark fruit. Taste is of malt, bourbon, and oak. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of izraelc
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
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 MikeWard
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 akme223
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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 mwilbur
2.98/5  rDev -17%
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 Sabtos
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -14.8%
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 NilocRellim
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Bisco42
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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 bobv
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +19.5%
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 MichaelProcton
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of OzmanBey
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you like Stouts and you like this particular style of beer then this is a dream come true for you. It has all the maltyness and body of a stout with that added texture of Bourbon with the hints of Vanilla and toffee bouncing off the malty earthy notes of the stout it's a wonderful combination that I think every stout lover will enjoy. Cheers

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into two glass tulips. Shared with my wife courtesy of long time friend and music master Matt W.

A: Pitch black with 1/2 finger

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/17/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of bourbon, coconut, smoke, raisin, cherry, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of bourbon, coconut, smoke, raisin, cherry, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness and slight bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, dark bread, bourbon, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming ABV for 8%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a nice BBA coffee stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Not too big on the barrel or coffee presence, but still has solid amounts. Nice levels of barrel influenced character, but less so on the actual bourbon. More of a beginners BBA stout I guess, but still nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of lastmango
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head and no lacing. Faint hint of java. Mint, coffee, and a sourness at the end. Not tasting the bourbon. Thin feel and almost watery. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Kroger on Sunday in Hilton Head for $3.59. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured black with a tan head that disappeared instantly.

Nose has notes of vanilla and bourbon, very nice.

Taste is pretty much the same , hints of vanilla, bourbon, coffee and leather. The base beer is maybe 6% abv and lacks depth. Finishes like a dry Irish stout.

Feel is light and very thin.

Overall this is a light BBA brew which is an interesting concept. Love the short barrel age but the brewers are just teasing the purchaser of this brew. It would be cool if they came up a with a solid base beer.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black body under a finger of medium/dark tan foam

S - coffee, oak, hint of vanilla, toasted malt; complex and delicious

T - coffee, oak, complex flavor of bourbon; complex and delicious

M - medium body, medium carbonation

O - an enjoyable bourbon barrel stout

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Photo of q33jeff
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75


Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark black, small eggshell head Fades quickly and is stubborn to return despite some josling.
AROMA: I've let it warm up quite a bit and the aroma is still very subdued. Some Very light touches of peat and wood and malt and whiskey.
TASTE: Some malt, but not roasty. Touch of bourbon, but also vinegar like sourness, mineral late takes over.
FEEL: thin for a stout, below average carbonation.


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Photo of Bluecrow
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -30.9%
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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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1175 ratings