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

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

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
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
1,038
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
37.75%
 
 
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42
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340
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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 1,038
Reviews by TwelveOunces:
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3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours very dark black with a half finger of a tan head.Some alcohol legs and little head retention.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and some bitterness.

T- A slight bitterness at first and a dryness from the roasted malts and then a TON of coffee. An onslaught of coffee that is dominant in the beer. A slight roasted malt and a nice caramel to the beer. Almost no bourbon to speak of.

M- A bit watery to be honest. Leaves my mouth with a sticky film.

O- Disappointing. Not a bad beer and I may have even liked it if it didnt have BOURBON in the name. A better name for this beer should be Kentucky Coffee stout. Seriously, did they age this in bourbon barrels for a day? What's strange to me is just how bourbon forward their bourbon barrel ale is. The beer therefor does not justify the relatively high price.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been over-indulging in this style today, but what the hey. This one works pretty well. It is unique. In the end, I am reminded of my attitude about these before Founders KBS (which is sublime) - why not just have a shot of bourbon with a nice stout, and sip it pleasantly.

This baby looks like it should, black and beautiful. The fine head is just a little fizz. The aroma is a nice balance of bourbon, malts, roasty smells, hops and alcohol.

Similarly, the taste is fairly complex. It has a nice balance of all the above, and the aftertaste is like a shot of bourbon, only very mellow.

This stout works better than I remembered it, and I recommend it as a reasonably easy drinking version of the style.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of sarahgordon
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutFox
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/3 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: oat, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light bourbon

Taste: oat, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and light bourbon/vanilla on the finish

Mouthfeel: sweet and roasty, heavy-bodied, medium-low carbonation

Overall: This is an average roasty, coffee stout. The bourbon is faint if existent at all. I was expecting it to be a lot more pronounced. Not a bad beer, but nothing that really differentiates this from most other stouts. The original Ale is by far and away my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is okay... I was expecting a lot more to be honest, kind of a let down.

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Photo of James47
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Bullfrogchef
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of boogerisu
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter; jet black with a thin fizzy brown head that fades quickly into a thin ring of foam. Smells of roasted malt and coffee, with slight bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Not much barrel character in the smell; not getting any oak, and only a tiny hint of bourbon. To be fair, the only other BA stouts I've had are BCBS, Dragon's Milk, and Cerburus (Bourbon), and those were all very strong on the bourbon character. Taste is roasted malt and bitter coffee, a hint of baking chocolate, smoothing out into sweetness and a tiny ghost of bourbon. Finishes wet and relatively clean, with some lingering coffee and sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for an imperial stout.
Overall it's a good stout, but I'd expect something called "Bourbon Barrel Stout" to taste like it had been in a bourbon barrel at some point.

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Photo of Atom_Bomb
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jammergordon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, the ale has been selling like hot cakes for stores in Ohio...the sad thing is I can't figure out why. When I saw this version I still had to give it a go it mentions aged with Haitian coffee, pours pitch black with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma gives off the coffee notes with hints of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. The flavor however keeps it along the lines of a mediocre light fizzy stout that may have been aged in oak bourbon barrels but really doesn't have enough body to carry out the characteristics that the barrel has to offer, first of I don't believe this beer is 8% that is hidden way too well. Remains a bit one dimensional even watery on my palate, it finishes with some bourbon flavor charred oak and watered down bourbon that warms the gut just a bit after a few sips. Really all and all it's a beer I will never go back to the carbonation and textures fall flat on the palate, just poorly made beer put in bourbon barrels that's my final impression.

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