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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
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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

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#40,086
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
1,143
pDev:
15.13%
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Reviews by smalenberg:
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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black and thick. Mmmm motor oil. :)
No head retention to speak of, very little on pour.

S - Chocolate first and forward, with coffee following. Reminiscent of a really good mocha. Bourbon comes through almost as an alcoholic heat (subtle) more than the complex woody and sweet character you might expect, although there is some of the mild vanilla often found with barrel aging and a lot of roast. Quite a bit going on here.

T - I've had this once before and didn't get the harshness that I found this time on the first sip: it reminded me of the aftertaste from smoking a good cigar - leathery, peppery, with a bit of char that probably comes from the barrel (fine in a cigar, but not necessarily welcome in a beer). This charcoal-like note is very off putting. The rich roast of the malt, which is present, is getting buried behind it. This is a recent purchase, much better when I last had it, so I suspect this beer needs some cellaring to reach it's true potential.

M - Full bodied mouth feel with a nearly syrupy viscosity, but not particularly smooth - there is almost a grainy feeling on the tongue that lingers. There is a pleasant warming you'd expect from the style that you feel all the way down.

O - The first time I had it, it was at a friend's and I think that had held it for awhile. It was certainly much better in that batch than in this one now that I've acquired it for myself. I expected to be writing a better review based on my first experience with this beer, but I'm hopeful that it is a lack of conditioning rather than a lack of consistency.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Ozzylizard
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 15.00 (Including tax)/four pack ($ 0.312/oz) at Franklin Beer, Frankin, PA
Bottle marked 61129W2120149 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – coffee and roasted malt and more coffee
Head large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin layer with central rocky island
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – begins slightly sweet with caramel and coffee notes. Ends slightly bitter. Not picking up any bourbon or oak flavors. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

To me, definitely more of a porter than a stout. Drinkable but heavier on the coffee side than the beer side. Four and done.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.5. Rating 3.64, rDev +2.2%.

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Photo of meyou
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't get it. I paid $14.99 for a four pack and this is really not good. Not sure what the buzz is about.

Smells decent. But VERY thin, hard to call it a stout. Kind of sweet finish and then...that's it. A big disappointment.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sarahgordon
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutFox
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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 +3.6%
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 Tstromer
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | 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 James47
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

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 Bullfrogchef
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of boogerisu
2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 1,143 ratings