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
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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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1,080
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nestled in the heart of bourbon country has its privileges and Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company takes full advantage. The fresh and recent decanting of bourbon barrels means that these vessels are ripe for the picking for local brewers who wish to claim the complex nuances of bourbon for their beers. The brewery simply has no fear in brewing relatively tame recipes to reside in those magical barrels- the results are not simply "hints" of bourbon or "mild" wood complexities, but rather a changed beer that's uniquely Kentucky!

Dark as night, the stout ale opens with a deep brown hue that reminds that catches the eye with richly stained tree bark and crimson highlights. Though dark, the beer shows great clarity with an onyx-like sheen, just as the redish hues plays through the saturated brown color. Its light and delicate creme floats atop the beer and decorates the snifter with lacy rings that delights the eye.

Strong coffee overtones leap onto the olfactory senses along with roasted walnut, heavy toast, and firey burnt embers. Yielding shy of smoke, the scent instead, introduces complementary aromas of caramel, cherry, vanilla, coconut, and unmistakable bourbon alcohols.

And true coffee dominance exudes in the stout's taste as well. Even thought the strong ale proclaims bourbon- its the taste of Columbian coffee, walnut, and bittersweet smoky chocolate that form first impressions. The malty underpinnings of thin caramel sweetness and starchy light whipping cream emerges at middle palate and braces the palate from the dry toast and roast of grain. And all this succulent taste is wrapped in a cocoon of bourbon sweetness with all its gentlemanly oak, tannin, and char.

Medium-full in texture, the stout's mouthfeel resides on a dry-roast backbone that evokes an, arid, powdery, and light ash that extends beyond that of receding malt sweetness and thin bourbon warmth. At eight percent alcohol, the palate easily underestimates the strength as the warmth is calming and succulently inviting. It's a much more drinkable beer than it should be.

Sure to appease the sweet tooth in all of us, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is indeed a stout at heart. But much like that of their Bourbon Barrel Ale, the beer doesn't simple add nuances of bourbon in complement, it changes the beer into something else- one with much more bourbon influence than is common for such bold technique. The advantages of living in the Bluegrass are many and this new stout is one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +12.4%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of black coffee and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mild chocolate sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into Otter Creek Imp Series tulip, formed a 1/2" brown head over the barely translucent reddish brew. Head promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and lightly alcoholic.

Taste starts sweet also, light to medium tart in the middle, with slight smoke and alcohol through the close. Warming after swallow. Smooth mouthfeel, and easily drinkable. Not as boozy as their more usual Bourbon Barrel Ale, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Nose of cofee and sugar. Hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel of coffee and milk chocolate. Final of anise. Bourbon taste is subtil. Quite light for 8 abv.
Bitterness is sweet and bitter. Chocolate and espresso.

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Photo of DarthPaul
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into English pint glass.

Appearance: So I poured this beer pretty aggressively and only yielded a half finger head, which dissipated almost instantly. Guess I'll blame the abv. Color of the almost non existent head was light brown. Not gonna lie I'm really bummed out over the head. Moving right along, the color of the beer is dark brown, while pouring and damned near black in a glass, very little light coming through the sides.

Smell: Beer picks up here, sorta. Not very complex, but I smell a slight roasted coffee smell. I THINK I smell bourbon but I could be imagining it, its very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Taste: Ok, here we go. So on first sip the first thing I can say is how damned drinkable this beer is. 8% abv and I could pitch these back like Yuenglings. roasty with a hint of coffee, maybe bourbon. Getting half way through and it warming up a little, it becomes a little more complex. Coffee taste is now very apparent and in the best way, Very well done on the coffee taste not taking over the beer. A slight, perfectly slight, dryness on the back of your pallet. Just slightly bitter linger but again, it's done well.

Overall: Damn is this beer good, I know it isnt the most complex beer or really worth talking about, but its a high abv that you could drink all night and really enjoy the roasty coffee notes. If I could get a head out of this it would have been a 4.00

Edit: Don't buy if your looking for a aged bourbon stout, its better noted as a basic, session-able stout with hints of coffee.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Grindelvasdrum
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 StoutElk_92
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

This beer is black with a small khaki colored head. It smells of dark roasted malts with a little vanilla. It tastes like a good stout with light vanilla, oak, and almost caramel like notes coming through from the bourbon barrels. It has moderate carbonation on a pretty light body. Overall I think it is a well-made bourbon barrel stout that isn't too high in abv.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lexington's crack at the stout looks to want to play; this one's heavy, very close to black but with some red highlights easing in the edges when struck by light. it's even got some viscosity to it. The brown head caps this beer nicely and rests there at one finger, depositing patches on the snifter as it recedes.
This beer smells like it wants to compete with the big stouts. There's a nice complexity and some layered depth to it. It's got a nice, well-maintained and workable sweetness off some roast that never goes acrid, a hint of toast, some meaty nuttiness, lots of coffee grounds, and an obvious barrel presence (vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and a mild whiff of alcohol).
Roast, wood and creamy sweetness from the barrel balance strong notes of ground coffee in the taste as well as the aroma does. The barrel character is really drawn into this beer, as it takes the wood and creamy sweetness into itself. It verges on a little too much sweetness without a lot of char to counter it, but it stops in measure to work extremely well.
The body isn't particularly thick, about medium-full with the alcohol seeming to thin it a little. It's certainly recognizable as a stout, but on the lighter side for body. A bit of char edges into dryness, where just a touch of astringency hits after time. Still, it finishes smooth for the most part until then.

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Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is strange. As it comes out of the bottle, it's a clearish dark brown color, but in my snifter, it's all pitch black. Looks very thin for such a dark beer. The head is slight, a darkish beige color. No retention, and with such a thin pour, little to no lace.

Serious malt bomb here. You can tell it's been aged in something, but bourbon isn't what I'd guess. It's earthy, very nutty, lots of roasted malt and char, a splash of vanilla and licorice, and even some hot spice in the background.

My beer is a bit too cold and even after letting it sit iin the snifter for several minutes, it's still too cold. However, it's clearly a stout with some notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Reminds me of a smoked beer.

It's a bit thin, but there's still lots going on. The sweetness up front gradually recedes and the bitterness and smoke begin to take over mid sip. A slight punch of sweetness in the swallow before a lingerbitterness finishes off each sip. Being stout, it's creamy even with the thin body. Smoke is prevalent, particularly in the swallow. Hops aren't really an issue.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. The alcohol is well hidden, despite being 8%. It's got a sweetness I didn't expect, and it's very easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle stamped with 021813 on it, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some light vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla and bourbon. I'd guess this wasn't aged in bourbon barrels for a long time as the bourbon character in both the aroma and taste is subtle. There is a nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors, but it does lean towards being sweeter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough overall brew, but a bit pricey at $12.99 a 4-pack. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of JDW4195
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good stout. Not as thick as BCBS, more along the lines of a true stout with an after taste of bourbon. Feels like a heavy lager. Decent taste, worth a try

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch beige head that quickly dissipates. The smell is a ton of bourbon and chocolately malts...really good aroma. The taste has a ton of bourbon flavor and that is basically all...no chocolate or anything but bourbon. The body is also lighter than it should be for a stout, with low carbonation.

overall a tad disappointing, but not bad!

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours jet black with a thin tan head. A decent sized ring is left around the edge of the glass on top of the beer.

Coffee is very prominent on the aroma with a lot of roast and caramel along with a healthy dose of chocolate which surprised me a little bit. A somewhat subdued vanilla not but I can't really detect much bourbon. Nonetheless a very inviting aroma.

The flavor has lots of coffee and caramel up front but not in as strong of dose as is present in the aroma. Almost no bourbon at all but rather vanilla, chocolate and caramel. All of the flavors are a little bit thin but they work well together. Roast and char lingers long after the other flavors have cleared up. Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style with a light bitterness and a lingering stickiness.

Overall, a good coffee stout but not on par with Founders Breakfast Stout and roughly the same price. If this becomes available in TN I will gladly pick it up because of no alternatives. In other parts of the country, however, there are better alternatives.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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 ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep black pour. Tan head settles very quickly, but that isn't unexpected in a bourbon barrel aged beer. Small spots of lacing.

S: Coffee is the predominant smell up front. Roasted malts bring a thin layer of soot and charcoal. Black cocoa powder and tootsie rolls. Touch of smoke. Barrel char and oak are more subtle than expected. Caramel.

T: Acidic black coffee. Malts lend a burnt acidity too. Bitter dark chocolate. Soot, charcoal, and a kiss of smoke. More dark chocolate. Barrel char. Oak comes out on the mid palate. Thin, subtle bourbon flavor. Dark caramel pulls through more as the beer warms. Char and smoke on the long finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very slightly chewy. Bourbon flattens it a little bit, but not enough to hamper enjoyment. Low carbonation.

O: Those who don't like a big kick of bourbon in their BBA beers will appreciate this one, as it has a softer touch. Not a trace of heat, it's a pretty easy beer to drink. There's some nice complexity to it as well. More of a novel approach to bourbon barrel aging; it stays flavorful and drinkable rather than going too over the top. It won't be the next whale, but it's one of those beers that you can just drink and enjoy without thinking too much about it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of bourbon and vanilla. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was espresso with touch of bourbon. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a decent stout.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

Look: Not too much going on here. A black that is like eternal darkness. No light penetrating this beer at all. I gave quite a vigorous pour, but no much head that disappeared quickly. Lacing is very minimal. Like the color, but nothing else to marvel at. Average.

Smell: A nice vanilla mixed with caramel. Very pleasant. It kind of ends on a woody coffee. Yes, that's right, woody coffee. I'm picking up wet wood that is soaked in coffee. Interesting, and one of the highlights of this brew.

Taste: Definitely picking up on the vanilla, and it transitions into the coffee/dark chocolate at the end. Also still picking up the wood flavor throughout.

Feel: It has a smooth smokey texture that is complimented by the medium carbonation. Pretty balanced, and the abv is hidden decently.

Overall: A decent enough brew, but I really miss the chance at a frothy head that I get to fight with. Maybe other imp stouts are the same, I'm still a rookie, but I've had another that was still able to produce some frothiness, if only for a bit. Pretty decent taste and smell, just everything else from there is slight less. I wouldn't give up on this one entirely, I'll revisit from time to time.

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Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 breakingbland
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (no date) into a goblet. 

Appearance: Opaque brown with a reddish tinge. The brown head dissipates quickly to a ring. 

Aroma: coffee, bourbon, and some malt. 

Taste: Follows the aroma. A slight presence of hops. The flavors are deep, with some toasty notes. The sweet bourbon taste was quite pleasant. The coffee was big but not excessive. It intensifies if you let the beer linger on the tongue. A nice flavor profile though not an overly complex one. 

Mouthfeel: Nice, but nothing too outstanding: medium carbonation and fullness. 

Overall: I'm fairly new to this style, but I can say that I'd have this one again. Even at 8%, the alcohol was understated but made its presence known. I paired this beer with duck breast, and even though it's a rather big beer, it worked well. But I think it would be a great standalone beer also. The bourbon sweetness was well balanced with the coffee richness and the slight presence of hops. 

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weird, different, hard to describe beer that I've always wanted to try never did at the asking price but finally got the chance to courtesy of the $13 7 Pak Weis special.

Bottom line, I liked it would drink again but no more than $2 a bottle. Standard black little crimson highlighting. Smell real hard to describe but I like, malts,'hops, little oak. Tastes good, very hoppy, smooth and mouthfeel appropriate for the listed (here) 8%. Really? ABV not on the bottle I'd guess 6% but followed an 16oz Trogenator so you know I'm good.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights and a solid beige head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing.

Oak, tobacco, roast malt, soy, and toffee comprise the aroma, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla adding complexity. Smells savory.

Coffee dominated the flavor throughout. Chocolate and vanilla are subdued, with roasted malt and nutty notes emerging subsequently. Bourbon is a subtle afternote. As it warms, butter, vanilla, and oak become dominant.

Body is a touch light, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a hint of acrid astringency, but it's not offputting.

Overall, a lot more coffee than expected. A touch light in body, but a good brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black with no head at all, nada. Obviously, lace will not be seen here.
Smell is malty, smoky, vanilla, light coconut, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, nuts. Very complex, very well balanced.
Taste is right in line. Malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, char/smoke, a wee bit of coconut, nuts. Again, really well balanced and very complex.
Body is lighter than medium, effervescence is restrained but still makes you notice it up front. Improves as it warms. After 15 minutes it gets very smooth and warming. And just a bit cloying after the swallow.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black, low tan head for a minute or two, sticky lacing afterwards.
Strong coffee in the smell, overshadowing everything (some roast, faint smoke, wood).
Nice clear coffee in the taste, not too sweet, not excessively strong, between an espresso and an americano. Zesty dark fruit keep it fresh and crisp, some sour cherries there, dates, juicy plums, even some lemon juice. Roasted grainy malts as it settles, dark bread crust. Barrel notes, yes (faint vanilla, wood, oak, faint smoke, bit of char), but the bourbon is just way too subtle (alcohol is present and felt, but doesn't give off the bourbon flavor found in the Kentucky BB Ale). Low hop presence, granted, some green notes, aftertaste consisting of coffee acidity and roast.
Feels a bit too crisp, almost watery for its style. Medium carbonation.
A refreshing coffee stout, not so bourbon, but rather tasty.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 1,080 ratings.
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