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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Reviews:
186
Ratings:
1,091
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 1,091
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 ChrisMon02
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -18.3%
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 -30.3%
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 +40.4%
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 +4.5%
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 +5.1%
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 -19.7%
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%
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 -2.8%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of leroybrown10
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate brown with a high level of transparency. Small head is kinda fizzy and vanishes quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is a bit subdued. Black coffee and roasted malt. Strength increases at it warms. A bit of smokiness.

Black coffee on first taste. Roasted malt, oak, and bourbon. Some vanilla.

Medium body going towards being thin. Medium+ carbonation. Lingering coffee.

A decent barrel aged stout which doesn't quite get over the hump. Seems like more barrel time might help. No bourbon in the nose. Could use a boost in intensity all the way around.

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Photo of aleigator
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no foam, pitch black color. Chocolate, toffee and smoky whiskey, alcoholic bourbon aroma is very present. Has an medium body with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Espresso flavor, going along with heavy bourbon, highlighting an usual aggressive alcoholic presence for a stout. Feathered by chocolate flavors, soon getting overpowered by an upcoming bitterness in the end. Also unusual high carbonation, with a metallic hint in it. Strong coffee finish, but not very long lasting.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black, minimal thin off white head. Smells of oak, vanilla, coffee, some cocoa. Strong bourbon characteristics at initial taste, coffee, carob, oak and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is incredibly thin for a stout – as previous reviewers commented – more akin to a brown ale or porter. Fair amount of effervescence.
Not unpleasant – but seemed to lack many of the characteristics I find important to a stout. I’ve got 5 left of the six pack I bought – I’ll probably take them to a party and throw them into a cooler – never to be seen again. Not my cup of tea. (Note – I was a little sad after drinking this beer – I had such high hopes. . .)

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Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Massive frothy tan head on this beer even with an easy pour. Head dissipates quickly. Some carbonation clinging to sides of glass. Carbonation bubbles rise quickly. Beer is opaque and black. Very slight tint of mahogany around edges. 3.5/5

S - Very heavy aroma of vanilla extract followed by espresso, dark chocolate, and molasses. Slight hint of sugary dairy creamer as well. Very dark roasted malt. No real hop presence in the aroma. 4/5

T - Vanilla, oak, and bourbon whiskey are the first notes that hit my tongue, all in quick succession of one another. Following those are a slight hint of caramel and then velvety smooth espresso and dark chocolate. Boozy up front but once the caramel and espresso come in the alcohol flavor fades away. No real hop presence in the flavor. This beer tastes very clean and earthy throughout. There is some coffee to this as the bottle says but the vanilla, oak, and bourbon are truly the heavy hitters in terms of flavor here. No real lingering flavor leaves a clean impression on the palate. 3.75/5

M - Not as carbonated as initially expected. Velvety smooth for the most part with a bit of carbonation burn up front. Heavy but carbonation does lighten it a bit. Leaves a velvety smoothness in the mouth. 3.75/5

O - Interesting stout but this beer tastes more like bourbon than beer. I love my bourbon. I love my beer. I'm just not convinced that I love bourbon beer. Barrel aging makes for awesome beers but IMHO it should either enhance and/or diminish flavors without imparting such an obvious presence of bourbon to the beer as this one does. The balance is just thrown out of whack on this one with its heavy slant towards bourbon. 3.75/5

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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 Sabre311
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I've looked at this beer in our store for about a month but passed because of the cost. They finally put it in our create a 6 pack and I'm glad I passed on the whole thing. Its got a great color and has a great head when poured but the flavor is rather weak , the smell is as well. I guess I just expected more. Something rich and bold and instead got watered downish.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at America on tap.
Rich caramel with hints of roast and plenty of vanilla and butterscotch that at times seems quite bitter. Worse than I thought it would be.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin for the style. Not a ton of bourbon character on the nose or palate, but nice tasting non the less. A very drinkable/introductory? Example of the style

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Photo of BigGold
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle acquired in Dallas into faceted mug. Perhaps an effort to capitalise on the terms "Kentucky" and "KBS" made famous by several other stouts, and lacking in bourbon flavor, but for all that not a bad beer.

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Photo of jhartley
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee tulip. No bottle dating that I could find.
Pours a dark brown, just hedging on black. Thin amount of a cola like head; doesn't hang around long and leaves no lacing whatsoever.
Plenty of oak, chocolate, molasses, a little coffee, not really getting any bourbon...?
Plenty of charred oak, some bittersweet chocolate, and coffee; kind of watery. Not sure what to make of this one. Missing bourbon, kind of a let down.
Mouthfeel, this is a stout? This is so thin and watery I don't see how you can call this a stout, a brown ale at best maybe; or even where the barrel is? Nice amount of carbonation though, but the only thing left is a strange aftertaste of oak and bakers chocolate.
Overall, this beer is a big let down for me. I was expecting a lot out of this beer and was rewarded with very little in return. The aroma out of the bottle when it was first opened was quite promising, but the taste just did not follow suit. Not going to purchase this one again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Dark brown color. I couldn't get much of a head to form, even with an aggressive pour.

3.25 S: Smells like a weasel or a muskrat with a dirty earthy vibe. Big leather from the barrel, supply roasted coffee. Like all of their beers, the barrel is the focus. Oak, vanilla, toastiness, caramel, apple, and toffee. Not a whole lot of stout going on though. Still, the barrel and coffee smell nice.

3.0 T: Again, mainly coffee and barrel. Coffee is the strongest flavor. Oak, leather, and vanilla follow. Caramel and apple. Tastes more like a cup of coffee than an imperial stout.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking in creaminess but not too bad here.

2.75 D: It's not bad, but it's not much of a beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of coffee, smoke. Taste is of black coffee, some smokiness, no bourbon or alcohol are detected. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer for coffee lovers.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didnt look like a stout when i poured it and doesnt feel like one either.this is lazy beer making, comparing this to a good, full bodied barrel aged stout is like comparing caitlyn jenner to j-lo.....piss poor effort.i tried this and a bells cherry stout back to back....need a narwhal now to give my mouth some proper stout flavour.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 1,091 ratings.
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