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

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3.57/5
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1,131 Ratings
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,403
Reviews:
200
Ratings:
1,131
pDev:
15.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 1,131 |  Reviews: 200
Photo of Bisco42
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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 AyatollahGold
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Calraven
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KrisLambert
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobv
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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 CurtisD
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +20.2%
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 Giggy
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timc32
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
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 +18.8%
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 +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 Hybridlion
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thingstead
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 sisterofba
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Schlafly tulip. Pours black with a thin tan head that disappears quickly leaving behind minimal spotty lacing. Faint coffee smell, maybe a little bourbon. If you're looking for an easy drinking, bourbon barrel stout, this is it. The flavor isn't bad at all, but is very fleeting; no lingering anything really. Light mouthfeel and fairly carbonated. Still, it's 8% and like I said, it's not bad, just feels like it's halfway done.

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Photo of fryeguy52
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of delegeferenda
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A bright and flavourful stout, let down somewhat by a lack of fullness. If the flavours could cut through a nitro pour ...

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 1,131 ratings
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