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
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

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Ratings:
1,105
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189
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being black in color—traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and coffee beans are present in the nose. Faint hints of bourbon become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has slight hints of bourbon from the barrel aging in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The name of this beer is a little misleading in that it tastes a lot more like a coffee stout than a bourbon barrel stout. Nevertheless, it's easy to drink.

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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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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, from the same chain liquor store as its brethren, only this one is a fair bit more dear, and coming only in 4-packs to boot.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with noticeable basal red cola edges, and one measly finger of weakly puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a few specks of mitochondrial lace in places around the glass as things slowly devolve.

It smells of bready caramel malt, edgy dark-roast coffee, thin vanilla notes, a faint gritty and grainy barrel astringency (though hard to discern as the titular whiskey, it is), stale cream, and a tame earthy, leafy, and weedy hoppiness. The taste is more grainy, bready caramel malt, lessened cafe-au-lait, mealy black licorice, slightly boozy and pithy vanilla pods, bittersweet cocoa powder, still very underwhelming Bourbon barrel essences - maybe a bit of hot and spicy rye, but that's about it - and further reduced earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite light and fancy-free in its low-key frothiness, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and mostly smooth, generally due to a lack of the usual interfering suspects, sigh. It finishes on the sweet side, with a certain clamminess that just gets worse as it warms.

Yeah, a fairly innocuous, and hard to really get into big-ass BA stout - for a brewery located smack dab in the middle of Bourbon County, USA, this comes across as a failure of sorts, given the lack of any appreciable whiskey barrel characta'. Anyways, not particularly hard to drink, but on the flipside, particularly difficult to like, or perchance, to love.

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2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Rating from notes on a bottle pour taken Spring 2015:

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on madatr's recommendation... let's see if it's any good.

Black in the glass with reddish brown edges, where the light gets through it seems to have pretty sharp clarity and no yeast in suspension. Tried two pours, as the first one into a rinsed tulip yielded a loudly fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds. Into a dry mini-pint, the head lasted for a minute or two, with a tan ring around the edges and a patchy web of skim.

Lots of coffee and vanilla in the nose, milk chocolate sweetness behind that. Where's the bourbon? If there's any at all it's very subdued underneath the other notes.

Tastes pretty good, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are melded well, with a hint of dry oak barrel in the aftertaste. The bourbon is practically nonexistent and certainly not assertive at all. Body is on the light side, and the carbonation seems to ebb away halfway through. Feels a little wimpy, though its pretty drinkable.

For being touted as a "bourbon barrel stout", in all caps on the label no less, the main flavors are toasty sweet chocolate malt and coffee. The barrel takes a backseat, though there's some lingering bourbon sweetness in the aftertaste. Overall it's a pretty good beer but far from living up to it's name.

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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle allowed to warm to about 50F then served in a snifter.

A: A very dark ruby-brown that is black in the glass but with reddish highlights at the edges when held up to the light. It starts with about a finger of light khaki head that quickly settles to a ring.

Aroma: Vanilla, roasted malts, light coffee, toasted bread, a little smoke, bourbon barrel and faint chocolate. Aroma is the strong point of this ale.

Flavor: lightly sweet. Bourbon barrel adds some vanilla, toffee, faint wood and, of course, bourbon. Decent aftertaste.

Feel: Carbonation is low but more or less adequate. Body is medium. Smooth but with a very light astringency. Some warming.

Overall: a good ale but only average, at best, for a Bourbon Barrel Stout.

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

Wasn't a huge fan of their Bourbon Barrel Ale, and I usually love beers aged in bourbon barrels, so hopefully the stout redeems it a bit.

Pours a smaller darker colored fizzy bubbly head covering that gets about an inch before fading semi quickly, light lacing, but nice legs on teh sides of the glass, pitch black beer.

Nose is interesting... quite nutty and coffee, a nice fresh nutty coffee that brings a nice creamy coffee aroma but not much of teh roast and burnt aromas, probably cold infused, mild caramel and dulche with that, very nice smooth coffee and aromatic. A hint of cocoa under that and perhaps a bit syrupy, light buttery toasty oak under that but no real bourbon. A quite nice base beer actually with the nutty smooth rich coffee, but a little lacking in the barrel.

Taste is a little less ambitious, the coffee is much more toned down, a little nutty and rich, little smooth, but fairly earthy too with a bit more coffee grinds like flavor, not as well immersed and looses that cold extraction like character, but still quite nutty. Not really roasty either, no burnt flavors at least, but a bit of a dark chocolate and baker's a bit, hint cocoa and mocha. Also more mild caramel, just a hint of sweetness, and a little creamy feel too, mild buttery oak with that too, faint hint of bourbon in the background but barely any. Booze brings a little warmth and hint esters. Finish is still a bit sweet, sticky, bit more creamy, mild bitterness more from dark malts and coffee than hops, bit more fresh coffee grinds, and caramel lingering, as well as some cocoa.

Mouth is fuller bod, little creamy and fluffy feeling, lighter carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, very little barrel overall, nice coffee addition, very nice coffee, decent base malt, but otherwise not much for it. It seems a bit boozier than it should too, and lacking carbonation. So decent but not great.

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

Very dark pour, almost black. Nice coffee and roasted malts in the aroma which also follow in the taste. Couldn’t find any bourbon in the aroma or taste. Body is slightly watery for the style. Not bad overall, with some good coffee presence, but no bourbon.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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