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 | website

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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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost black color with tan head. Some caramel and roasted malt on the nose with just the slighted hints of coffee and bourbon; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet, pretty sweet for this type of brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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 drpimento
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn't seem to be quite as good as the last time I had it back in "14. Again has a short lived tan head. Aroma is toast malt. Flavor is a mild traditional sweet stout and taffy. No sign of the alcohol. Nice mild finish.

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Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Poured into an oversized, freshly cleaned snifter with a jet black body. Tiny, fizzy light tan head forms for just a moment and quickly falls to a small ring around the edges. A few small spots of lace adhere to the glass but mostly missing.

S- Fresh French roast coffee and espresso beans up front with a rich chocolate, roast malt base. Pretty much just a coffee bean bomb with some sweet burnt grains beneath. Some cherry dark fruit hints with warmth. Lacking depth in a way.

T- Starts out with a big dark roast coffee/espresso flavor and finishes with a semi-sweet cocoa powder, dark roast malts and slight dark fruit (cherry, currant) feel. Bourbon, oak and vanilla hints that come from the barrel are somewhat faint but add complexity in the finish. These work well with the cocoa malts.

MF- First thing I really took note of with this is the apparent final gravity being super low feeling, the body lacks that thick structure the style really needs for me. Carbonation is high and somewhat creamy which helps the thin body. Some burnt bitterness in the finish.

Solid stout with a nice flavor but lacks that chewy, decadent feel that the style's big flavors rely on.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours an opaque black color with a small, short-lived tan head. Not much lace either.

Nose is marshmallows, roast, black licorice and a little bit of barrel char - not that the barrel presence is all that noticeable. Im guessing this is blended with some non-barrel stout.

Taste is heavy on the vegetal coffee flavors and some wood peeks out a bit more in the flavor. Sweetness backs down but the roast from the coffee and the malt could use something to offset the astringency. Not at all pleasant, very rough mouthfeel and Im not sure if I can finish this bottle myself. Ive seen people in stores fall victim to the marketing of Alltech - having 'Kentucky', 'Bourbon Barrel' and 'Stout' on the label is not just coincidence. Not quite a drainpour, but close.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Kentucky rate. Pours black with no head. A bit of light shining through makes me think this could be a little thin. Big chocolate and a bit of bourbon on the nose and definite rich coffee presence. Lots of spicy earthy coffee and only a hint of bourbon. Dry oak finish. Medium carbonation that is rather prickly along with the coffee. Lingering alcohol burn on the tongue. For an imperial, this would be thin but I honestly don’t think it is an impy. It is a rather solid coffee stout or porter.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. Texture wise, it's almost fizzy-looking (similar to Coke), and has the (bad) retention to match. No lacing is left behind. Not much to look at, really.

S: I'm getting little if any bourbon, which is disappointing. I am getting an okay coffee character, though. It's more along the lines of black coffee. Fairly devoid of sweetness...or aromatic depth for that matter. There are times when I sniff this, I think "poor man's BCBCS". Actually, it's not even that, but honestly (and I say this having utterly disliked their BA barley wine), it's an acceptable aroma. Let it warm up, and a faint bourbony note will come through. Just a faint one.

T: ...and what happened here? The aroma suggested a one-note stout that at least brought a healthy black coffee flavor. Down on the taste buds, I'm getting a lot more in the way of caramel and cola. Just a hint, I don't like my barrel-aged coffee stouts to taste like cola. There also seems to be some odd leather notes in there. After many sips, I'm starting to get some black coffee in the finish. Notice how I didn't mention anything about bourbon, vanilla, or oak barrels? That's because those flavors are so obstructed within the cola character, they're just too hard to notice. It has a bit of depth, but there's no finesse, balance, or integration at all. A textbook example of a messy brew, actually.

M: Rather sweet and sugary, without any of the softness or creaminess a good stout should feature. It prickles the palate in the wrong ways. The carbonation is slightly obscured, but shows its intensity when allowed to sit on the palate.

O: This, my friends, is what I call trend hopping. "BA coffee stouts are all the rage? OMG LET'S MAEK ONE!!1" And though I may never get to try KBS, I can at least take a crumb of comfort in the thought that it won't be this damn mediocre. The best thing I can say is that it's not as bad as their BA barleywine. It isn't total crap - it just isn't very good.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the the aroma, small coffee notes. In the taste, coffee, a mellow roast, and a mellow oaky end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee and roast in the aftertaste. Nice roast, big coffee, oak notes, but not much bourbon.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
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 mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with 091913 stamped on the bottleneck, which I'm assuming is a best by date, but whatever. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery, bottle was given to me by a friend in a drunken haze as he cleaned out his fridge. The premise to this beer sounds nice, aged with Haitian coffee.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a slick oily opaque black, straight down the center, and I managed to conjure about a finger of creamy mocha foam that dissipates to some suds rather quick.

S - Smell is rather different than what you would expect. Coffee isn't the first thing I smell, which you'd think it would be, and neither is there any vanilla. It has more of an ashy charred dark fruit aroma. Black currants, figs, chocolate, and some alcohol fumes.

T - What the beer lacks in aroma, it makes up for in taste. I can definitely taste both the coffee bean roast and the vanilla presence from the bourbon barrels. Very nicely imparted flavors, although they take a different route than I'm used to. Some char, ash, black currant, cherry, chocolate, earthy woodiness, and some booze heat.

M - Feel is sticky and sweet, with a chocolatey / vanilla coffee bean roast flavor clinging to the palate. Carbonation is a bit high considering the style, but it works. A fitting end.

Overall, I rather liked it, although it clearly isn't the pinnacle of bourbon barrel aged beers in any way, it's a nice any day anytime kind of brew. A nice shelf beer, I suppose, if you get this in your area. It was worth the try at least once, I'd say.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout ---3.5/5

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Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not black but a deep dark ruby, much like a porter. The head was fizzy, light and disappeared quickly.

Strong coffee notes fill the nose with touches of burnt chocolate malt. A bit of sweet, a bit of char the scent is quite powerful.

I like the taste of burnt coffee, malt, hints of dry chocolate but am nagged by the watery end and feel. There's a char that takes over near the end but the watery taste washes it away.

The key to a stout is the full,robust texture and taste and this just misses out on that.

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Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A - Pitch black, zero head. Fine for a 12%+ beer but not acceptable for 8%.

S - Strong coffee notes, hint of vanilla. Very little to virtually no bourbon.

T - Thin coffee notes, with a touch of roasted barley and caramel sweetness. The slightest hint of oak and bourbon come out.

M - Thin and watery. The only part of this beer that leads me to believe it was barrel aged, but not in a good way.

O - the least impressive Bourbon barrel stout I've encountered. 3.5 is generous.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It is dark brown with the faintest of ruby light coming through. It had an inch of tan head the disappeared quickly.

S - I get some coffee right off the bat. Then I get roasted malt

T - The taste is surprising. I get some coffee, but I also get some plum. Interesting.

M - Full

O - This beer is not a good as I remember. I do not recall the plum taste, but the smell was better than I recall. It is decent. I mainly got it to drink while I watched Justified.

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Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +9%
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 Tucquan
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2013-01-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a short tan head and mild lacing.

S - Sour mash, light roasted grain, smoke and a touch of caramel. My first reaction to the smell wasn't favorable. It smelled "off". Subsequent smellings before tasting improved my impression a bit with some chocolate milk aroma and light coffee.

T - Acidic, sour cherry, charred grain, bourbon. Very little sweetness. Some hop and roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. I don't like this flavor.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial feel.

O - Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Treyliff
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Early 2014 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a bit of light seeping through the edges, small fizzy khaki colored head disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of fresh coffee up front mixes with dark chocolate and caramel malt, a hint of char mixes with some nutty aroma, highlights of vanilla, dark cherry, bourbon juice & even a little bit of coconut. It really starts to open up after it warms a bit

T- bitter dark coffee starts up front and then quickly mixes with dark chocolate and caramel undertones, vanilla cream sweetness hits the mid-palate with some walnut flavors. The finish leads to a hint of char, toasted dark bread & grains. There are some faint bourbon notes on the linger, but it plays a complimenting role to the coffee and chocolate

M- medium-thin body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fades out a bit, but holds on to the finish

O- this is a very good coffee stout, but the bourbon barrel seems to get lost. For what it is, it's quite good, but if you're looking for lots of bourbon, you might be disappointed

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Photo of MacQ32
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours more of a mahogany/reddish color than i expected. Although very dark brown in my glass. So so lacing, meh retention and pretty weak lacing. Looks slightly thin

S - Sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Actually smells fantastic but something about it is again telling me its too thin. Quite minerally smelling as well.

T - Lots of sweet chocolate and vanilla followed by nice bourbony flavors. Minerally, slight sweet alcoholy dark fruit flavor

M - Lighter bodied for the style, really my only knock on this - still smooth

O - Quite, tasty. I'd call this a very good gateway bourbon barrel aged stout

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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle given to me by a friend. Brewed with Haitian coffee and aged in used bourbon barrels. No specs per the website or bottle.

Pours out to a clear near black, forming a modest light tan had with average retention and OK lacing. Appears filtered, no sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Brown highlights at the edge of the glass. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is nice...black walnut up front, followed by a little chalk, followed by a pleasantly mild coffee nose, some carob on the end. No hop nose to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a creamy dense body (denser than I would expect given the 8.0% ABV). The taste is a recap of the aroma...nice black walnut and dark chocolate notes with a subtle underlying smooth coffee flavor and subtle prune juice. Too often, coffee stouts are way overdone and the acidity is thrown out of balance. Not this one. This is well-balanced with a soft, mild bitterness. Nice roast notes, but complimenting the other flavors. No off-flavors or off-aromas. The bourbon flavor is quite mild...it is subtle and just gives it an overall slightly oaky finish. It certainly doesn't scream bourbon.

A well-balanced coffee stout, one of the better one's that I've had. Complex, yet balanced and drinkable. I would buy it again. Thanks to Adam for the bottle.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Big, dark beer with a formerly firm tan topper. Receded to patchiness.

Sweet chocolatey aroma with a chinsy barrel note that reminds me of butterscotch ripple, oak, and maple. Very sweet nose, but rather transparent. No depth beneath the initial sugary barrel stout whiffs. Malts are restrained. No true hop character.

Much too sweet. Tastes like oak staves, chocolate syrup, Werthers candies, buttery fusel, cheap bourbon, moderate roast, and finishing waxiness. Bitterness that finishes decently. Tries to dry up as much as it can.

Body is too thin. Carbonation is a little bit spiked, but not terribly so. Not much salvation there, though.

A one and done, for sure. Glad I tried it, but not for most. So many betters out there.

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Photo of Jas45678
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into snifter

Pours a dark brown with a tiny tan head. Smells of roasted malt and a little chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate and coffee but is very muted and a little artificial tasting. I get little to no bourbon. Mouthfeel is thin with medium to high amount of carbonation. Overall it's OK and not very "Bourbon" or "Imperial" as the label states.

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice deep chocolate brown color. Good cappuccino head tht leaves pretty nice lacing as it dissipates. Aroma is light, with faint oak and sweet malts. Taste is interesting for a stout. Lots of carbonation, kind of mild for a stout. Flavors of roasted brown sugar and faint bourbon. Alcohol comes through ever so slightly. Feels slick on the palate and has a bitter sugar finish that stays for awhile

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Photo of DIM
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Black with a small mocha head.

s: Faint coffee, barely discernible roast, and a trace of warmth.

t: Mild but nice coffee, lingering gentle roast. No hint of bourbon barrel.

m: Feels like 5%.

o: Well its a helluva lot better than the barleywine. Absolutely no barrel character and pretty thin overall.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
81 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.
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