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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

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

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178
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1,059
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
37.46%
 
 
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Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Act25
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

really in the mood for a double stout, I picked up this over-priced bottle from my favorite beer bodega on the way home from the ferry in manhattan. I scratched my itch, but was also-ran compared to the greats, and to think I could have had a Belgian Trappiste for the same price!

A: OK. Large initial tan head, but only medium lacing and retention.
S: Smell is its best feature. nearly perfect. A blend of malt, bourbon, wood, char.
T: Some how doesnt live up to promise of the aroma. It's really a chocolate/coffee stout with bourbon and wooden oak notes from the barrels. Thin tasting as well as body for a RIS.
MF: Ok thin, not a perfect finish, mid-pack

O: Glad I tried it, but longing for the Trappist I could have enjoyed for a similar $7 -ish price.

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Photo of BradenMK
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

APPEARANCE - Poured into a scotch glass, 6oz at a time, the beer was a dark, near-black, red with a silky multitude of thin brown bubbles to form the head. The head was a short-lived 1 to 2 fingers. Seems nice until it reminds you of Coca-Cola.

SMELL - Outstanding. Among the best smells of any stout I've ever had, ranking up there, for me, with Flying Dog's Barrel Aged Gonzo Porter, and Epic Brewing's Big Bad Baptist. Lots of coffee, yes, but the aroma is more complex than that and much more subtle. Some caramel and a good deal of vanilla and oak as well, almost as much as the coffee. And then, trailing at the end, a hint of bourbon. Excellence.

TASTE - Unfortunately, for me, this was a big let down. Having paid over $13 for four of these and having loved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, this stout did not measure up as being either a good stout or a good example of bourbon barrel aging. The taste is overwhelmingly of mediocre coffee, and while there is a bit of malty, vanilla-chocolate roast to the beer, it is utterly drowned out and forgettable.

FEEL - Thin for the style, the mouthfeel, again, reminds one, disconcertingly, of a cola rather than a stout beer. Medium-bodied and not very creamy, I'm left wondering where the stout I bought went. Though it is not overly carbonated, the thin liquid does little to coat the tongue and even the massively average coffee flavor dissipates quickly.

OVERALL - This is a below-average beer, forgivable had it cost substantially less and were marketed as a Coffee Stout. As a Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, this leaves just about everything to be desired. Not worth the price tag by a long shot. Much better beer can be purchased, in either style, for less money, in six-packs rather than four. I wouldn't turn one down, but I won't be spending the money until they tone down the coffee and turn up the stout + bourbon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 JerUrbans
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark with tan head that dissipates very rapidly. Smell of cold coffee and unfortunately no bourbon or whiskey, kind of a poor smell. Dose not taste like a barrel aged beer, I get some coffee, some bitter acid and sour fruit. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated.

Overall, not very good, would not seek this out and I think you'd be better off not trying this beer. Has a sour and bloody taste.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black in color with a small, 1 finger, tan colored head. Head retention is lacking, but there is a little bit of lacing.

S- Big, huge, dark coffee roasts and lots of burnt malt flavors on the nose. Coffee is the dominant flavor in the scent. Maybe just a touch of barrel character in the smell, but not much at all.

T- Coffee start out the taste as well as the scent, but isn't quite as dark and bitter as in the smell. Bitter and fairly strong, the coffee turns over to the burnt malts towards the middle. The burnt bitterness ramps up a little bit and the barrel makes a tiny appearance in the form of oak and spiciness. Burnt malts are the lingering flavor on the tongue after the drink.

M- This beer presents a lot of dark and heavy flavors, yet remains a reasonably sessionable beer. The 8% alcohol is not detectable at all and the coffee, while strong, is pretty palatable and delicious.

Overall, there isn't much barrel here, but this is still a very good coffee stout. Best of all, this beer is sold at a reasonable price, so if you want just a little bit of barrel in a coffee stout, this is a good option for you.

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

Pour: Pitch black with some dark reddish brown along the edges when backlit. There is also a small, overactive head that fizzles quickly.

Aroma: Sharp booze, sweet chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Not much else seems to come through, the bourbon does come through more than anything else.

Taste: Coffee first, with tons of alcohol warming. Then the bourbon hits and takes over the tongue There is a hint of chocolate in there, but the bourbon takes center stage, with the coffee in the supporting cast.

Overall: A decent beer. There is a ton of bourbon, as advertized, but not a whole lot of complexity for a big beer. I like to sit for a while on barrel aged beers, but this one doesn’t really afford that. I put one down to sit for a while, perhaps that will help out.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

WTF!? Did they use barrels that actually contained bourbon at some point? If you are looking for a coffee stout I say give it a whirl. As for a "bourbon" stout, look elsewhere. Almost no bourbon flavor detected. Very coffee based. Not sure how long it is aged, but I would guess while they were off over the weekend. My review is based on the label and the $15 price tag for a 4 banger Looks ok, smells ok, tastes ok. Thats about it

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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 ppoitras
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 metter98
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Overall, this beer is okay for the indicated style. Nothing stands out within the nose or the palate -especially for a stout being aged on bourbon barrels- that wouldn't be present otherwise in any other typical stout. Standard malt, bitterness, and alcohol flavors abound, not much oak, vanilla, caramel, or toffee flavors that would be present with some age on bourbon. Very flat for what its supposed to be.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown and cola like.

Nutty, oak, vanilla, chocolate, booze.

Chocolate, and earthy hop bitterness, slightly boozy.

Medium-bodied low carbonation, charred.

Overall, a rather bland bba beer.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect stout on tap into a snifter need i say more. Nice dark black color and thick head. Nice and creamy for stout enthusiast. Bourbon and stout flavores in this beer but this one left me wanting more and more as stouts usually do that for me!!!!

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Photo of Utility_Bill
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- This beer is jet black with almost no light getting through even when held up to a light. There are edges of dark mahogany that appear when that little bit of light does pass through.

S- Not much there, there is a bit of coffee, but for a beer that was aged with Haitian coffee in oak barrels, and brewed with coffee, it is very light on coffee smell.

T- There is coffee there, but it is still a bit light. One redeeming quality with this beer is that there is a nice mellow residual sweetness, not sure if this comes from the coffee or the malts....my guess would be the coffee, but I am not a professional beer reviewer. Just a guy that likes beer. As the beer warms up, the coffee does seem to come to the front, definitely do not drink this one too cold.

M- Nice thick feel to this one, not at all what I expected since I got no head on a vigorous pour, very silky creamy texture.

O- Overall this is a very good beer. I was expecting bourbon and got nothing, and was only able to pick up a little coffee as it warmed up. However, I do not like stout for the most part, but I would have this one again. There is not one thing that really stands out as exceptional, but the overall is definitely better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of scratch69
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with half a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Coffee and roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and bourbon.

Taste- Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors with light hints of bourbon and oak.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is one of better barrel aged beers that I've had. There is just enough bourbon flavor to let you know that it was barrel aged, but not so much that you think that you're drinking a glass of whiskey instead of a beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 11, 2014.

The pour is black with little to no head. Any head that happens fades quickly.

The aroma is overpowered by the Bourbon or wine, which is what it really smells like. After getting through that I do find a touch of chocolate malts but the wine is the front character.

Lighter to medium body.

The taste is much like the aroma but it is a tad better with some chocolate characteristics. But after getting through that I really get a sour note, which is a bit annoying considering this is meant to be a stout. The short review is that there is way too much much Bourbon and wine.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 12 oz Alaskan 25 year tulip. Pours a slick almost black, with a two inch tan head that leaves behind some lace. Smell is intense dark chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon, roasted coffee, licorice, and tobacco. Taste is lest aggressive with dark chocolate and roasty coffee dominating, with everything else in a supporting role. Body is thinner than I like or expect, not much carbonation as expected, dry side, and not to filling for a sipper. This is o.k, but something is holding g it back besides its thin body.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter; thanks, Cliff.

A: Midnight black with a very slight tan head that went away quickly. No lacing. Just kinda sits there.

S: Charred, oak-y, coffee. But hey, where's the bourbon?

T: Follows nose with an almost flat taste. No bourbon at all. Semi-sweet, smokey. No robustness. I really wanted some punch. Got slight sourness instead.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: Not much of a kick here. Wondered if it was infected. I really enjoyed Lexington's Bourbon Barrel Ale. But this one didn't meet expectations.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out black as night with a half-finger, light brown head that dissipates quickly with really no lacing. Smell is coffee, dark/burnt malts, and almost a sour smell to the beer that is quite strange for the style. Really no bourbon in the nose. Taste is much like the nose with no bourbon notes at all. I'm not sure where the sour taste is coming from but it is really not very noticeable but it is there. To me it actually is kind of nice because I like sour beers but the TINY hint of sour is strange in that I'm not sure it should be there. It's strange but the beer tastes good. Mouthfeel is fairly thin to maybe a tiny bit of thickness from the carbonation when flushed around the mouth. Overall this isn't a bad beer but the slight sour is possibly a tiny infection.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, borderline black thin body. Head is an average tan, maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light coffee scent with a light-light whiskey scent.

Taste: Bland coffee feel coming off slight bitter. Has much room for improvement, I expected more coffee and more molasses and it being a "bourbon" aged beer, should be more potent when it comes to its whiskey properties.

Mouth: Light bitter finish with semi dry notes. Somewhat sticky but not as sticky as it should be.

Overall: It's good but definitely not going to be a steady in my fridge. If you are looking for something new to try to add to your list pick it up but if if have your steady Imperial Stout, my advice to you is to stick to it. Salud!

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Photo of brureview
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark chocolate color with a 1/2 finger head in a snifter.

The aroma was very strong coffee. This is the best aspect of the beer.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- perhaps too much for the style. I would have preferred a lighter carbonation to match the aroma/taste/finish.

The taste is predominantly coffee. I was expecting Bourbon- there was a hint of whisky- but not overwhelming as in the ale.

The finish is tart, and the body light. I would have preferred a heavier body with a bourbon barrel
stout.

In general, a good beer. However, I was expecting the aroma to match the taste- but the taste seemed weaker and less pronounced than the aroma.

I liked the beer better at the 45F range, when the coffee aroma is stronger.

I am a big fan of the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel ale, but the Bourbon doesn't seem to dominate in the stout as it does in the ale.

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Photo of scotorum
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby tints when seen through light. Finger thick tan head dissipated quickly to patchy surface foam and no lacing.

s: Cold black coffee and alcohol.

t: At first a rather unappealing mix similar to the aroma, of black coffee with alcohol added. Aftertaste is smoky with more black coffee.

m: Medium at most. Quite smooth.

o: Much less pleasing than their ale. The basic roasted malt is not bad, but the added coffee and bourbon barrel aging does not help add a nice flavor like it does with the ale, instead clashing with each other and the dark malt body and making the whole rather bitter.

It does smooth out somewhat towards the middle, with more smoke in the aroma and cold black coffee in the flavor. You're still left with the distinct impression you are drinking spiked cold black coffee. Perhaps if they stopped trying to be the Kentucky version of BCBCS and just brewed a plain stout in bourbon barrels, the result would taste better.

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Photo of rgturtle
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Black color; a little carbonation and head -- moderate lacing.
S - Picked up on the coffee notes and some of the oak, but not some of the malt I expected.
T - The coffee flavor was bitter, somewhat burnt.
M - Fairly flat.
O - I wanted to like this more than I did. Certainly not a bad beer, but flatter than I expected.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark brown, decent head, but fades quickly.

S - Could pick up bourbon on the nose, but there is a sharp chemical smell that is less than stellar.

T - Not impressive, but not offensive. Somewhat one note. The alcohol notes are muted. Very little of the standard roasty coffee, but a touch of the sweet chocolate. Just nothing too deep going on here.

M - Thin. Fair amount of carbonation that fades out pretty quickly.

O - Ultimately, nothing special. A bit boring, but not terrible. A flat, uninspired experience.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,059 ratings.
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