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

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutKentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States

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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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours very dark black with a half finger of a tan head.Some alcohol legs and little head retention.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and some bitterness.

T- A slight bitterness at first and a dryness from the roasted malts and then a TON of coffee. An onslaught of coffee that is dominant in the beer. A slight roasted malt and a nice caramel to the beer. Almost no bourbon to speak of.

M- A bit watery to be honest. Leaves my mouth with a sticky film.

O- Disappointing. Not a bad beer and I may have even liked it if it didnt have BOURBON in the name. A better name for this beer should be Kentucky Coffee stout. Seriously, did they age this in bourbon barrels for a day? What's strange to me is just how bourbon forward their bourbon barrel ale is. The beer therefor does not justify the relatively high price.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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1.75/5  rDev -51%

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2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Liquor Barn, poured into an oversized wine glass (porter/stout glass)
A: Not impressive. Minimal head, which disappears quickly. Dark, but not rich like other upper-level stouts.
S: Smells kind of like butt. Strong coffee, not much bourbon. The regular bourbon barrel has a much stronger, clearer bourbon aroma.
T: Good coffee taste, but not much stouty taste. Not much bourbon either
M: Fine. Not thick and complex like a stout.
O: An ok beer, but not what it says it is, and definitely not a 3.80 a bottle.

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3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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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3/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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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2/5  rDev -44%

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4.44/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co

Bottle specifies this stout was brewed with coffee, then aged in oak barrels with Haitian coffee.

LOOK: Dark brown with a light off white head. Lacework is sparse but there.

SMELL: Vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla coffee. Hint of bourbon.

TASTE: Big time chocolate, vanilla and especially deep coffee flavors. Has a nice earthyness and depth of flavor. Detectable bourbon and oak notes. Light citrusy hop profile. As it warms more delicious vanilla/bourbon presence. Deep roasted notes keep winning out and gaining my favor.

FEEL: Full bodied, with a moderate tightly bubbled fine carbonation.

OVERALL: An impressive beer from Alltech's Lexington Brewery. I've had the bourbon barrel ale, a fine pale aged in bourbon barrels that now all too apparently pales by comparison.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark and opaque except right at the edges, small light-tan head.

S:starts off very coffee forward. For a little while during the warm up period there was a strong aroma of cigar smoke which was kind of off putting but that receded as it warmed more and became integrated with the coffee smell and a bit more pleasant but is still kind of hard to get past at times

T: dark roasted malts, again strong on the coffee flavor with a touch of chocolate. I start picking up a bit of vanilla from the barrels at the end and it becomes a little sweet.

M: on the thinner side of full. Lower carbonation

O: an alright beer. I agree with previous review comments that this strikes me much more as a coffee beer than a barrel-aged beer because the coffee is so dominant and the barrel characteristics so minimal. Maybe brewing with coffee and aging in the barrel with Haitian coffee as it says on the label is a bit of overkill. Would like to see them tone down the coffee and have a larger barrel presence.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a vibrant caramelized creme brûlée colored head sitting on top. Lovely aromas of smoke, strong coffee, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is pleasntly full and smooth without being thick. Flavors are complex and balanced, but in a piecemeal fashion. Blast of coffee up front with it smoothing out gradually to a sweetness that eventually presents a whisper of bourbon. This is a pretty fantastic stout.

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2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark color with a think head

S - COFFEE! Also coffee, and coffee. Strong smell as soon as the bottle was uncapped. Faint odor of oak and caramelness.

T - Strong coffee flavor to match the strong smell. However I detected no bourbon flavor whatsoever.

F - Thinner than most stouts but acceptable. Carbonation was on high side

O - IF this was marketed as a coffee stout, I'd rank it higher. However it is a Bourbon Barrel Stout. I couldn't detect any bourbon flavor, or any other flavor for that matter aside from the coffee. Overall I'm disappointed as this is my favorite style of beer.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 1,143 ratings