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

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Added by bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012

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Reviews:
186
Ratings:
1,094
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
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Photo of SawDog505
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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 -11.5%
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 -5.9%
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 -8.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +6.5%
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 -8.7%
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 -13.8%
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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Photo of Daisylovesbeer57
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am sipping on this as I type. I would not go as far as other reviewers as to say I would dump it out...but it is indeed a little disappointing. I poured this beer from a bottle into a snifter. It poured a very slight head, which quickly dwindled.

Smells lightly of coffee and vanilla, perhaps the slightest hint of bourbon, but then again, I am looking for it. One reviewer noted it was thin, yet still syrupy. I agree, and I don't understand...It's light in taste, but leaves my lips sticky.

Taste-wise there isn't a whole lot going on. I let it warm to room temp thinking that would help. It's gone flat now, sort of like soda.

It's really kind of strange. By far the lightest stout I've had, sort of reminds me of a brown. It would be good to introduce a newbie to a stout, but I am totally missing the intense Haitian coffee, and where is the bourbon?? Overall, not horrible, but I won't buy again when there are so many phenomenal stouts out there.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep black, no carbonation visible. No matter what I did I could not produce a measurable head, very worrisome. Also, body looks both thin and syrupy. The total darkness is the only thing giving me hope for this beer.

S: Coffee and vanilla predominate, with burnt malts in the back. Smells nice without being too powerful, wouldn't scare away a newcomer to Imperial Stouts, but it might slightly disappoint Imperial Stout lovers.

T: Good balance between sweet and bitter. Coffee, vanilla, dark malts and a touch of smoke make up the palate. Pretty tasty, this is the first IS I might call sessionable.

M: Carbonation is very prickly, body is kinda syrupy. A strange mix, not bad though.

O: It may be a bit accessible (read: light) for an IS, but certainly not a weak beer. Brings the dark and bourbon barrel flavors while still being sessionable. Maybe a bit pricey, but I'm not disappointed to have spent the money once.

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Photo of josephwa
1.4/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Appearance is good. Nice looking stout, very appetizing with the look of the beer itself. Nice head and chocolatey appearance.

S - Foul stench. Not sure what that is but that was frightening.

T - The coffee was very light and tasted rather cheap, Folger's? I don't get any bourbon or barrel taste whatsoever. The malt flavor is very subdued as well. All in all: awful taste.

M - This beer is very thin. I would expect a lot more body from this. The carbonation is fine.

O - This beer was awful. Hopefully it was just a bad batch or bad bottle. But my recommendation is to avoid this beer at all costs.

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

A: black-bodied with a finger of tan foam that left no lace behind

S: roasted malts and hints of oak barrels, some suggestions of cold espresso

T: roasted malts and coffee beans, airs of bourbon and oak

M: thin for a stout (almost porter-esque), slick, smooth

O: nothing terribly complex here - but certainly an enjoyable drink - I found it comparable to Dragon's Milk - not a top stout, even with the barrel aging (which was not heavy-handed, it was more nuanced), but for folks that enjoy barrel-aged stouts, sure to be enjoyed.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch beige head that quickly dissipates. The smell is a ton of bourbon and chocolately malts...really good aroma. The taste has a ton of bourbon flavor and that is basically all...no chocolate or anything but bourbon. The body is also lighter than it should be for a stout, with low carbonation.

overall a tad disappointing, but not bad!

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaquely black color with mild head and mild carbonation. Strong coffee aroma with hints of roasted caramel malt. Oh my God roasted coffee flavor. Very heavy on the coffee aroma. Chocolate roasted notes also. We really don't taste any bourbon flavor. Should be named the coffee barrel stout. Mislabeled. Perhaps it should be brewed with the Haitian coffee once and stored in the barrels without another addition of coffee. Has some potential. Didn't really notice the 8% ABV.

No bourbon flavor.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle traded with Justin - thanks brother.

A: poured with black/ruby red color, not opaque, head 'hissed' when poured
S: I'm not a huge coffee fan but the bourbon, malt and coffee work well together
T: not as rich as I'd expect for EtOH and being a double stout with bourbon aging
M: thinner than expected
O: decent, but only that

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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 ThomasMetal75
2.04/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

*What the hell happened to my review Beer Advocate?!?!? Let me try again!*

A- This is pathetic! I watched the head fizz away like cola to absolutely nothing. It just looked like I was drinking a cola from a fancy glass. Not cool Alltech, not cool! I don't know if I had a bad bottle or what, but this didn't make me happy. When when I aggressively swirled the beer, the head still fizzed away.

S- Smells like cola with coffee-esque notes. Raisiny dark fruit notes are there. Zero of the bourbon barrel comes out on this one.

T- Nah man, this is not good. It tasted like fizzy cola with a coffe-esque undertone and like rasiny dark fruit. That's weak! COLA?!? It was also very bitter and boozy tasting.

M- Very watery and thin. The carbination was a little harsh. The bitterness and the alcohol made this somewhat difficult to drink, but it was thin and watery enough that it wasn't god offal to drink.

*Overall I can't recommend anyone pick this up. I poured mine down the drain it was that bad. All fizzy, no head, and tasted like coffee and raisins meets cola. WHY OH WHY DOES THIS TASTE LIKE COKE? If someone just poured this beer and gave it to me, I would have had no idea it was a bourbon barrel beer. This was a big disappointment and will never be seeking it out again!

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Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is strange. As it comes out of the bottle, it's a clearish dark brown color, but in my snifter, it's all pitch black. Looks very thin for such a dark beer. The head is slight, a darkish beige color. No retention, and with such a thin pour, little to no lace.

Serious malt bomb here. You can tell it's been aged in something, but bourbon isn't what I'd guess. It's earthy, very nutty, lots of roasted malt and char, a splash of vanilla and licorice, and even some hot spice in the background.

My beer is a bit too cold and even after letting it sit iin the snifter for several minutes, it's still too cold. However, it's clearly a stout with some notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Reminds me of a smoked beer.

It's a bit thin, but there's still lots going on. The sweetness up front gradually recedes and the bitterness and smoke begin to take over mid sip. A slight punch of sweetness in the swallow before a lingerbitterness finishes off each sip. Being stout, it's creamy even with the thin body. Smoke is prevalent, particularly in the swallow. Hops aren't really an issue.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. The alcohol is well hidden, despite being 8%. It's got a sweetness I didn't expect, and it's very easy to drink.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

Pours a near black with clear ruby edges. No head. After a couple of swirls a mocha colored film appeared but disipated quickly. No visible carbonation

Smells earthy and nutty. Coffee is most prevalent here. Not so much roasty as fresh coffee beans. Oak with a little char

Taste is much more akin to a coffee porter than an bourbon aged stout. No big vanilla bourbon character. Coffee steals the show. Reminds me of the Hawaiian nut coffee from Honeydew. Bitter dark chocolate lends some sweetness. Finish is dry with some oak texture

Feels thin. Very smooth and watery. Tad dry on the finish

Overall if you go in thinking bba stout you will most likely be disappointed. But if you want a pretty decent coffee porter you'll be pleasantly surprised

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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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Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Jas45678
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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 cindyjeffsmith
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: very dark, nearly opaque. Tan head and lacing. Expected a more substantial head on a relatively "small" imp stout.
Smell: muted stout characteristics. Some roastiness, a hint of coffee. Not getting any oak or bourbon.
Taste: again, muted stout taste. Not getting barrel or bourbon at all, and only a hint of coffee. Not bad, but just not much happening.
Overall: might have been impressed with us before having Kbs, Parabola, and Bcbs. Seems to be simply a stout, not much imperial about it, nor are there bourbon barrel characteristics. Nothing wrong with a "plain" stout to be sure, but would have expected to experience the advertised qualities.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 1,094 ratings.
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