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

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

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3.55
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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 ThomasMetal75
2.04/5  rDev -42.5%
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 +10.7%
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 -0.3%
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 +3.7%
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 jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -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 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 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 cindyjeffsmith
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep black pour. Tan head settles very quickly, but that isn't unexpected in a bourbon barrel aged beer. Small spots of lacing.

S: Coffee is the predominant smell up front. Roasted malts bring a thin layer of soot and charcoal. Black cocoa powder and tootsie rolls. Touch of smoke. Barrel char and oak are more subtle than expected. Caramel.

T: Acidic black coffee. Malts lend a burnt acidity too. Bitter dark chocolate. Soot, charcoal, and a kiss of smoke. More dark chocolate. Barrel char. Oak comes out on the mid palate. Thin, subtle bourbon flavor. Dark caramel pulls through more as the beer warms. Char and smoke on the long finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very slightly chewy. Bourbon flattens it a little bit, but not enough to hamper enjoyment. Low carbonation.

O: Those who don't like a big kick of bourbon in their BBA beers will appreciate this one, as it has a softer touch. Not a trace of heat, it's a pretty easy beer to drink. There's some nice complexity to it as well. More of a novel approach to bourbon barrel aging; it stays flavorful and drinkable rather than going too over the top. It won't be the next whale, but it's one of those beers that you can just drink and enjoy without thinking too much about it.

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Photo of tut2528
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: typical stout appearance, deep black body, khaki colored head. the head was only about 1 fingers worth and dissipated rather quickly yielding minimal lacing.

S: big coffee grounds, dark chocolate, slight hint of smoke and oak barrels. nicely balanced, alcohol pretty well hidden.

T: taste is quite artificial tasting. sweet cocoa nibs, coffee, nuts, watery, slight oak not much else

M: much lighter than i ever expected.. very light for this style. leaves a slight cocoa flavor on the palate but thats about it. very disappointed here.

O: overpriced for a 4 pack IMO. taste and mouth feel are definitely lacking. i've had this brew on tap many times in the past and its much much better.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter; jet black with a thin fizzy brown head that fades quickly into a thin ring of foam. Smells of roasted malt and coffee, with slight bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Not much barrel character in the smell; not getting any oak, and only a tiny hint of bourbon. To be fair, the only other BA stouts I've had are BCBS, Dragon's Milk, and Cerburus (Bourbon), and those were all very strong on the bourbon character. Taste is roasted malt and bitter coffee, a hint of baking chocolate, smoothing out into sweetness and a tiny ghost of bourbon. Finishes wet and relatively clean, with some lingering coffee and sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for an imperial stout.
Overall it's a good stout, but I'd expect something called "Bourbon Barrel Stout" to taste like it had been in a bourbon barrel at some point.

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Photo of chuck-chillout
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been told about this beer for a while now. So i picked one up the otehr day.

At first look: I like the over feel (look) of the bottle. Really trys to sell you on the things that make KY popular in the sprits/brew world.
At first smell: the bourbon is the first thing that jumps out at you; in fact you get a hint of roasted malt...then wham...bourbon. and that stays on the nose mixing with the other notes....but not letting them all breathe and have there own space.
At first taste:
The pour was midnight. No a drop of light made it thru this brew. The head appeared and just as fast run away. From the first sip you start to believe the labeling. bourbon...light coffee...roasted malty notes...quick hit of more bourbon. The feel was a little watery (more then I exp'd)....but the flavor is round with all the notes playing at the same time leaving you to pick them apart....all with a light coating of bourbon....NICE....I can see what the fuss is about...would spoil you if it was your main brew; but a beautiful treat (even if its not one on your wallet..lol). Top ten list worthy for sure....

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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 emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Tone2467
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Snifter. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

A: Pours a nice very dark brown with a slight amber tint. Very little light is getting through this one. A fairly vigourous pour produced a half finger head which retreated quickly to the edge of the glass.

S: There's definitely coffee in this one. I also picked up on a nice bourbon scent as(I wish this was a bit stronger). Also getting hints of roasted malt or maybe even some chocolate in their as well as a touch of caramel.

T: Similar to the smell. Starts off with a strong coffee and wood flavor leading into hints of chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon starts to come out at the end but, it's not as I expect or like from from a BBS.

M: I would like it to be a tad thicker for the style. A medium carbonation not a lot but noticable. The 8% abv is nicely hidden, you know your having a drink but it doesn't overpower. A little dry at the end but I like that.

O: It won't be a regular but I'll drink this again. It has a nice complexity and drinks well. If you enjoy stouts I would recommend giving this a try. Some more of a Bourbon character would be nice but it's still a nice brew.

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Photo of roger617
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: 4.0 Pours very thick, dark as oil. Generates half a finger of head that reduces quickly.
S: 3.25 Lots of coffe aroma, roasted malt and chocolate take a distant second place.
T: 3.25 Just like the smell, loads of coffee up front. This is very good, but not exactly what I was expecting for the name or style. I do not get much bourbon at all.
M: 3.5 The carbonation is very appropriate for this one. The flavors do not linger as long as expected for how thick it appears.
O: 3.5 This is a good beer, but is t very well balanced. So much coffee all around masks all the other flavors that are lingering in the background.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maxie's Southern Comfort

A - pour is dark chocolate with a persistent 1/2 finger head

S - aroma is coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate. I'm sure this will evolve as it warms

T - taste is coffee dominated, not much of the bourbon comes through. Good amount of roasted malt, less so chocolate

M - feel is thin, no burn, not much carbonation

O - overall, this is not bad. Good price, but I was hoping for more bourbon character. Maybe I'll change my notes as it warms. Would have again, but maybe my expectation for barrel aged stouts with similar names has been skewed a bit....

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Photo of json83
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for a four pack. 8% Alcohol 240 Calories. Found at Giant Eagle and was a great dark beer with a coffee taste. The smell was below average but not that bad. This would be a recommended choice if your desiring a Guinness but are looking for the unique coffee aftertaste. A little high in calories though too which would be typical for this type of beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 7/10/13 on the neck

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown appearing black in the glass. A small off white head fizzles to the sides fairly quickly.

S: Smells like a strong black coffee with fermented dark fruits and a touch of bourbon. Carmel and other sweetness comes to mind. Emphasis is on the coffee.

T: Comes off sweeter than I had anticipated, there is a stout in there but it doesnt appear to be very complex. Bourbon comes through only in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body that is a tad watery for the style. Warming in the aftertaste. Sweetness makes it a touch sticky but not bad.

Overall its not too offensive, worth a go round but not something I'd pickup on a regular basis.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Cool classy looking classic label that is very eye-catching. Gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, web info, and brewery info.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 15min before I decanted from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. KBBS pours out an oily jet black with a 1½ finger tan foam head of a medium density. Head retention was rather short at 1min 5sec before fading into a thin foam ring. Good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep roast coffee with hints of a toasted nuttiness. Very burnt in the nose with slight hints of smoke and dark fruit. KBBS has a nice bourbon backbone.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by roasted coffee bitterness and a burnt smokiness as well as nutty chocolate malt sweetness on the front-end. A slight caramel vanilla sweetness is detected mid taste before giving way to a smokey oaked bourbon finish!!! Really Awesome!!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the lighter side of full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a dry finish. Very drinkable though maybe a bit intense for some.

Overall/Comments: I was very impressed with this offering. The bourbon barrel really adds incredible complexity in the nose and on the palette. Alcohol is masked extremely well in this offering! Classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout. Consumed 3/15/13.

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Photo of cvm4
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty black (seems thin) with a tan head.

S - Vanilla, caramel, toffee and a bourbon oak presence. The bourbon is definitely there, just not overwhelming.

T - More charred oak aspect on the taste. Coffee is there along with some bitter dark chocolate. For a BBA beer, the bourbon characteristics are not it's strong suit.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. It needs to be a little more thicker, but it is pretty smooth. ABV is noticeable but not there.

O - A good rendition, but not a good substitute for others in the category.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, the ale has been selling like hot cakes for stores in Ohio...the sad thing is I can't figure out why. When I saw this version I still had to give it a go it mentions aged with Haitian coffee, pours pitch black with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma gives off the coffee notes with hints of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. The flavor however keeps it along the lines of a mediocre light fizzy stout that may have been aged in oak bourbon barrels but really doesn't have enough body to carry out the characteristics that the barrel has to offer, first of I don't believe this beer is 8% that is hidden way too well. Remains a bit one dimensional even watery on my palate, it finishes with some bourbon flavor charred oak and watered down bourbon that warms the gut just a bit after a few sips. Really all and all it's a beer I will never go back to the carbonation and textures fall flat on the palate, just poorly made beer put in bourbon barrels that's my final impression.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

Look: Not too much going on here. A black that is like eternal darkness. No light penetrating this beer at all. I gave quite a vigorous pour, but no much head that disappeared quickly. Lacing is very minimal. Like the color, but nothing else to marvel at. Average.

Smell: A nice vanilla mixed with caramel. Very pleasant. It kind of ends on a woody coffee. Yes, that's right, woody coffee. I'm picking up wet wood that is soaked in coffee. Interesting, and one of the highlights of this brew.

Taste: Definitely picking up on the vanilla, and it transitions into the coffee/dark chocolate at the end. Also still picking up the wood flavor throughout.

Feel: It has a smooth smokey texture that is complimented by the medium carbonation. Pretty balanced, and the abv is hidden decently.

Overall: A decent enough brew, but I really miss the chance at a frothy head that I get to fight with. Maybe other imp stouts are the same, I'm still a rookie, but I've had another that was still able to produce some frothiness, if only for a bit. Pretty decent taste and smell, just everything else from there is slight less. I wouldn't give up on this one entirely, I'll revisit from time to time.

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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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