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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

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

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

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. - Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. 8% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 11/20/15.

Look: Pours dark brown, and settles pitch black, retaining some light caramel highlights. One finger mocha colored head from aggressive pour, which slowly settles.

Smell: Sweet bourbon, charred oak barrel, followed by sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel, honey, espresso, sweet cream, and some earthiness.

Feel: Medium to light bodied, pretty smooth but a bit chewy with a little carbonation.

Taste: Sweet bourbon with a hint of charred oak, dark earthy malts, followed by toffee, caramel, honey, chocolate, and coffee. The finish consists of sweet cream, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Not really boozy, but does leave a slight burn on the back, which fades instantly.

Overall: I have wanted to try this since trying the Honey Barrel Brown Ale, and finally found one. This had a great aroma and taste, and seemed perfectly balanced. Definitely underrated.

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

Normally I do a standard format for a review. This beer doesn't really merit that much of an effort. The look isn't terrible, but the thin head disappears shortly after pouring with no lacing. The smell is probably the best feature of this beer, consisting of coffee and some chocolaty malt. The taste is disappointing. No bourbon, just some coffee with an almost buttery aftertaste. The beer may very well be on the old side, but there is not date so who knows. The feel is probably the worst I've ever had in a "stout". It is thinner than most porters. While I wouldn't mind trying this one I know is fresh, it isn't worth chasing.

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

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a transparent deep brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is roasted malt, and coffee. There is a hint of bourbon, but not dominant by any means. Medium mouthfeel (too thin for a stout) and low carbonation. OK but not outstanding.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fills an Offero glass very dark brown and essentially black with dark brown highlights. The thin, fine chestnut head quickly fades to minimal lacing. Short columns of fine carbonation cling to the glass.

I was unable to detect any bourbon. However, there was lots of charred malt with some chocolate and coffee. There was also a light, smoky aroma.

The flavor also contained no noticeable bourbon. Black coffee and chocolate nibs are set against roasted malt bitterness with a hint of sweetness. This one is barely balanced, with a slight brief finish.

A medium body with alcohol as expected in this well-carbonated beer with a cotton texture.

This hardly impersonates the targeted Imperial Stout. It is nonetheless enjoyable as a robust Stout. One can enjoy this beer while relaxing or with a burger. However, if one is looking for the Kentucky Bourbon promise they will be sorely disappointed.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate brown with a high level of transparency. Small head is kinda fizzy and vanishes quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is a bit subdued. Black coffee and roasted malt. Strength increases at it warms. A bit of smokiness.

Black coffee on first taste. Roasted malt, oak, and bourbon. Some vanilla.

Medium body going towards being thin. Medium+ carbonation. Lingering coffee.

A decent barrel aged stout which doesn't quite get over the hump. Seems like more barrel time might help. No bourbon in the nose. Could use a boost in intensity all the way around.

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Photo of aleigator
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no foam, pitch black color. Chocolate, toffee and smoky whiskey, alcoholic bourbon aroma is very present. Has an medium body with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Espresso flavor, going along with heavy bourbon, highlighting an usual aggressive alcoholic presence for a stout. Feathered by chocolate flavors, soon getting overpowered by an upcoming bitterness in the end. Also unusual high carbonation, with a metallic hint in it. Strong coffee finish, but not very long lasting.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black, minimal thin off white head. Smells of oak, vanilla, coffee, some cocoa. Strong bourbon characteristics at initial taste, coffee, carob, oak and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is incredibly thin for a stout – as previous reviewers commented – more akin to a brown ale or porter. Fair amount of effervescence.
Not unpleasant – but seemed to lack many of the characteristics I find important to a stout. I’ve got 5 left of the six pack I bought – I’ll probably take them to a party and throw them into a cooler – never to be seen again. Not my cup of tea. (Note – I was a little sad after drinking this beer – I had such high hopes. . .)

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Photo of bwood06
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Massive frothy tan head on this beer even with an easy pour. Head dissipates quickly. Some carbonation clinging to sides of glass. Carbonation bubbles rise quickly. Beer is opaque and black. Very slight tint of mahogany around edges. 3.5/5

S - Very heavy aroma of vanilla extract followed by espresso, dark chocolate, and molasses. Slight hint of sugary dairy creamer as well. Very dark roasted malt. No real hop presence in the aroma. 4/5

T - Vanilla, oak, and bourbon whiskey are the first notes that hit my tongue, all in quick succession of one another. Following those are a slight hint of caramel and then velvety smooth espresso and dark chocolate. Boozy up front but once the caramel and espresso come in the alcohol flavor fades away. No real hop presence in the flavor. This beer tastes very clean and earthy throughout. There is some coffee to this as the bottle says but the vanilla, oak, and bourbon are truly the heavy hitters in terms of flavor here. No real lingering flavor leaves a clean impression on the palate. 3.75/5

M - Not as carbonated as initially expected. Velvety smooth for the most part with a bit of carbonation burn up front. Heavy but carbonation does lighten it a bit. Leaves a velvety smoothness in the mouth. 3.75/5

O - Interesting stout but this beer tastes more like bourbon than beer. I love my bourbon. I love my beer. I'm just not convinced that I love bourbon beer. Barrel aging makes for awesome beers but IMHO it should either enhance and/or diminish flavors without imparting such an obvious presence of bourbon to the beer as this one does. The balance is just thrown out of whack on this one with its heavy slant towards bourbon. 3.75/5

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout

This beer is black with a small khaki colored head. It smells of dark roasted malts with a little vanilla. It tastes like a good stout with light vanilla, oak, and almost caramel like notes coming through from the bourbon barrels. It has moderate carbonation on a pretty light body. Overall I think it is a well-made bourbon barrel stout that isn't too high in abv.

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Photo of Sabre311
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I've looked at this beer in our store for about a month but passed because of the cost. They finally put it in our create a 6 pack and I'm glad I passed on the whole thing. Its got a great color and has a great head when poured but the flavor is rather weak , the smell is as well. I guess I just expected more. Something rich and bold and instead got watered downish.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at America on tap.
Rich caramel with hints of roast and plenty of vanilla and butterscotch that at times seems quite bitter. Worse than I thought it would be.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin for the style. Not a ton of bourbon character on the nose or palate, but nice tasting non the less. A very drinkable/introductory? Example of the style

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Photo of BigGold
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle acquired in Dallas into faceted mug. Perhaps an effort to capitalise on the terms "Kentucky" and "KBS" made famous by several other stouts, and lacking in bourbon flavor, but for all that not a bad beer.

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Photo of jhartley
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee tulip. No bottle dating that I could find.
Pours a dark brown, just hedging on black. Thin amount of a cola like head; doesn't hang around long and leaves no lacing whatsoever.
Plenty of oak, chocolate, molasses, a little coffee, not really getting any bourbon...?
Plenty of charred oak, some bittersweet chocolate, and coffee; kind of watery. Not sure what to make of this one. Missing bourbon, kind of a let down.
Mouthfeel, this is a stout? This is so thin and watery I don't see how you can call this a stout, a brown ale at best maybe; or even where the barrel is? Nice amount of carbonation though, but the only thing left is a strange aftertaste of oak and bakers chocolate.
Overall, this beer is a big let down for me. I was expecting a lot out of this beer and was rewarded with very little in return. The aroma out of the bottle when it was first opened was quite promising, but the taste just did not follow suit. Not going to purchase this one again.

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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 tone77
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of coffee, smoke. Taste is of black coffee, some smokiness, no bourbon or alcohol are detected. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer for coffee lovers.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didnt look like a stout when i poured it and doesnt feel like one either.this is lazy beer making, comparing this to a good, full bodied barrel aged stout is like comparing caitlyn jenner to j-lo.....piss poor effort.i tried this and a bells cherry stout back to back....need a narwhal now to give my mouth some proper stout flavour.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a solo cup. (I know...)

A: Pours a pretty darn opaque black with 3/4" khaki head that sits down in the blink of an eye. Retention is poor. Lacing is actually OK.

S: Muted vanilla-coffee notes. Almost a simple syrup thing going on. It's not quite awful, but it's far from special.

T: More coffee & vanilla. Where's the bourbon? It's so buried here that it only shows up as an unpleasant sharp note in the finish. For what they are, the coffee & vanilla kind of work for me.

M: Drinks more like a cream ale than a stout. Completely wrong for both the flavors & style.

O: I'd wanted to like this brew, but jeez, it's like they just didn't want me to.

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Photo of weltywm
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Forgot this in my parents' basement about 2 years ago, so it's probably the '13 bottling? Poured into a snifter.

Smell: Mild coffee and oak char. Not a lot of bourbon is evident.

Taste: Some vanilla and licorice, with just a hint of bourbon and oak. Very smooth coffee rounds everything out. Char and a bit of burned sugar at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side, but very balanced with a clean finish.

Overall: Not a bad stout, but very mild overall. Neither bourbon nor coffee is that evident. Very drinkable though.

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Photo of drinking12many
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

had from a bottle, I imagine it would have been better from a keg. Felt a little thin. I probably gave it an extra .25 point on smell since it was in a bottle but smelled fairly good...overall not bad. Would really like it on tap think it would probably be better.

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Photo of FFreak
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is decent, but not what you'd expect from the name. Pours a typical black stout color, but with some clarity around the edges, so it doesn't appear to be a heavy, viscous stout. Has very little bourbon in the nose, which is dominated by roast malt. Taste is pretty good, especially as it warms up when the bourbon starts to comes out. Mouth is fairly thin and fizzy. Overall, a good easy drinking stout, but not what I expected from the label.

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Photo of WhiskeyMike
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep and unyielding black. Low to moderate, tan head that quickly recedes, leaving little/no lacing behind.

S: Coffee with some cocoa powder; very roasty. Possibly some alcohol notes in there too.

T: Heavy, dark-roast coffee character verging on burnt, like coffee that's been kept hot too long. No particular alcohol warmth.

M: On the thinner side of what one would expect from a stout, much less than one that's been barrel-aged. Very smooth, though. Mildly carbonated.

O: This is the most coffee-like of the flavored stouts I've had, but Alltech seems to have overdone it. If you're already a fan of stouts, KBBS has is merits and is worth trying, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with small beige head, smells of coffee woodiness and malts, tastes of coffee chocolatey malts and slight heat on the back end, finishes bitter and malty caramel. Smooth mouthfeel not thick not thin.

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Photo of WKyle
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First of all this is expensive, but I figured it was worth it for a good bourbon cask aged beer.
Look: Nice and dark, small amount of head with good retention and really beautiful lacing. The look is really nice.
Smell: How many stouts are overpowered by coffee on the olfactory side? Well this is another one, no bourbon really, no woody notes.
Taste: I like coffee, and that is the only reason this gets a 3.5. I really have to wonder how much time this spent in a bourbon barrel.
Feel: Comparable to bud light, honestly. I think the presence of organic molecules from the coffee is the only thing giving this beer any type of density. Carbonation is proportional, which is why I am willing to give it as high as a 3.25
Overall: I am not saying they didn't condition this in bourbon barrels, just that it doesnt really show. In my opinion a barrel aged stout should have a high gravity. This ale does not, this is thin. The only thing giving this ale any type of flavor is the coffee. I would be willing to give this beer a better rating if it wasnt barrel aged. Lacks malt and bourbon flavor.

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Photo of Carolvs
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Unlike this brewery's other offering, its flagship bourbon ale, I could hardly taste the bourbon here... probably overwhemed by the toasted stout notes. Not sure that anyone could really pull off this rather unnatural combination, in my opinion.

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 1,058 ratings.
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