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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 483
Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with off-white head. Pumpkin pie spice, bourbon, vanilla and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with much of the same, maybe a little sweetness on the finish. Pretty much the same beer beginning to finish.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very nice bourbon pumpkin flavor. Never had a whiskey barrel aged pumpkin ale. I have said numerous times I enjoy pumpkin, this will get you pretty buzzed. I am not sure this is an accurate assessment since I have been "reviewing" Oktoberfest beers such as Samuel Adams and Brooklyn brewery Oktoberfest. I can say this definitely is a unique ale.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper color with a modest head of frothy, off-white suds. Mild aroma smells of pumpkin, toffee, and traces of noble hops.

The taste features plenty of alcohol, along with small doses of pumpkin and caramel. A slightly buttery bourbon flavor lurks beneath the booze as well, while corn makes a surprising appearance on the back end. Spicing is very mild (for a change)--trace amounts of nutmeg are as much as I can surmise. Medium-light body and fine carbonation produce a semi-creamy mouthfeel that could use a shade more substance.

Overall, this is certainly the booziest pumpkin ale I’ve come across. It pulls off the barrel-aged bent in the most draconian sense, perhaps to the neglect of the more traditional elements. While interesting to experience, this isn’t a pumpkin ale I would gravitate toward.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 13, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Friday night in--a good feeling on a cold, wet night... APPEARANCE: a beautiful amber orange body with translucence revealing balanced bubbles throughout; slightly creamy, slightly soapy white head that holds reasonably well... AROMA: cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin, and some vanilla; definite alcohol heat.... PALATE: warming, full-bodied and resilient in its finish; with the considerable ABV, this is a victory... TASTE: goodness, the bourbon--a strong, confident impact that rounds with a flowery hop aspect--the aspects of caramel are considerable, and the vanilla is pleasant; the spices are equally dominant and ambitious; this basically takes a nice whiskey and adds a more drinkable nuance to the profile... OVERALL: this could be lethal, with the ABV is subtle as the flavor is robust; far and away the best pumpkin I've had this season, with the sipability factor on high...

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Photo of Slack
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden to pale amber in color with no head and minimal lacing.

Aroma of malt, cinnamon, clove, and mild bourbon.

Taste is malt. cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar sweetness. Booze comes out as it warms on the back end.

Mouthful is medium with medium to low carbonation. Finish is cloying and sweet.

A nice pumpkin beer but not too much on the bourbon or barrel. Hardly any noticeable booze. Otherwise very easy to drink.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not the pumpkin beer for me. You do taste the bourbon and a bit of pumpkin, but very little pumpkin spice. Overall, this beer was just a bit too sweet and malty for me, which I typically find with many barrel aged beers with higher ABV.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

it's very pumpkiny like most beers of the same style, which i guess you're either a fan of or your'e not and i fall in the latter one. 10% ABV i'll always enjoy though no matter the taste.

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look- honey golden color with little to know head.

smell - Bourbon dominates the smell with hints of ginger or nutmeg

Taste- Bourbon dominates but you do get hints of Allspice,Ginger and nutmeg and maybe some vanilla

feel- is very surprisingly light with little on the tongue .

overall- A beautifully barrel-aged pumpkin beer, this light and drinkable brew might actually be too drinkable and could find many in trouble soon. The pumpkin isn't over the top either, so if you're looking for something that's not pie in a glass but bourbon , this one is for you. B+ if your a bourbon lover get some in fact run to the store I expecially think you'll love it.

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Photo of mermeen
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At first all I could taste was the bourbon, but after a few sips the pumpkin flavor really came through. To be honest, I was a little disappointed as I very much anticipated the pumpkin flavor, but as I am approaching the second half of my beer, I rejoice at the fact that the wonderful pumpkin flavor is revealing itself in all its Halloween glory. The setback though is that I am yeeeearning for another one but given that toady is a weekday perhaps the consumption of a second 10% beer would be inadvisable

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Photo of jhartley
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oured from a 12 oz.bottle into a Cuvee tulip glass no bottled on or best by date visible on the label or bottle., thin
Golden orange body with a finger's worth of head; dissipated quickly.
Smells promising! Pumpkin pie spices, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar.
First sip...very nice! Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, plenty of bourbon and oak, maybe even a little marshmallow.
Feel is nice light; plenty of spice and bourbon to it; just not a heavy beer. No hint of the 10% abv at all, with such a light body feel this drinks really easy.
Overall, this is a tasty beer; the bourbon barrel added a nice extra hit of vanilla and flavor to the pumpkin spices. A nice balance of spices with with bourbon; one doesn't overpower the other and compliments the other quite well.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear medium-deep amber, producing only 1.5 fingers of beige, foamy but shortlived head that leaves little more than a collar ring of lace. Aroma is heavy with sweet caramel malts, pumpkin pie spices, a little pumpkin, wood & alcohol. The spices are not so overwhelming that the more subtle aromas are completely subdued as is the case with some pumpkin ales. Taste is malt & bourbon barrel heavy; boozy & malty sweet, cinnamon, ginger & other pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, wood & alcohol are present throughout the sip. There is a bitterness in the finish (not sure if it is from the hops or alcohol) that bleeds over into the sweet & boozy, cinnamon/ginger aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, chewy & syrupy with a slight prickle. As with many higher ABV beers the alcohol prominence increases as the brew warms.

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Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very flavorful beer with a great smell. You can instantly taste the cinnamon, nutmeg and, possibly, some ginger in addition to the pumpkin. It does not give that warm feeling in the nose and mouth that I would expect from a barrel aged beer. It could be that I am used to coffee flavored ales and the spices in this style overpowered that sensation. Overall, this is an excellent beer; however, I would recommend the Wayerbacher Imperial Pumkin Ale over this one which will likely be on the same shelf, if you are going for a Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of John53189
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass, , clear Amber color, one inch head.
A really nice barrel aged pumpkin. Not too sweet and spicy, and great bourbon barrel flavor. Well balanced for the 10% abv.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I can't ding this beer for its beautiful copper color. I can ding the fairly weak nose, though it does bring some decent notes of pumpkin spices and bourbon barrel. While the flavor also seems a touch dinky, the vanilla from the bourbon barrels balances the pumpkin notes well. The finish is faintly warming yet not overdone. It's easygoing for a barrel-aged beer...perhaps even too easygoing. Fairly dull, but a good introductory BBA beer for pumpkin spice latte lovers. I haven't found a single pumpkin beer I really disliked this year - I need to step things up!

3.17/5: Not very interesting, but very beginner-friendly

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Photo of fredmugs
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Zero barrel on the nose or palate. As far as pumpkin beers this is decent but when you advertise it as barrel aged and it's not this beer fails. Most other offerings from Alltech have huge barrel characteristics.

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Photo of Beermeow
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had been hearing really good things about this guy and would say most of it held up. A great looking beer that smells Devine. The taste is also really good. My one criticism is that it is BOOZY, and it should be at 10%. It's almost like its warning you.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear copper amber color. Tow fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention isn't great, but this is a pretty big beer. A short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: All the requisite pie spices are there and in ample amounts: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger. The barrel is a lot less prominent than in the original BB ale, but that's probably due to the spices being so potent. Still, leather, apple, vanilla, and oak are easily detectable. There's not a whole lot going on from the base beer though. Caramel and toffee with some toastiness.

3.0 T: Like the nose, the spices are the strongest component of the taste. Spices as per above. The barrel is next with wood, leather, vanilla, apple, melon. The base beer does a poor job of keeping up. Again, there's some caramel, toastiness, and toffee, but just not enough for how big the beer is.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess that I wish was more prominent.

3.0 D: It doesn't taste bad, but it's not beer-y enough. It more resembles a pumpkin flavored, watered-down bourbon.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear copper. Thin in appearance and sparsely carbonated , but the head is nice enough.
Aroma is commendable enough. It captures autumn with pumpkin spice, vanilla, kind of like one of those candles.
This one is just okay. There's definitely a vegetable aspect to it all, even though it tastes like pumpkin and nutmeg. The malts are there, it's a bit sweet with brown sugar notes, then hard with mineral, then dry. Overall burn is present, as is the bourbon-soaked wood.
Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.
Just okay overall. Not a memorable pumpkin ale, but at least worth trying if you're a fan of them.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of pumpkin ales, and a fan of really big brews, I thought I would like this more than I do. Don't get me wrong, it's an outstanding brew, but I was hoping for ... ahhhhh.

It pours a beautiful deep orange with a head that dies quickly but leaves fine bubbles behind. The aroma is more faint than I would like, but it's clean, and vaguely pumpkin, and of course, boozy.

The taste is a clean, huge, ale. It's got loads of bitter under even bigger loads of malts, balancing things out. The pumpkin taste is under all that. The aftertaste and mouthfeel is boozy, but smoothly so. They have mellowed this out - aged in what, pumpkins?? Say what?

Recommended as probably the best pumpkin over 10% ABV.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear dark red in color, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Has a medium amount of carbonation. Pumpkin and spice smell is present, not overbearing. Vanilla and clove smell sneaks in. Pumpkin taste on the front in, then the spice explodes. The bourbon aging helps tie the two extensively. A very light bodied beer for the style. There is a nut presence at mid mouth. I'm not big on the pumpkin beers, but the bourbon aging really helps this one. I don't taste the alcohol much, but the burn comes after letting it sit to tKe all in. Nice effort!

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy dark orange in color with a large and dense off-white head, which persists well. The lacing is thin and scattered. Carbonation is minor.

Aroma: Massive aroma of pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Spicy alcohol and buttery notes are present also.

Taste: Begins with a surge of pumpkin pie spices and caramel. As the taste develops, there is pumpkin roasted in butter, toasted nuts, and a moderate, warming alcohol note. The alcohol presents quite gracefully, particularly in light of the high ABV of ten percent and seems more spicy than vinous. Later in the taste, notes of wood, vanilla, and bourbon manifest, adding another layer of complexity. Finishes with a graceful interplay of the spices and caramel against the bourbon and wood.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, over-the-top example, which eclipsed my fairly high expectations.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.


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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very odd beer for me. The pour was a nice amber color with an off colored head that trails the glass. The smell was full of wood with hints of caramel and vanilla, however there was not much pumpkin on the nose. The taste was heavy on the wood with then a bit of pumpkin and brown sugar on the end. Enjoyable but not very well balanced.

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Photo of sgulner
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bourbon, Yes..Pumpkin, not much.. I love there base beer, it's my dessert at most dinners when available. I bought this as my wife is a huge Pumpkin fan and this was no pumpkin. Letting a few sit in the basement to see if the bourbon will chill out and the veg will come thru...TBD

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pumpkin and spice hit me first followed by the hint of bourbon. No head of note. Deceptively easy to drink for a 10% but a fine ale for Christmas night here in Offaly Ireland.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A-Clear orange and not much carbonation

S-Nice pumpkin spice character bu not much oak or bourbon.

T-Starts with some pumpkin and some spice. Not much oak. Slight bourbon.

M-Lighter and not much carbonation.

O-Better than I was expecting, but for the price a try it and never have it again.

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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