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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout
- Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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American Double / Imperial Stout
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(Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-23-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights and a solid beige head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing.
Oak, tobacco, roast malt, soy, and toffee comprise the aroma, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla adding complexity. Smells savory.
Coffee dominated the flavor throughout. Chocolate and vanilla are subdued, with roasted malt and nutty notes emerging subsequently. Bourbon is a subtle afternote. As it warms, butter, vanilla, and oak become dominant.
Body is a touch light, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a hint of acrid astringency, but it's not offputting.
Overall, a lot more coffee than expected. A touch light in body, but a good brew.
Serving type: on-tap
12-14-2012 02:18:03 |
More by barczar
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Nestled in the heart of bourbon country has its privileges and Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company takes full advantage. The fresh and recent decanting of bourbon barrels means that these vessels are ripe for the picking for local brewers who wish to claim the complex nuances of bourbon for their beers. The brewery simply has no fear in brewing relatively tame recipes to reside in those magical barrels- the results are not simply "hints" of bourbon or "mild" wood complexities, but rather a changed beer that's uniquely Kentucky!
Dark as night, the stout ale opens with a deep brown hue that reminds that catches the eye with richly stained tree bark and crimson highlights. Though dark, the beer shows great clarity with an onyx-like sheen, just as the redish hues plays through the saturated brown color. Its light and delicate creme floats atop the beer and decorates the snifter with lacy rings that delights the eye.
Strong coffee overtones leap onto the olfactory senses along with roasted walnut, heavy toast, and firey burnt embers. Yielding shy of smoke, the scent instead, introduces complementary aromas of caramel, cherry, vanilla, coconut, and unmistakable bourbon alcohols.
And true coffee dominance exudes in the stout's taste as well. Even thought the strong ale proclaims bourbon- its the taste of Columbian coffee, walnut, and bittersweet smoky chocolate that form first impressions. The malty underpinnings of thin caramel sweetness and starchy light whipping cream emerges at middle palate and braces the palate from the dry toast and roast of grain. And all this succulent taste is wrapped in a cocoon of bourbon sweetness with all its gentlemanly oak, tannin, and char.
Medium-full in texture, the stout's mouthfeel resides on a dry-roast backbone that evokes an, arid, powdery, and light ash that extends beyond that of receding malt sweetness and thin bourbon warmth. At eight percent alcohol, the palate easily underestimates the strength as the warmth is calming and succulently inviting. It's a much more drinkable beer than it should be.
Sure to appease the sweet tooth in all of us, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is indeed a stout at heart. But much like that of their Bourbon Barrel Ale, the beer doesn't simple add nuances of bourbon in complement, it changes the beer into something else- one with much more bourbon influence than is common for such bold technique. The advantages of living in the Bluegrass are many and this new stout is one.
Serving type: on-tap
11-28-2012 07:45:58 |
More by BEERchitect
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours jet black with a thin tan head. A decent sized ring is left around the edge of the glass on top of the beer.
Coffee is very prominent on the aroma with a lot of roast and caramel along with a healthy dose of chocolate which surprised me a little bit. A somewhat subdued vanilla not but I can't really detect much bourbon. Nonetheless a very inviting aroma.
The flavor has lots of coffee and caramel up front but not in as strong of dose as is present in the aroma. Almost no bourbon at all but rather vanilla, chocolate and caramel. All of the flavors are a little bit thin but they work well together. Roast and char lingers long after the other flavors have cleared up. Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style with a light bitterness and a lingering stickiness.
Overall, a good coffee stout but not on par with Founders Breakfast Stout and roughly the same price. If this becomes available in TN I will gladly pick it up because of no alternatives. In other parts of the country, however, there are better alternatives.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2012 02:15:04 |
More by rangerred
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle stamped with 021813 on it, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some light vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla and bourbon. I'd guess this wasn't aged in bourbon barrels for a long time as the bourbon character in both the aroma and taste is subtle. There is a nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors, but it does lean towards being sweeter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough overall brew, but a bit pricey at $12.99 a 4-pack. Definitely worth a try!
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2012 21:22:28 |
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