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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Carefully crafted by Alltech’s master brewers, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout® builds on the success of its barrel-aged brother, the beloved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout is brewed and aged with Alltech® Café Citadelle Haitian coffee and aged in world-famous Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is a complex stout with dark-roasted malts, hints of caramel and vanilla and a lightly roasted coffee finish.

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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2012
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.


3.2
GregMooreNH (258) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2018
Pours black with medium head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is coffee, caramel and some notes of bourbon. Taste is heavy coffee with substantial bitterness, moving to a sweeter vanilla taste and a strong, slightly burning bourbon aftertaste. A decent stout.

3.4
Onslow (1540) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Inky black brew with pale tan head that almost immediately fizzles. Aroma of dark malts and coffee. Taste is roasted grain up front with a moderate coffee note emerging in the finish. Maybe some vanila notes. Taste is fairly simple and nothing lingers after the swallow. Palate is thin. What's there is good but it lacks the richness and complexity needed to get to the next level.

3.8
Sarlacc83 (2435) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2017
Bottle. A: Ebony black with a creme color head. Light lacing. N: Coffee and espresso. Roast and ash. Chocolate and some molasses. Oak and a touch of vanilla and coconut. T: Bitter and sweet in proportion. The coffee and bourbon lace themselves through in fine balance. M: Medium body, no alcohol, soft carbonation. O: A fine and easy drinking coffee bourbon stout. Well blended; more so than some other ones I have had. Good that it is easy to get, too.

3.5
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2017
Bottle. Black with small head. Coffee forward stout. Rather sweet, and slightly thin. The right components are all here, but it seems not entirely dialed in.

3.3
MKromhoutNC (28) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2017
Pretty flat for a stout - flavors not built out to any degree - if wasn't reading about b barrels wouldn't know it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2017
This bottled Bourbon barrel aged brew from a bottle shop was served at a cool temperature and poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind no visible carbonation opaque black brown colored body and a fair lacing. The nice aroma was dark malt and bourbon. The mouthfeel was tingly at the start and at the finish mild roasted malt aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of roasted malt vanilla bourbon brown malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

3.7
Dacrza (1069) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2017
DATE: October 17, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Celtics to kick off the season... demands a beer with some strength... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde snifter... pours a midnight-black, thick with a creamy brown single-finger head... roasted coffee bean, cocoa nib, vanilla, and thick roasted malts... first sip is effervescent, surprisingly thin at the teeth, and coating at its throat... late in the profile, a cloying dryness settles with warmth... perhaps this is where the KBS pales to other with the same moniker... the vanilla tops a sweet mocha coffee bean, making this a pleasant sip... some nuttiness in the roast too, with an acetyl alcohol that taints the finish ever so much... the caramel adds sweetness to the mix... overall, a solid, medium-bodied, flavorful stout that doesn't reflect enough bourbon to wear its name...

2.8
ryecatcher (1471) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2017
Bottle at Wildfire BA Beer Dinner. A stouty looking stout, though lacking in head and not as opaque as I like mine to be. Nose os roasty, cocoa, coffee, faint booze. Mouth is thin for a stout (leaning more towards the porter side of the scale), mild sweetness, fudge, touch vanilla and some booze. Overall, it's not terrible but it's really nothing to write home about either. A big monied brewery version of something a lot of craft brewers have already done to death... and a whole lot better than this.

3.4
nickel (1263) - UKRAINE - OCT 5, 2017
Aroma: bourbon, wood, caramel Taste: caramel, chocolate, coffee. Nice nose but weak tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
higgsbison (275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2017
8/10/15 the bourbon flavor is not as prominent as their Bourbon ale. strong notes of coffee. Full body. Mild carbonation. No discernible bitterness. Very good very drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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