Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is the producer of award-winning beer and spirits, and one of the few joint brewing and distilling operations or “brewstilleries” in the world. Since its founding in 2000 by Irish entrepreneur Dr. Pearse Lyons, its Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale has grown to become the brewery’s flagship brew They capitalize on the brewery’s proximity to fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels.
The beer pours a crystal clear rich orange-amber color with copper hues. The two finger frothy cream colored head shows really good retention. Once the head dissipates a generous lacing remains a top the beer.
Malty aromas of buttered toast dominate. Toffee and caramel notes follow closely behind. A touch of sweet creamed corn bites at the heels of the caramel. Oak and vanilla notes make an appearance, and a boozy bourbon aroma is also present.
The palate shows much of the same. Buttered toast are highlighted by caramel and toffee notes. A grainy corn flavor is present and sweet notes of dark dried fruits culminate on the mid-palate. A touch of earthy hops are notable and provide a great balance. Oak and vanilla flavors add complexity and help to showcase the barrel aging.
A classic barrel aged beer that would perfectly complement a sip of bourbon. Smooth and well balanced this is more enjoyable and easier drinking than most barrel aged beers on the market. Try it with Colby cheese, smoked ribs or caramel bread pudding.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints