Friday, January 16, 2015

Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine (6/10)

Alltech Lexington Brewing, also known as Kentucky Ales, produces this Barleywine ale aged in Bourbon Barrels.  

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine pours a clear mahogany red with minimal white lacing and head. 

The aroma is dominated by cherries and dark fruit. 

Flavor starts malty, followed by a strong rush of Kentucky Bourbon, with a malty and somewhat bitter finish. Its flavor is more complex than the standard Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale but it's not as easy to drink.  You'll be sipping this one rather than gulping it down.

Beer Advocate gives this a 77 or "okay" rating with 136 people weighing in.  With 64 ratings, RateBeer is a bit tougher on it, giving it only a 43 overall.  I'm giving it a 6/10, which essentially means that I'd prefer it to a macro brew from one of the big names, but not a lot.

This beer is available at a number of Columbus retailers.  I was given this particular bottle by a family member, so I can't comment on where it was purchased.

Flavor Profile:
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour:
Spice Level:  None
Hops Level: Medium
Dominant Flavors: Malt, dark fruit, cherry
ABV:  10%
IBU:  Unknown, but I’d estimate mid 20’s to low 30’s
My Rating: 6/10

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