Friday, September 6, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout


So you guys remember when Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale first came to South Florida right? Ed and I rubbing shoulders with football great Fran Curci? No? Time to set up your free subscription! Well, Alltech's Lexington Brewing also makes a stout! And I grabbed one a few days ago.

The labels on almost all of the bottles were peeling off. Yeah, I know, South Florida humidity. Time for some better and increased amount of adhesive for bottles headed this direction. The label was very simple, basic background decoration with the name of the beer, all in black and white. The label states that this is "stout brewed with coffee and aged in oak barrels with Haitian coffee". I wonder what type it was brewed with? Just regular Folgers? Anyway...

Black, really black! Only a few bubbles too. Nice roast in the aroma, tons of coffee, and a little chocolaty sweetness. Very inviting.

Extremely sweet to start with lots of pruney dark fruit flavors. Some coffee flavors come next but still that sweet prune dominates. More sweetness, but I can finally get a hint of that bourbon character from the barrels, though it is extremely muted, especially considering the beer's name.

Hints of chocolate and oaky dryness (cottonmouth) round things out. Not that complex, pretty pricey, decent. Medium body, low-no carbonation, smooth enough. The 8% alcohol was perfect. Coffee was the main flavor by the end, though I'm not sure if that's from the coffee this was brewed with or aged with. Overall, too sweet and a little boring. I think it was $13 for a 4-pack and I got my single for $4. Too much money for what I got. If you can forget the price, go ahead and check it out.

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