Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Review

Featured Contributor Rick Fenwick

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The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is one of my favorite beers of all time. It’s brewed by the Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.  I have had the Kentucky Ale and it is also a good beer. They age the Kentucky Ale up to 6 weeks in bourbon barrels from Kentucky distilleries to get the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. I first tried one at the Winking Lizard at Independence, OH. which is an Ohio restaurant featuring a large selection of beer and draft beer. My first Kentucky Bourbon Barrel beer there was in a bottle and was great. It is red in color, light carbonation, and just a hint of bourbon flavor, but not too much. The ale is light as well making for a great tasting beer with a bourbon aftertaste. As you can see from the picture, I liked it so much I ordered the snifter glasses recommended for serving it. It is classified as an American Strong Ale. The brewery advertises it as an “unique sipping beer” and I agree this is the best way to drink it and enjoy the bourbon flavor.

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I was able to purchase some carry out traveling through Kentucky on my way back from a weekend trip to Tennessee. I had the opportunity to try the draft at a restaurant in Toldeo called Bar 145 . It features a bourbon menu and had the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale on draft and I liked the draft even better than the bottle. It is sold in 4 packs and is a bit pricey ($12), but worth it.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale factoids:
ABV 8.2%
IBUs 15
Calories 190

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Rick Fenwick

Rick is a consultant in training and development at Fenwick Koller Associates and a college professor in Industrial and organizational psychology. He likes following the local professional sports teams.

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One thought on “Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Review”

  1. This is one of my favorites it has a smooth taste and the alcohol doesn’t overpower the ale.the hint of bourbon is a plus the flavor has a great balance not to mention the cool shape of the bottles.


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