Starting a new blog, we are going towards the south of the United States to take a look at Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. The Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company has been in business since 2000. A doctor that was doing beer brewing as a hobby wanted to do something he loves doing and that is making beer. That is really how this brewery was born. Let us get into the beer!
Kentucky Ale is put into some fresh drain bourbon barrel and is aged to make this beer called Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. This beer is a nice amber color with a constant white head to it. The smell is a nice earthly wood. As far as the taste, it has an oak, vanilla to heavy bourbon going on in it. It is very drinkable and dangerous for the ABV being 8.2%
Here is a description from their website (www.kentuckyale.com):
Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries.
Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after dinner drink.
Here is their website and twitter addreses:
Closing the tab, let me say this once and I know the brewery will love to hear this from me. We, Chicago, gave birth to Goose Island Bourdon County Stout and when we hear Barrel Age Beers, we think it is going to be a stout. This beer is NOT a stout. Before the beer is put into the barrel, it is a their normal Kentucky ale, which is between an English Pale Ale and Irish Red Ale. I really like this beer. I am a huge fan of barrel age beers and this gives me a little something different then a porter or stout in a barrel. You can taste more of the bourdon in this beer then a stout that is aged in it. Stout over takes all the taste from the bourdon barrel. This beer is very drinkable and I can drink this beer anytime of the year. I can see a new trend in the craft beer world and I am proud to say this brewery has started. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser