Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout (review)

Beer Review #125

I haven't reviewed a stout since Wagner Valley Oatmeal Stout (review #97) all the way back in February of this year. How could it be so long? This afternoon I'm checking out Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, brewed by Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.

At first sip, I'm immediately reminded of Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (review #90). This Bourbon Barrel Stout is "brewed with coffee and aged in oak barrels with Haitian coffee," and if the barrel aging doesn't show much, the coffee certainly does. This stout beer is all about the coffee, which is only slightly less pungent than in the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, so perhaps the oak barrels did accomplish something.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout pours tar black with a small tan head of foam.

Coffee dominates the aroma, but if you give the beer a chance to warm and open up, vanilla and dark chocolate is revealed. The label says "Bourbon Barrel," but I suspect the beer was not left to age long, or else the "bourbon barrels" were long past their expiration date. Look to Anderson Valley Huge Arker (review #88) for beer aged in barrels still permeated by their original inhabitant.

8.0%ABV

Musical Pairing: Bye Bye Beautiful by Nightwish

 Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)

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