The Bluegrass State is known for producing some of the finest Bourbon in the world and this concoction blends whiskey with a traditional ale.
From the website, kentuckyale.com, I found a nice little description.
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.
Let’s see if it makes the state proud.
This 12oz. bottle had a cool little label and an ABV of 8.19%.
The Lexington Brewing Co. provides a decent example for this style. It’s not the best Bourbon “beer” I have tried, however it’s nowhere near horrible or undrinkable. It wasn’t balanced as well as I thought it could have been. The Bourbon comes off a bit strong at first, but it does calm down as you get going. I’m more than proud to say this is a “hometown” brew and I hope they continue to make it. This definitely puts Kentucky in the discussion when it comes to making a respectable, worthwhile beer.
Have you had it? What did you think? Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
Score: 3.45 out of 5