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Hopworks Kentucky Christmas

Hopworks Kentucky Christmas
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Kentucky Christmas is an organic AbominabAle Winter Ale aged on freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon barrels. It features a floral, spicy and citrus hop aroma backed by a complex, yet subtle, fruity hop flavor and just the right amount of malt sweetness. This beer will have your whistling "Dueling Banjos" in no time!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (847) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2012 version on tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours murky dark golden with thin lacy white head. Aroma is a hint a malt, spicy hops, and big boozy whiskey. Taste is thin light caramel malt and malty whiskey. Most of the hops are obscured here. Love the barrel aging, and the whiskey, but much of the charm of abominable is lost here. Super thin body for the abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Hmmm. A tough one to rate for me. Pours a darkish copper color with a small white head. A huge bursting nose of heat and bourbon. Like a shot. The flavor is also a bit harsh for me, I like BA beers, but this has some solvent like flavors and huge heat, but also nice caramel, vanilla, wood, sweet sugary malts. Good overall. Very hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2390) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Had on draft at the brewery. The aroma is spicy, vanilla, woody. The flavor is dominated by the barrel, coconut, vanilla, toffee, big sweet malts. This is huge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3685) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours a bright copper orange with an off white head. The aroma is awesome. Dried apricot, tropical fruit with huge caramel, whiskey, vanilla and wood. The flavor has peaches, papaya, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, alcohol and wood near the finish. Oily palate. Subdued carbonation really lets the flavors shine. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdx77 (1461) - Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On draught at Hopworks. A perfect combination: Abominable Winter Ale and Bourbon barrels! Wait for it each year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Bourbon aroma. Brown sugar and bourbon flavor with light malt. Medium bodied. Brown sugar and bourbon lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Nose is big and fruity and hoppy just like the base beer. Just a subtle hint of oak and bourbon. Pours golden with a light creamy head. The flavor starts with a soft blast of bourbon and oak and then segues into a big fruity citrus hoppiness, nice and fruity, tropical and a light bourbon finish. Light oak dryness as well. Nice treatment that leaves the bad ass base beer at the forefront. Good shit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2008
5oz Taster - Fred Fest 2008 - Hair of the Dog Brewing - Portland OR
Aroma – Strong ale aroma with good malt and a slight fruit background.
Appearance – Dark Amber in color, little to no head and clear.
Flavor – A very strong flavor this was a great beer. Loved the oak and bourbon flavor this beer gave off.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – Deep rich oak and bourbon flavor this was one of the best beers for the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Tap at HUB. Poured a brilliant amber/copper in color with low head. Very similar to the abominable (since it’s essentially the same beer) Slight sweetness with more alcohol notes and spices. Bourbon flavor very faint. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
At 2007 Winter Ale Festival in Portland, Oregon--Poured a murky orange and tawny body with a medium-sized lacing whitish head. Musty earthy fruity robust nose. Well carbonated and nicely rounded. Finished creamy and bitter. Very subtle bourbon flavors. Very enjoyable!

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