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RATINGS: 901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 six 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. Launched in 2006, it has grown to become the flagship beer of the premier name in barrel-aged beers: Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours a nice reddish orange color. Aromas of nice citrus/grapefruit hops and sweet malts. Flavor starts nice crisp bitter hop and then mellows to a nice malt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1623) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 22B American Strong Ale)

AROMA: Moderate bourbon aroma, though slightly buttery. Some dank resiny hops. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber, slightly hazy. Small, off-beige head. Poor lacing and retention. 2/3

FLAVOR: General amber malt base. Some sweetness but not a sweet brew per se. Some red apple flavor, but not cider-like tartness. Bourbon/woody flavor emerges on finish for mild vanilla sensation. Faint butterscotch. Becomes astringent as it warms. /20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; slightly crisp. Surprisingly clean finish. Alcohol presence is minor. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Quite boring considering what it’s supposed to be. No complexity, little bourbon flavor. Seems to be a macro product masquerading as a limited release barrel brew. 5/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markextrae (3330) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
bottle at a bar, poured a light chesnut colour with a slight off head. nose of sweet maple syrup, burned caramel, faint malts, acetone, not any bourbon to detect here, off flavors, weird. not a fan of this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrumpy369 (310) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 15, 2016
On tap at hopaholic. Clear amber colour with a small microfoam. Nose of slight barrel aged whiskey with some booze. Taste is low to medium sweetness with distinct vanilla from the barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
R4N5H (679) - NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
Draught (taster) at Bar Americain in NYC on 17-Mar-2016. Clear dark amber colour with a thin tan coloured head. Aroma of malt, caramel and I do get some (faint) bourbon and spices. Full body and soft/medium carbonation. Sweet flavour of malt, butterscotch and caramel. Some wood and vanilla. Not bad but tough to drink quickly.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Yonder (10) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2016
Meh. This beer tastes like Michelob Dark with some sort of bourbon syrup added to it. I seriously doubt it spent more than 30 seconds inside of a bourbon barrel, which would fit its deScription of "up to six weeks" now wouldn’t it?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SG111 (1080) - New York, USA - APR 3, 2016
UPDATED: APR 4, 2016 Tap at dino BBQ, BK. Pours dark honey, big white head, nice lacing. Aroma is cloying. Butterscotch, sloppy bourbon flavor. Wow, what a mess. Flavor is intense butterscotch, just like someone said: "Hey, I like beer. Let’s make one" but there’s no finesse. Like making lemonade with one lemon, water and a bag of sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jesperhammer (4038) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2016
04-MAR-2016, bottle @Ulkløbben meeeting, @Mads. Clear, dark golden with a low off-white head. Sweet. Malty, caramel, Vanilla. Not a lot of Bourbon if any. Really thin body. Boring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
koleminer20 (2108) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
12 oz bottle shared with ebone1988 from Dumpster Box No. 2. The pour is a bright copper color with a thicker white head and a ton of lace. And a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is all barrel character. There is a sweet vanilla and a bit of bourbon to go with a little woodiness. The sweet booze is really throwing me for a loop. It's the only detectable thing. Ugh. The flavor is well... Hmm. It tastes like a liquid. There is a light sweet malt and a little vanilla, but that's it. It's a liquid that has absorbed some barrel character. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with a barely-there carbonation and a bit so good, single-dimensional sweetness for an aftertaste. I don't know that I've had a beer that does so little. This is just liquid that's absorbed some vanilla and seems to exist.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ebone1988 (1177) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, out of Dumpster Day box #2. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, barrel, booze, medicinal. Appearance is light amber, white head. Taste is muted, slight caramel, metallic, toffee, almost non-existent. Mouthfeel is medium body, light to almost no carbonation, boozy aftertaste. Overall, I’d call it bad if it had any flavor.

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