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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale™ With a little creative curiosity, we used spent bourbon casks, fresh from decanting, and filled them with our very own Kentucky Ale. From barrels that once held the finest bourbons of Kentucky, we present Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, a smooth, golden elixir unlike any other. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrel. We attribute this to what the bourbon maker calls the “angel’s share”. Elegantly smooth and modestly carbonated, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is a fine sipping ale with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted Kentucky bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
On tap @ Beer Camp - Chicago. Pour is deep copper/brown with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of strong bourbon, vanilla bean, booze, oak chips, and light caramel. Finish is sweet and boozy, but thin, which is weird for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
inbirraveritas (1252) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 23, 2014
Draught. Deeper golden one with a small white head on its top. Nose and aroma ruled by vanilla escorted by caramel and alcohol, mouthfeel is oily. Sweetbitter, warming, citric finish. Not very exciting, but still a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maxbier (388) - Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Dark leather like brown color with quickly dissipating fizzy head. Aroma is vanilla bourbon apple. Boozy bourbon flavored ale, vanilla oak molasses. Tasting notes are more like a Kentucky whiskey than a beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden amber with a small white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Flavor was sweet & malty with bourbon, caramel, oak and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Gold with a white head. Nose is wood, alcohol, light vanilla, and malts. Easy palate, heavy alcohol, chewy malts, dough, and an easy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atlrizzob (178) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2014
I thought this was pretty damn good. Pours an oakish amber with a pretty foamy white head. Yeast, malt and whiskey in the aroma. Taste is sweet and warm. Nice ale with some malt and the perfect hint of bourbon. Alcohol percent is very well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msalsbury (27) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
I like bourbon-barrel ales in general, and this is no exception. The Kentucky Ale which isn’t barrel-aged is quite mainstream and boring. The barrel aging definitely kicks it up a notch, adding strong bourbon flavors, a hint of oaky vanilla, and a filling element to the beer. When it comes to relatively inexpensive craft beers, I like this one well enough. Would I say it’s the best bourbon-barrel-aged beer on the market? No.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
The smell of bourbon is the first thing that hits you as you pour this ale. Rather thin head. Copper tone. Taste is that of bourbon, with a bit of ale. Rather weak, watered down. Overall, a decent ale, but nothing to write about.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KamGoPro (106) - Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Amber pour, strong floral with oak and whiskey finish aroma. Sweet start with smokey bourbon finish. Plenty of complexity to enjoy sipping. Even has a subtle lingering Bourbon burn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MamaLovesBeer (1) - - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
I love this beer. It’s alcohol content is fairly high, and it’s a little sweet (it’s the whiskey taste) for some people, but it’s very smooth, with the oak flavor of the bourbon coming through. It’s also not so carbonated, very smooth. I’d call it a coffee hater’s alternative to Guinness. :) The stout is hoppier, but this is a dessert beer.

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