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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.19%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2012
bottle at azwine 9/13/11. amber color...looks a little thin for 8%. aromas of green spicy peppers, wet barrel, vanilla, bourbon and a ton of butterscotch. the palate is rather sweet...or maybe not...just cloying, weird and almost artificial... reminds me of butterscotch vanilla ripple ice cream with a little kick of bourbon. light bodied with prickly carbonation. meh.6/3/5/3/12

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2005) - California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Caramel orange in color with thin whitish head... Aroma of bourbon oak and sweet caramel... Flavor is sweet caramel candies, slight fruitiness, and notes of bourbon... Finish is slightly sweet, definitely hides the alcohol content extremely well... Shocked that this is not more highly rated, my only complaint is that it may be on the lower complexity end of the spectrum and may have less bourbon flavor than your typical bourbon aged beer, but I like that about this beer... De-freaking-licious!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 May2010. a bit light (color and body) for the style, a decent light amber ale greatly improved with bourbon. The bourbon flavor was very much upfront but not overpowering or overly woody to knock you over the head. This would be a fantastic introductory beer for any drinkers that reject or assume they would reject a bourbon-aged beer. I gave a taste to several people in the standard beer-drinking group I was with and several ordered pints for themselves. granted, we had just visited a bourbon distillery the day before... Aug12. Has a sour/sour mash component that could be very off-putting for some. This draft version is huge buttery hit.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to bjohnston. Poured clear gold with a white head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, Orange cream sickle, and grains. Flavor pretty much the same plus a butter type note. Body was full with low carbonation.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Gachupines (950) - USA - MAR 19, 2012
Amber color with thin white head. Aroma is some slight vanilla, a little medicinal. Flavor builds on that impression, reminds me of vanilla extract or oddly melted ice cream. Really, just not good, I would almost rather have a mass produced lager than this odd attempt at a bourbon flavored beer. Lacks flavor, depth and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
AdamJackson (2870) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2012
I received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into an Ommegang glass at fridge temperature.

A - This beer poured a dark golden color which was surprising. I expected dark brown but this is clearly a golden ale. A 2-Finger head was produced that was crystal clear and dissipated almost instantly. There’s some nice bubbles on the swirl but, at 8%, no alcohol legs to speak of.

S - There’s not a lot of smell to this. Clear Bourbon scent but it’s very weak. I’m no getting much and am overall pretty disappointed with the scent. Smells like a BMC beer.

T - Immediately, I’m getting Wild Turkey or Makers Mark mixed with a glass of spring water. It’s really pretty nasty. Dry and roasted malts on the back of the tongue.

M - 80% carbonation on the mouth swish. Light-bodied and a mouth quenching whiskey linger.

O - This is flat out a drain pour. wow, what a disappointing beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (2342) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2012
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt and of course the bourbon. Taste is bourbon, toffee and malts.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Had this at the brewery about 6 years ago in a bottle that came off the line and had never been capped. This rating will be for a draft pour I had last weekend at Meadhall in Cambridge, MA. Snifter pour. Translucent light amber color. Really shines in the glass. Very fragrant sweet bourbon nose. Taste is a little thin and watery considering the bold aroma. It’s basically a one dimensional light amber ale that was flavored with bourbon barrels.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
On tap. Odd pale golden pour with a bit of white head. Doesn’t look at all like I thought it would. Nose is mostly bourbon with some vanilla. Smells better than is tastes - the barrel aging is nicely done but the base beer is lacking in flavor and consistency. Slightly sweet and woody.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rjplumer (451) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Faint spice bourbon vanilla aroma. Head dissipates quickly on top of a clear deep amber ale. Distinct what I’m assuming is a bourbon taste with lots of carbonation. Like the aroma it has vanilla spice with hints of oak in the taste. Finishes clean with a noticeable warming sensation on the palate. Certainly one to be sipped and savored. I liked this one a lot and would definitely have another at any time.


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