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RATINGS: 752   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Draft in a snifter. Pours clear caramel with light white head. Nose is bourbon and smoked wood. Aroma is bourbon and cherry. Taste is sweet. Boiler maker anyone? Honestly I’d prefer a Budweiser and a shot of bourbon.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregf (1) - Vermilion, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2011 does not count
caught me by suprise, the bourbon smell and taste were just right with a vanilla flavor and a nice roasted malt . Very drinkable, be carefull for the high gravity sets a very mellow feeling quickly.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Clear amber with a very thin white head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, beef jerky, sweet malt and light alcohol. Taste of malt, fake sugar, moderate bourbon with an artificial cola-like quality to it. It reminded me a bit of cream soda.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chuckaduck (651) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pours a rusty copper color with a very thin head. Aroma is all bourbon up front with not too much else going on. Taste is similar; lots of bourbon, some vanilla, a little sweet. This isn’t bad but there’s not a great deal of complexity here; bourbon with bubbles in a bottle. It’s drinkable but it isn’t something to go out of your way for. Though it is surprisingly smooth for the strength; I will give it that.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Glear copper color almost no head. Aroma is straight bourbon with buttery hints of vanilla and oak. Taste is strong bourbon as well, its bourbon flavor is great but its lacking a good beer flavor, its kind of like you took a lame no flavor brew and mixed it with bourbon. Meh

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3109) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours a very clear amber with a medium lt tan head. Aroma has very light vanilla and bourbon. Flavor has oaky vanilla, a hint of butterscotch, and mild bourbon notes...tastes like a homebrew attempt at innis and gunn. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat syrupy...finish is earthy, oaky, and dry.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
pale amber with a nice though quickly fading tannish head that leaves little lacing... the nose is all bourbon, lots of vanilla flavor, certainly not enough backbone in the beer to mask the alcohol notes of the bourbon... this smells like bourbon juice... the alcohol and the weight of the beer is masked initially, though the sip sits with you and warms late... a little sweet in the finish... surprisingly the bourbon is way more pungent in the nose than the flavor... kinda sweet... i want to be nicer, but this is one note in the aroma, and it tastes like a bourbon pale ale, which is sweet and lacks a depth of flavor...

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy white head. Aroma of bourbon, butter and leafy hops. The taste is bourbon, butter and toasted malts. Medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (707) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Courtesy of Cousin Jim. Pours clear amber with small frothy foam head. Aroma is tinny with a bit of bourbon. Flavor is rich caramel bourbon malt and vanilla. Body is rich, but much lighter than most beers with this kind of big bourbon flavor. Finishes sweet like melted vanilla ice cream.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
strongpieman (1515) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Draft. Amber color, clear. Surprisingly smooth for the strong bourbon aroma and taste... I kept expecting an alcohol burn but stayed smooth. Beer itself is light.


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