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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Draft at Sweet Grass Dairy. LIght copper pour with a foamy white head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, booze and oak. Taste is sweet vanilla and malt throughout with a boozy finish. Not that memorable.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HeadyDE (594) - Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Quite surprised by this, golden color expecting a darker hue, but not present, slight head. Nose..booze, vanilla, faint oak..taste really reminds me of a cream soda, albeit an adult version. Interesting mouthfeel and the abv makes itself known, however nothing really is memorable..Ok

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illiniphil (137) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
This is one unique beer. Pours a copper color with very little head. Aroma is pure whiskey. Taste starts out with whisky, vanilla notes - makes you think your not drinking beer. But then it quickly turns and finishes with lots of malty, bready yeast. Very interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1262) - Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 Pour is copper orange,mild head,clear. Aroma is big wisky,oak fresh toasted ,bready sweet carmel. Taste is same medium bodied toasted malt base with wisky Overall its a cereal toasty aroma. F lavor,woody oak slight vanilla.Wisky bourbon up front Some very mild fruit orange like citrus tones. Mildly sweet carmel cereal,medium body base .Mild finish but slight wisky harsh finish.Like a mild wisky shot. Kinda good and unusual, would have to say,this is definatly a good example of a bourbon barrel ale,if you like that. Its a strong character of the beer. They delivered well with the bourbon barrel,

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1772) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2012
On tap at the Saloon on Calhoun. Pours pale orange with a foamy white head. Nice lacing sliding down the glass. Aroma has apricots, and other fresh fruit, vanilla and some woodiness. Taste is of vanilla and sweet toffee with a hint of fruit. Dry and not too thick, the bourbony vanilla is the predominant flavor. Finishes vanilla-y sweet without a real alcohol presence. I could not have guessed the style being tried for here. A pale on oak casks?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4035) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a thick and rather persistent fluffy ivory head. Malty aroma has a strong, oaky overtone of bourbon barrel and a hint of caramel. Bourbon and oak dominate the flavor, but not too much, letting through malty and subtle fruity notes plus a caramel hint. Firm texture has OK fizz and leaves a nice bourbon-barrel finish. I hope that this is a year-round beer and not a one-and-done special.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hcgiii (30) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Has bourbon Tate then riles into a good "lager-type" flavor. Light bourbon after-taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fletchfighters (1256) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
A-- Poured a near clear, light colored carmel. One finger of white head that faded to a white collar. Just bits of spotty lacing one sides of the glass. S-- Barrel notes all over the place. Oak, bourbon, big vanilla, and Carmel. Vanilla dominated the nose through drinking. T-- See above. Reminded me of a vanilla wafer as had a bit of crisp wafer taste along with the vanilla. M-- Quite a thin body. Not a lot of the base beer to notice as the barrel character, vanilla, just dominated the beer. Slightly sweet feel and a lot of dry vanilla. O-- Had this in Louisville on tap in July 2011 and loved it. Bottle version??? Not so much. Really dominated by vanilla. Would get it again if on tap only. Was far more balanced on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (654) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours crystal clear orange with almost no head. Sweet oaky vanilla aroma. Very smooth boozy malt medium bodied, soft ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rubbishystuff (2036) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2015 At Fork on Lincoln. This was a mess. The flavors compete strangely and hit at all the wrong moments. Bourbon, then wood, then cream soda, then sweet. Serving: Tap


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