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RATINGS: 743   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kbutler1 (1351) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear, medium copper color with a thin white head. Interesting aroma of cherry, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The aroma slightly reminds me of New Glarus Enigma just not as strong. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Banana is the first flavor that comes to mind in this one followed by some bourbon notes like a watered down whiskey and coke. Lingers with a slight sweet bitterness. Taken as is the beer isn’t terrible but I’m not sold on this being anything great either. On the plus side, I think the booze is fairly well hidden. Curious how long this spent in bourbon casks. Oaked Arrogant Bastard slays this beer hands down.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pours light amber with tiny white head. Aroma is bourbon and maybe a bit of caramel. Taste is watered down bourbon. I like beer and I like bourbon, but this just isn’t sure which it wants to be.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16727) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty vanilla aroma. Fruity malty oaky vanilla flavor. Has a sweetish malty oaky vanilla finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 23, 2011
On draft at Mews Tavern - Wakefield, RI. Three times, I ordered the Firestone Walker Double Jack and three times the waitress brought me this beer. Fortunately, my fiancee likes bourbon and enjoyed what appears to be a very bland strong ale with bourbon poured into. Not a lot of barrel char or toast. Just warming malty ale with bourbon added. Bourbony, but entirely one-dimensional.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Atom (1346) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2011
12oz bottle pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma smells like a watered down shot of Bourbon poured into a cider. Definitely can taste that is aged in Bourbon barrels, seems more like a cream ale, but really it just tastes like someone added whiskey into a poorly made ale, it’s just a mess.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4403) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Gold color with a small head. Light bourbon and fruit aroma. Some caramel and a bit of marshmallow. Corny and light grain flavor. A bit more fruit. Kind of tastes like watered-down bourbon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ggman (1) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2011 does not count
Caramel, vanilla, almost nutty, this ale, you can call it that verges on the category of dessert. Goes really well with fried chicken or other salty food. Overall, I give it style points for its uniqueness, but I’m glad it only comes in 4-packs.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
JoePeesie (860) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
a really odd beer. It’s not really an American strong ale, its a pale ale with a half a shot of bourbon added. There is a reason people don’t age pale ale’s the results are not really good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
bottle from Table & Vine - Aroma is creamy butterscotch, and hint of fudge ripple. Caramel malts, with a touch of oak. Some dry wood leaves an impression on the tongue. Thin body and light. pricking carbonation. Not really complex enough in flavor to make the oak work for it.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
crazyvin (1943) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
A disappointment for me. It poured a nice clear amber hue to it with no head to it. Seemed a little thin, but did have a nice bourbon look to it. Aroma had a nice subtle bourbon quality about it. Small vanilla and light oak to it, however that was all the aroma had to it. It really lacked any depth by not having any hops or malts to enhance the aroma. It did not need an aggressive hop profile just a little something to let you know it was there. Flavor was similar a nice bourbon flavor that was present but was restrained. Too many bourbon aged beers seem a little too unyeilding. Once again it lacked any ale characteristics. So the flavor was more disappointing than the aroma. Palate was thin and light. It lacked carbonation which was a good thing.


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