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RATINGS: 844   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4087) - 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 (1275) - 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 (655) - , 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 (2052) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3972) - - AUG 19, 2012
growler. clear pale amber with almost no head. sweet caramel candy aroma with notes of butter. flavor of buttery biscuit with werthers candy flavors or even those caramel creams(bulls eyes) with the white vanilla surrounded by the chewy caramel things. barrel and bourbon notes are light and not overpowering. low carbonation and silky. lightish body. would have never guessed the abv. i like it.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Awesome bourbon aroma up front, taste of caramel and vanilla with a smooth finish! Great bourbon flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wilkami (2) - - AUG 13, 2012 does not count
On draught at One Eyes Jacks in Fairborn, OH. Very flavorful of oak with a vanilla finish. No head, darker amber color. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a oak aged ale with a sweeter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2624) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2012 Draught via Habitat pours a butterscotch slightly murky brown. Little head. Aroma is bourbin. Taste is sweet with some malts and vanilla. Ok but thin and needs more IMO.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Enjoyed on-tap @ Coles 735 MAIN in Lexington, KY for $6. Tapped from the Brown Wooden KBB Tap Handle w/ a Horse on the top into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Have enjoyed in bottle so wanted to give this version a try. Differences: Aroma- Tons of alcohol, bourbon, light single malt aromas. Very clean. Appearance- Received with no head at all. Has a deep golden/light copper body with decent clarity. Leaves a few suds behind. Flavor- Starts off very sweet and then winds down to all malt and light bourbon. Very light and almost no bitterness. Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but VERY watered down... Not sure if there was a keg issue or just the way they do it in keg but mouthfeel wasn’t up to par. Overall Impression- I HIGHLY recommend you enjoying this from a bottle. For some reason it was watered down on the mouthfeel which took away from this great brew. However, this was very nice in bottle.


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