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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours surprisingly light and clear, with a medium white head. Aroma is faint - sweet malts, with a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is also surprisingly muted, a little bit bready with a nice vanilla sweetness. Not much bourbon comes through, although a bit of oakiness is there. It’s an easy sipper that hides its ABV well, but also kind of dull.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
Has a light wood/toffee scent. Pours a nice amber with a dissolving head. Has a nice bourbon flavor, has a decent sweetness to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HollywoodTKE (2) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2012 does not count
Great taste, truly enjoyed the aroma. Very distinctive color and angel share ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doghair (272) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
Very nice beer. The bourbon barrel gives it a unique flavor. Lightly sweet with some wood and bourbon. More beer please...

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - APR 16, 2012
Little to no head or aroma. Slight caramel and malt on the aroma. Light pale straw color body. Alcohol immediately noticeable, caramel, butterscotch, bourbon flavored. Nicely complex mouthfeel and aroma.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiveacestx (678) - Texas, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle - pours light clear brown with a medium head that transforms into a steady ring around the glass (a snifter in this case). Has a strong bourbon smell even from a distance. Not terrible, but it tastes like watered down bourbon. Definitely a sipper.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dinkle50 (1043) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
Red amber pour with hardly any head. Aroma of bourbon & vanilla. Taste is heavy on vanilla, oak & bourbon. Mouth is pretty light. Completely clear in appearance. Leaves your mouth tingly. I’m not sure I’d call this a beer, but it isn’t too bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2377) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 13, 2012
Bottle bought at Cask and drunk at home. Very clear amber coloured with off white head that fades very quickly. Aroma is sweet, bit of the bourbon, vanilla and creamy. Some boozy sharpness. Taste is again sweet. I can see why lots of people are mentioning ice cream, but for me that is a positive. There is a nice hint of bourbon again, but it is mostly creamy. The finish is caramel malty and creamy. More vanilla too. Texture seems quite thin, but it is not unpleasant to drink. Can see why this divides opinion, but I come down firmly on the positive side. Doesn’t seem that boozy, and the flavour is fairly one dimensional, but that one dimension is pretty nice.

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 (2134) - 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!


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