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RATINGS: 836   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2581) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (888) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2012
I tried this on-tap at Conway and O’Rielly’s in Janesville, WI in mid 2012. Pours a golden amber color with a strong bourbon scent. Strong crisp taste of bourbon that is silky smooth that is barrel aged to perfection. I though this was a lot better than what the rating reflect.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DietPepsican (1526) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2012
near black pour. Watered down carbonated bourbon flavor with buttered popcorn and a bit of sour patch kids. Very sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2012
It poured a cloudy copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of fresh bourbon. The taste was of sweet caramel, some toffee and lots of bourbon. This was a very good bourbon barrel beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12447) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle from Liz. Pours clear orange amber with a slight, transient white head. Aroma is mostly bourbon/vanilla with a hint of oak. Med body. It’s rather sweet, with hints of treacle. The oak is identifiable, and the bourbon/vanilla is clearly present. Yet it is not a strongly flavored ale. Heat is marginally detectable. Finishes on the non-dry side. It has a caramel sugar candy aspect. But the oak offsets that. Really interesting and pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4613) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Aroma is bourbon and malts. The flavor is fruit, oak, dark fruit/raisins/prunes, a hint of tea, tobacco and a mix of tartness and some alcohol in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Itots (1) - - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
My current favorite beer. Very well balanced versus most other bourbon barrel beers. Nice on the palate, with a bourbon finish. Should be drank from a snifter for full effect and not overchilled. Many friends who do not consider themselves beer drinkers love this beer. Great change from the usual "heavier" bourbon barrel brews (stouts, porters).

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
12oz bottle from Andersons in Sylvania. Murky orange pour with little head. Aroma is big sweet sugar, vanilla and bourbon (shocking). Taste is caramel corn candy and butterscotch. Thin to medium palate. Not horrible, but not my thing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmm0332 (3) - wheatland, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012 does not count
Dark, delicious beer. Can taste the bourbon and finishes sweet, like caramel. Highly recommended.


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