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RATINGS: 734   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle sampled at Music City Brewers’ Fest. Poured golden amber with a modest white head. Aroma was bourbon, malt, mild hops. Flavor was bourbon, oak, vanilla, a touch of smoke, some caramel, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was a letdown: somewhat watery and overcarbonated. But the flavor was nice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
12oz bottle shared by Ryan from Funky Buddha. Aroma has slight hints of bourbon but I mostly remember the malts coming through much more then the bourbon. Slightly sweet flavor but nothing over the top.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Pours a light caramel color with a thick white head. Light bourbon aroma. Sweet taste. Thin. Light bodied. Slight alcoholic finish. Flat carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighlanderOne (995) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Poured from bottle. WOW - oak / bourbon aroma is amazing. Clear amber, tan head, lacing. This really picks up the bourbon and oak from the barrel. Add in the vanilla and alcohol flavors. A touch of banana as well. These flavors complement each other so well. This is like an exotic dessert! Even better as it warms. An outstanding beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle ---> Shaker. Light body, medium head/lacing. Smelled spicy of hops, wood and bacon. The taste was great, but too much on the sweet side for a bourbon barrel aged. Hops in the presence, some roasty pineapple, smokiness and sweet bourbon goodness. Fun to drink, especially if you don’t want to chug bourbon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear medium to light dark red amber colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, bourbon, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, caramel, bourbon, laber larver (candy licorice). Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110617]

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Drank a bunch of these from the bottle while in Kentucky, so no information on color. Flavor/Aroma were of huge vanilla though, a big sweetness and vanilla that was not quite balanced the lighter flavor of pale ale; I was only dimly award of malt and hops flavor beneath this. Tastes thicker and more syrupy than the texture actually is.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottled poured into English pint. Slightly dark orange in color with a thin soapy head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is mostly bourbon, but not overly powerful. Common hints of oak and vanilla in there. A little brown sugar sweetness too. Beer is very thin bodied. Not much of anything upfront, feels like fizzy water pre-swallow. Same notes from the aroma come out late in the taste...booze, vanilla, slight oak. Not much of a backbone here, no foundation. But, whats there isn’t bad. A little too carbonated though. A little more complex of a flavor profile would work wonders here. Decent overall though, esp for the price.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (851) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2011 this is a weird beer with a very strong flavor. Golden brown pour with some nice white lacing. Aroma is indeed quite bourbony with notes of hops and fruit. similar with the flavor, but with alcohol and caramel notes. So strong in flavor, it’s offputting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (714) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
12oz. Very difficult to rate given it is considered a blond ale. So used to rating BA stouts and barleywines and not blond ales. That being said the bourbon is certainly there in the nose and taste. I have not had the non BA version of this ale to compare it to. However, I did enjoy this beer and certainly welcome additional as bonus beers in the future.


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