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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Aleô 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 ďangelís shareĒ. 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (13911) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle at home ... thanks to Fritz ... golden amber ... thin white head ... soft fruit peach and pear nose ... light fizzy ... odd sweetness ... suger puffs ... light bourbon but not much ... sweet fruits ... ok but not great

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1150) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Pours a clear amber color. Aroma is of Bourbon big time with some oak, a little vanilla, and malts. Taste is of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Leaves a big Bourbon finish. Different, but I wish it was a little thicker.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4019) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2011 Apr 25, tap@Trion Tavern, New Haven. Pours clear amber with a small off white head leaving some lace. Aroma is strong bourbon barrel, parfum, a bit sweet. Lean thin mouthfeel. Great bourbon, vanilla, barrel, fruity and slightly malty. Nice lean bourbony finish. Second rating Oct 01, 2011. Bottle 33 cl, Kris Wines. Pours cloudy amber mahogany with a nice beige head laving lace. Aroma is malty sweet bourbon vanilla fullbodied light hoppy. Flavor is fruity acidy sourish great bourbon touch vanilla. Finishes very pleasant balaned bourbon vanilla bitter malty.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (1923) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
Hazy amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet toasted malt, vanilla, caramel, & bourbon; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, syrup, vanilla, hops, and some fruit; Slight alcohol at the finish; Fairly well balanced; Overall, very unique brew - the body is a bit sweet but the aroma is great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Thanks to WhyBeNormal for putting this box in N00b BIF Round 3. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pour yields a brew that is a moderate-brown color with a thin tan head that fades into a thin collar. The nose is dominated by bourbon. Strong bourbon notes pervade, and only increase in intensity as the beer warms. Nice and fairly mellow, but Iíd like a bit more complexity here. The flavor is the same way, though there is a touch of caramel and brown sugar in the background. Medium body with lowish carbonation. A bit too hot in the finish. Not bad at all. Iíve got another that Iíll need to cellar for a bit to see if it mellows out. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-28-2011

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mario61Aler (21) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
A nice suprise from the 335 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass. It poured a nice golden color, with a white head that disapated quickly. Hardly any lacing at all. Aroma was of carmel and a just hint of the bourbon. Taste was of Malts and a hint of alcohol, bourbon and then a sweetness comes into play, like a dried cherry. Was slightly creamy with a medium body that makes this a very drinkable Ale. I will revisit this one

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 tap at Dash In - Small style quibble... if as the commercial description says this is their Kentucky Ale aged in bourbon barrels, then itís an amber ale. Anyway, it pours light amber, about the same shade as the stone, and has a small off-white head. Thereís a woody, bourbon aroma. The fairly light body has lots of smooth bourbon flavor. Itís sweet and smooth with not much going on besides the bourbon. Rerate: I like this more than I did before. Smooth bourbon, vanilla notes. Pretty enjoyable.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
steelhead3686 (216) - Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2011
First a disclaimer: Iím not a big bourbon fan. Pours a light brown (almost an apple juice/cider look). Very pungent with an alcohol aroma (smells like a cheap bourbon really). Very thin without much carbonation. This isnít what I expected at all but itís not terrible. Iím sure people that love bourbon or whisky would really like this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4288) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2011
Pours clear amber into a tulip. White head crackles and quickly recedes leaving trailing lacing. Sweet simple syrup and bourbon aromas. Thin and sweet with sugar upfront followed by a mild bourbon and oak finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Had this on tap at Vintage Estate some months back and liked it enough to remember to pick up a bottle this last trip (yesterday) Bottled version does not do my memory of it justice. Appearance is just like someone splashed a few drops of Bourbon into a Bud. Sadly, the taste is pretty much like someone splashed a few drops of bourbon into a Bud light - or to be more accurate, probably itís the Lexington pale ale. Thereís a vanilla, caramel, maltiness there, which I should like, given my proclivities. But, this is really not up to par with some of the heavier stuff. I guess itís a bit like the beers that put the fake lime or chili or whatever in it. Maybe this is a ballpark version of the Bourbon aged stuff that is out there. Though to be fair, there is a nice syrup quality to the mouthfeel and itís not a full-on fake flavor deal. Plus the high ABV is well-disguised, though also well-telegraphed by the bourbon taste. The aftertaste/finish is pleasing. Not as boozy a feel as youíd expect. Mellow. Honestly the idea that someone just poured a light beer into a glass that still had some Kentucky bourbon in it is hard to shake or get past. Not one Iíd get again. But not offensive in any way. The mellowness and lack of any real problems is what made me give it a b-. If youíre working your way through the bourbon-modified beers, this should go on your list.


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