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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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (854) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (720) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thewade (311) - USA - JUL 1, 2011
Looks like a cream ale. I was surprised at the light color. Hint of bourbon was just right for me. I personally like a bourbon barrel stout, but this was good for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2011
In a classic plastic cup at Nachbar. Can’t tell nose from angle of cup, but flavor is cheap bourbon barrel and caramel. Too many sweet notes to appreciate it, but I love the attempt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Wow, this was an extra from preismj which is from his home from his home town. Extremely pleased with this beer, poured a light amber color with a little white head that clung to the glass. Slight hint of bourbon, and vanilla, and hops. Tastes like a classic amber ale with some bourbon notes. Really good, and I want to get more from preismj.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluesandbarbq (33) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Pours a clear amber color with a nice white head and some lacing. Good carbonation. Aromas of excellent Kentucky bourbon, slight malts and a hint of hops. If you like Kentucky bourbon, this is your ale. Taste is very mild bourbon casked ale with a oaken vanilla and a slight malt and hops presence. The bourbon is not overpowering but graceful and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2011
Bottled@Cask Pub And Kitchen, London. Amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, some fruits and mild bourbon as well. Flavour is fruits, vanilla, wood and some quite earthy notes. Also some mild notes of alcohol. Bourboony aftertaste. Balanced and quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rustyham (1722) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Sample at a tasting at IlliniSmitty’s house. Aroma was sweet and sour with a sting. Little bourbon on the nose. Color is like a cream ale. Flavor and palate are both lame and uninspired. I imagine Alltech left a bourbon barrel out side overnight and storm came in from the horizon. the forgot about it for a month or so and came to discover that the water in the barrel began to ferment. Voila, that’s what you’re drinking. bourbon water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6699) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 355 ml bottle. London, England.
Clear amber (apple juice) colour with no head. Vanilla, sweet caramel, some sweet alcohol and butterscotch in aroma. Vanilla, toffee, butterscotch and some maltiness in flavour. Very sweet. No alcohol in flavour. Very easy for a 8.19%.

Draught at the Shenanigan’s Wine & Spirits, Lexington, KY.
Clear golden colour with a small white head. Mild whiskey sweetness and dry malt in the aroma. Some whiskey sweetness, malt and butterscotch in the flavour. Quite good.

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