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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
strongpieman (1529) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Draft. Amber color, clear. Surprisingly smooth for the strong bourbon aroma and taste... I kept expecting an alcohol burn but stayed smooth. Beer itself is light.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7177) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear, lighter honeyed orange with a fairly tall, well-retained white head. The aroma picked up lots of fairly aggressive bourbon that gave me shivers with a deep inhale.. vanilla and bready malts deeper down.. not a very interesting base beer. The flavor found pale and bready malts at the core, with a lot of residual toasty grains that stuck on the back-end.. not much hoppage to note.. finished quick and bourbonny, with more toasty grains. Medium-bodied at most on the palate, and very dry.. prickly from the bourbon.. not a great beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (3423) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 Poured a clear amber with a medium sized light tan head. Nose of bourbon, Not much else. Medium body and a carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor is sweet and an almost overwhelming bourbon barrel taste.l. Finish is alcoholic. Kind of one dimensional but improves on the Kentucky Ale from which it was derived.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (949) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Had on tap. Served in a snifter. Appearance is a clear, light brown. There is a thin head that doesn’t stick around for long. Smells overwhelmingly of bourbon with vanilla being the predominant smell. At first sip there is a strong punch of bourbon. This is followed by vanilla along with some light oakiness. After sipping on the beer for awhile, the bourbon flavors subside and maltiness becomes much more predominant. I can detect very little alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is a little light but I don’t feel it is off-putting. Overall I think this is a very good bourbon barrel beer. The body could be thicker but the beer is fairly well balanced and is an excellent sipper.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
Amber with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with lots of bourbon. Cloying sweet malt and bourbon flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10294) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
A beautiful orange cognac ale with a thin white head. In aroma, light peanuty malt, with bourbon infused butter pecans, interesting. In mouth, a smooth sweet buttered up nuts, like a liqueur, but a bit thin and simple. On tap at Meadhall, Oct. 10 2011.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2011
On tap at Vintage Estates in Ohio. Decent tasting beer, because I love the taste of bourbon, I enjoyed this beer. There is a light taste of bourbon, nicely done from the lining of the bourbon barrels (creative). Well balanced beer, vanilla taste, and yes 8% abv. You can definitely taste this in the brew. One was enough for me.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marheb (2273) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
À la manière de la Innis and Gunn, une ale sans personnalité sinon ce que le bourbon lui apporte. Vanille, caramel rehaussent légèrement son corps plutôt mince. Facile à boire cependant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19809) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear amber, small coarse head. Evident bourbon/vanilla aroma. Sweet and buttery with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Mild with lasting flavours of caramel and bourbon. Low bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dykhuis7 (24) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Pours a transparent copper, thin white head. Aroma is faint with all of the following: vanilla, Bourbon, wood, maybe caramel. The taste is of vanilla and Bourbon, but where this beer loses me completely is the aftertaste. You’re left with a corn-type linger which is too eerily similar to some macro swill. Just can’t get past it.


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