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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 Big disappointment. Very mild and confused. It has some of the sweet qualities of bourbon - vanilla and coconut, and odd cereal - with no character or heat. yikes, steer clear

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2012
GABF 2012
Appearance: Clear golden with a big off-white head
Aroma: Bourbon and vanilla
Taste: Bourbon, vanilla and woody
Decent, but thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 12. Golden colour with a small head. Whisky, fruit aroma. Flavour is vanilla, fruit, wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bartlebier (3507) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 4pack purchased in Louisville KY, 09/2012. Very sweet, thick and up-front bourbon, almost no alcohol, with all-pervasive vanilla, nut(meg) and caramel. Like drinking liquid toffee (Werthers Echte), which is hard to finish a whole pint of. Flawed as a beer, makes sense as a dessert, or even better: as the richest part of a dessert when shared. Not sure where the other 3 bottles went, was finished with this very specific brand of artificial bourbon beer in a few gulps. Enjoyable as a representative of the large kitsch department in US brewing, that will cater to the fans of any taste to the extreme, losing sight of balance or grace. Probably addictive like cheap candy you know is bad for you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Pours amber with thin white head. Nose is boozy with light toast. Medium bodied with somewhat flat bread malt moving to a delicious sweet bourbon finish. nice but would like more character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
On tap at CBF. Poured an orange gold color with a thin, white film that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, citrus fruits, and buttery malts. Sweet, honey, vanilla, citrus fruits, grains, raisins, and bourbon. Sweet but odd.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
A dark amber orange brew with brass tints in the glass. The head is thick and off white. This smells very sweet with caramel and corn from the bourbon woodiness. There isn’t much to smell from the beer as the barrel aging dominates. The taste is like lame cheap bourbon poured into a high abv amber ale. Not much in the way of hops. The body is lifeless. Notes of caramel come through in the end along with wet cardboard and some hay. This is a train wreck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours an orange color with white head. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate aromas. Vanilla, bourbon, oak flavors. Very tasty beer. You don’t notice the 8% alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Medium bodied, light amber ale aged in bourbon barrels. A little buttery, but overall it’s pretty good. The 8% is smooth. The bourbon barrel isn’t overpowering. Notes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak. Moderate sweetness. It drinks lighter than most bourbon beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle pours clear orange brown with thin white head. Sweet aroma if malts, caramel and faint bourbon. Taste caramel malts and marshmallows with a nutty, almost "Bit-o-Honey" flavor. Palate thin, mild carbonation and a little slickness. Finish brief musty nuttiness. Alcohol not apparent. Odd beer. If you are desperate for a faint bourbon flavor here you go.

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