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RATINGS: 836   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SonOfBrom (2) - - JAN 3, 2012 does not count
On tap at Shallo’s in Indianapolis and from a bottle on New Year’s. Aroma and Taste are both primarily bourbon - oak/sweet vanilla. This is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. I also noticed some caramel, but this was exactly what I expected based on the label. At 8%, I had anticipated more of a bite or warming from the alcohol but didn’t notice it. Overall, I enjoy the as a scotch/whisky/bourbon fan, I really enjoyed finding similar flavors in an ale. Great for sipping in the winter when I need something other than a Stout or Porter, but not something I would want more than two of in a session.

2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
joegtg092y (1) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
amazing smell, and sweet tasting and good in most respects, but too light, and lacks strong enough of taste to be a really good beer.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
12oz bottle. Red tinged orange with a white ring of head that remains after the first few seconds of the pour. Kernel double caramel popcorn, bubblegum, weet vanilla, bourbon although grain alcohol is also very present. Sorta like screech / watered down bad bourbon, sweet and thin, moderate carbonation, bit of corn alcohol, little dry and vegetbly on the end, not overly complex and lacks depth. Not good.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours light orange with thin white head.  Looks like your regular macro in the glass.  Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and buttered popcorn.  Taste  of vanilla, bourbon, and stale beer.  Just like what a macro beer would taste like if you poured a shot of bourbon in it.  Not done well at all.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chudwick (2438) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Draft in a snifter. Pours clear caramel with light white head. Nose is bourbon and smoked wood. Aroma is bourbon and cherry. Taste is sweet. Boiler maker anyone? Honestly I’d prefer a Budweiser and a shot of bourbon.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregf (1) - Vermilion, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2011 does not count
caught me by suprise, the bourbon smell and taste were just right with a vanilla flavor and a nice roasted malt . Very drinkable, be carefull for the high gravity sets a very mellow feeling quickly.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Clear amber with a very thin white head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, beef jerky, sweet malt and light alcohol. Taste of malt, fake sugar, moderate bourbon with an artificial cola-like quality to it. It reminded me a bit of cream soda.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pours a rusty copper color with a very thin head. Aroma is all bourbon up front with not too much else going on. Taste is similar; lots of bourbon, some vanilla, a little sweet. This isn’t bad but there’s not a great deal of complexity here; bourbon with bubbles in a bottle. It’s drinkable but it isn’t something to go out of your way for. Though it is surprisingly smooth for the strength; I will give it that.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikesaum (641) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Glear copper color almost no head. Aroma is straight bourbon with buttery hints of vanilla and oak. Taste is strong bourbon as well, its bourbon flavor is great but its lacking a good beer flavor, its kind of like you took a lame no flavor brew and mixed it with bourbon. Meh

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3448) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours a very clear amber with a medium lt tan head. Aroma has very light vanilla and bourbon. Flavor has oaky vanilla, a hint of butterscotch, and mild bourbon notes...tastes like a homebrew attempt at innis and gunn. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat syrupy...finish is earthy, oaky, and dry.


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