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RATINGS: 744   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kidmartinek (3658) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Honey, whiskey aroma.. Maple colored, good head holds to a film. Looks like cognac. Thick sugary finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4484) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours. Lightly hazy golden copper with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, light bourbon, caramel, sweet molasses notes. Flavor of vanilla, light whiskey, caramel, a little thin. Reminded me a little of oaked arrogant bastard.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2010
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear amber pour with a very thin layer of white foam. Aroma is pretty much straight bourbon. Some vanilla and oak but mostly bourbon. Bourbon flavor at the beginning that fades quickly to a very mild and malty middle. The bourbon and oak notes come back at this point and really give off a nice bourbon and vanilla flavor. Finishes very dry and surprisingly clean. Some light bourbon notes on the aftertaste but that’s about it.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glassware: Golden hue with a fading fizzy head and almost no lace. The aroma has notes of vanilla bean, caramel, wet grains, moderate bourbon alcohol vapours, some herbal, woody and earthy esters. The taste is a tad sweet and malty with a slap of booze and plastic finish. Wow, not had many BB aged beer with so little character before. What happens when you place a poorly made Amber Ale in a generic bourbon barrel (notice that they do not even say which kind of bourbon barrels they use... RED FLAG). The mouth feel is soft and tepid with a slightly metallic astrengent finish. Any homebrewer with some wood chips soaked in bourbon and added to a basic ale can do as well as this if not better. Sad, truly sad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle at Natasha’s in Lexington. Pours golden and clear, with a slightly orange tint and small white head. Nose is sweet malt and generous bourbon, particularly vanilla and oak. Some slight sourness from the oak. Not bad, but a little odd... almost like a slightly sweeter bourbon and soda.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (1391) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
It tastes a lot like a moderately better Gennessee Cream Ale; this is not exactly high praise, and it was 3+ dollars for a bottle. I am displeased.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2010
well not much to speak about so you take an amber ale and BA it nice concept but an amber

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jds170 (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Draft at Vintage Estate. Clear golden pour with tight white head. Aroma of vanilla predominating, backed by a little alcohol. Flavor is again mostly vanilla, and some oak - not terribly interesting. Thin mouthfeel with abundant carbonation - less would have been better. Overall decent, but nothing to return to.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Aroma of bourbon!! And oak!! And flavor is bourbon!! And oak!! Yikes!! Light orange color; tiny white head. Medium-light body. I love oaked beers, and this has a really great, massive bourbon flavor, but it’s over done and makes this one-dimensional.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Tap. red in color with little head. I wasnt expecting much with this beer, but it turned out to be pretty good. Bourbon is the dominate flavor, with notes of carmel, vanilla, and maybe nuts. very good beer that i will have to try again.


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