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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle bonus thanks to phaleslu! Clear amber pour, little carbonation and an extremely strong whiskey aroma (seriously, smelled like a well made manhattan!) Flavor was also closer to a mixed drink rather than a beer, smooth vanilla, bourbon and some malt on the backbone. Not overpowering in the booze department, but still flavorful. Anyone who enjoys a good manhattan would probably enjoy this. Really glad I got to try this one!!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours golden/amber with a thin white head. Aroma is of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is very sweet. Slightly malty upfront with a smooth vanilla finish. The bourbon is mostly in the nose with very little in the actual taste. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
12 oz. bottle; crystal clear amber with thin white head; aromas of sugary malts, methanol, stale lemons, apple cider; thin texture drinks with apple juice texture and mild astringency; kind of buttery with very light, sweet bourbon; corn, lemons and a little vanilla; very light drinking for the ABV with an almost apple cider the result for me

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear amber gold with no head. Aroma: This smells like a glass of whiskey. I’m getting sweet(vanilla/vanilla extract) and woody notes. Taste: Bourbon and soda water. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall: What a trip!! This is quite the gimmick, in line with Tequiza or something. I finished the beer, but it was real weird having this almost artificial whiskey bourbon flavored beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts and such, this was much different.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap at Vintage Estate. Light oaky aroma, bit of toffee, lightly sweet with no hops. Vanilla and oak shine through. Medium amber clear with thin foamy head. Medium body with medium carbonation - smooth. Starts sweet with great bourbon and oak flavors - like bourbon and soda. Not overly complex but really nice bourbon taste. Smooth sweet finish with light smoke and a dry after. Watery overall, but that impression comes from thinking like I was drinking a watered down bourbon drink, not a beer.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (3942) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2009
On tap at the Vintage Estates, nice place. Big foamy head. Crystal clear yellow. Slight off aroma; a little vomity, but in a beery way. Plastic flavors. Astrigent and bold. Artificial at times. Weird and ropey finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle a friend brought me back from a recent trip to KY. Poured a copper penny color with a fairly pure white head. The aroma is pure malt with a strong dosing of vanilla and oak. Flavor is much of the same with a small touch of citrusy hops. It has a creamy mouthfeel without the heaviness. Finish is sweet and warm with a touch of the alcohol. I really enjoyed this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Another beer sent to me by bluesandbarbq (thanks Lou!) on a small trade. This one was a really nice beer, but didn’t resemble much of an amber ale, but it picked up a ton of the bourbon characteristics. Perhaps using a style as weak as an amber ale was the whole reason behind this beer, and it really worked. The aroma is huge bourbon notes, vanilla, some soft caramel, and very light alcohol notes. Body is the color of cream soda, clear with a rocky off-white cap. Flavor is bourbon and apple juice, some buttered bread with a ton of sweetness still there. If you are looking to get a fix of a bourbon beer, this fits the bill nicely.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Clear orange body; minimal head. Aroma - bourbon barrel, oranges. Light hoppy bitterness; wood. Lots of bourbon in flavor, of course. Very light carbonation. Tasty, quite powerful. It’s a little bit simple and one dimensional, but I still think this is a little underrated.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Hazy gold pour, thin white head fizzles away. Vanilla extract and oak marry poorly, leaving an overly sweet, cloying, bourbon nose. Overly sweet, hot flavor of malt and bourbon. Way too simple, thin, and un-enjoyable.


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