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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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/16/2010. This blond ale pours a light gold color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with atouch of caramel. A light to medium bodied golden ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are slightly herbal. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Kind of light tasting, even for a blond ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Panzuriel (1362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Served in a mini-snifter. Clear caramel colored liquid with a very fine head of white foam. Nose faintly of vanilla. This beer has a very definite bourbon quality. Taste is mild malt, almost no hop presence, more of the smooth vanilla and bourbon-ish notes. Body was rather thin, this was the most disconcerting part of this beer. Seemed watery. Finish was also rather blah. Overall, for some reason, I found this beer disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollingwood (86) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Clear, light gold pour. Prevalent bourbon bouquet. Medium body, sweet and alcoholic with expected overtones of vanilla and oak and the classic taste of bourbon. Malt is somewhat reminiscent of the treacle/diacetyl notes one associates with a Scotch Ale. Delightful brew that--from reading other reviews--I expected to be cloying. Happily, it cleverly bent the conventions of an American Strong and a Scotch Ale, resulting in an original and intriguing drink.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Beautifully served on draft in a tulip glass, this unique beer smells and tastes of a combination of mediocre beer with mediocre bourbon. Definitely something to try if you’re in Kentucky, but after the novelty wears off you find yourself wishing for something better.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - AUG 29, 2010
Aroma of cheap, cheap bourbon and some caramel malt. Golden orange in color with no head. Taste of some crappy bourbon followed with chocolate and earth notes. Finishes with a bit of the stomach churning of bad bourbon. If you want a beer that tastes like cheap bourbon, this is the closest I have had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in an elongated tulip glass. The beer pours a clear light to medium amber hue, with a very faint white head. The nose initially shows a nice vanilla note, before some woodiness that, while noticeable, is hardly overwhelming. The palate contains a quite pleasing melange of malt, fruit, and spice flavors. Again, vanilla comes through in a way that seems more the result of exposure to oak than to artificial extracts. More subtle notes of medium English crystal malts come through, before a mid- to end-palate transition to what seem to be a cross between plumy esters and more remnants of oak exposure. As one might expect with an aged beer, hops are nowhere to be found, almost to a point in which the beer is too sweet. Alcohol is deftly hidden. Overall, enjoyable, complex, and nicely conceived.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AskForJenny (1024) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
12oz Gift bottle - Toffee liquid with off white head. Vague smoke on nose, mostly bourbon notes (Not Woodford, the wino-killing kind) and some sort of wax. Palate is a ton better, creamy apples not unlike apple crisp.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Fruity nose with oak and hints of bourbon. Pours blonde with no head. Vanilla and bourbon flavors with butterscotch, not very complex, bourbon flavored soda.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Amber-orange glimmers under a fluffy white blanket. A few swirls leave spackles of lace before belching out a nose of bourbon and American white oak in epic proportions. Vanillin and vanilla extract, bourbon, soft white oak, vanilla cream, brown sugar, pie crust, caramel nougat, maple, and Swiss hot chocolate topped with those mini freeze dried white marshmallows that I would always eat first. I am taken back a bit by how thin his mouthfeel and body is in comparison to his nose; detrimental by no major means, but definitely at odds with first impressions. Weak up the front, in the middle maple and brown sugar melt and thoroughly coat all nooks, crooks, and crannies of my mouth. A short finish whispers of wood, vanillin, and Swiss hot chocolate. Golden pie crust works wonderfully with a dry woody finish while his middle continues to delight with bourbon, vanilla, maple, chocolate cream, black cherries, and graham crackers. On the downside, his middle is rather forceful and almost overwhelming with an intense sweetness that borders on a turn-off. He finished light and intense at the same time, a bit of a dichotomy I still feel today.

Overall, he was so bourbon forward ale that if one were to close their eyes, you could easily imagine you were drinking bourbon and not beer. I’m not really OK with that. No matter how much bourbon I enjoy in my beer, I still want to know I am drinking beer. If I want bourbon, I will drink bourbon. Not bad but not great; there is definitely a need for more balance in the Kentucky Bourbon Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (1881) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2011 On tap at The Pub (great place) in downtown Louisville, Live on Fourth and had in bottle. Pours a clear light amber with small off-white head. Some lacing, medium carbonation, and light bourbon aroma. Taste is caramel malt, nice bourbon, a little oak with nice vanilla in the finish. This one is underrated get one.


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