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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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (1822) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Clear light golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet orange, vanilla, bourbon, and oak aroma and taste. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BoogieB (8) - Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010 does not count
Pours a dark copper color with a lot of floaties in there. Aroma is balanced nicely between the oak and bourbon. There is also some nice vanilla notes as well. The taste follows the nose, but the bourbon is up front more than the oak. I wish this one had a little more body to it. I think i’d rate it a little better if it did.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Found this one bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky. Light, toasty nose with a clear, dark yellow pour with no head. Slightly bubbly. Wonderfully sweet, oaky and syrupy flavors well-balanced with a nutty hoppyness that is unusual but very good. I expected this one to be a bit one-dimensional but if it wasn’t so expensive, this would be a fantastic sessionable ale. I loved it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Honey, whiskey aroma.. Maple colored, good head holds to a film. Looks like cognac. Thick sugary finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4522) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3516) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BBB63 (6122) - 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.

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