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Award-winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Aleģ is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Aleģ is aged for up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentuckyís 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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2183) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
Hazy amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet toasted malt, vanilla, caramel, & bourbon; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, syrup, vanilla, hops, and some fruit; Slight alcohol at the finish; Fairly well balanced; Overall, very unique brew - the body is a bit sweet but the aroma is great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Thanks to WhyBeNormal for putting this box in N00b BIF Round 3. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pour yields a brew that is a moderate-brown color with a thin tan head that fades into a thin collar. The nose is dominated by bourbon. Strong bourbon notes pervade, and only increase in intensity as the beer warms. Nice and fairly mellow, but Iíd like a bit more complexity here. The flavor is the same way, though there is a touch of caramel and brown sugar in the background. Medium body with lowish carbonation. A bit too hot in the finish. Not bad at all. Iíve got another that Iíll need to cellar for a bit to see if it mellows out. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-28-2011

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mario61Aler (21) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
A nice suprise from the 335 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass. It poured a nice golden color, with a white head that disapated quickly. Hardly any lacing at all. Aroma was of carmel and a just hint of the bourbon. Taste was of Malts and a hint of alcohol, bourbon and then a sweetness comes into play, like a dried cherry. Was slightly creamy with a medium body that makes this a very drinkable Ale. I will revisit this one

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3717) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 tap at Dash In - Small style quibble... if as the commercial description says this is their Kentucky Ale aged in bourbon barrels, then itís an amber ale. Anyway, it pours light amber, about the same shade as the stone, and has a small off-white head. Thereís a woody, bourbon aroma. The fairly light body has lots of smooth bourbon flavor. Itís sweet and smooth with not much going on besides the bourbon. Rerate: I like this more than I did before. Smooth bourbon, vanilla notes. Pretty enjoyable.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
steelhead3686 (254) - Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2011
First a disclaimer: Iím not a big bourbon fan. Pours a light brown (almost an apple juice/cider look). Very pungent with an alcohol aroma (smells like a cheap bourbon really). Very thin without much carbonation. This isnít what I expected at all but itís not terrible. Iím sure people that love bourbon or whisky would really like this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4734) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2011
Pours clear amber into a tulip. White head crackles and quickly recedes leaving trailing lacing. Sweet simple syrup and bourbon aromas. Thin and sweet with sugar upfront followed by a mild bourbon and oak finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
Had this on tap at Vintage Estate some months back and liked it enough to remember to pick up a bottle this last trip (yesterday) Bottled version does not do my memory of it justice. Appearance is just like someone splashed a few drops of Bourbon into a Bud. Sadly, the taste is pretty much like someone splashed a few drops of bourbon into a Bud light - or to be more accurate, probably itís the Lexington pale ale. Thereís a vanilla, caramel, maltiness there, which I should like, given my proclivities. But, this is really not up to par with some of the heavier stuff. I guess itís a bit like the beers that put the fake lime or chili or whatever in it. Maybe this is a ballpark version of the Bourbon aged stuff that is out there. Though to be fair, there is a nice syrup quality to the mouthfeel and itís not a full-on fake flavor deal. Plus the high ABV is well-disguised, though also well-telegraphed by the bourbon taste. The aftertaste/finish is pleasing. Not as boozy a feel as youíd expect. Mellow. Honestly the idea that someone just poured a light beer into a glass that still had some Kentucky bourbon in it is hard to shake or get past. Not one Iíd get again. But not offensive in any way. The mellowness and lack of any real problems is what made me give it a b-. If youíre working your way through the bourbon-modified beers, this should go on your list.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2011
Slightly cidery aroma with notes of oak, toffee and vanilla. Pours crystal clear and light orange with a modest white head. Butterscotch and toffee sweetness up front on tasting with oak and vanilla flavorss in background. Fairly light bourbon character after initial sweetness fades. Light carmel toffe note in the finish. Very smooth and enjoyable. Light to medium body. Soft mouthfeel. Overall quite enjoyable and refined.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2011
This is an interesting one because although I applaud a brewer that thinks outside the box and tries to create a beer using new techniques, this one is a little bit of a bust. Great idea though, we have oaked aged beers, wine barrel aged beers, why not bourbon barrel aged beers? Great idea in theory, not so good in practice, the bourbon dominates both the aroma and flavor, and leaves what was probably a decent blond ale into an ultra sweet, butterscotch flavored beer. the first taste is not bad, but this is one of those that gets more annoying until the last mouthful is a chore.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium-small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma and flavor are butterscotch, bread, cookie, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.


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