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RATINGS: 803   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Beautiful vanilla notes hit the nose hard right away. The beer poured a very uncarbonated golden haze. There was a lack of head, but this did not take away from the primary flavors. Very tasty background bourbon flavors without the alcohol burn. Not my favorite flavor in the world, but they captured it very nicely. A treat in how it is uniquely aged, but not a go to in the future. Glad i tried it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3346) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Poured from a bottle into an English pint glass. Appearance is a translucent amber to copper color with a pillowy, quickly dissipating beige head that dissipates to a soapy layer on the top of the beer. Aroma is mostly bourbon, but I pick up on some vanilla notes with a bit of pilsner-esque characteristics in the background. The bourbon aroma lingers longer than any other. Taste is like a whiskey that doesn’t pack the punch in the stomach that I have come to expect out of the liquor. At first, the taste is fruity and light, but as the beer finds a home on the tongue, I pick up on some vanilla and wood notes. There is just some light carbonation on the tongue throughout the drink. This isn’t particularly a beer to chug, which, if going by the ABV alone, a person would not expect to find.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Had on tap at vintage estates in boardman OH then brought two bottles home. Poured a clear dark yellow orange color with medium foamy offwhite head. Aroma is a bit of vanilla sweetness with lots of bourbon booziness. Flavor is dominated by the bourbon flavor, slight oaky woodiness, some sweetness in the base. Overall, this is as close to bourbon that I’ve seen in a beer. Definitely a sipper.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
osu97gp (666) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head. Aroma of vanilla and oak. Flavor of vanilla, sugar, and butter. Flavor of vanilla and bourbon. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2911) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
This was a nice surprise. I ordered this at Vintage Estate thinking it was Kentucky Breakfast and was surprised to see the light color. After digging on RB I see it’s a different beer. Aroma was decent. All vanilla and oak with nothing else...just a little subdued. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger white head. Taste was delicious. Strong vanilla and bourbon flavors with just hints of wood. Very creamy. Medium carbonation round the beer out. This is a good beer.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3428) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Pours a light orange with a big head. The aroma is marmalade and alcohol up front but certainly is dominated by the unmistakable distinct aroma of college party jungle juice made with Hawaiian Punch. The flavor is lots of charred wood and vanilla. There is a nice bitterness and it tastes a lot nicer than it smells.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1552) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Pours a clear copper with extremely light carbonation. Ne head at all. Aroma shows strong bourbon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is lighter than one would expect. Light malts mix with lightly sweet bourbon. Hops are undetectable. Lightly warming in the chest.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redtechnj (235) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Aroma- sweet malt, bourbon and alcohol Apperence- Clear golden coppery with a thin head Flavor- caramel,vanilla,bourbon,alcohol. Overall an interesting beer, a sweet oaky bourbon ale with a bourbon alcohol vanilla taste with a slightly tarty aftertase.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
I want to rank this higher just because it is a light bourbon beer but I cannot. The base ale is just too light and unfulfilling to do it. Light bourbon smell and nice light bourbon flavor but that is all going for it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (7267) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Tap. interesting take on a golden beer! Clear gold pour with a minimal head. Aroma and taste of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Nice easy drinking lighter beer with character.


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