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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gespuccian (8) - Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2009 does not count
Had a bottle at Cheapside Bar & Grill in Lexington, KY... Clear amber in color, thin white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Mouth was smooth and relatively light. Bourbon is noticeable, but there was a strong vanilla taste with it. Very drinkable for the ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9792) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lingering off white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla and light carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2009
I agree that this is underrated. Light color--I didn’t know this was an amber, but I could clearly tell that they were using just a basic ale base and then giving it the bourbon barrel treatment. An intense burst of bourbon--not a ton of wood, but lots of bourbon with a strong vanilla note. ABV is not much hidden. Frothy pour and palate. MOderate aroma, little dimensionality revealed there. I’m not a huge fan of the frothiness though it helps cover up the underlying thinness of the body. On tap at Brews, Granville, OH.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Tried this on the recommendation of Brian Yaeger, author of "Red, White, and Brew." It’s nice to see a bourbon barrel aged beer other than the massive imperial stouts and such. This beer is a nice clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oak. Flavor is slightly sweet caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, buttery notes, and a little alcohol. Very well balanced. Body is medium and palate is smooth with medium-low carbonation. An underrated beer, and drinkable for the ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3256) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
growler shared by phaleslu- Thanks Peter! Notes of Apple, wood, caramel, bourbon. nice body. A bit flatter than when fresh, according to peter, but good nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Wow mostly bourbon in the nose. Light toast and caramel, but mostly vanilla and oak, and booze. Pours hazy orange amber, thin foam. Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Its not subtle, but its not hot. Some base beer sweetness, but the base beer was so unassertive that the barrels took most of it away. Its got all the bourbon flavor without the bourbon burn. Some toasted bread and caramel are there if you look REALLY hard. Its actually not as bad as you might think from a brewery that sounds like a cell phone company.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2009
12 oz bottle - Aroma of vanilla, oak barrel wood bourbon and a shot of real whisky. Gold body with thin white head. Flavor has a good vanillla, creamy texture to it along with bourbon. Alright on the palate. Decent brew. Thanks to whomever sent this one to me!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 Draft. Pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head that hangs around for a while. Not as dark as you’d think, but it’s still an attractive brew. The aroma really pops, with vanilla, sugar, bourbon, fruit, and oak. The flavor is also very sweet, with vanilla, bourbon, and butter, with some other sugary notes coming through. I expected more alcohol in the nose and flavor, but it is well masked for the most part. The body is light, with just a little carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it’s so light and sweet that it’s dangerously easy to drink quickly. I recognize its flaws (perhaps a bit too sweet, and not the smoothest blend of bourbon and ale), but really enjoy the hell out of this beer. It’s important to note that there is a huge difference between draft and bottle for this beer, so get it on tap if you can.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12 oz bottle I think I got from Acknud. Light color with solid head. Was expecting heavy and powerful, but instead got light and seriously drinkable. Flavorful, but light enough to be session beer. Didn’t really taste the 8.8 abv.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009

10/21/2007: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale has a clear amber-colored appearance with a mild amount of carbonation. Oak and bourbon waft from the beer in its aroma. This beer is sweet and tastes like water and bourbon with a touch of added malt. There is a hint of oak and some alcohol does show through. It is medium-body and smooth. However, it doesn’t really have many beer-like qualities and tastes more like watered down bourbon.

12 fl. oz. bottle shared by Rob. Rating #152 for this beer.


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