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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Award-winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale® is aged for up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Damico (2948) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2011
The aroma is booze, smoke, and vanilla from the oak barrels. It pours clear golden with a light white head. The flavors of bourbon and vanilla dominate, without a huge alchohol bite. The body is medium, smooth, easy-drinking for the bourbon barrels.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bullit (4218) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2011
Bottled @ tasting cgarvieuk, from Beers of Europe. Clear yellow colour, thin white head. Aroma is light hopped, vanilla, caramel and bourbon. flavour is light malted and hints of bourbon, vanilla. Fairly sweet.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtlucas74 (1) - Fishers, USA - MAY 9, 2011 does not count
On Draught at the Beer Cellar Indianapolis. You can really smell the bourbon in the pour. Tastes amazing and the bourbon really comes through. golden, minimal head, lightly sour, medium sweetness, light body. This is a good beer, especially on draught.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2011
[335ml bottle, courtesy of Bullit] Clear gold pour, with a thin lacing. Looks very flat however. Quite a vinous nose, with some bourbon sweetness and woodyness. Unfortunately quite watery on the palate, the whole thing reminds me of coconut milk. Very strange. Really doesn’t taste anywhere near 8%, and unfortunately doesn’t taste nice [08052011]

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (3385) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
7 May 2011, bottle at one of cgarvieuk’s legendary tastings. yellow, clear, no bubbles. odd aroma. mix of sweet white wine, macaroons, alcohol, and saki or coconut milk. full/med body and faintly fizzy and slightly syrupy. loads of vanilla and syrup. not much, if any, oak. i could drink this but it is kind of sickly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (17618) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle at home ... thanks to Fritz ... golden amber ... thin white head ... soft fruit peach and pear nose ... light fizzy ... odd sweetness ... suger puffs ... light bourbon but not much ... sweet fruits ... ok but not great

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1235) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Pours a clear amber color. Aroma is of Bourbon big time with some oak, a little vanilla, and malts. Taste is of Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Leaves a big Bourbon finish. Different, but I wish it was a little thicker.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4205) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2011 Apr 25, tap@Trion Tavern, New Haven. Pours clear amber with a small off white head leaving some lace. Aroma is strong bourbon barrel, parfum, a bit sweet. Lean thin mouthfeel. Great bourbon, vanilla, barrel, fruity and slightly malty. Nice lean bourbony finish. Second rating Oct 01, 2011. Bottle 33 cl, Kris Wines. Pours cloudy amber mahogany with a nice beige head laving lace. Aroma is malty sweet bourbon vanilla fullbodied light hoppy. Flavor is fruity acidy sourish great bourbon touch vanilla. Finishes very pleasant balaned bourbon vanilla bitter malty.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2277) - Chicago, 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 I’d 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. I’ve got another that I’ll need to cellar for a bit to see if it mellows out. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-28-2011


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