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RATINGS: 724   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemike (2214) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Poured an orange gold color with a thin, white film that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, citrus fruits, and buttery malts. Sweet, honey, vanilla, citrus fruits, grains, raisins, and bourbon. Sweet and smokey with low alcohol apparency

1.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2009
got this bottle in lexington. i laughed so hard when i smelled this. it’s so awful. so much corn. andrew laughed too. what a disaster. someone took natty light and barreled it for some reason. tastes like maple syrup which makes it much more palatable if you hold your nose. looks like a red stripe poured out

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Obtained through my 1st trade, thanks again Louis. Poured a clear copper color with a thin head and little bits of lacing. The aroma is of whiskey, very upfront and aggressive. Notes of caramel and vanilla help add to a warm, inviting scent. Medium bodied with a smooth quality and a drawn out aftertaste that finishes slightly thin. Unmistakable flavor of bourbon on the rocks blended with nutty, sweet malts, vanilla and grass. Dry and warming, it drinks like a big beer and demands ample time be taken to fully enjoy this unique offering.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2009
WOW is just an understatement for this amazing beer, and I think this low score really does not do the beer any justice. Everything you might have been used with other Bourbon aged beers come to a clash with this beer. Instead of a strong beer base aged with bourbon, they actually use a low abv beer that they age in bourbon barrel. The result is just extraordinary. The aroma is loaded with bourbon, it feels like sniffing a glass of whiskey, the alcohol just engulfs your smell. That being said, I cannot help but notice that with the brewery being in Kentucky, they have had access to some really fancy barrels as the nose is just purely amazing. Taste is once again loaded with the wood, barrel, bourbon mouthfeel with extra touch of vanilla. Only let down is that the actual bourbon - whiskey comes across a lot stronger than the beer itself. Either a miss or hit depending of one’s style. Definitely a different approach, interesting, highly drinkable beer. Taste really does feel like it is way over 4.5%, give this one a good try.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2009
12oz a bonus from someone a little ways back. Pours amber with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and bourbonny with some vanilla. Taste has some vanilla but the burn is too high for the weak taste. Or maybe the festina lente is sticking with me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Pours a clear copper. Whiskey aroma with some tartness. Vanilla flavor with a little hop.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle as an extra in trade from ketchepillar. Thanks! Pours a mostly clear light amber color with no lasting head. Smell is sweet malt and smooth bourbon. Taste is like smooth, sweet malty bourbon. Really not bad at all. A touch sweet, but not too much and the bourbon flavor is very prominent. Somewhat of a mild finish and like thinned out bourbon and mild vanilla. Enjoyable and nice to see a bourbon beer that isnt an Imperial Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
On draft at Brews in Granville and shared with BeerVirgin.Wow this wasa moe like bourbon lite with a hint of beer.I liked this alot even tho the bourbon was dominant.Alcohol was present but it is hard to believe that this is 4.5%

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Had on tap at Brews in Granville. I can only assume based on the low ratings that this beer is much better on tap. For this tasted to me exactly like a decent watered down bourbon. Very light mouthfeel, some sticky sweetness, and a slight alcohol burn...Over all very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright amber body capped by a thinning layer of white bubbles. Smell: Toasty, oaky aroma with slightly lesser notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and humble pale malts. Taste: Pale malts with a caramel kick to them make way for the far stronger flavors of vanilla, oaken barrel extract, light brown sugar, and even toasted coconut. Medium sweetness throughout. Never much in the way of hops or bitterness. Rebound of basic malty sweetness along with a rather woody quality to the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: Hmm. Well, it’s certainly interesting, I’ll give it at least that much. Maybe its the decaying brain cells, but I cannot adequately recall such a light base beer getting the bourbon barrel treatment. It’s appealing to try all the characteristics bourbon barrel aging has to offer without being hampered and diluted by a... well, more substantial beer, but it doesn’t make for an overall sublime drinking experience and doesn’t have much appeal beyond the one bottle.


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