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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.


1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle from my girlfriend’s trip to Louisville. Pours a clear amber, diminished head. Nose is straight bourbon, then some crisp apples (likely acetylaldehyde). Taste is much the same. The beer can’t hold the bourbon flavor in check and it ends up being a wreck. A little tart and appley but way way too much bourbon...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 29, 2009
Clear amber color with virtually no head or lacing. The aroma was sweet and sugary. Definite notes of bourbon, apple and coconut. The flavor was boozy, apple and coconut. The mouthfeel was slick and oily. It was like drinking suntan lotion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of honey, caramel, grass, yeast, some hints of chocolate, bourbon, toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, candy sugar, some hints of dark fruit. Generally medium body with an alcohol finish. Seemed just a little light in body.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
bleeng (1522) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
Draft in Columbus OH. Filtered and bright gold. Small head, very cold which does a disservice to the beer. Nose is bourbony-but not much else. Taste is sweet, sugary, super whiskey and quite a bit of alcohol. Very thin body. One dimensional-almost bourbon flavored water.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Thanks sebletitje for the share; got to try it again thanks to phaleslu. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Nose is malt, vanilla, and light bourbon/ whiskey. Flavor is a nice blend of light malt, vanilla, and slight bourbon. Light bodied and somewhat sessionable for an 8.8% beer. Very enjoyable and lots of gentle yet present vanilla.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Aroma has some oaky notes along with some vanilla. Medium golden appearance with normally carbonated head. Flavor has a definite vanilla presence, as well as some oaky bourbon tinge as well. Palate is lightly creamy. Nothing spectacular or of note here.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle pour.Orange-ish/Yellow color,fairly clear.Nice Bourbon smell,well balanced flavor,a little sweet,a little bourbon,a little oak.Smooth as can be,nice finish,doesn’t linger.I really recommend this beer highly.I can’t wait to get more.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Poured a clear amber with a one finger head that fades fast. The aroma was light but there were some really nice bourbon and caramel notes. the flavor was bourbon and caramel, sweet but not cloying, very interesting and enjoyable. The palate was so smooth, it was the best I have ever experienced in a beer, it was like velvet. Overall this was a really good beer, smooth, clean and enjoyable all the way.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle: Thanks Secret Santa! Pours an orange golden with perfect clarity and an off-white wispy head that fades. Tons of bourbon sweetness burn the nostrils- vanilla, more vanilla booziness, and just a touch of oak. Light, fluffy texture with a very sweet flavor. The bourbon masks what seems like a subparr base beer- an amber ale I have yet to have, at this point. Thin malt profile, some diacetyl, tons of vanilla sweetness- almost rum-like with only a kiss of oak when it warms up a bit. Some peppery alcohol towards the finish, as well as a papery note (oxidation). Lacking nuance and finesse. If you take a weak base beer and barrel age it, chances are you’re not going to end with a quality product.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2009
On tap at Old Chicago in Lexington. Pours fairly clear golden yellow with white head. Aroma is of light bourbon. Flavor is sweet and bourbony, but not really that interesting. Mouthfeel is about normal. Overall, it’s pretty good, but this is not really a beer that is much better aged in bourbon.


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