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RATINGS: 735   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.


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   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.

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   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
A little bourbon on the nose, but more butter rum. Rather odd, super vanilla-y flavor, like dry cream soda.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Butter’s 4th cellar reduction. Pours clear orange with a thin white head. Nose is strong alcohol and slight vanilla creaminess. Taste is buttery, vanilla and toffee. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and thick, I thought this was great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3746) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at the Fourth Butters’ Cellar Clearance Event. Pours a clear gold. Nose is great bourbon and vanilla with no alcohol burn. Flavor is the same. Very good. Awesome.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Slightly smoky big vanilla nose. Creamy vanilla flavors. Simple but to the point. Like soft serve vanilla ice cream.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12 oz bottle at Butters’ 4th Cellar Reduction. Pours a lightly lacing off-white head with an amber body. Smells of vanilla and caramel. Tastes like vanilla and caramel. Smooth and very strong vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2009
I’ve already had one beer from these folks, this one one did not let me down. Bright orange colour with a medium sized head. Lacing dissapears rather quickly. but there is a small creamy froth. aroma is straight up whiskey on the nose, toffee- reminds me of the "Knot" whiskey- something you might want to chill if you’re sipping. Irish whiskey. flavours are alcohol on the back of the tongue all the way home, otherwise, oak ,smoke and bourbon, toffee ginger and brown sugar. What a great way to end this trade from Louis. Thanks brother! :)


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