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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ddemmingjr (770) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
bottle: pours a clear amber with a thick white head. on the nose, gingerbread cookies, vanilla, caramel, woody oak. Lively carbonation. pretty smooth with the creaminess represented from the malts. too sweet for me but interesting and not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Served from a 12 oz bottle thanks to Craig. The appearance is a fairly clear golden hue. The aromas are creamy, some vanilla, some off aromas too. The flavors are very buttery and creamy, a touch of barrel and bourbon in the after taste. The mouth is medium bodied. This was a curious offering with such a lighter bodied beer in bourbon barrels that turned out pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 24, 2010
Really? 3.1? Come on now, even if you don’t like bourbon, you can surely appreciate how much flavour they were able to cram into such a light, easy drinking beer. The aroma is sweet, dominated by bourbon, surprise. The flavour is great, like the aroma it is sweet and dominated by bourbon, vanilla and caramel are the stars, there is a very VERY light bitter note of hops, barely noticeable, the finish is creamy vanilla, slightly dry, and absolutely awesome. Maybe it’s because I love bourbon almost as much as i love beer. But this stuff I thought to be absolutely fantastic, the finish is great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Starts out with vanilla and finishes with a hint of bourbon. Overall a very easy drinking lighter ale with a fair amount of flavor. The nice thing with this ale is its drinkability. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bozoNZ (732) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2010
Some vanilla and hot alcohol aroma. Up front the flavour is quite sweet, then some dryness followed by the wood notes and then bourbon which is almost a hint coconut too. Different, but not really that appealing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/16/2010. This blond ale pours a light gold color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with atouch of caramel. A light to medium bodied golden ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are slightly herbal. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Kind of light tasting, even for a blond ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Panzuriel (1412) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Served in a mini-snifter. Clear caramel colored liquid with a very fine head of white foam. Nose faintly of vanilla. This beer has a very definite bourbon quality. Taste is mild malt, almost no hop presence, more of the smooth vanilla and bourbon-ish notes. Body was rather thin, this was the most disconcerting part of this beer. Seemed watery. Finish was also rather blah. Overall, for some reason, I found this beer disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Clear, light gold pour. Prevalent bourbon bouquet. Medium body, sweet and alcoholic with expected overtones of vanilla and oak and the classic taste of bourbon. Malt is somewhat reminiscent of the treacle/diacetyl notes one associates with a Scotch Ale. Delightful brew that--from reading other reviews--I expected to be cloying. Happily, it cleverly bent the conventions of an American Strong and a Scotch Ale, resulting in an original and intriguing drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Beautifully served on draft in a tulip glass, this unique beer smells and tastes of a combination of mediocre beer with mediocre bourbon. Definitely something to try if you’re in Kentucky, but after the novelty wears off you find yourself wishing for something better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - AUG 29, 2010
Aroma of cheap, cheap bourbon and some caramel malt. Golden orange in color with no head. Taste of some crappy bourbon followed with chocolate and earth notes. Finishes with a bit of the stomach churning of bad bourbon. If you want a beer that tastes like cheap bourbon, this is the closest I have had.

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