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RATINGS: 721   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.


2.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUL 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2008 Poured a deep reddish-brown color with very little head. Has a sweet aroma, very malty. The taste was a watered down bourbon taste. It was alright, nothing I would go out of my way to get.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Dark amber in color with no head forming on the pour. Smell is sweet and alcoholic. Not necessarily a bourbon smell, but a sweet alcohol. Taste is overly carbonated and cheap bourbon. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I was hoping more from a brewery that is located in the backyard of bourbon. But it seems that they neither care about their beer nor their bourbon. The Jefferson’s Reserve Stout is lightyears better.
A disclaimer is that I’ve heard this beer is an entirely different animal on draft compared to bottle. I’ll seek it out on draft and update my rating accordingly.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Decent color but almost no head. Pretty watery and not much flavor. The bourbon flavor later started show through but that was about all that was remotely redeeming. If bourbon flavor is what you want and this is the only, I’d suggest just opting for Knob Creek or the real deal.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a thin rich white head with amber color. Aroma is sweet bourbon, medium malt-caramel, maybe some slight continental hops. Taste is sweet bourbon, grainy/medium malt-caramel, secondary continental hops, some booziness. Interesting.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Thin head which dissipates quickly. Vanilla, butterscotch and bourbonin the aroma. Very sweet smelling. Color is a bright orange. Smooth and buttery flavor. Lite bourbon notes late swallow. Pretty thin body. I do not like the taste of butter and therefore I am not a fan of this brew. Little bit of zippy dryness on the tongue. FInishes buttery. Butter, butter and more butter. Not a fan.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (4774) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Pint - Cincinnati International Airport - Covington, KY
Aroma – Deep rich Bourbon barrel malt nose.
Appearance – Dark brown in color, Nice thin head and clear.
Flavor – Rich Bourbon barrel flavors with a good malt backing this was a great beer.
Palate – Good Mouthfeel, nice texture with a great finish.
Overall – This was a great beer. I liked the barrel flavor and rich bourbon I can get from the beer. The malts where very good also.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4/21/08: Bottle
Nose has a hint of bourbon. Deep apricot body with a chill haze. No head/lace. Sweet caramel and bourbon flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle… DLD’08… Lightly hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is of toffee and bourbon with suggestions of burned rubber and resin… the apparent olfactory theme of the day. Light-bodied and fizzy. Perfectly balanced, but bland and mostly flavorless… with the lone exception being a miniscule hint of bourbon. Crisp, clean, thin finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle, thanks Acknud! Well this is ann intersting brew. The aroma and flavors of Bourbon hit immediately. The beer also tastes of bourbon...too much honestly. It is a very bright and bold amber color with no head. Carbonation is light. Flavor of beer is lost in the Bourbon. Decent brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 20, 2008
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with primary notes of caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and a light touch of bourbon.


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