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RATINGS: 725   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Music City Brewers Fest. Dark amber with a off-white head. Sweet aroma of fruits, vanilla; it almost reminded me of a pina caloda. Sweet flavor that has lots of vanilla and a light wood backing. Light body and slightly watery.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackzodiac (12) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
I first found this ale at an English pub in town and they only served it in ten ounce snifters. It was very good at the pub, but it was also on tap, which made a noticeable difference. Solid, pale head that disappears quickly (I’ll note that not once in the dozens of times I ordered it at the pub did it have a head on it). Very little lacing. It had a slightly sweet aroma, almost vanilla. Nice dark amber color. Medium mouthfeel, with a strong, smooth flavor with slightly woody notes and an almost peaty finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden in color with a small white head. Aroma is light malt and bourbon. Flavor is somewhat sweet but mostly just bourbon. Kind of thin and watery. A lighter bodied beer than you would expect from a bourbon barrel aged brew. Not overly impressive but not too bad either. Can’t compare to the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout....but then again I guess it’s not really supposed to.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DByers (8) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008 does not count
Poured into fluted glass, aroma of vanilla, a little char, and a typical ale. Perfect dark amber in color. However very disappointing to the palate. Tastes of bourbon are less than impactfull and the beer typical. I love bourbon and beer and this relationship just failed. A one time try.......

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 (11076) - 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 (2362) - 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 (4844) - 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.


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