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RATINGS: 906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
a really odd beer. It’s not really an American strong ale, its a pale ale with a half a shot of bourbon added. There is a reason people don’t age pale ale’s the results are not really good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
bottle from Table & Vine - Aroma is creamy butterscotch, and hint of fudge ripple. Caramel malts, with a touch of oak. Some dry wood leaves an impression on the tongue. Thin body and light. pricking carbonation. Not really complex enough in flavor to make the oak work for it.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
A disappointment for me. It poured a nice clear amber hue to it with no head to it. Seemed a little thin, but did have a nice bourbon look to it. Aroma had a nice subtle bourbon quality about it. Small vanilla and light oak to it, however that was all the aroma had to it. It really lacked any depth by not having any hops or malts to enhance the aroma. It did not need an aggressive hop profile just a little something to let you know it was there. Flavor was similar a nice bourbon flavor that was present but was restrained. Too many bourbon aged beers seem a little too unyeilding. Once again it lacked any ale characteristics. So the flavor was more disappointing than the aroma. Palate was thin and light. It lacked carbonation which was a good thing.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
All the familiar characteristics of a good bourbon hit me immediately. That oakey and vanilla scent, the copper color. It drinks like the smoothest bourbon you’ve ever had with that unctuous buttery feel going down. And a hint of residual warmth. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is delicious, smooth, and has an aggressive, tricky 8% ABV.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhwcinc (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Purchased at Hyde Park Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, OH; enjoyed after going back to work after the Labor Day weekend...head hurts. Appearance a rather clear light amber with tiny carbonation bubbles and almost no head...almost looks like a full pint of bourbon. Aroma of bourbon and ale yeast, also a small bit of caramel malt. Taste mostly dominated by bourbon, rather light and soothing flavor, slightly sweet with very faint vanilla notes, medium body and lighter carbonation. I’m not getting many ale qualities out of the flavor, tastes like more watered down bourbon...but I’m not complaining. Pretty good stuff, wish it had more beer-like qualities.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1479) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
On tap : Pour is clear, medium golden with a fairly modest off white head in this snifter. The nose on this one provides typical barrel aged notes of vanilla, oak, fruit esters - the flavor profile is muted. You can call that drinkable, but I’m going to call it devoid of flavor - vanilla, oak, spices but a mediocre base beer here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2011
355ml bottle (GBBF2011)
Sweet buttery bourbon aroma. Soft and mellow. Good malty body, good balance, easy to drink. Touch sweet and slick.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4639) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a soon disappearing fizzy head. The aroma is very lightly malty, and the flavour is malty with a hint of bitterness and a very large amount of bourbon spirit flavour. Overall a disappointing strong beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Draft in a snifter at the Lucky Dog in Mason, Ohio, for $4.50. Clear orange color. Thin white head. Some lacing. Very drinkable, perfect amount of carbonation. Very good savory taste, aroma is a bit lighter than I hoped, though, but it’s still a nice bourbon spice (particularly in the nose) without a trace of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle @ GBBF 2011. A clear copper/amber colored beer, with a off white head. The aroma of vanilla, wood with fruits and hops. The taste has fruits, some hops with vanilla notes. The aftertaste is gentle bitter with sweets.


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