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RATINGS: 899   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4577) - 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 (9672) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12 oz bottle. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is lots of vanilla and american oak with some caramel and coconut. Flavor is bourbon and caramel with a light hop bitterness and some tanic wood. Medium body with average carbonation and a long oaky finish. Nice beer, lots of bourbon and oak character while staying on the lighter side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14962) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle at Craft Beer & Co. Clear golden - wjite head. Raisins. Sweetness. Coconut. Fruity. Vanilla. Caramel. Toffee. Light sharpness. Wooden. Oakey. Nice pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle sampled at Music City Brewers’ Fest. Poured golden amber with a modest white head. Aroma was bourbon, malt, mild hops. Flavor was bourbon, oak, vanilla, a touch of smoke, some caramel, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was a letdown: somewhat watery and overcarbonated. But the flavor was nice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
12oz bottle shared by Ryan from Funky Buddha. Aroma has slight hints of bourbon but I mostly remember the malts coming through much more then the bourbon. Slightly sweet flavor but nothing over the top.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Pours a light caramel color with a thick white head. Light bourbon aroma. Sweet taste. Thin. Light bodied. Slight alcoholic finish. Flat carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1165) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015 Poured from bottle. Oak / bourbon aroma is amazing. Clear amber, tan head, lacing. This really picks up the bourbon and oak from the barrel. Add in the vanilla and alcohol flavors. A touch of banana as well. These flavors complement each other well. This is like an exotic dessert! Even better as it warms. Excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle ---> Shaker. Light body, medium head/lacing. Smelled spicy of hops, wood and bacon. The taste was great, but too much on the sweet side for a bourbon barrel aged. Hops in the presence, some roasty pineapple, smokiness and sweet bourbon goodness. Fun to drink, especially if you don’t want to chug bourbon.


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