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RATINGS: 836   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy white head. Aroma of bourbon, butter and leafy hops. The taste is bourbon, butter and toasted malts. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (10462) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein hell kupferfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Vanillie, Bourbon, holzig, malzig fruchtig. Geschmack holzig fruchtig, süß holzig, Vanille, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10279) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (10080) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (10070) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle with friends. Golden orange appearance with a khaki head. Caramel, chewy oak, vanilla, some bourbon, and a bit of fruit. Apple, heavy oak, tannic flavor. Not very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Hand bottle sampled shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks Mike - special thanks for checking off another state for me!). Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, caramel and some wood. Tastes of bourbon, caramel and light vanilla. Softer body. I thought the barrel aging was done well with the bourbon tastes not on the overpowering side. Thinner body. With the bourbon presence, I would have thought the ABV was stronger than 4.5%.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle 355ml @ Bakgården Både &, Kristiansand
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, vanilla, oak and coconut. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long vanilla, oak, coconut and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
A couple years’ ageing helped. Bourbon and mild roast nose. Though not thick, it’s a smooth mouthfeel with tons of foam. Bourbon and oak. A sipper.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle from Party Source. The beer is a clear amber-orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Thin ting of lacing with spots under it. The aroma is pretty much all bourbon, with maybe a hint of malt buried under it. Medium-bodied with a bourbon overkill character of which the smell warned. Touches of woody malt and hops but again the bourbon overwhelms. The finish is oak and bourbon with a lingering whiskey aftertaste. Not for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (9339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours pale golden with a white head. Aroma of cider, bourbon and apple. Flavour is heavy on bourbon, citrus and apple. Very oaky and alcoholic finish. Pretty thin and uncomplex. Decent.


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