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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.


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.

2.7
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Glear copper color almost no head. Aroma is straight bourbon with buttery hints of vanilla and oak. Taste is strong bourbon as well, its bourbon flavor is great but its lacking a good beer flavor, its kind of like you took a lame no flavor brew and mixed it with bourbon. Meh

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (588) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
On tap. Pours a medium amber red with a foamy off-white head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of bourbon and vanilla with some woody notes, and the flavor is definite bourbon up front with some more vanilla, a slightly malty middle and bourbon aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nathan30533 (585) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Buttery sweet. Good brew. Smooth feel and finish. Taste the boubon aging in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (583) - Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Amazing smell of butterscotch and vanilla. Very smooth. A little thin nice sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (583) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Nice orangy golden light brown, tiny off white head. Aroma wood, vanilla, alcohol. Full body and a little syrupy although not too sweet. Flavor is oaky and indeed like bourbon maybe a little too much so. Different for sure and not really bad but don’t think I would get it again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (580) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Aroma is a sweet bourbon. Taste is a sweet yet bitter and almost wood with a very bourbon-like taste. Overall very different but good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Clear orange body; minimal head. Aroma - bourbon barrel, oranges. Light hoppy bitterness; wood. Lots of bourbon in flavor, of course. Very light carbonation. Tasty, quite powerful. It’s a little bit simple and one dimensional, but I still think this is a little underrated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (564) - - MAY 12, 2013
Solid, if a bit on the sweet and hedonistic side. Definite bourbon influence. Clean, delicious.


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