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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1guywith_aboat (216) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Pours amber. Very faint aroma of whiskey with some malts detectable. Flavor shines with a hint of vanilla and a smooth bourbon flavor. This is basically a medium-bodied bourbon flavored beer.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (131) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with not much head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Taste follows the noseperfectly. Very creamy and enjoyable beer. I like bourbon aged beers, so this was right up my alley. Not sure why there isn’t more love for this one, but everyone has different tastes.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SPDickerman (920) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Pours clear copper with a small ring of white fizz. Smells a bit like bourbon, not much else. Taste is cloying bourbon sweetness. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale finishes with a cloying sweetness that doesn’t go away. I do not recommend this.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (131) - Toronto, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
On tap in branded snifter. Red amber pour, no head by the time it got to me. Lots of nose of bourbon, and malt way in the back. Taste is surprisingly good. Cream, vanilla, booze, bourbon, oak, caramel malts Vanilla on the finish. Really nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2458) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled - Independence.(With Dan) Copper colored body, small white head. Strong bourbon aroma with vanilla, peach, alcohol. Taste of bourbon, oak, caramel. Sweet and alcoholic finish. Seems a bit unbalanced to me, the bourbon really stands out. It grew on me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHeath99 (840) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a dark hazy amber. Aroma of bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Taste of bourbon. Not much complexity.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
paintedmaple (381) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Tap...this tasted like a homebrew gone wrong...sweet cloying weird flavors that got worse with every sip. One for the drain.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Peter_L (636) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
Flaska@Monks Sveavägen. Bärnstensfärgad vätska med vitt skum. Doft av persikor och syrlig passionsfrukt. Ganska beskedlig beska. Mycket tropiska frukter och avslut med fatlagringston. Lite väl söt för min smak.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanVah (110) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
På flaska @ Monks. Gyllengul färg. Svag doft av kola. Härligt smak av gräddkola. Lite syrligt och sött.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryecatcher (740) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle from a mix-a-six at Mariano’s (figured I’d finally give this a try). Pours an amber color, smallish off-white head, minimal retention. Nose is more brown sugar and dried fruit (apples, dates, figs) than booze, but there is a slightly detectable Bourbon note in there. Mouth is medium bodied, somewhat sweet, vanilla, dates, marshmallow, some of the whiskey again detectable, but not enough for a beer that advertises Bourbon in the name. In all fairness this isn’t terrible, but when I am drinking something that claims to be aged in whiskey barrels -- and I live in Chicago, home to Greg Hall and the grandaddy of barrel-aged beers (Goose Island’s world-renowned Bourbon County Stout) -- I am going to be extremely critical. I wasn’t expecting anything mindblowing, but this really was an underwhelming brew. Glad I didn’t buy 6 of em.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bob1234 (2) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2014 does not count
Wow great beer. Most likely not for everyone. First thought someone put a little bourbon in my beer. But the flavor is really good. I would say if you like Jack, Jim or a few of the other famous guys from the south you will really enjoy this beer. If you do not know these guys might not be the beer for you. If you are out try one, pass on a shot and just enjoy this fine beer by itself.


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