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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fhamrick (19) - , Kentucky, USA - MAR 14, 2010
One of my favorites. An incredibly smooth beer with the perfect amount of bourbon taste.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtlucas74 (1) - Fishers, USA - MAY 9, 2011 does not count
On Draught at the Beer Cellar Indianapolis. You can really smell the bourbon in the pour. Tastes amazing and the bourbon really comes through. golden, minimal head, lightly sour, medium sweetness, light body. This is a good beer, especially on draught.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjexchange (3) - - MAR 2, 2012 does not count
One of the best brews I’ve tasted. Malty vanilla flavor which goes down very smoothly. 9% ABV, but you can’t tell. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JayR70 (2) - - MAR 12, 2013 does not count
delicious...I love bourbon and I love beer...perfect blend...a little caramel, without being too sweet. Very drinkable...had too many, but could have had more. delicious. had it at Ginger Man in Manhattan on tap.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Poured from bottle. WOW - 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 so well. This is like an exotic dessert! Even better as it warms. An outstanding beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
On tap at The Beer Growler in Decatur, GA. Light caramel color with a beige head. Sweet, rounded body. Distinctive bourbon taste but not accompanied by the alcoholic strength of bourbon. Very good

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Itots (1) - - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
My current favorite beer. Very well balanced versus most other bourbon barrel beers. Nice on the palate, with a bourbon finish. Should be drank from a snifter for full effect and not overchilled. Many friends who do not consider themselves beer drinkers love this beer. Great change from the usual "heavier" bourbon barrel brews (stouts, porters).

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkoelliker (1) - Cleveland, USA - DEC 31, 2012 does not count
Had this for the first time in an eatery in Lakewood Oh with a fresh ground burger, medium well, with a fried egg on top along with lettuce and tomato. Excellent beer. Now I need to find a store where I can buy this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hardypc (39) - - FEB 19, 2013
A unique brew that combines a smooth ale with the flavor and alcohol of Kentucky bourbon. I highly enjoy the regular Kentucky Ale as well. With an ABV of over 8% it packs a whallop and is perfect for dinner or exchanging wine for a fine craft brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reassembler (1) - - MAR 12, 2013 does not count
Great balance of flavor and crispness. Much better on tap than in bottle. I’m not a fan of the bourbon barrel stouts. To heavy and cloying. This is an ale and for me they got it right.


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