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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VAYankee (344) - Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and malt. Odd flavor - malty, slightly grainy, faint alcohol, light bourbon. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall, this beer is just a little different - I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Draft. Pours very clear copper/light brown with a thin white head. Tastes sweet and buttery, smooth, like rum, bourbon, and butterscotch. Low/medium body and low carbonation. Smells sweet, creamy, sugary, and like alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cousin_Larry (784) - - JAN 26, 2014
Tastes a whole lot like someone put a shot of bourbon in the beer. I don’t love the mix - I don’t mind having a bourbon and then having a better, but having them simultaneously doesn’t do it for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (1458) - ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle at tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Clear golden-copper color with a small fast fading head. Aroma of bourbon, toffee and caramel. Taste - medium sweetness, vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, light honey notes. Light-medium bodied, sticky texture, oily on palate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlovell2 (1579) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Copper color with white head. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Sweet Caramel malt, sugar cane, vanilla, bourbon, and oak flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5960) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
355ml bottle. Clear, deep orangey amber colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Malty aroma, notes of Bourbon, vanilla, a touch of leather. Taste is initially carbonation-induced dry, later the Bourbon comes through with hints of vanilla and leather. Seems to be light and watery in the beginning while the carbonation takes away most of the taste, better in the second part but pretty far from terrific.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap it is copper with very small head. Taste is bourbon and malt with some sweetness and alcohol. It is smooth but somewhat thin. Certainly drinkable but not quite on the mark.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bebum (688) - - MAY 18, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2016 Clear, medium amber, little lace, quicly dissipating head. Earthy, mild nose. Medium body, little flavor, hot mouthfeel, not much carbonation, very unbalanced, avg length, tasty finish. More tart than bitter or sweet, but reaching good balance with age. Yeasty, unabashed bourbon character, alcoholic, not very malty and apart from the bitterness there is little hop. Cloying and artificial when young, pleasantly balanced and emjoyable with age. Maybe an acquired taste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
Backlog. On tap at Maltes Öltipspromenad 2013. Dominated by vanilla, bourbon and some caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Clear light amber body with a few bubbles racing to the top. White head. The bourbon flavor is there but is smoothed out in the finish some by vanilla? Taste of alcohol is there. A more of a medium thin body. Definitely more of a sipping beer than a satisfying drinking one.


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