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RATINGS: 721   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.


Naka's rating

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (703) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Courtesy of Cousin Jim. Pours clear amber with small frothy foam head. Aroma is tinny with a bit of bourbon. Flavor is rich caramel bourbon malt and vanilla. Body is rich, but much lighter than most beers with this kind of big bourbon flavor. Finishes sweet like melted vanilla ice cream.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JHeath99 (793) - - 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 (371) - 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 (587) - 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 (104) - 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 (720) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (579) - Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Amazing smell of butterscotch and vanilla. Very smooth. A little thin nice sweetness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Voodoo (292) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Poured a clouded amber with a slight head which disappeared quickly. Aroma of flowery malt. Taste is of a sour mash, and dried out leaving no sweetness. Mouthfeel is so thin with a taste of metal on the back end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1089) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Poured a clear slightly reddish color with a small white head. Aroma of bourbon and apples. Taste is sweet and crisp with oak and bourbon. Some caramel and other malty flavors. Maybe a bit too sweet. Very drinkable and smooth for 8%. Not bad at all, I’d drink this again.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ShutItWoman (3) - Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2014 does not count
Clear amber, most soda like head ever Smells like a shoe Tastes of sweet adjunct Thin Overall a weak beer. Bud drinkers would enjoy this as a heavier alternative.


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