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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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It is a traditional American-style Barley Wine aged in freshly decanted Kentucky Bourbon barrels. With a rich malty backbone and a citrusy aromatic hoppiness, this bold barrel-aged Barley Wine comes together to create a well-balanced flavor profile.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4846) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Clear amber coloured body with hints of ruby and bronze and a nice, two centimetre tall thick tan head - not too shabby. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, oak, pit fruits, raisins and a bit of light hops - once again, not a bad nose, and surely not as pungent as others nor complex, but not bad at all. Full-bodied; Strong effervescence at first with a big grain of malt and alcohol noticeable and a ridiculous alcohol burn and no real flavours after that - some bourbon and wood, but no sweetness, no spice, no caramel, no malt and definitely no complexity. Aftertaste shows just about the same - alcohol and the faintest hit of bourbon. Overall, a good enough smelling and looking beer, but this is almost a feat in itself to make a beer with this much alcohol and theoretically (who really knows) aged in bourbon barrels and still get absolutely NO flavour out of the beer, or leave anything on the palate except for a warmed stomach. Seriously, this isn’t a horrible beer of course, but a lesson in barley wines to show how they can exist without good or bad flavours, but no flavour at all - because before this, I didn’t think this could happen with a beer having so much alcohol and theoretically a large malt bill. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Alexandria (Old Town), Virginia on 28-November-2014 for US$3,49 sampled at home in Washington on 16-December-2014.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kevinator (1056) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Below average. No noticeable aroma, which I was surprised since this was on tap. The soft caramel color was the best thing about it. Lightweight and watery body. Flimsy and thin. Bourbon flavor up front like most of their beers with a sweet background. Some hops presence but more boozy.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Bright copper/amber with small offwhite head. A: caramel malt, toffee, plum, oak. T: stale caramel malt, booze, vanilla, oak. Lingering bitter aftertaste is a bit unpleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, toffee and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla and light toffee with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Dark brown amber color with small off-white head and little oily lacing. Aroma and flavor have big robust bourbon, caramel malts, and light sweet candy syrup. Slight bitterness with moderate alcohol burn. Very simple and clean. Not that bad for the price- there aren’t many BBA Barley Wines out there.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Arcadia (25) - DeLand, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from ABC. Pours a dark brown with a medium, frothy off-white head that sticks around. Strong malt aroma; toffee, bread, straw, and maybe some doughy yeast here as well. Taste is boozy throughout, especially on the finish. Full bodied and syrupy throughout. Not the best barley wine I've had, but a decent one nonetheless. Acquire. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1361) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, and some alcohol. Flavor is strong of the Bourbon. The finish is kind of light but still has some warming.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
outlawskies (447) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says need to pick one or the other. Julie gives a 2. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Where and how: bottle 355 ml
Aroma promising nose. Solid, balanced, not overpowered feel of Bourbon cask. Mature malt approach. Refined barley wine.
Appearance :
Top: medium-lighter, lasting white top.
Base: amber with hint of brown.
Palate : mid bodied, tad too thin for barley wine.
Taste: very nice barrel feel, mild vanilla, cola, Bourbon. Easy going semi sipper..
Other notes more of barrel aged strong ale than BW. Solid.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
phaleslu (6810) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Dutch’s. Pours a clear reddish-amber with a small off-white head that lasts only as a ring and spotty film. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, dried berries, oak, dried grains, booze, and an odd medicinal note. Flavor of oak, toffee, dry grains, leaves, booze, dried fruits, and that same odd medicinal note. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a medicinal, sweet, thin, kind of chemical mouthfeel. Pretty weak for the style.


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