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Olde Hickory Bardstown Brand Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This barleywine is a special ale aged in oak bourbon barrels from the heart of Kentuckyís Bourbon Country. The long maturation of the beer in the bourbon barrels makes for a uniquely American Ale, offering robust and rich flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
interesting beer, tons of bourbon and oak, tad thin, but the flavor is nice none the less

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bottle of the 2007. Huge bourbon barrel aroma explodes out of the glass with a slight medicinal edge. Dry, woody flavor. A wee bit papery. This has not aged gracefully, though it must have been hot as hell when it first came out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3433) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2010
Another solid big beer from these guys. A syrupy, hoppy, sticky sweet drink. Aroma is a lot of fruit, a little bit of citrus, and a touch of wood working behind the scenes. Flavor is big caramel malt and candi sugar sweetness. A decent raisin and plum fruit flavor mid palate. Fades into a fruity hop bitterness on the back side. Some body added in by the bourbon barrrles but not an overt whiskey sort of alcohol feeling. The finish is a little hot but nothing that makes you shy away.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Thanks to Jay for sharing! 2007 vintage. Muddy brown pour with a thin head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel and bourbon. Flavor is in your face bourbon (which I like), toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Finish is hot in a good way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Beer compliments of doboy, Thanks Ed!, at his soiree in southern Newport at the villa. Honestly, never heard of Olde Hickory Brew before, however after this tasting, I was astounded! The beer poured a deep amber, formed small medium beige head of foam. Appeared syrupy, aroma full of resins, brown crystal sugars, and berries. The flavour was somewhat creamy, lacing evident, exceptionally smooth beer, tropic fruit with dark figs and raisins. Bourbon flavour smooths out this beer, does not dominate, compliments the beverage. Canít believe it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 Saved this bottle I got from the Restaraunt to share with DrBayern, Celticbrew, Brian the Beer Pimp, Uncle Tom, and the newbies, Lawyer Bob and The Boy Wonder Chris. Great place to eat in Hickory, NC!!!!! Pours a dark yellow and is nicely carbonated. the head disipates to the edge. The aroma was that of a great bourbon. A nice malty flavor that was bolstered by the bourbon flavors of the barrel. A great finish! Very good! 10-15-2010 Had another bottle and was a happy camper! Loved the bourbon notes that still flourish throughout, from the nose to the finish! Iím even raising my score three tenths of a point! Man, is this a good beer or what!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
2007 Bottle, thanks to Jimbowood. Dark amber pour with some beige head. Aroma and flavor are both very heavy with bourbon, some vanilla, and a little rich malt and slightly stale caramel malt. Finish is bourbon mostly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13260) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bomber 2007 vintage poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, carmel, vanilla, oak, prune, toffee and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, dark fruit and light spice with a smooth lingering bourbon finish. Pretty tasty stuff, I look forward to seeing how this one ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2009
( 22oz bottle ) Pours a hazy deep amber body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor of oak, caramel, raisons, light citrus, bourbon, and herbs with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2009
2007 Bottle - Thanks Toby! - Pours a clear dk brown with a small beige head...aroma is malty and woody, sweet...flavour is similar, caramel malt, vanilla, oaky bourbon...pretty straigtforward stuff, good mouthfeel and nice carbonation..

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