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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 Kentucky’s 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2010
Hazy amber with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and bourbon. Flavor was sweet with bourbon, vanilla, wood, toasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Finished sweet with warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
22 oz. bottle via trade with bobertkuekn- thanks again, Robert! Opened this up at Dark Lord Day 2011. 2007 vintage. Pours a cloudy chocolate brown color with some amber highlights and a small tan head. Big bourbon aroma, with notes of vanilla, caramel, toasted brown sugar, and raisins. Awesome nose if you like bourbon. Flavor tamps down the pop a little bit, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, oak, toasted brown sugar, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel that coats the palate late. Really fun bourbon barrel beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9256) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD’11, thanks to phaleslu for this one! Dark brown, hazy pour with thin off white slightly yellow head. Aroma has big notes of bourbon and vanilla but the sweet part of those, with notes of some candied dark fruit and sweet chocolate, lots of toffee and burnt caramel. Taste is sweet toffee, vanilla, bourbon notes, some slight oak and burnt sugars, some nice chocolate hints finishing sweet and drying. No sign of the 10%. Delicious brew, seems more like a bourbon brown than a barley wine...but overall good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
22 oz. bottle from kp. Pours a deep amber color with a small ecru colored head (I have been waiting to use ecru). The aroma was big caramel malty goodness with vanilla, bourbon and oak. The flavor again was heavily malted, sweet, caramel, bourbon was well integrated, vanilla, smooth, some bitterness. I certainly think this is better than the ratings would indicate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Courtesy of kp. Pours clear striking amber with thin white head. The aroma is oak, bourbon, vanilla and booze. It starts with a short pulse of sweet malts and ends with nose searing heat. The taste is full and smooth. I get oak mixing with vanilla and then moving toward bourbon notes. There doesn’t appear to be much more going on here than that. Certainly this is an example of barrel aging that nearly covers up all the notes from the beer that went in the barrel. Still enjoyable though. I love how smooth it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2010
6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010, with big thanks to Patrick! Yummy coconut, vanilla, and butter on the flavor and aroma. Mmmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle unknown size
Aroma mild nose with strong oak/bourbon feel, malts below.
Appearance straight amber, medium light beige creamy top.
Flavor and Palate : frontal touch of diacetyl, oak with alcoholic burn. Creamy feel at finish. 13-/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Pours a transparent copper amber with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramely malt and bourbon oak with some complex light fruity notes. Body starts with a nice viscosity and caramel malty sweetness balanced with plenty of oaky bourbon and light fruity notes before a warming finish. A pretty nice barrel-aged barleywine, but could use a little time to mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2010
22 ounce from Bruisin Ales. Tons of vanilla in nose and first taste. Whiskey. Some caramel and sweetness. Nice. This will take some getting through. 2007 on bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bomber probably from durhambeer. Pours mahogany with a dissipating white head. Smells of bourbon, cognac, oaky, fruity, spicy, earthy, sweet. Excellent, complex nose. Tastes of oak, bourbon, raisins, vanilla, oak, some light tarte hints, a touch of warming alcohol. Outstanding!

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