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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 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1794) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Appalachian Vintner in Asheville. Dark orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Wow! The aroma is impressive. There is an assertive bourbon presence blended with big tangerine aromas and a massive amount of malt. The flavor is very malt forward but the bourbon gives a nice vanilla undercoating and there is just enough pineapple from the hops to bring this all together. The alcohol makes itself known but adds to the flavor rather than detract from it. Truly remarkable and vastly underrated, this is one to seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottle, purchased at the OHB Taproom in downtown Hickory. Pours deep amber, very slight haze, with a very fizzy tan head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, alcohol, and some citrus hops. Flavor is rich--lots of sweet and sticky caramel, the bourbon comes through strong in the flavor but for once it tastes good (I don’t usually like the bourbon beers--maybe bourbon barleywines are the thing!!). Very thick and sweet/sticky finish, with a strong warming alcohol taste. Excellent beer.

   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! I’m even raising my score three tenths of a point! Man, is this a good beer or what!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
Veery expensive bottle from bruisin ales. Caramel and buttery sweetness. Oak bourbon notes. Very good. Reminiscent of alpine great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4868) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2009
SourFest II. 2007 Vintage. Courtesy of Donny. Copper color with a medium head. Solid vanilla and oak aroma. Wow... quite a menagerie of flavors going on here. The oak and vanilla start strong, fading into a carmel and rich malt and barley flavor. Bourbon is definitely noticeable. Kind of a raisiny fruitiness towards the finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2009
[2007] Poured a clear amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, bourbon wood, resiny pine, sherry, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste of sticky caramel malts, smoke, tobacco, pine, light citrus, vanilla, and a bourbony alcohol finish.

   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9380) - 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.

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