Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - thanks to bu11zeye.
Hazy brown pour with some tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, sweet cherry, and caramel. Tastes like dark fruit, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Very good - the barrel aging adds a nice demension to the original.
zebra (1547) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
i got a sour/tart bottle, too. :-( kickin this chickin. also, my bottle says 10%, not 12%.
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the NY meet the TURD tasting; thanks jcwattsrugger! Pours a dark caramel. Lovely bourbon aroma with butterscotch. Massive butterscotch flavor with notes of cognac and oak. Bourbon feel. Really good stuff.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby in color with a white head, which looks pretty darned bright atop the dark, glowing, reddish beer. Ana says it tastes sour. Although thatís expected given that itís a bourbon-barrel aged barleywine, Iím going to try not to let that alter my view of it. But it is pretty sour on the nose, though. Sweet, alcoholic, and packed with yeasty and woody sourness.
It starts off just about as sour in the mouth, but that transforms more into that of a very wet, alcoholic barleywine with a light addition of bourbon. This likely will taste better after a year or so. Itís unlike most bourbon barrel aged beers, as this tastes less of fresh bourbon or wood, and more of a sour strong ale with an English edge. Although itís good, itís a little too much, a little uncomfortable. Yes, Iíd give this a year to age for best results. Still, fresh, itís smooth and slick, and sweet... but BAM! The sourness and characteristics of the barleywine just arenít very compatible.
Santa Fe: do this without making the beer sour (and maybe even infuse more bourbon flavor) and youíd have a winner. As it is, though... not so much. Still, if it makes sense, itís still pretty good - I think, mainly, because of its alcohol content.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours hazy amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, and a touch of green pepper. Flavor shows the same with an additional brown sugar sweetness as well as some oak to round it out. Overall body is moderate to full, with some nice warming alc on the finish.
HuskerTan (1420) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Dark fruits, caramel, rosy, whiskey, woody.
A- Mahogany color, slightly hazy liquid, minimal head.
T- Dark fruits, malty, caramel, bourbon, rosy, slightly sweet.
P- Full body, average texture, soft carbonation, smooth finish.
O- One of the sweetest and smoothest barley wines I have had to date. There is an aroma and taste that I canít wait put together, but itís a pleasant one at that. Canít really tell this has been aged that much, but itís subtly there.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Picked up a bottle of this because i like Santa Fe beers. $11.99 22oz. Huge head on this at first which is always a little odd for a barrel aged barleywine. First couple whiffs were plastic (uh-oh). Flavor was strong fruits and a hint of tartness. I honestly struggled with whether I thought this beer was slightly infected. The aroma as it warmed was very high alcohol like rubbing alcohol, hint of bourbon, plastic went away. Flavor was grapes, fruit, heavy alcohol, slight vanilla, slightly tart. This may or may not have been infected but its just not very good. :(
Serving type: bottle
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured into a duck rabbit snifter glass a slightly cloudy reddish mahagony color with a slight tan head that collars arund the glass. The bourbon notes about burn your nostril hairs off when you take a big whiff of it. I canít really get anything out of the nose other than the bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. Again, the bourbon dominates the flavor profile with little else making itself known. Really trying, notes of caramel and vanilla can be tasted along with some spice. Alcohol warms as it makes itself down your throat. Getting kicked in the mouth by a chicken is not all that pleasant. The bourbon is way overdone and kills this beer in my opinion. As it warms it gets a little better and drinkable but still not outstanding.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Live Rate! Bootle shared at Dakineís house -- thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a ring of beige foam. Smells predominantly of red apples and bourbon. Thin in consistency. Tastes of further apples, caramel, and brown sugar. Not bad.
MetalNHopHead (1153) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kickin Chickenís defining characteristic is its quirkiness. The name, bottle art, and flavors all give you something out of the ordinary. In the case of the ale itself, the quirks work both for and against it. For starters, Kickin Chicken doesnít quite have the rich, dark color you usually see out of a barley wine but that isnít to say that the liquid is unattractive. The smell is very complex but itís also unusual. The sweet aromas of booze, fruit, and subtle floral qualities are definitely intriguing but also a bit strange. Iím most willing to embrace this barley wineís oddness when it comes to the flavor. I love the strong notes of caramel and vanilla. Still, thereís a weird malty sweetness at the front of the tongue thatís hard to identify and seems misplaced. All said, Kickin Chicken is an idiosyncratic ale. Fortunately, that mostly works in its favor.