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 (1375) - 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.
wchesser (1354) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
About 6 months old. Deep slightly cloudy reddish brown. Nose of some bourbon, wet wood, oxidation, toffee. Taste follows, with wet oak, slightly sweet toffee and bourbon and vanilla, but finishes tart. Not bad, but suspect infection and didnít want a glass of this. Few sips was enough. Kind of a mess. Have another I guess Iíll age and see.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - 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.
kevinator (1186) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good bourbon aroma with mild hoppiness. First BBA Barley Wine for me and it works but not as well as a stout or quad. Cool dark tea color that gave the impression a lot was floating around in there. Not big pieces, mind you, just cloudy. The palate was full but oily. The taste had a sour tone that may have been intended or not. Nonetheless it appeared to age well. This new batch appears to have produced a lower ABV at 10%, which was still noticeable. Good and unique but not perfect.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to Daniel who brought it to the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is of bourbon and caramel malt. Taste is big on bourbon with some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium, bitter and hot from alcohol.
SPDickerman (1020) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours cloudy, murky brown with a small light beige ring of fizz. Smells strongly of bourbon, bold malts, hints of hops. Taste is bourbon, sweet malt, hints of bitterness, and subtle tartness. Full-bodied with a a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Santa Fe Kickin Chicken finishes with a slightly tart oakiness.
rhsiung (1007) - 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%.
Brouwerij (956) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque orange-brown with minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is bourbon, alcohol, oak. Flavor is fruity up front fading quickly into bourbon, oak, and alcohol tones. Hints of vanilla oakiness. Bourbon is undoubtedly the dominant character of this beer. Reminds me of bourbon barrel Olde Skiddy. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. A very boozy bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Exactly what I was hoping for.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of a great new mexico trader, thanks a ton! gold waxed bottle with foil label. not sure of numbers, supposed to be a fairly small release i believe. iíve been waiting nearly a decade for a true bbbw on a production scale, so i am very excited! Pours a nice slightly murky amber that is much darker once the glass is full, virtually opaque. nice frothy, ample, orangish head leaves nice lacing. the aroma is sweet and oaky right away, has alayer that reminds me of things like schlafly bbbw and backwoods. the flavor is nice, and im sure i like it more than i should being a homer. very deep and dense, earthy, heavy flavor. tons of wood coming through, but only a moderate amount of bourbon, very well balanced. lots of sweet vanilla, butterscotch, a mild hop bitterness right now, will probably be gone within a year at most. glad they waited to do this properly, this barrel aging on this beer is very nice and a definite upgrade imo. good stuff, worth looking for.