Brouwerij (958) - 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.
jbuskirk (924) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kickin Chicken’s 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 doesn’t quite have the rich, dark color you usually see out of a barley wine but that isn’t to say that the liquid is unattractive. The smell is very complex but it’s also unusual. The sweet aromas of booze, fruit, and subtle floral qualities are definitely intriguing but also a bit strange. I’m most willing to embrace this barley wine’s oddness when it comes to the flavor. I love the strong notes of caramel and vanilla. Still, there’s a weird malty sweetness at the front of the tongue that’s hard to identify and seems misplaced. All said, Kickin Chicken is an idiosyncratic ale. Fortunately, that mostly works in its favor.
JoePeesie (919) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure of the vintage. Pours a nice cloudy brown orange with almost no head. The BBAing was done very nicely with this beer. Warm, sweet, malty, a bit boozy very drinkable and quite tasty I would definitely grab a few more of these to lay dawn and enjoy over the next few years if given the opportunity!
wavers1 (915) - 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. i’ve 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.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle] shared by bdr. Thanks! Pours hazy caramel with a frothy soapy beige head. Aroma is alcohol, light barrel character, light cheesy nuttiness, some caramel. Flavor is cheesy, barrel character, tons of alcohol, plenty of hop bitterness. Not an improvement over the base beer.
smaynard6000 (836) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours a murky dark reddish color with small tan head. Interesting aroma, bit of hoppiness and some other notes I can’t place. Bit of sourness in the flavor along with some sweet maltiness and bourbon flavor. Very nice barley wine.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 Pours medium brown with beige head. Smells sour with a soapy grainy sweetness with the vanilla and sweetness of the barrel peaking through. The taste is very rich with lots of grains and a prevailing tart/sour with barrel notes. The sour brings a vinegar light acidic cherry melon fruit flavor with the roasted barley giving it a really nice bed to play in. The bourbon barrel is a close afterthought, showing nicely in the finish. The carbonation is smooth and it all sets up like sour beer, but has a great barrel aged barleywine flavor. It could rank under the sour wild in my book not a barleywine outright. It finishes mostly clean with lingering bittering grains in the back of my tongue and a sweet sugary barrel feel in the front. The bourbon warms as it goes down and coats everything leaving the desirable light boozy warming sensation. Got one to age because this could go anywhere, good or bad.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lätt grumlig orange i färgen, litet offwhite skum. Sötare doft av nypon, karamell, fatkaraktär, vanilj, kola. Smakar alkohol med nypon, fat, kola, karamell, lång alkoholig avslutning.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very much lacking its malty character. soapy barrel note. watered-down body but the bourbon portion makes up just a bit.
M82 (426) - Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz into 15.25oz Spiegelau Soiree Cognac snifter; pours up a murky deep copper with loosely structured off white head leaving thin, elongated splatters all around, half sheet persists; nose is bourbon and water with light fruits and very light caramel malts, as this warms, dates and very light tobacco come in, charred oak when reaching room temp; taste follows with a big expression of tropical fruit juice complexities, sour-ish oaky fruit notes, light fruity esters, minimal spice; after follows with mild toasted oak layers on a medium, smooth body; a lot to be said on this, yet I can’t help but miss the big, deeper layers of something in a similar category such as Abacus, decent, and really quite unique with the big tropical fruit spiraling out from the bourbon characteristics