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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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What happens when you take our legendary Chicken Killer Barley Wine and let it take a long nap in a bourbon barrel? It turns into the palate-blowing liquid you hold in your hand. Our Kickiní Chicken Bourbon-Barrel Aged Barley Wine uses twice the ingredients of our other beers, but we extract only half the usual amount of liquid from them. Then itís barrel aged for 9 months. The result is a potent, smooth and flavorful concoction with bourbon-like undertones of vanilla and caramel. Know what itís like to be kicked in the mouth by a chicken? Youíre about to find out.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3845) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
The smell is light bourbon, fruit, alcohol, toffee, and candy. The look is clear, beige head, and has a amber color. The taste is bourbon, alcohol, sweet, tart, malt, fruit, and wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1509) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3306) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes a cloudy amber with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is bourbon, caramel malt, fruit, and wood. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2598) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2013
bottle, from Jubilation Wine and Spirits. sweet. get vanilla and caramel, bourbon, tad oxidized. orangy brown color, small head that faded quickly to a ring, no lace. Sweet flavor. thicker body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. interesting. very smooth for 12%. but doesnít make me want more. aroma not particularly appealing, not offensice, just dull, flavor moderately better, but nothing special.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
Brown pour with some light head. Aroma is sweet and has a bunch of malt overtones. Flavor is mostly malt tones with a but of warming on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 After complaining to the brewery about this being the worst beer iíve ever forced down the gullet, 5 weeks later i get some xhicken killer and a properly cellared kickin chicken; here is my re-rate; Kickin chicken Initial nose is bourbon followed by anise from the calavados barrels. Initial sip is overly hoppy followed by anise and old bourbon. Much better fresh than off the shelf. Development with this in the cellar will require a constant bit of maintenance to maintain a low temp to prevent any kind of infection. Last one i had was sour crap shit acid beer. This one- 95% better. Cheers brian lock for taking care of me!! Aaron

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2013
2012 bottle. Dark ruby red, good fluffy off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, sweet carmel, vanilla, oak, sweet fruits. Taste is sweet right up front, malty, carmel, good hop bitterness, bourbon notes are light, but they are there mostly in the back end. Not too boozy at all. Overall pretty tasty, and a somewhat good deal for a bourbon barrel aged barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and light yeasty. Toffee malty and light phenolic. Bourbon smooth and alcohol warmth. Bitter and dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
clear brown, small light brown head. aroma is sweet malty, alc.wood. flavor is boozy woody malty, dry. nutty and boozy barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of coconut, a touch of Bourbon alcohol notes, and perhaps even a touch tart, which accentuates a fruit character here; melon, some plum notes, and green raisins. The oak character also contributes notes of toasted wood, a touch of nutty character, which is also perhaps brought out by a touch of sherry like character. As the beer warms up more of the malt character comes out with notes of English Biscuit like malt, brown-sugar coated brown bread crust, and perhaps even some touches of molasses.

The beer has a light carbonation, which offsets a chewy body that really isnít all that heavy for a beer of this strength. The beer has lots of barrel character, touches of coconut, definite vanillin notes, spicy wood notes, some astringent barrel character, spicy bourbon notes, melon like Bourbon fruit, and spicy, warming alcohol. The beer does have a tartness to it, that actually adds quite a bit to this beer, it really accentuates a nice fruitiness , and definitely comes along with a nice funky edge to this beer (fermenting this next to all the wild beers has had an effect); tart floral plums, tart raisins, a touch of melon notes and a bright fig note. The malt has a caramelized edge to it, plus lots of sweet, chewy, brown bread flavors to it.

This is actually quite nice, the funkiness and light tartness definitely brings a complexity and character to this beer. Of course I can be a bit burnt out at times of normal Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley. This can be a bit hot at times, but it is still pretty tasty in the end.


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