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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Kentucky Christmas is an organic AbominabAle Winter Ale aged on freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon barrels. It features a floral, spicy and citrus hop aroma backed by a complex, yet subtle, fruity hop flavor and just the right amount of malt sweetness. This beer will have your whistling "Dueling Banjos" in no time!

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On draught at Hopworks. A perfect combination: Abominable Winter Ale and Bourbon barrels! Wait for it each year.


3.2
cobaink2 (765) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2017 Bottle acquired from brewery in Portland. About two years old. Starting to taste more like a barley wine than an ale at this point. Tastes of pumpkin pie spices l, day old graham crackers with a hint of vanilla.

3.5
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle purchased from the brewery. A: Cloudy brown with an off-white head. Lacing. N: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, peppercorn, earth, toffee, toasted biscuit, molasses, treacle. Hops are still substantial with pine and a touch of grapefruit. T: Sweet and bitter with a hint of whiskey sour. M: Medium body, some alcohol bite, crisp carbonation. O: I like it well enough but it’s missing something for me. The Abominable is a formidable base and it’s able to fight off the big barrel. I do think a sweeter whiskey would have been better here though.

3.3
monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2016
A nice barrel aged ale. Pours a muddy Amber with a white head. Smells of vanilla and whiskey. Taste is sweet, with vanilla and caramel upfront, with some whiskey in the finish. Had on tap at Green Dragon.

3.1
bpreo (2902) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2016
HUB Kentucky Christmas. 8.0% alcohol. 4, 4, 6, 3, 14 - 12/10/2016 Odorless, and strong in flavor. A nice Winter Ale with a Scotch hint. (Winter Ale)

3.8
KansaiBeerLvrs (5301) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2015
Hopworks Kentucky Christmas 7.8% 2014 version Served in a snifter it pours a beautiful orange-gold. The aroma is surprisingly bright citrus with mild barrel character. The taste is almost like a barrel-aged IPA as it starts with bright citrus notes, gives you some malt sweetness while the barrel oak and bourbon comes through in the finish/aftertaste. Very smooth drinking but not what any of us were expecting from a winter seasonal.

4.1
bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Rating #1307. 29.10.2014 - Tap Takeover @underground_edm. Pours a rich dark mahogany, and exudes bourbon barrel from the beginning.Medium heavy carbonation, mild alcohol warmth. ABV disguised by barrel notes, cocoa, vanilla. Extremely balanced, pleasant sweetness, smooth bitterness, crisp clean finish. Banjo-rific.

3.5
Gerbeer (3894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
On tap. Pours a hazy dark Amber color with moderate head. Aromas of vanilla, bready malts and light spice. Flavors of stale bourbon, dried fruit and spice.

3.7
Ferris (16270) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Draft - Sweet rich caramel notes and piny hops. Cloudy Amber with a decent beige head. Hoppy, citrus, caramel and a long sweet toffee finish. Nice hoppy red. Fruity sweetness from the barrels, nice.

3.6
mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Nose brings out spicy notes, bourbon barrels, and light herbal notes. Flavour is complex and cohesive, with smoky bourbon barrels, light spices and alcohol. The barrels shine bright here, finishing spicy and smoky. Good stuff.

3.6
ACHops (1614) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2012 version on tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours murky dark golden with thin lacy white head. Aroma is a hint a malt, spicy hops, and big boozy whiskey. Taste is thin light caramel malt and malty whiskey. Most of the hops are obscured here. Love the barrel aging, and the whiskey, but much of the charm of abominable is lost here. Super thin body for the abv.


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