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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Award-winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale® is aged for up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Launched in 2006, it has grown to become the flagship beer of the premier name in barrel-aged beers: Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.

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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
szinck1 (25) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2013
From the tap. Pours copper color, thin head, clear. Smells great - sweet bourbon, vanilla, wood. Barrel taste is pretty overwhelming. A bit of malty caramel as well, but pushed out by bourbon and some alcohol. One was good enough.


4.5
colui72 (1019) - HONG KONG - JUN 29, 2017
Pours copper, fizzy, with a finger of cream head, with good sticky lacing. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch and Bourbon. Tastes is... good! So damn! tasty! butterscotch, caramel, molasses, bourbon, oak, ripe fruits. Some minimal tart notes, quite sweet with a very low bitterness. Smooth and creamy, fully bodied, softly carbonated, long finish. Loving this ale, delicious to me!

2.9
WillemsUrenkel (1867) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2017
12 fl oz bottle purchased at Sam The Beer Man, Binghamton NY. Pours out in a clear pale copper with a small head. Taste has definitive Bourbon elements. Boozy. Some sweetness, pale malt. Thins out to the end. Nothing really wrong but can not convince me.

3.3
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 1, 2017
On tap at McGillicuddys, Five Corners, Essex Junction, VT. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with a bar pours kind of slim cap of a head. Seemed to just trickle right on into the beer. The aroma had some super sweet wood to milk chocolate, subtle fudge, vanilla extract and some bubblegum. The flavor seemed to pull all of the prior mentioned aromas together super sweet and right on into the aftertaste and on into the finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine as well. Honestly, going to say, its a bit watery to be honest. Overall, hmmmm....the things I do just to get to my 6000th rating, well, honestly, its not that bad, but probably not one to desperately seek out again. Its really sweet all around.

4.9
0nTheRoad (1) - - MAY 20, 2017 does not count
Nice hint of bourbon in the smell. Smooth taste and a smooth finish, very low hint of hippiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
bwy (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Was expecting more punch of bourbon, richness and smokiness. Got some recognizable flavors but felt watered down. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 71

3.2
47574xeCD (1131) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Draft at Ale House Cocoa Beach. Deep gold pour off white head. Bourbon notes deep malt caramel. Ok

3.6
theprof (943) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2017
Tap. Aroma is firmly Bourbon but below that lurks caramel malts and vanilla. Given that mine was emphatically brown I am bemused by the term golden in other reviews as my wedding band will never be this red. A circle of white bubbles topped the ale. Taste is toffee with an alcoholic kick. If salted caramel or Werther’s Original ever lay in a barrel in Kentucky then their popularity might sour. And children might stumble. Carbonation soft Body full. Palate loaded. No horse in this race.

3.2
hman43 (1586) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2017
It pours golden widh some low bitterness, floral hops, and grainy sweetness.

3.6
PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2017
I’ve been avoiding this for awhile, suspecting it wasn’t going to be very good. I was mostly right, but it was better than expected. So it’s nice to have something bourbon barrel aged that isn’t an imperial stout. Here though I could barely tell there was much oomph to the underlying ale. A heavier old ale/barleywine would work better. Decent vanilla/bourbon and oak flavors, lightly sweet caramel malts.

3
jsporrer (1024) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2017
Pours a clear iced tea brown with a thin white head. Faint aroma of sweet bourbon and caramel. Very thin and light with a semi sweet caramel taste. Hides the alcohol very well. Smooth almost to the point of feeling watered down. Flavors aren’t very bold. Ok but nothing special. Fairly enjoyable.


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