RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Snifter at Timothy O’Toole’s during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Clearly I’m showing more love for this than most raters; maybe coming from a tap helps? Golden bourbon color: the brewmaster really picked his grains well. A thin ring of foam with a scrum of bubbles in the center. The smell is bourbon and branch, a moderate amount of alcohol. The taste carries through with that smooth Kentucky bourbon impression. Limited bittering, just enough to stay out of the way. Impression is right between sippin’ and slurpin;. Besides, this was just $5.50, great price for a Streeterville bar.

bpreo (2982) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2017
It tasted great, was very strong. Sampled at Reefpoint Brew House, Racine, Wis..

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2017
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, heavy cream, toffee, wood, and bourbon. Flavor of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and caramel.

drjoeng (1418) - SINGAPORE - DEC 1, 2017
8.2%ABV. Strong ale.

Tapped out amber. 12ºSRM.

Nose has beery with young wood aroma, like a new barrel or a coopers putting together Bourbon barrels.

Mouthfeel is creamy milky. Prounounced carbonation. Palate has toasted malt, wheat toast, roasted barley and barley toast. Sweet wood and hint of woodsmoke. Hop flavors are woody, earthy.

Finish is light boozy and warming with burnt wood and sweet woodsmoke.

Good hearty well-balanced strong ale.

StoutBeerReviews (257) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2017
Didnt look at the price, but for a barrel aged brew this is pretty watery. tho most scotch/ bourbon ales are too strong for me, this is perfect. if its not too expensive id get this alot.

hitemwitthehein (31) - - NOV 20, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 ABV - 8.2 .Appearance: Clear copper, one finger worth of a white frothy head, decent amount of carbonation visible. Good looking beer. .Aroma: Sweet bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla. .Taste: Bourbon sweetness, notes of roasted malt, vanilla, caramel. Very subtle bitterness on finish. .Palate: Light body, crisp, watery, loose. .Overall: C- .Bottom Line: Good beer, wrong price. Tastes of the bourbon barrel really come through, but not much else in terms of flavor. Body is very light and watery.

Marimba26 (1) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2017 does not count
There is one key thing to remember about this beer. It is ONLY good on draft. While most beers will bottle and some will can, this one simply does not. I haven't been able to convince anyone to sell this to me in a growler, so I can't say in that regard. But I read somewhere that the company that makes this beer has had trouble bottling it because the bottling process tends to make it go skunky for some reason.

That said, I LOVE this beer on draft. I spent several weeks in Northern Kentucky and got to know it well on draft. It has a heavy aroma of bourbon at first and has an almost sweet taste to it that simply doesn't happen in the bottle (I've had it both ways many times). And you definitely catch the bourbon at the end of it. You also don't lose the effervescence of it as quickly on draft and I find that I am happy to take my time with it that way. It has a full body and I stop after a tulip because, with a high alcohol content, it can pack a wallop.

Overall, I'd say that you shouldn't drink this one bottled. But if you can get it on draft, (and I'm seeing it out there more and more), it's a completely different, and much more enjoyable experience.

PlutonowyMan (894) - Baardegem, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2017
Kolor słabej herbaty, bursztynowy, jest klarowny. Piana bardzo ładna, biała, wysoka, o sporej trwałości.
Aromat bardzo mało wyraźny, słodowy słodki z delikatnym miodowym akcentem i minimalnie zaciągający kanalizą.
Smak: ponownie słodowość, miód, nieco skórki od chleba i minimalne nuty Bourbonu. Brak wanilii tak charakterystycznej dla beczek dębowych.
Alkohol dobrze schowany, co jest na plus. Wysycenie średnie. Piwo charakteryzuje średnia pełnia.

Slubgob (344) - West Hartford, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Drank out of bottle. Malty perhaps slightly skunky nose. Heavy ale mouth, blend of bourbon and higher alcohol in the finish. Overall it's ok. Mostly alcohol malt and some wood. Wouldn't want more than one, residually given the >8% alcohol.

gnoff (11065) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2017
12 fl oz bottle at Beerbelly Tavern (Gushan District), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on October 2, 2017.
Clear deep golden to copper color, big off-white head. Alcohol, sweet, malty, wood, cream scent. Malty, rich, wood taste. Some caramel aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium full mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

Bif (2362) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Aroma of malt, bourbon and caramel. taste of malt, bourbon, bit of caramel and vanilla. Very mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, very smooth and nicely crafted. There is no real hint of the alcohol. Easy sipper and very enjoyable.

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