Olde Hickory Bardstown Brand Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels

 
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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This barleywine is a special ale aged in oak bourbon barrels from the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. The long maturation of the beer in the bourbon barrels makes for a uniquely American Ale, offering robust and rich flavors.

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3.9
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle from KP...damn good beer. Brown pour. Tons of delicious bourbon on the nose wtih some superb vanilla, toffee and brown sugar. Flavor is smooth and rich with lots of bourbon(YES!), dried fruits, oak, vanilla, toffee and syrupy notes. Damn fine brew.

4.1
phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
22 oz. bottle via trade with bobertkuekn- thanks again, Robert! Opened this up at Dark Lord Day 2011. 2007 vintage. Pours a cloudy chocolate brown color with some amber highlights and a small tan head. Big bourbon aroma, with notes of vanilla, caramel, toasted brown sugar, and raisins. Awesome nose if you like bourbon. Flavor tamps down the pop a little bit, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, oak, toasted brown sugar, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel that coats the palate late. Really fun bourbon barrel beer.

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kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Bardstown
Date: April 12, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Hickory Hops
Appearance: cloudy dark burnt orange, fine off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: huge dark caramel aroma with lots of bourbon and vanilla sweetness balanced by a touch of background oak
Flavor: big bourbon and vanilla flavor, lots of oak adds balance, dark caramel adds extra sweetness, lots of fruityness rises out of the sweetness but is restrained by the oak, long lasting bitter finish
Overall: should age relly well to allow the fruity character to ripen

Name: Bardstown
Date: May 03, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
bottle follows the draft very closely, gets very alcoholic upon warming

Name: Bardstown
Date: February 07, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
where has the time gone?, still rich caramel with a good dose of bourbon, fruityness never did develop, oxidation picks up an almost vegitable character,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2010
Hazy amber with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and bourbon. Flavor was sweet with bourbon, vanilla, wood, toasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Finished sweet with warming alcohol.

4
arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD’11, thanks to phaleslu for this one! Dark brown, hazy pour with thin off white slightly yellow head. Aroma has big notes of bourbon and vanilla but the sweet part of those, with notes of some candied dark fruit and sweet chocolate, lots of toffee and burnt caramel. Taste is sweet toffee, vanilla, bourbon notes, some slight oak and burnt sugars, some nice chocolate hints finishing sweet and drying. No sign of the 10%. Delicious brew, seems more like a bourbon brown than a barley wine...but overall good stuff.

4.1
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2010
6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010, with big thanks to Patrick! Yummy coconut, vanilla, and butter on the flavor and aroma. Mmmmm.

3.8
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Courtesy of kp. Pours clear striking amber with thin white head. The aroma is oak, bourbon, vanilla and booze. It starts with a short pulse of sweet malts and ends with nose searing heat. The taste is full and smooth. I get oak mixing with vanilla and then moving toward bourbon notes. There doesn’t appear to be much more going on here than that. Certainly this is an example of barrel aging that nearly covers up all the notes from the beer that went in the barrel. Still enjoyable though. I love how smooth it is.

3.8
BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle Pours out a mahogany topped with a sand head. Aroma was of sweet malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some heat. Taste was nice not over the top on the bourbon side. Plenty of the oak and sweetness to balance it out.

3.7
drfabulous (8813) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2010
22 ounce from Bruisin Ales. Tons of vanilla in nose and first taste. Whiskey. Some caramel and sweetness. Nice. This will take some getting through. 2007 on bottle.

4
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Pours a transparent copper amber with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramely malt and bourbon oak with some complex light fruity notes. Body starts with a nice viscosity and caramel malty sweetness balanced with plenty of oaky bourbon and light fruity notes before a warming finish. A pretty nice barrel-aged barleywine, but could use a little time to mellow.


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