RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 Kickin’ 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 it’s barrel aged for 9 months. The result is a potent, smooth and flavorful concoction with bourbon-like undertones of vanilla and caramel. Know what it’s like to be kicked in the mouth by a chicken? You’re about to find out.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2786) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Good bourbon aroma with mild hoppiness. First BBA Barley Wine for me and it works but not as well as a stout or quad. Cool dark tea color that gave the impression a lot was floating around in there. Not big pieces, mind you, just cloudy. The palate was full but oily. The taste had a sour tone that may have been intended or not. Nonetheless it appeared to age well. This new batch appears to have produced a lower ABV at 10%, which was still noticeable. Good and unique but not perfect.

jandd1983 (4632) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle. It poured a hazy amber color with a white head. The aroma was of cedar, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bourbon, caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar. Pretty tasty.

Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Review is of Bomber from 5/2014

Pours a walnut brown body. Head is about 1/5th of an inch and white. Lacing and head retention were mediocre.

Smell is of sweet, nutty toffee, Bit of vanilla and whisky are next. Some soy sauce/oxidation are also present. Hops arent present, alcohol is there but not bad for a bourbon aged barleywine.

Taste is slightly sour, getting a little bit of plum and oxidation. Caramel malt, rye, and whisky are next, followed by burnt oak. Hops are not detected and alcohol is pretty mellow for 12% alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Head died quickly unfortunately, could’ve used the creamy texture of a full head for this one.

Overall this beer just doesnt live up to its base beer version. It has some off flavors of oxidation and sourness that are especially unpleasant in a barleywine. It’s unfortunate, I usually really enjoy Santa fe brewing’s offerings.

boto (2266) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2016
22oz bomber: This one poured a murky caramel color. There was just a wisp of a head that left no lacing. It has a nice nose. Lots of scents complementing each other but nothing overpowering. Bourbon, alcohol, caramel, vanilla, some fruit. The taste is good. A little sweet. Caramel malts, fruit, faint bourbon, slight oak, vanilla. A nice barleywine.

DenverLogan (1271) - North Bend, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2016
From a 22 oz bomber with wax covering into a Leffe chalice. This bottle is at least 2 years old, possibly 4. Pours brown with small head and lace. Aroma of bourbon, funky dark fruits, dark malts. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of funky prune-plum juice, dark malts, bourbon, tart musty cherries. Overall big and complex, worth allowing to open up so you can enjoy the smooth potent concoction.

BuckeyeBoy (8558) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2015
22oz bottle pours out a dark amber topped with a small head. Nose is bourbon barrel vanilla lots of sweetness and some booze. Taste is sweet caramel toffee barrel vanilla and some bourbon.

slowrunner77 (12972) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Beer 6000, by mistake :)
I am not a big fan of Chicken Killer, but this still held potential. I’ve had a couple nice Santa Fe beers. In the end, this came SOOOOO close tobeing REALLY good, but the fault(s) were too much to overlook.
Aroma out of the bottle was BIG vanilla and wood and malt. Very nice. But upon pouring, a little astringency (like you’d find in an off bottle of scotch ale). Slight, but there. The flavor starts out super sweet, but super smooth, but than BAM...that same lemony astringency hits you right before you swallow. Got better as it warmed, but never went away. Otherwise a superb barreled BW, but hard to get past.

deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains, with some vanilla, a bit of apple and a backing bourbon note. Flavor has apple, sweet grains, caramel and some bourbon in the finish.

HuskerTan (2403) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014

A- Dark fruits, caramel, rosy, whiskey, woody.

A- Mahogany color, slightly hazy liquid, minimal head.

T- Dark fruits, malty, caramel, bourbon, rosy, slightly sweet.

P- Full body, average texture, soft carbonation, smooth finish.

O- One of the sweetest and smoothest barley wines I have had to date. There is an aroma and taste that I can’t wait put together, but it’s a pleasant one at that. Can’t really tell this has been aged that much, but it’s subtly there.

MetalNHopHead (2214) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2017 Kickin Chicken’s defining characteristic is its quirkiness. The name, bottle art, and flavors all give you something out of the ordinary. In the case of the ale itself, the quirks work both for and against it. For starters, Kickin Chicken doesn’t quite have the rich, dark color you usually see out of a barley wine but that isn’t to say that the liquid is unattractive. The smell is very complex but it’s also unusual. The sweet aromas of booze, fruit, and subtle floral qualities are definitely intriguing but also a bit strange. I’m most willing to embrace this barley wine’s oddness when it comes to the flavor. I love the strong notes of caramel and vanilla. Still, there’s a weird malty sweetness at the front of the tongue that’s hard to identify and seems misplaced. All said, Kickin Chicken is an idiosyncratic ale. Fortunately, that mostly works in its favor.

Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Bomber thanks to respertftw. Cloudy gold with minimal head. Sweet fruit and sugar. Super sweet.

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