ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours a dark reddish color. Souring mouthfeel. Notes of coconut, sunscreen, dill, and citrus. Weird. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Tasted on 3/19/13 from a waxed and capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Quarter’s in 2010. Pours clear dark burnt orange with a thin tan head that recedes to thin lace. The nose is full of sweet caramel and toffee with tons of oaky brown sugar and maple bourbon, some toasted bitterness, and just a touch of dill oak as well. The flavor is much the same with the toasted bitterness coming through nicely, the caramel and toffee maltiness are there as well as tons of bourbon. The body is full with just lighter than average carbonation and a long malty caramel and maple bourbon finish. The heat is not hidden on this one as well as the regular version. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Hazy caramel color pour with a thin light head. Aroma is dominated by bourbon, along with caramel, vanilla, wood and malt. Flavor is malt, bourbon and a touch of earthy hops. Pretty good brew. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - APR 17, 2013
Shared by my good friend Dosbeerigos, thanks buddy! This had a good bit of bourbon in the aroma, but wasn’t overly boozy to the taste. A pretty good barley wine, one that I’m glad I got to try. BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Massive bourbon flavor. And a really strong cocoanut flavor. This was really overpowering. It’s just about all I taste or smell.
HuskerTan (2451) - 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. Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured hazy amber with a white head and some lace. aroma was cedar, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, and brown sugar. flavor was much the same, but minus the cedar. body was slick with low carbonation. zebra (2384) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
i got a sour/tart bottle, too. :-( kickin this chickin. also, my bottle says 10%, not 12%. boto (2283) - 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. MetalNHopHead (2271) - 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.