MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
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. SuperDave (1932) - 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. Beaver (1801) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
The aroma is sweet sugary fruity candy, peppery alcohol, flowers and a little oakey bourbon.
The flavor is extremely sweet sugary candy and cola with some slightly tart fruits and some bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.
Overall, it’s a bit of a mess - way too sweet and sugary.
Bomber thanks to respertftw. Cloudy gold with minimal head. Sweet fruit and sugar. Super sweet. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
22oz bottle - thanks to bu11zeye.
Hazy brown pour with some tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, sweet cherry, and caramel. Tastes like dark fruit, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Very good - the barrel aging adds a nice demension to the original.
italarican (1550) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle at the NY meet the TURD tasting; thanks jcwattsrugger! Pours a dark caramel. Lovely bourbon aroma with butterscotch. Massive butterscotch flavor with notes of cognac and oak. Bourbon feel. Really good stuff. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Dark ruby in color with a white head, which looks pretty darned bright atop the dark, glowing, reddish beer. Ana says it tastes sour. Although that’s expected given that it’s a bourbon-barrel aged barleywine, I’m going to try not to let that alter my view of it. But it is pretty sour on the nose, though. Sweet, alcoholic, and packed with yeasty and woody sourness.
It starts off just about as sour in the mouth, but that transforms more into that of a very wet, alcoholic barleywine with a light addition of bourbon. This likely will taste better after a year or so. It’s unlike most bourbon barrel aged beers, as this tastes less of fresh bourbon or wood, and more of a sour strong ale with an English edge. Although it’s good, it’s a little too much, a little uncomfortable. Yes, I’d give this a year to age for best results. Still, fresh, it’s smooth and slick, and sweet... but BAM! The sourness and characteristics of the barleywine just aren’t very compatible.
Santa Fe: do this without making the beer sour (and maybe even infuse more bourbon flavor) and you’d have a winner. As it is, though... not so much. Still, if it makes sense, it’s still pretty good - I think, mainly, because of its alcohol content. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle pours hazy amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, and a touch of green pepper. Flavor shows the same with an additional brown sugar sweetness as well as some oak to round it out. Overall body is moderate to full, with some nice warming alc on the finish.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Picked up a bottle of this because i like Santa Fe beers. $11.99 22oz. Huge head on this at first which is always a little odd for a barrel aged barleywine. First couple whiffs were plastic (uh-oh). Flavor was strong fruits and a hint of tartness. I honestly struggled with whether I thought this beer was slightly infected. The aroma as it warmed was very high alcohol like rubbing alcohol, hint of bourbon, plastic went away. Flavor was grapes, fruit, heavy alcohol, slight vanilla, slightly tart. This may or may not have been infected but its just not very good. :(
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2012 05:59:10 kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. Poured into a duck rabbit snifter glass a slightly cloudy reddish mahagony color with a slight tan head that collars arund the glass. The bourbon notes about burn your nostril hairs off when you take a big whiff of it. I can’t really get anything out of the nose other than the bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. Again, the bourbon dominates the flavor profile with little else making itself known. Really trying, notes of caramel and vanilla can be tasted along with some spice. Alcohol warms as it makes itself down your throat. Getting kicked in the mouth by a chicken is not all that pleasant. The bourbon is way overdone and kills this beer in my opinion. As it warms it gets a little better and drinkable but still not outstanding.