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. alexsdad06 (10434) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle @ DLD ’11. Pours a clear caramel color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor are caramel, vanilla, bourbon, wood, brown sugar and some ripe fruitiness. The body was a bit thin. drjay44 (3712) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
650 ml. Capped and waxed bottle. 10% ABV per the label. Pours a thick, tiny bubbled, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a hazy, reddish amber (SRM 17) body....nose is bourbon, toffee/caramel, plum, raisin......taste is toffee/caramel, sweet bourbon, hints of cocoa or chocolate, vanilla, slight sherry tones, finishing with a mild hop bitterness....mouth feel thick, slightly chewy, slightly astringent, a bit sticky, alcohol burn present, carbonation low. This is a thick, rich, nourishing, reasonably heavy beer. The bourbon barrels were used in a way that adds complexity in both aromas and flavors without dominating too much. This is NOT a traditional Barley Wine, because of the barrels, but is quite interesting. The bottle label, description on Ratebeer, and on the breweries website are similar, but different. BJCP 7/3/15/3/7 madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Vanilla, wood, bourbon, ripe fruits, sweetness, some caramel. Flavour: ripe fruits, caramel, wood, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, liqouice. Medium to full bodied. Ends full of bourbon notes and fruits with a tad of liqourice.
SlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Hazy red amber with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is vinous, oxidized, caramel, vanilla, oak. Taste is medium+ sweet and light bitter. Full body, oily/sticky texture, soft+ carbonation. Soft vinous finish with a little alcohol burn. Nice. dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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. 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. DenverLogan (1218) - LA, California, 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. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Red-brown, beige cover. Aroma is fusel, alcohol, caramel, light fruit. Taste is fruity, caramel, vanilla, oak, whisky. Nice enough but a little harsh.