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Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This unique and limited offering takes one of our most outstanding beers, the legendary Chicken Killer Barley Wine, and adds even more flavor and complexity. First, we brew the Chicken Killer Barley Wine using twice the ingredients of our other beers, but only yielding half the usual amount of liquid. This concentrated elixir then sits in Wild Turkey 101 bourbon barrels for nine months, giving the beer and oak a chance to mingle their flavors. In addition to a distinct bourbon undertone, this aging process imbues the beer with notes of vanilla, wood, and caramel. The complex flavors of this beer further evolve through the natural carbonation process that takes place in each bottle. Despite kickin’ the flavors of our barley wine up a few notches, the Kickin’ Chicken Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine retains the smoothness and balance that is the signature of the entire Santa Fe Brewing Co. lineup. Whether you pop one open today or stash a few in the cellar to age for a year or two, get this limited release while you can!

(Beer added by: GabrielM on 10-24-2010)
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3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of bourbon
Head small (<1 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a partial 1 mm ring and no layer
Lacing none
Body medium garnet, muddy
Flavor begins with bourbon, slightly sweet, quickly becoming vinegary; no hop bitterness or aroma, no malt flavors, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 2.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SHODriver
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Been sitting on this one for a couple years now, got it in a trade during the spring of 2012

A: poured into a snifter to a light brown with a finger of light tan head that fades quickly to a small collar and small mat of foam and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon
T: taste is somewhat sour with notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, and it's a little fruity. some bourbon flavors as well. swallow is alcohol heat, a slight fruity sourness and a slightly grapey flavor on the finish. Unfortunately it's showing signs of infection
M: this beer is on the fuller side with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: I'm a little bummed out by the unintended souring of this beer and a sour barleywine is something I don't think has been done before. It kinda works but it isn't what I was expecting nor does it follow the style guidelines.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of zac16125
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one as an extra!

A: dark brown, small amount of head quickly dissipates down, leaves almost no lacing

S: interesting combination of burnt sugar and floral herbaceous notes. It's certainly unique and grows on you as it warms. Barrel notes present but not prominent

T: follows the nose; burnt sugar and herbaceous, not really any significant barrel notes

M/d: full body, carbonation on the heavier side, ABv controlled and fair drinkability

O: interesting and unique. I don't love it but it's certainly worth a try

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3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure about the age on this one, but the bottle ABV is listed as 10.0% vice 12.0% currently cited on BA. I've probably had this one in the "cellar" for about two years...

Crystal-clear copper colored body with a thin yet lasting white head; persistent carbonation bubbles drifting upwards. Deep caramel and booze aroma; peppery and minty. Bright sweetness and slightly sour flavor; acidic with some fair hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; semi-dry finish.

An okay barleywine with a somewhat tart and biting quality overall. Depth and complexity comes across as being rather thin and lackluster. Not bad overall, but hardly impressive for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.