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

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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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3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown with a small white head fading quickly. Good lacing down the glass.

Smells nice and boozy. Bourbon presence is high with sweet toffee and brown sugar cutting through the alcohol. A bit of vanilla and oak as well.

Similar flavors. Some stone fruit up front along with sweet caramel/brown sugar flavors. Bourbon is present on the back end cutting through the sweetness with a nice punch. Still leans a bit on the sweet side, but still tasty.

Medium to heavier bodied with carbonation a shade below medium. Fairly sticky with booze presence felt, but not overpowering.

Wasn't expected much after seeing the ratings on this, but was pleasantly surprised. Not the best BA barleywine I've had, but still solidly in the good category.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 19:10:26 | More by jmarsh123
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +15.9%

07-04-2014 05:02:06 | More by miggs3030
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-18-2014 05:34:12 | More by afsdan
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2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 02:14:56 | More by SHODriver
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3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:24:51 | More by zac16125
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3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:59:20 | More by beergoot
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed brown/caramel with a pinky of sandy colored head. Viscious look to this; a modicum of lacing & head retention

S: Cherries, oakyness, & sourmash

T: Follows the nose, some boozey figs, plus a little bit of leafy hops. Dryness, sourmash & plums as this warms, some caramel & toffee as well. Finishes with boozey warmth, pipe tobacco, strong Bourbon & dryness & sourwood honey

MF: Chewy, fairly assertive carbonation, very warming & dry

The makings of a great barrel-aged barleywine, needs at least another year to come in to its prime. I don't understand why they released this so soon, I had higher hopes for this...

Serving type: bottle

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