Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +31.1%
A very limited release of their Chicken Killer Barleywine that has been aged in oak bourbon barrels. Poured into a tulip.
A - a nicely decorated and waxed bottle poured a deep amber color with an ample amount of off-white head on top.
S - bourbon, hop bitterness, brown sugar sweetness and a bit of alcohol.
T - bourbon right up front, but it's not as strong as the smell indicated. A perfect balance of bourbon, hop dryness and malt sweetness. A slight alcohol warmth that is definitely appropriate for being a 12%ABV brew.
M - fantastic balance of flavors and great carbonation leave a nice coating on the palate.
D - this brew is delicious and I'll greatly enjoy the bottle, but I think the others will be even better with some more time on them.
10-24-2010 01:12:35 | More by GabrielM
4.25/5 rDev +22.5%
Served at 50 degrees into a Ranger Creek Tulip glass
A: Mahogany red with a minimal, thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Looks thinner than most big barleywines I’m used to.
S: Sweet maltiness, a little bourbon kick, and some citrus notes. There’s definitely some aroma from the yeast production as well.
T: Wow. It kicks right up front with a quick sour tinge (which I love), then follows that with the big barleywine flavors (toffee, vanilla, caramel) I epexct, and the flavor is rounded out by the bourbon notes at the end. While the alcohol is present, there is little to no alcohol astringency, it is very well masked in the complexities of this beer. This is MUCH nicer than the regular Chicken Killer.
M: Pretty thin for a barleywine, pretty light lightly carbonated, overall much thinner and less body that I would expect or hope for from a barleywine.
D: Very drinkable. This is 12%?
02-23-2013 01:50:03 | More by DRyan
4.21/5 rDev +21.3%
Oh boy...from the beautiful waxed bottle. Poured in a chalice. Dark copper with small lingering head.
Aroma of bourbon barrel, big time... sour fruit, wildness.
Minimal carbonation, strong booze invader of the tongue.
Flavors include big bourbon, toffee, raisin, vanilla. Overall a whopper of a brew! As suggested, a year or two of aging might mellow out some of the strong alcohol heat.
01-18-2013 18:15:19 | More by DenverLogan
4.05/5 rDev +16.7%
22oz gold waxed bomber into a snifter - courtesy of GabrielM
A: Pours a super murky redish brown with a small white head that fades to a ring pretty quickly leaving no real lacing on the glass.
S: The nose is vanilla, caramel, and grapefruit hops.
T: The taste is big on vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and grapefruit hops on the finish. I wouldn't call this a bourbon bomb but the barrel is definitely at the forefront. The hops help to balance things out.
M: The feel is medium-full bodied with a nice oily mouth coating quality.
D: I really enjoyed this one but if you don't like bourbon forward beers you probably won't like this that much. The ABV is a bit high and will definitely
Perhaps the extra month I let this age toned down the bourbon heat but I thought this was a tasty beer.
02-01-2011 02:58:07 | More by GregSVT
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Bottle shared by Tim at Kill the Cellar Day, thanks!
A: Murky and turbid light brown. Small white head.
S: Toffee melds with earth, caramel, and brown sugar. I get some vanilla with a subtle candied citrus note. Booze is light and bourbon is strong.
T: Sweet caramel with light toffee notes and brown sugar. Nice bourbon presence. Restrained vanilla with evident oak. Booze is perceivable in the finish but it's not inappropriate. The beer is moderately bitter and pretty sweet.
M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky with alcohol warming on the palate.
Overall: A pretty nice barrel aged Barleywine. Better than expected and the best Santa Fe Brewing beer of the day.
03-25-2012 21:32:55 | More by HopHead84
3.99/5 rDev +15%
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.
02-07-2013 19:10:26 | More by jmarsh123
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
Thanks for sharing, Tim.
The pour is a light amber color with minimal head formation. Starts off with lots of bourbon and vanilla notes. There’s a hint of oxidation in there too. Quite a nice fruit quality to this: raisin, plum, and grape. Plenty of caramel and toffee of course, too. The flavor has a nice touch of bourbon and vanilla long with a bit of oak. Not quite as much fruit, but still good. Caramel, toffee, and a bit of brown sugar are also present. Solid all around barleywine.
07-16-2012 21:47:33 | More by womencantsail
3.8/5 rDev +9.5%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. I really enjoy the regular version of this beer, so I am expecting good things from Kickin Chicken.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel malt and alcohol, but I don't get as much barrel aging notes as I expected.
The flavor is a little different and a little bit better. I get a lot caramel and toffee malt, as well as some pine from the hops and some alcohol. I also get some maple and bourbon notes, but they are still fainter than expected.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-29-2011 04:29:10 | More by Mora2000
3.75/5 rDev +8.1%
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...
07-03-2013 03:25:21 | More by russpowell
Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.