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

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 20.23%
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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1/5  rDev -71.1%

valarking, Mar 19, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

WritersBlock, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
1.83/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

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.

Beaver13, Feb 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.2%

drummermattie02, Feb 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.2%

FreeKansas, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of thefluker
2.25/5  rDev -35%

thefluker, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thick yellow ish foam. Brew is deep ruby red. Lacing is null. Opaque.

Tartness? Grape. Vanilla. Fig.

Medium carbonation. Dare I say, Soured? Not a whole lot of oak or bourbon, but a ton of heat and booze. Sour.

I really wanted to give this brew 5's, but it's infected, badly... It's nothing enjoyable, unless you like sours, even then... Can't recommend.

chugalug06, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. :(

ArrogantB, Dec 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 24, 2013
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.

SHODriver, Jun 07, 2014
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2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Brownish amber slightly hazy brew. Pours with a modest head. Below average carbonation in the mouth. Medium body that is less sweet and less malty than most Barley Wines.

This reminds me more of a Long Island Iced Tea than any beer I can think of. Fairly thin and sharp flavor with a distinct boozy tang. This is not exactly sour, but it seems like there is not much esidual sugar left. A taste of Lemon Snapple with some vodka. The alcohol is quite noticeable Not much barrel flavor except for a faint woodiness. A bitter finish seems more medicinal and less hoppy.

This seems to get worse the more you drink. I should rate it lower but my ears are buzzing. It From the 22 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque.

mactrail, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of TenHornsProud
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky brown/red with a small white head.

Smells of bourbon.

Tastes of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is alcohol/bourbon/too damned carbonated.

This here ain't beer. This here is bourbon-beer tea. Drink if you want to not drink bourbon or beer???

I guess some people might enjoy this...

TenHornsProud, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

raffy313, Mar 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

marqoid, Aug 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Soto, Sep 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

bbfc, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, brown sugar, bourbon, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is definitely suffering from an infection issue but is actually not that offensive to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 17, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

kbutler1, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Boulevard 25cl tulip.

The pour is noticeably murky and the beer ends up looking like cloudy black tea, opaque and very much brown not red. A tight tan nearly half inch head formed on the pour but became a decent ring, leaving the middle mostly cleared of foam. Good retention for such a big, barreled beer.

Immediately noticeable is that distinctive bourbon bite that says America. What would we do without this corn distillate? Vanilla, sweet corn, caramel, toasted oak; it's more subtle barrel aromas, but so far there isn't a lot to back it up. There is a clean, almost minty scent that I associate with some Belgian yeast strains.

There's obvious oak with some tannins and the bourbon. The spirit imparts some of that back of the throat coating, cleaning, and singeing. Also the usual suspects of vanilla and caramel with coconut and light dried fruit. The base beer is severely underachieving for me. The barrel aging is executed very well, though this just seems like another vehicle for bourbon flavors, not an addition of flavors to improve the base beer.

Medium body, very slick, medium-low carb. It sits on the palette like bourbon; heavy and quite bitter of alcohol (a bit of hop bitterness).

Amazingly, this scores highest in drinkability. The fact that I like bourbon a lot coupled with the smooth alcohol of this beer make it a hell of an easy drinker for a Wild Turkey 101 barrel aged 12% Barleywine.

brewerburgundy, Feb 11, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle at Hazel's before reading the reviews here. I see a couple people report either infection or nasty sourness, so I'm skeptical.

Poured into two tulip glasses. A beautiful clear amber color, almost no head. Sweet, alcohol, barrel notes on the nose. Someone else reported "plastic" scent, but we think that's the barrel. Someone else reported rubbing alcohol smell -- we don't get that, either.

First sip: sour - surprisingly. Tart/fruity. You'd think a barrel might mellow that more. Malty barrel finish. No plastic (phew!), but a dominant tart-cherry, mouth-coating finish.

Later: poured the bottom of the bottle and the liquid gets cloudy. Taste is a little less bright, but is still about the same.

It's 10% ABV, and it tastes pretty hot.

I prefer a malty, smooth, carmelly barleywine and would probably not buy this one again. I don't think ours is flawed, but that sour note seems weird for the style.

mmapes, Mar 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

blindpiggie, Yesterday at 07:49 PM
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came to me from GabrielM in Secret Santa 2010. Thanks Gabe.

Kickin' Chicken Barleywine has a brown, translucent body and a solid looking tan head. Retention is fairly good, as the foam settles into a creamy collar, but no lacing is left behind.

The aroma isn't necessarily hot, but it is mostly just bourbon with some wood behind. Just a bit of barleywine peaks through.

Kickin' Chicken pretty much tastes like bourbon without the burn. Lots of whiskey up front, with some barrel characteristics behind it that include wood, vanilla. Some booze-soaked, fruity esters are somewhere in there. A bit of caramel and rich toffee work their way through the booze. The finish has a bit of a burn and a hint of alcohol.

Pretty low carbonation, not quite a big enough body.

This definitely has some kick to it, but it seems like the kick is all there is. The bourbon, although not unbearable, overwhelms the beer.

Hojaminbag, Feb 24, 2011
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Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.