Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -47.3%
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.
02-25-2013 05:36:32 | More by Beaver13
2.5/5 rDev -28%
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.
12-18-2012 01:30:02 | More by chugalug06
2.73/5 rDev -21.3%
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. :(
12-02-2012 05:59:10 | More by ArrogantB
2.86/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
06-07-2014 02:14:56 | More by SHODriver
2.86/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
02-16-2013 05:36:27 | More by mactrail
2.9/5 rDev -16.4%
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...
11-20-2011 17:03:43 | More by TenHornsProud
3.06/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
06-17-2013 03:26:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.13/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
11-20-2010 00:22:43 | More by kbutler1
3.15/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
02-11-2011 01:52:50 | More by brewerburgundy
3.15/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
03-01-2013 01:06:11 | More by mmapes
3.25/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
02-24-2011 19:20:44 | More by Hojaminbag
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.38/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured into Stone Old Guardian glass.
Pours a light layer of beige head. Color is a burnt orange rust.
Aroma: Straight up bourbon and oak. I am having a hard time distinguishing this is a bwine. It seems more of an American strong ale that has been -bal aged. It has malts and dark fruits, but the bourbon covers everything up. Hints if vanilla.
Taste: Again, more bourbon and then some. Don't get me wrong, I like the bourbon flavors, but they take away so much of the base beer itself that it is hard to tell what the base beer is. It has some raisins and dried cherries with a bit of bready malts and some caramel. Vanilla mixes in there as well.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warming. Medium to full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and hot.
Overall, I pretty much said it already, the bals took this beer over. I somewhat like it, but it has no complexity or depth to it. Somewhat drinkable, but for they style this is a bit of a let down. I have had much better bal aged beers.
11-20-2010 00:22:55 | More by mothman
3.39/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-06-2014 02:59:20 | More by beergoot
Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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