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

Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley WineKickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 21.51%


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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zac16125

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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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beergoot

Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +9%
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

07-03-2013 03:25:21 | More by russpowell
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.06/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:26:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mmapes

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:06:11 | More by mmapes
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Beaver13

Colorado

1.83/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 05:36:32 | More by Beaver13
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DRyan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%?

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:50:03 | More by DRyan
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mactrail

California

2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:36:27 | More by mactrail
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +16%
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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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 18:15:19 | More by DenverLogan
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:30:02 | More by chugalug06
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
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. :(

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:59:10 | More by ArrogantB
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 21:47:33 | More by womencantsail
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/24/2012

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:32:55 | More by HopHead84
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 17:03:43 | More by TenHornsProud
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 04:29:10 | More by Mora2000
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 19:20:44 | More by Hojaminbag
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brewerburgundy

California

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:52:50 | More by brewerburgundy
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GregSVT

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:58:07 | More by GregSVT
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a burnt orange with strong thick white head... Sour and sweet on the nose with lots of malt coming through. Subtle bourbon characteristics with some interesting flavours... lots of belgiany flavours but doesn't taste much like a barleywine. Sharp and a bit thin on the tongue but too weak for a barleywine

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 16:57:56 | More by Urbancaver
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:22:55 | More by mothman
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:22:43 | More by kbutler1
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:12:35 | More by GabrielM
Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.