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

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BA SCORE
80
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 20.46%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

kjkinsey, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -13.5%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13.5%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

russpowell, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

MarkyMOD, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +15.3%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

mothman, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

afsdan, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

HopHead84, Mar 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

drummermattie02, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
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
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

tommy5, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

st9647v3, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jheezee, May 09, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
1.83/5  rDev -47.3%
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
Photo of thufflife
4/5  rDev +15.3%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

beergoot, Feb 06, 2014
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Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.