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

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Allurex, Nov 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35%

thefluker, Oct 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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

bbfc, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cwreay90, Jun 20, 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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

rkmcdonal23, May 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jheezee, May 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

greenbr, Apr 23, 2013
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1/5  rDev -71.1%

valarking, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

adkieffer, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

raffy313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of mmapes
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

MarkyMOD, Feb 28, 2013
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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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of DRyan
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
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%?

DRyan, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

vcoggins, Feb 22, 2013
Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.