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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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Photo of mactrail
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 BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

BJasny, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

jmarsh123, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of 00chris
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

00chris, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of DenverLogan
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

DenverLogan, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of QCABeerTour
4/5  rDev +15.6%

QCABeerTour, Dec 29, 2012
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
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

ucsbmullet, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of mfield14
4/5  rDev +15.6%

mfield14, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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 tsblack05
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

tsblack05, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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
Photo of babybew
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

babybew, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2011
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
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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 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
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
Photo of GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

GregSVT, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Urbancaver, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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 kbutler1
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 GabrielM
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

GabrielM, Oct 24, 2010
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Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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