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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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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: GabrielM on 10-24-2010

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!
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 25
Photo of mmapes
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Beaver13
1.87/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of DRyan
4.21/5  rDev +21%
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%?

Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of mactrail
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of 00chris
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of DenverLogan
4.21/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of QCABeerTour
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of chugalug06
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.74/5  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. :(

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of mfield14
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of tsblack05
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of babybew
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TenHornsProud
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
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...

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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