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Bardstown Brand Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels - Olde Hickory Brewery

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89
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wcudwight on 03-18-2008)
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Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +23.5%

EasyReader, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rich brownish color with hints of ruby around the edges. A slight bit of light coming through revealed some haze and a touch of sediment. A towering head of almost three inches glazed over the top of the glass and hung around for what seemed like forever before it finally settled down into a nice one finger layer of impenetrable foam. Rich side glass presentation as well just capped off the entire thing just wonderfully. One of the best looking, if not the best looking Barley wine I have ever seen.

The aroma was a heavy hitter right from the start. Tons of bourbon just wreaking havoc, had to let it calm down, revealing some nice hints of woody and earthy tones. Hints of vanilla and of all things chocolate starting to come through now. Very complex and nice, this was shaping up to be a winner already. The flavor was just drop down beautiful. Loads of rich bourbon and wood flavors coming through in the most wonderful of arrangements. Caramel and molasses seamless blended with touches of chocolate and dark fruits. Really just a whole another level of barley wine.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of bobertkuekn
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

bobertkuekn, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

mikeincharleston, May 19, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Thanks again to Ratman for another awesome vintage beer experience. Poured from the bomber a nice burnished orange color with a decent white head. Great bourbon, oak, vanilla and brown sugar aromas. Great bourbon flavor on the palate, nicely integrated with the sweet malt, caramel and alcohol. This beer has aged wonderfully, and the bourbon character is still (obviously) very prevalent. I love most of these barrel aged barley wines, and think this style works better than most in the wood.

emmasdad, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Mantooth, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

robwestcott, May 01, 2013
Photo of JCam9981
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

JCam9981, May 13, 2013
Photo of joepais
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to uncleJedi for this treat.

I split the bottle with a few friends into snifters. I was greeted with a nice two finger off white head sitting on top of an amber body brew. There was a slight oxidized aroma coming thru in the nose I chalk it up to age even though the bottle was waxed. (so drink them if you got them) you still are getting a nice bourbon vanilla note from the barrel and of coarse you great sweet caramel from the malts. The flavor is the same as the nose only in reverse. You first get the sweetness followed up with a good vanilla bourbon note. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy so it translates into a great sipping drink. Overall I enjoyed this brew and would love to revisit it again.

joepais, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Orange/amber pour with a creamish head. Quite a bit of vanilla and oak araomas, some sweet malt, raisin molasses. Mouthfeel is quite sticky, but not real thick. A sipper for sure. Loads of malt, caramel and vanilla barrel in the flavors. If you want a west coast barleywine, you will not like this. Luckliy I did not, so I found this to be excellent. An under-rated Enlgish barleywine. Slight char finish. This is the first item bottled by OHB, so I bought a couple as well.

Bung, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of ottovon
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stoutfiend27 for this one! it is a 2007.

A: a nice coppery, reddish brown color with an off-white head.

S: great aroma. smells of bourbon, vanilla, and toffee

T: just like the aroma pretty much. you get vanilla, bourbon, and caramel.

M: medium body with low carbonation. a very smooth barleywine.

D: this is a great beer and i wish i had more of this one. I could drink this often.

ottovon, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of n2185
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A: pours a slightly hazy copper with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of caramel and vanilla up front. Oak and bourbon notes follow. Smells great and smooth.

T: similar to the aroma, tons and tons of caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Super smooth finish with slight yeast and sweet bread notes.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is smooth and thick without being cloyingly sweet.

O: a really good beer. Not terribly complex, but delicious and smells great while being super smooth.

n2185, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of scifan
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super excited to try such an under the radar kind of brew. Definitely suprised to find this after this 2007 release. I think that if this was a one day hyped up release that this would be a highly sought after beer. Anyway on to the review. Poured into a wine glass from a wax covered 22oz bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a nice white head that quickly settles into a small ring around a glass. Smells freakin awesome. Sweet caramel malts hit the nose along with woody oaky notes, with a nice vanilla smells as well. The first sip reveals a much stronger bourbon flavor than the nose would imply. I couldn't imagine this beer fresh this bottle is from 07 and the bourbon is very intense. Big oaky, vanilla flavors with a ton of bourbon as well. There's a nice sweet maltiness to balance some of the bourbon. But if you're not a fan you probably will not enjoy this beer. There's a lovely alcohol burn that warms the throat as you swallow. Perfectly carbonated and its not too thick or cloying. This one is definitely a sipper though as the alcohol is pretty intense. Can't wait to see what a few more years does to this one. This is the first barrel aged barley wine I've had and I can't wait to try more if all are as good as this one.

scifan, Nov 21, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cherry wood in color. With some ruby. Somewhat resembles a red wine. Highly carbonated head rises to 1/2" and then quickly falls. One small ring of white lace clings to the top.
Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon in the aroma. Also some sweet malts.
Big thick malty flavor. Raisin bread. And of course bourbon. The bourbon flavor is long lasting and adds to the excellent finish. I love the way the flavor just lingers after each sip.
Big, filling beer. Thick mouthfeel.
It's a slow sipper but I think it's easy enough to drink given the style and type of beer it is.
This is the first bottled offering from OHB and they couldn't have chosen a better one.

wcudwight, Mar 18, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bcp5296d, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ByTor2112
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of Amber with very little head forming. A thin ring of foam and small bubbles gets fed early on by a small bit of active carbonation.
Aroma-dried fruit, not figs but maybe some raisins that is coupled with a nice boozy aroma. Some caramel candy notes in there too.
Mouthfeel-medium carbonation delivers a smooth malt profile that is full of sweeter bourbon flavors. A froth on the palate stirs up a medium hop bitterness and then....Then, the bourbon barrel comes pushing through. Very aggressive and a vigorous swish is needed to release it. It is rather hearty and robust with the oak coming through along with a hint of vanilla. Not too tannic or astringent. A great English style Barleywine meets Kentucky bourbon. this one was done very well.

ByTor2112, Mar 02, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish brown with a medium frothy head that slowly fades to a ring. Smell is huge on the bourbon, with lots of malt in there as well. Very focused on the barrel though. Really enjoyed the taste of this one. It was almost like drinking a very fine whiskey with some carbonation to it, though there was obviously more to it. Caramel, toffee, toasted malts, brown sugar, and dark fruit. The barrel is again very strong here, though not overwhelming to me. Beautiful flavors of vanilla and oak compliment the heavily malted brew. I didn't even think hops while drinking this one. It wasn't quite on the same level but reminded me of a young BBBW from Kuhnhenn. Pretty full, somewhat thick, with a nice warming sensation. Definitely a sipper here, though one I wouldn't mind sipping by any means. I can see this beer aging extremely well and plan on buying a couple bottles just for that reason.

ncvbc, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nickd717 shared this fine tick. 2007 vintage.

Sunset amber, lightly hazy and topped by a thin white head. The head quickly settles to a collar.

Nutty, caramelized nose. Plenty of oxidation in the form of sherry and cocoa powder. No heat left, this is mellow but still very aromatic. A little leathery, musty. Pleasant oak barrel character, though there's little in the way of bourbon.

Pretty nice on the tongue. A lot of oxidation, butterscotch, toasted nuts. Oak and sherry, notes of leather. Medium-full body. Heavy tannins, oak and oxidation in the finish. Only moderately sweet. Enjoyable stuff.

largadeer, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brentk56 for this bottle from Secret Santa 2010, 2007 vintage. Poured into a New Belgium goblet. The beer pours a hazy copper-amber color with a ruby center. There is a thin white head that quickly fades to a tight ring around the top of the beer.

The beer smells like toffee, barrel and bourbon, very upfront, concise and clean. There is a nice hoppy background (unexpected surprise from a beer that's more than 3 years old) along with some vanilla and leather.

The flavors follow the smell closely, this is a very mellow barrel aged barleywine, nice and balanced. Sweet butterscotch, toffee and vanilla introduce the flavors followed by the strong barrel presence. The barrel brings along hints of bourbon and wood, with a little residual grassy/earthy hops in the finish.

The beer is nice and smooth, well balanced and the alcohol is still present but has definitely taken a backseat. I would like to have tried this beer fresh for comparison, but it seems to be aging very well. I drank half the bomber, and I would have happily had another glass. Glad I got the opportunity to try this one.

rpstevens, Jan 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with NachlamSie (thanks!). 2007 Vintage.

Poured a medium to deeper amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Initial pour was clear which clouded up towards the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, nuttiness, and some citrus. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, some dark fruits, and wood. Some alcohol in the finish.

hopdog, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jon for busting out this rarity at an impromtu tasting on 8/10.
2007 vintage

a - nice murky orange with a thin off-white vanilla head. some streaky lacing, but not much activity. the color is quite nice.

s - really nice. caramel. toffee. some vanilla oak with bourbon. very smooth smelling.

t - a bit of heat, but seems to have held up really nicely. lots of toffee.

m - a bit of a bite for a beer of this vintage, but relatively smooth for a bourbon barrel barleywine.

o - overall, a reallyl nice treat. still has some heat, but the toffee and the wood is excellent.

cosmicevan, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of chaz410
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from an employee at Olde Hickory Brewing.
Pours a deep amber ruby body with a nice modest off white head.
Smells of a massive combination of strong barley wine and oak. THere's flavors of raisons, plums and caramel on the nose with lots of vanilla and toasted notes from the oak.
The taste is very intense. Bourbon and dark fruit play out initially. There's lots of caramel and toasted notes. Hints of chocolate and toffee ring out.
Not very drinkable due to the high ABV but very smooth considering what it is.

chaz410, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rust color with a small tan head, and below average lacing. Below average carbonation with a sweet very strong smell of bourbon. Tastes of malt, bourbon, wood, and tobacco. Bittersweet with a woody bitter taste. heavy on the pallet, this beer cannot hide the wonderfully large ABV.

ATLbeerDog, May 04, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Stephen aka stoutfiend27 for throwing this 2007 bottle in as an extra in one of our trades. Poured this into my tulip, split with my girlfriend.

Dark amber liquid falls into the middle of glass, slowly collecting into a garnet body full of beautiful ruby hues in the light. The head that gathers is coarse and light, dissipating to a thin rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacing forms, though there are decent legs upon a swirl.

Even as I pour it, I can smell the bourbon flowing freely from the mouth of the glass. Syrupy booziness is also evident in front of woody vanilla aromass. The front of the aroma also brings forth some spices, an interesting character for an American barleywine. The taste is similar, with a bit of syrupy barley malt combining with spice, vanilla, and a finish of oakiness. The aftertaste is nutty, almost like and English barleywine. Despite the bourbon-filled aroma, the taste is nicely balanced.

Somewhat thin, but a good syrupy feeling on top of a nicely balanced body. The carbonation is a touch high, but overall, this is pretty decent as far as drinkability goes. I have no big complaints here. I would seek it out again, especially since the bourbon did such a good job enhancing the flavor and not taking it over.

NittanyBeerFan, May 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 26, 2013
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Bardstown Brand Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels from Olde Hickory Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.