Kentucky Christmas | Hopworks Urban Brewery

BA SCORE
87.1%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 31 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by Docer on 12-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,244
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
31
Liked:
27
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
11.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
0
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 8
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.82/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KellyFromPortland
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a poor man's Adam from the wood.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakewatt135
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

10oz Pilsner glass, at the Hopworks tap takeover at Underground in Edmonton. This is apparently the Abominable Winter Ale, aged in Kentucky wood.

This beer appears a hazy, almost layered-seeming, and singed bronzed amber hue, with a thin cap of loosely foamy and bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of sparse, streaky painted lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of sugary caramel/toffee, acrid vanilla and Yankee whiskey soaked wood, soused orchard fruit - apple and orange, mostly - a bit of savoury spice, and leafy, weedy, and musty hops. The taste is still rather edgy Bourbon County all the way - boozy whiskey, disjointed caramel and vanilla, mild spice - before the heady base beer asserts its provenance, with the bready malt and big citrusy and lesser piney hops dusting off from that initial barrel bash over the head.

The bubbles are more or less sublimated by the woody intransigence, the body a decent medium weight, but just, the smoothness suffering equally and accordingly. It finishes on the sweet side, as the booze enhanced sugary character continues its dominance over everything I liked about the base beer.

Sigh - all these otherwise enjoyable American ales being raped and pillaged by the inferior barrel trappings of the Bluegrass State - say what? And just to add insult to injury here, winter is still more than a wee ways away, at least so far this year, eh?

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer that I sampled at the Bend Brewfest, scribbled some notes because it seemed like an odd choice for the summer.

Pours a bright and slightly hazy copper color with small white head.

Aromas are very barrel forward, some coconut, bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of sugary malts.

Taste is also barrel forward, but this beer is pretty refined and doesn't knock you over the head with big flavors. I mostly taste coconut, vanilla, some brown sugars, light tea, and bourbon. A hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is there, but it's well restrained.

Mouthfeel is really quite smooth with good body.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a very nice sipping beer, good barrel flavors, but not over the top.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of loren01
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear copper color, very slight head and lacing
S: Very much full of oak and vanilla. Also some piney hop scents in there.
T: Once again, lots of oak with slight bourbon. Both citrusy and piney hop flavors.
M: Medium bodied beer, ETOH is not very well hidden, has a pretty good bite to it.
O: This is a really good beer, would get this one again for sure.

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Kentucky Christmas from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 31 ratings
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