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

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Kickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley WineKickin' Chicken Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine

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Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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!

Added by GabrielM on 10-24-2010

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4.57/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
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%?

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4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: Upon pouring out of the bomber, there was decent 2-3 finger head that lessened but kept a nice foam ring with continued lacing. This brew is murky and mostly opaque with a deep bronze color.

Smell: At first there is a strong vinegary / fruity smell, then strong caramel notes chime in. There are also hints of whiskey and wood with a slight smokiness. There are also some slight floral hop notes.

Feel: There is a nice medium-full bodied mouthfeel with this one. It is on the thicker / syrupy side (which may be a bit surprising with the whiskey and higher alcohol content).

Taste: There is an quick hop bite with a great deal of fruity tartness mixed in, but it is not overly sour. The tartness is soon offset by malt sweetness and other fruity / floral notes. There are mysterious hints of banana after the initial punch of tartness.

Overall: This barrel aged Barley Wine is quite different than expected. There are more fruit notes (banana?) and is a very rich brew. It is hard to believe that this one is 10% ABV as it is not overly noticeable and there are a lot of things going on other than just the alcohol. This is a decent Barley Wine that has been further conditioned from Santa Fe’s regular Barley Wine (Chicken Killer). There is a nice balance of bitterness and malts, but I am left wanting a little more hop flavor. If you like tart (but not sour) oaky/whiskey infused aged brews then I do not think you will be disappointed. If you do not like the taste of bananas, then I would say stay away from this one.

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4.06/5  rDev +17%
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.

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4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one poured a murky caramel color. There was just a wisp of a head that left no lacing. It has a nice nose. Lots of scents complementing each other but nothing overpowering. Bourbon, alcohol, caramel, vanilla, some fruit. The taste is good. A little sweet. Caramel malts, fruit, faint bourbon, slight oak, vanilla. A nice barleywine.

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3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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