Colonel Kernel | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
4.03/5
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76 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged barleywine brewed with a beaucoup de corn.

Added by AndyBrewsBeer on 01-07-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
76
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
19
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by cooch69:
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened this bottle at about 55 and it was over carbonated. Lost about an ounce or two.
I had the swirl my glass quite a bit to get the carbonation out because it just felt way too light on my tongue.
Much better once I got it a bit flatter.
This BA creation is quite a bit different that many of their other beers that I had.
Just like on the label, it is very caramel corny-ish in taste and in texture

A delight on the senses all around with caramel, bourbon, vanilla thick and chewy malts & some earthy yeast

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More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has lots of bourbon sweetness and some dried dark fruits. Taste starts as well with the bourbon but there is also an underlying earthy bitterness throughout. Really straightforward, tasty but I would like it less bitter.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Claydoe4
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, one-finger foamy off-white head has short retention, leaving only a ring around the glass

S- lots of caramel and toffee up front, along with earthy tobacco and leather. Brown bread and raisin, wet oak & bourbon all follow. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and some corn-like sweetness

T- sweet caramel and toffee notes follow the nose up front, followed by brown bread. Mid-palate gives plenty of bourbon barrel, but then falls off a bit, leaving only booze on the finish and linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a big boozy finish

O- a bit disappointed in this one, seemed fairly one dimensional, which only enhanced the booziness on the finish

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrojanRB
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DubiousGopher
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

White and silver striped foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 12/22/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, murky, dull mahogany with just under two fingers of fine beige head. A few hazy wisps dot the surface but no other signs of retention. There is something strangely appealing despite the cloudiness.

Sweet, inviting aromas of bourbon, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar plum and just a hint of candied nuts. Outstanding. This is one of those beers that I can't keep my nose away from.

The flavor masterfully blends rich bourbon, toffee, dark fruits, caramel, oaken earthy vanilla, kettle corn, brown sugar, corn flakes, raisin bread and a decent note of alcohol. The sweet luscious flavors makes any booze heat easily forgivable. This is an utterly delicious sipper.

Full, creamy body with supple carbonation. A combination of bourbon toffee coated kettle corn and booze drenched raisin bread keep pleasing the palate in the lingering finish.

The Bruery delivers a bold, multi layered, sweet, boozey beast of a barleywine. For my tastes Colonel Kernel is an outstanding experience.

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Photo of 1424IpA
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OnePuttBlunder
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy brown with a small head. Aromas and flavors of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisins, dried plums, prunes, some chocolate, vanilla, and oakiness from the barrel. Not a terribly high amount of alcohol heat. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Very good barleywine, here.

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Photo of suckaj
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dddddddd
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rand
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into tulip

Colonel Kernel is a big, bold yet super-smooth barleywine. And for a Bruery brew, its profile is more or less straight-down-the-middle. The nose is sugary and oaky, with corn syrup sweetness and suggestions of butterscotch. A little more dimensional on the palate, with the sweet aspects contrasted by notes of grainy bread and earthy oak. Still, lots of desert-like adjectives come to mind - vanilla, toffee, dates, and corn confectionery. With a medium mouthfeel and boozy levity, this leather-colored brew is satisfying, tasty and relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Spilt with rudzud

Pours a big fizzy fluffy head that fades at a med pace, light lacing murky dark ruby color

Nose is crazy, big sweet malts and loads of bourbon, caramel, vanilla oak and vanilla bourbon, a raw toasted dried corn, toffee and candy syrup, little booze, reddish candi malt, toffee, touch of biscuit

Taste brings sweet candy, pretty sweet in general, toffee, candy sweet little syrup and caramel, little bitterness, little booze and ester profile, some bourbon, vanilla barrel and toasted oak but lighter, then some mild corn, toasted corn is light, little chewy caramel fudge thing too, fruity note. Little bitterness and booze warmth late, sticky too

Mouth is fuller bod little fudgey chewy, nice carb, just a little booze warmth.

Overall really nice, booze hidden well, great bourbon and caramel malty base, nice toasted corn that's very unique and surprisingly pretty good.

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Colonel Kernel from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 76 ratings