Kentucky Wild | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DoubleJ on 08-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The pour is a slightly muddled dark brown color with just about no head to speak of.

S: A light lactic tartness is obvious up-front, followed by a strong bourbon and barrel character. The charred oak, vanilla, and alcohol come through with a bit of dark fruits on the back end.

T: The bourbon qualities are very apparent in the flavor profile. A strong sweetness from caramel malts and the vanilla from the barrel. A nice oak and char note with only a mild sourness on the finish. One unfortunate aspect of the beer is the noticeable alcohol taste.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

D: Not the best sour I've come across, likely because of the strong bourbon and alcohol presence.

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Photo of illidurit
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler shared at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a clear dark gold/bronze color with a light tan head. Aroma starts out with deep sweet fruitiness but then melds into a huge solvent note. Sharp woody acidity comes through in the smell in taste, with sour fruits and a solid amount of sweeter malts to back it up. Very weird beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange to light brown with a soft off-white head, nice retention through the whole beer.

S: Definite barrel notes of vanilla, wood, molasses, light acid.

T: This is interesting, I get the bourbon barrel initially, then when I'm expecting something like a stout, I get a tasty sour red ale type beer. Great mix of flavours and complex, I think more brewers should try this out.

M: Solid body, moderate acidity, medium/high barrel character.

D: A very impressive wild ale from the local brewery, this is quite well done.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sour beer aged in whiskey barrels for 15 months? Cool! On-tap at Beachwood BBQ's sour fest, on to the beer:

Dark orange/amber hues in color. even as I heald this beer in my hand while drinking with my other, the head on top heald up. So by now, this beer is....lukecool(?). Big whiff of the whiskey barrel and wood. Faint tartness. In the taste, it is all about the whiskey barrel. Extremely mellow whiskey dominates without any harshness. There isn't much sour about this one....except for the sour mash whiskey. Went down easy, though not one I'd like to have a lot of samplings of.

When I tried it at Bootlegger's two months ago, the whiskey was quite strong in the end and you could taste some of the tartness in the begining. This version is much more mellow, and personally, I like it better.

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Kentucky Wild from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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