Queen's Knickers | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English Style Old Ale aged in freshly dumped brandy barrels and then aged for 1 year.

Added by IPAcraig on 03-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Growlers sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a brownish-red with very little head to note. Perhaps the growler takes away from the head, though I've only had this beer in this format.

Smells of pine, raisins, oak, whiskey, sour grapes, wet grass, strawberry, and hard candy.

The taste is remarkable. This is one of my favorite beers to get on the growler program from BBC at Party Town in Florence, KY. It is a smooth ale, with hints of oak, cinnamon, lavender, white pepper, raisins, pine, and bitter hops. The flavor of this beer is remarkable.

For the ABV, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. It has a nice smooth drinkability, piny hoppy notes, and that beautiful oaky finish from the brandy barrels.

This is one to seek out. It's a delicious old ale that can be enjoyed throughout the evening.

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

Review is from notes taken on 4/12/2010 and poured from the growler to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a lovely caramel color with ruby highlights; starts with a 1/2 finger head that is light tan in color and looks creamy; the head fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; body is a little hazy, but still manages to show some signs of moderate carbonation; nice washes of thick lacing coat the sides of the glass, which catch me off guard because I typically find little retention with this style and there's more of an oily residue that is typically left behind.

Smell: Nice sweet caramel with a touch of warms spiciness to it; slight hint of woody vanilla; bit of an alcoholic whiff, but it seems pretty well blended. Smell definitely comes out as the beer warms in the glass (the chiller system for the growler station at Party Town in Florence, KY tends to run a little on the cold side).

Taste: Nice sweet caramel maltiness and a firm compliment of the warm spices that were mentioned in the nose; I pick up on some citrusy hops in the back, also, like the smell, there is a vapor of alcohol present on the breath, but it's still pretty well-blended. It seems that the ABV is all over the place with this beer -- at the time of this review, it's listed on the site at being 8%, but the growler station had it listed at 11% -- it definitely feels closer to the 11%.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; carbonation is very present, but it is very soft and definitely keeps the body smooth and creamy; a pretty thick coating is left on the roof of the mouth and the belly is left quite warm from that ABV.

Drinkability: Not too shabby for something that's this big and a tad on the heavy side; the ABV definitely sneaks up, but hey, as long as I'm not driving anywhere, I'll gladly have a 2-3 snifters of this one. Can't wait to get a hold of the brandy barrel-aged version.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip,nice ruby color with decent head retention and lacing.nice floral/slightly herbal hop aroma in the nose.bit of alcohol,smells kind of like an apple.

bit of sweetness upfront,follows through with caramel sweetness,oak flavor and brandy come through midway.nice hop bitterness and vanilla oak flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.this beer is full of malt flavor and sweetness but it is not disgustingly sweet.

decent mouthfeel,would like a bit more body but i feel like im being picky here.for the price point,a growler of this beer is a steal.very well done.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint at the Mellow Mushroom in Lexington. A new offering by the brewery that I didn't previously know about. The indication of American amber ale seems odd to me. Upon the first taste, everyting about the beer screemed English bitter. The aroma gives a burst of juicy caramel malts- perhaps a bit underattenuated, very fruity esters, and a grassy-pine-hop bitterness with interspersed citrus notes. Flavors pick up on the caramels and bring out a big fruity flavor of peaches, pears, mangos, and appricots. A mild toasty flavor begins to round out the malts, providing depth and variety. The textures are light and malty, allowing the hop flavor to take hold and to clean up the beer a lot. finishes with a fresh-grass, pine, caramel-fruity note. Quite a nice beer- but not an amber.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at 3 Crow Bar in East Nashville.

It pours a very bright red with a nice, 2-inch, off white head.

This beer has a great floral hop character that is about as strong as an IPA. It is complimented by a light sweet caramel maltiness.

This beer has a bold taste that I was not expecting from this Red Ale. It has a nice assertive grapefruit hop character and a fairly big malt backbone.

Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

This was a very nice beer, and a very well done Imperial Red. The hops are bold yet restrained. The malt character lacks some depth, but it still makes for a very drinkable brew.

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Queen's Knickers from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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