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    Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Had someone mention bourbon ale/beer recently
    and while I'm not a beer drinker at all, my wife
    seems interested so I thought I'd ask here if
    anyone has any recommendations.

    I did a quick check on-line and found these listed
    as being not half bad. If anyone has comments
    on these (or any others), I'd be interested in hearing
    your thoughts. Are they basically beer and if you
    hate beer, you'll hate these? Or are some more
    "bourbony" than others?

    The District Chophouse's Bourbon Stout

    Allagash Curieux Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel
    Allagash Odyssey
    Allagash Musette

    Kentucky Bourbon Ale

    Sprecher's Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
    Bourbon Barrel Dopple Bock
    Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
    Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

    Anheuser-Busch's Winter Bourbon Cask Ale

    Weyerbacher Insanity

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by silverfish View Post

    Anheuser-Busch's Winter Bourbon Cask Ale
    Tastes like they poured sugar and vanilla extract in it.
    Not good.
    ovh

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    Tastes like they poured sugar and vanilla extract in it.
    Not good.
    I'm with Oscar on the A-B Bourbon Cask Ale. Not good, at all.

    But....the Allagash Curieux is mind blowing, if not cheap. I highly recommend it.
    There's also the Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout, which is awesome, as well.
    JOE

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Seem to me that different beers benefit or get less good from maturing in bourbon barrel. For my personal taste for example Yeti gets better and Gonzo gets worse.

    Leif
    Swedish lover of American whiskey

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    It depends how much you want to spend. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is ok. Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout is supposed to be awesome, but expect to pay a lot for it. BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout is pretty good. There are plenty out there, but I haven't been able to try that many. www.ratebeer.com is a good site to get an idea. Try searching Kentucky or Bourbon.

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    I like the BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout. Also Goose Island does a bourbon barrel stout from time to time, but I don't believe they bottle it. I've had it at Hopleaf and it is awesome, but very heavy.

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Chuck,

    Goose Island does bottle a bourbon stout (at least sometimes)....I picked up some at Sam's last year. I liked it better than the Breakfast Stout and it was cheaper.

    Tom

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by ODaniel View Post
    I www.ratebeer.com is a good site to get an idea. Try searching Kentucky or Bourbon.
    There are Swedish beer on place 2 and 24 from a very small micro brewery could Närkes kulturbryggeri. I have visited it twice and it is very small. First time all had there regular jobs and they did the brewing in evenings and weekends, but now one man works full time. The 2 beers are the same except that no 2 is matured in a bourbon barrel. I like no 24 better.

    Leif
    Swedish lover of American whiskey

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Thanks to all who replied (and especially for
    the ratebeer link - a VERY helpful site!)

    Appreciate the warning about the A-B Cask Ale.
    Tho' it'd probably be the easiest to find, I'll try'n
    steer clear. Based on your comments and the
    RB ratings, I think I'll be looking for some of
    these as my first steps:

    Goose Island Bourbon County stout
    Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)
    Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout
    Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
    Allagash bottlings

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    Re: Bourbon ale/beer recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by silverfish View Post
    Based on your comments and the
    RB ratings, I think I'll be looking for some of
    these as my first steps:

    Goose Island Bourbon County stout
    I love that one!

    Leif
    Swedish lover of American whiskey

 

 

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