Wednesday, July 29, 2009

There's no bad Bourbon Ale, only better Bourbon Ale

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (7-9% abv) Apparently, they are still working on their gazintas.


Founders Backwoods Bastard Bourbon Barrel Aged Ale (10.2% abv)


Only a fool of a Took would not love this beer!

A word on temperature: Drink these beers at 50-60° F. Any colder, and you miss out on a lot of the flavor.

How does the Kentucky beer taste? Mmmm, oh man, that's good.
How does the Founders taste? Oh man, mmmm, that's good.

You can do better than that: The Kentucky ale is amber in color with one uniform and delicious flavor. The first time that I tasted it, I thought of caramel, it does not have a strong "beer" taste. The Founders is darker in color and tastes like an ale (aka "beer") with a bourbon finish. I can almost feel the burn. It's more complex, more bitter, and also very tasty. Drink these beers from a snifter. The aromas are awesome! If I had to drink two bottles, I would drink the Kentucky ale, in fact, most people will probably prefer it. It is smoother. If I was only drinking one bottle, it would be the Founders. It's the kind of beer that you can poor into small glasses and share as an aperitif or an after dinner drink.

Who's the winner? Me!

Kentucky Bourbon Ale: A
Founders Backwoods Bastard: A

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