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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,863
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 453
Gots: 1,587 | FT: 270
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013

Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.
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Photo of jruffner
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrs3994243
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ZBR101
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AndrewPalmer
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Josh012012
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I love bourbon but once again I just don't enjoy a BCBS product.

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wilmo831
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraigPWalker
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TPiwaron
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breakingbland
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at WOB (meh...) into a snifter. This beer is a nearly opaque brown with deep red highlights. The head is a handsome brownish tan.

Oddly, there wasn't much aroma: some vanilla and bourbon.

The taste was basically the usual bourbon and oaky vanilla. The interesting part was in the nuances: a trace of gingerbread, dried dark fruit with a definite and very pleasant caramelization. The aftertaste was a strong sweetness with a slight hoppy astringency.

The mouthfeel was perhaps my favorite part: very full and thick -- on the verge of syrupy. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to try this. In many ways it was like other bourbon barrel aged beers. But what sets it apart were the nuances (for example, the hint of caramelized dried dark fruits) and the full, deep body.

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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a tawny brown with limited head, and perhaps some black cheery highlights.

S: Very malty and lots of dark fruits--raisins, prunes, blackberry. Extremely rich port-like qualities,

M: Attenuation is incredible. Feels a tad sharp at times. Pleasant warmth on the way down; it takes some time to develop.

T: Has a mellow character bordering on blasé. Moments of molasses. Some dark bready malts. Dried plums, grapes. Some oxidated metallic, Definition of balance. Would pair very well with cheese. A very mature beer.

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4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ductape28
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TubaManJack
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have enjoyed both the 2013 & 2014 vintages on draft recently and found there was a fair bit difference between the two in the body and shear deliciousness.

While 2013 has a bit more "port" warmth, thinner body, earthy grain taste, and more bourbon compared to 2014 which had more plum/port fruit and fig sweetness to it. I'd be curious to see if it translated in to a side by side bottle comparison.

Photo of mattjcrawford
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jjd315
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobbypaulson
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cubs943
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this, it is pretty good.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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