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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,967
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 487
Gots: 1,685 | FT: 279
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
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 Doh-Kay
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Illinasia
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of m_dub
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buckslayer50
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good, but really sweet. Could only drink one even if I wanted more but would get it again.

Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barleywine is not my favorite style of beer.

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

This was amazing! it tasted similar to BCBS. The best Barley wine I've ever had.

Photo of pmbasile06
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KidSalami
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BB1980
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barhoc11
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ryanflc
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ksolekjr
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very balanced and tasty Barleywine

Photo of bespin15
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jstonerock24
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of budgreenhi1000
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of BryanPeterson
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of chart813
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Very dark ruby red. Almost black. Basically zero head and retention from a careful pour.

S: Vanilla, sweet molasses and caramel, chocolate, huge bourbon and slight earthy hops.

T: Vanilla, molasses, chocolate and dark fruit take a back seat to the huge sweet bourbon. Slight hoppy and bitter aftermath.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, decent carbonation. Little bitterness from the hops of a typical barleywine but barely detectable due to the bourbon.

O: Absolutely amazing. Usually I prefer this beer with a year or two on it but the freshness of the base beer coupled with the hands-down best bourbon barrel technique has this beer in a class of its own. Sucuba, sit back down.

Photo of Ryan1
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jancona
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The chocolate and barrel flavor combine for a bit of a port wine vibe. Exceptional beer. A sipper for sure! Enjoyed it on tap.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,967 ratings.