Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,744
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,461 | FT: 247
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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Photo of snaotheus
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014-12-28
12oz bottle split into four samplers (of various size, shapes, and materials).

Pours dark brown, slightly translucent. Aroma is alcohol and wood, slight cherry, slight smoke.

Taste is dominated by alcohol, but fades into a lighter fruitier, sweeter flavor. Mild roast bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mild. Overall, very good.

Photo of JHasson8
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T-34-85
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Beer, but not your everyday fare.

Pours inky dark and opaque with no head/foam.

An amazingly deep aroma, with the presence of dark dried fruits, leather, and sweetness.

The taste again exhibits a rich and complex mixture of flavors including dark fruits and a healthy level of sweetness. The high ABV is well masked by other characteristics present in this beer, and thus does not come off as being overly boozy.

The beer coats the mouth with a syrupy consistency and has no perceptible carbonation.

Overall, this is an amazing beer, and should be experienced by all those interested

Photo of riTLce
3.96/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip, bottled 9/24/14

A: Rich mahogany, cognac tint in the shallower areas. Thick looking with mini suspended bubbles, minimal cola like foam dissipates quickly. Viscous coating on top

S: Malt bomb, earthy sweetness. Strong bourbon and oak scents, vanilla as well.

T: Sugar cane like sweetness, toffee, caramel, strong bourbon flavor. As the beer warms it seems the sugar cane is either less present or I got used to the flavor, which is for the best.

M: Thick, full bodied and heavy. Very little carbonation.

O: Good barleywine, although I was a little bit underwhelmed on the hype. Through the duration of drinking this I could not shake the strong sugar cane sweetness that was a bit overpowering. Personally I think the Uinta Anniversary barleywine is a more balanced example of the style.

Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopstermonster1
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of zachpaschal
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wulfie85
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of richkrull
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of infinitebruner
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

December 24, 2014

12 oz bottle, red wine glass

A – Very dark brown, with a light brown foam head of less than a centimeter. Very short retention. Thick, viscous, sweet-looking.

S – Sherry, port wine, dark raisins, dark semi-sweet molasses. Seems to have taken on a lot of the BCS character. Bourbon and booze are strong, but don’t seem to be hot. Some cherries, toffee, and other fruity esters. Not much bitterness or hop aroma.

T – A ton of sweet, malty sugars, dark but not roasty. The sherry and port are prominent here, as well as golden raisins and perhaps cooked apples. Bourbon, BCS, booze are very apparent but very smooth. Some mild bitterness but not a lot of hop flavor. Very sweet, perhaps slightly unbalanced in that direction.

M – Very sweet, thick but somewhat light considering the depth here. Bitterness comes through on the finish. Alcohol warmth lasts throughout.

O – An incredibly well-constructed, complex beer. However, I would like to revisit after additional aging. There is a bit of a bite that I didn’t get in the ’13 vintage that should smooth out over time. Still, quite fantastic as is.

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Snellgg5
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leantom
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Boy, this one was great! I liked it more than the BCBS. Here goes:

A: Good. Beer pours reddish-black with a massive head (far larger than BCBS) that readily dissipates, giving way to substantial lacing.

S: Excellent. Lots of vanilla from the oak. Substantial darkly-kilned caramel and amber malts give off dark fruit, caramel, and toffee flavors

T: Perfect. Taste follows the nose. Lots of vanilla from the oak; toffee, caramael, plum, and raisins from the malt. The flavors, however, are perfectly balanced - nothing feels excessive or out-of-place.

M: Sticky, thick bourbony mouthfeel. Great.

O: Great beer. Liked it slightly more than BCBS

Photo of KensWorld
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of joegdmb
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 version. Pours a dark cola with a light, tan ring of a head. Aroma of big bourbon booze, vanilla, damp wood, and a touch of coconut. Taste is much like other BC ales that smack you around with the intense sweetness unlike many others. Syrupy with dark fruits, toffee, caramels, and more oaky-vanilla notes. Feel is creamy, somewhat boozy, and silky smooth. Obviously, a very solid BA barleywine. Right there with Sucaba, but a step or 2 below Straight Jacket for me.

Photo of Jakethesnake503
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zbrown2307
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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