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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,988
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 331
Gots: 1,039 | FT: 203
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in third use bourbon barrels (previously bourbon and Bourbon County Brand Stout).

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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minterro

Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +2.4%

Served as the start to the goose island themed tasting (we did start with Fred from Hair of the Dog). Short notes from 7/27/14. Bottled 9/17/13. Served in a snifter.

A&S: The beer is a murky brown color. Pieces of unfiltered specks float around the bottom of this beer. No head present when poured. The aroma was amazing, it was the kind of smell you wish could be stuck in your nose all day. Caramel tones blended with raisins, sugary belgian candy sweetness, and boozy bourbon tones. Really about as good as I have seen it.

T&M: This beer was extremely complex, transforming and opening up continuously as it sat in the glass. It started with a characteristic that most decent barleywines share dark fruit tones. The dark fruits were primarily raisins but later on I think I got some plums. Towards the end I was odd enough picking up on some dark chocolate flavors. No real hop presence. The carbonation quantity was excellent, just right to make it not completely dead, but not too much to make it any bit sharp. Body wasn't as thick as it could have been, but I was for sure more than just a medium thickness.

Overall: The was the opener for the afternoon and I have to say I like it the best! All three (this one, the cherry rye, and the coffee) of the goose island specialties were spectacular, but for me, this one took the cake. I would be interested to see how this beer develops, however it would be a tough task considering it was so epic at this stage. One of my favorite beers I have had the pleasure to try this year.

07-31-2014 01:38:35 | More by minterro
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KnowYourCraft

California

4.98/5  rDev +9.9%

A: I was a little surprised here, but not that surprised considering a stout was previously used in these barrels, it pours that magnificent dark ruby/burgundy color, but resting in the glass it is pitch black like a stout, left an espresso colored head as well, the beer looked great but I think it would have been just that much better if it was that dark ruby/burgundy color you got from the pour

S: Up front I got booze, bourbon, and dark fruits, then it mellowed out with some caramel, toffee, and coconut. I absolutely love how this beer smells, a perfect blend of barley wine and stout!

T: Initial flavors are bourbon chocolate and dark fruits, very reminiscent of BCBS, but then transitions to the barley wine side and you get booze, caramel toffee, and light hints of coconut, again I love how this beer tastes, stout/barleywine mix, it is crazy good!

M: Very much like the bourbon county line ups, syrupy, smooth, dries quickly, and the taste lingers but compliments the beer!

O: It is not a very traditional barley wine, but damn it is good!

07-18-2014 05:19:55 | More by KnowYourCraft
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luspher


4.92/5  rDev +8.6%

08-30-2014 02:33:00 | More by luspher
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guajolote

Oregon

4/5  rDev -11.7%

08-30-2014 00:16:42 | More by guajolote
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bfitzge2

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

08-29-2014 23:16:30 | More by bfitzge2
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lukasz

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

08-29-2014 18:22:19 | More by lukasz
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messemcb

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-29-2014 07:58:35 | More by messemcb
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millertime416

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

08-29-2014 07:01:04 | More by millertime416
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-29-2014 06:21:32 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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jstout26

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-29-2014 00:35:53 | More by jstout26
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dominic4beer

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-28-2014 23:17:08 | More by dominic4beer
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sjjn

New York

4/5  rDev -11.7%

08-28-2014 15:59:18 | More by sjjn
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Flight317

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

This one is beyond good. An easy drinking brew with a sweet dark fruit taste. Very limited carbonation. I could drink this and still wonder if it contained alcohol even though it was laid to rest in a bourbon barrel. If you like barleywines this is it!

08-28-2014 06:49:22 | More by Flight317
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Rich1818

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

08-28-2014 03:48:30 | More by Rich1818
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Oliversarmy1085

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Mertzy81

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

08-28-2014 03:10:45 | More by Mertzy81
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moneynoobject

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-27-2014 02:11:30 | More by moneynoobject
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GuidedByBill

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.7%

08-27-2014 01:47:33 | More by GuidedByBill
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kotzbauerm

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-27-2014 00:52:39 | More by kotzbauerm
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Desp59

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -55.8%

08-26-2014 15:45:25 | More by Desp59
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ianw87

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-26-2014 02:32:46 | More by ianw87
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JPJAM

Arizona

5/5  rDev +10.4%

08-25-2014 22:06:15 | More by JPJAM
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smithj2154

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

08-25-2014 20:14:03 | More by smithj2154
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rightcoast7

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-25-2014 10:32:34 | More by rightcoast7
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SirElton

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-25-2014 05:05:41 | More by SirElton
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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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