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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,055
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 345
Gots: 1,063 | FT: 201
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Incredibly flavorful baelwywine -- tastes strongly of carmel and/or molasses.

ADU, Sep 09, 2014
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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!

Flight317, Aug 28, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours rich mahogany with a minimal cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Thick and unfiltered look. Sep 24 2013 bottling date. Nose is malt, caramel, whiskey and cigar with background notes of brown sugary sweetness. Taste follows the nose..slow and sweet with just a little heat. Flavor is buttery and rich. Mouthfeel thick and gratifying. Overall, an outstanding barleywine with a lot to offer for the style.

fgmiele, Jul 31, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -13.2%

Another outstanding brew from Goose Island. What it lacks in appearance it makes up for in taste, twofold. Barleywines, nowadays, seem to lack that barley presence in favor of the coffee/chocolate tastes. This is not one of those. The head lacing are virtually nonexistent. So what? If you have no fear of the dark you will feel right at home here.

seedyone, Jul 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

incredible mouth feel and texture i was blown away

brianlapointe, Yesterday at 10:33 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +6%

On-tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours mahogany with a head that becomes a lasting ring, leaving some trailing lace.

The smell is very rich and malty - toffee, nougat, with dried fruits

The taste is of rich, sweet malt - toffee and nougat backed by dried fruits. A touch of vanilla comes through. Alcohol warmth well-integrated adding to the complexity and taste.

Smooth despite the abv.

This is a wonderful English Barleywine! Incredible! It's a great "sipping" beer to say the least. The long finish lingered in a pleasant for hours after my 8 oz. drink was done. It's somewhat like a softly carbonated liqueur for beer drinkers! Sweet, but not sticky. An amazingly rich, great example of an English-style Barleywine!

jwc215, Friday at 08:27 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

A special occasion for my 400th Beer Advocate review.

Bottled on September 24, 2013.

Pours opaque dark brown. The faint khaki head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is an amazing combination of caramel, molasses, raisin, black cherry, vanilla, pipe tobacco and faint cocoa.

The taste is equally complex with raisins, figs, plums, molasses, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, maple syrup and faint dark chocolate. Each and every flavor is amplified as the beer warms.

The texture is thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

An unbelievable barleywine, even in comparison to other "world class" examples of the style. So many aromas and flavors blended together in perfect harmony. A pleasure to the senses.

Furlinator, Friday at 02:19 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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