Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,461 | FT: 247
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bourbon County Barleywine is a beautiful thick pour with no head really because I poured into a small tasting glass. Deep rich color. Nose is almost shy. It's soft sweet bread, rich maltiness, molasses and a hint of alcohol. Wood, sweet bourbon and pretty vanilla. A very subtle bacnote of fruit. It's perfect to the nose. There are no hop scents. taste is unbelievably smooth. The malt is like ribbons and it flows. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The molasses is sweet and the bread is luscious. Leather. A taste of brown sugar makes you smile a bit and then a light hearted touch of bitterness from alcohol on the way down. A happy warmth finishes this beer with a lingering taste of bourbon and rich brown sugar.

One of the best beers you will ever have.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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