Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.15/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This long-awaited treasure actually showed up in mid-Missouri, much to my surprise, and a 4-pk set me back about $18.00. Figured I’d try one fresh and age the rest. The bottled-on date here shows September 24th, 2013. An elevated pour into my Duvel tulip shows a dark walnut beer, crowned with a tan cap which, on account of the pour and the nucleation in the tulip, actually shows a bit better retention than I was expecting. BCB is almost completely opaque, though there are a few garnet highlights at the bottom of the tulip when held to the light. A riot of red and dark fruit notes emerges first, and these are followed by some toasty brown malt notes, a hint of nuttiness, and faint notes of whiskey and wood. Perhaps a ghostly note of burnt molasses as this approaches room temperature, possibly from the BCBS contribution. On the palate, this shows strong notes of booze up front. The booze stops just short of being hot and, if it weren’t for the intense flavors and significant sweetness, this might seem a bit over-the-top in terms of alcoholic strength. The flavors are a bit muddled at this point, but there’s sweet, sticky dark caramel, some dark red fruits, just a bit of toasted nuttiness, and just the slightest hint of something I’m not entirely enamored with…perhaps just a slightly metallic edge to the molasses flavors (something readily apparent in many high-octane imperial stouts, including BCBS, when young) but I’m guessing that this will mellow with age. Rich, thick, boozy mouthfeel. Rich almost beyond description. Is it King Henry? Not quite. But this is a damn fine English-style barleywine, and one which I have no doubt will improve
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2013 02:20:33 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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