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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,803
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 295
Gots: 992 | FT: 191
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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4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - 3.75 - Pours dark amber, looks opaque black in the glass. Less than a finger of mocha head that fizzes away quickly.

S - 4.5 - Malty, baked goods-y, chocolatey, caramelly, slight sherry-y, boozy. It's that characteristic barleywine smell you're familiar but with a chocolatey caramelly addition. Smells really lovely.

T - 4.5 - Brownies, but less sweet, more grown up, and more complex. A malty, chocolatey, baked goods thing happening. The first sip gave all that around the edges, but an empty hole in mid palate where almost nothing was happening but something just shy of metal. Never got all the way there though, and the hole got filled after that. There was a slight tartness leftover after the first sip but it got buried after that. Top notch.

M - 4.25 - Substantial weight but lighter than expected. Medium-heavy. Silky smooth. Slight tongue abrasion after a while. Surprisingly there was very little in the way of warm fumes wafting up the throat or warming the belly.

O - 4.5 - Sometimes a barleywine starts off fine but then hangs a turn in my mouth and goes somewhere I don't want, either flat and dead, or too sherry, or bitter in an unpleasant way. This one doesn't. It stays on track. There's some activity, and it gets right to the edge of where it would veer off, but it keeps on track. That's very nice and welcome, and tantalizing at the same time. It's hard to even really compare this with other barleywines because it seems like such a different animal. I like it much better.

Serving type: bottle

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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