Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Mongrel:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I was lucky enough to find this gem on draft last night. It was served in a 9 oz snifter.
Appeared supremely dark brown with shades of plum and a short mocha head that dissipated quickly. This could be easily confused for a big, imperial stout and I actually checked with the waitress to make sure I wasn't served BCBS, which was also on tap.
The nose is sweet and concentrated, delivering whiffs of licorice, molasses and chocolate.
The palate abounds with rich complexity, including big notes of golden raisin, plum, apple, vanilla, chocolate and licorice. Shares a lot of Belgian quad flavors and characteristics, minus the Belgian yeast of course. Some faint char/smoke is also detectable, along with a touch of bourbon. Cool hops and alcohol at the edges of the big, sweet center. Chocolate lingers in a way you wouldn't expect from a barleywine, but then again this isn't your everyday barleywine.
Huge mouthfeel for a barleywine. Again, bordering on an imperial stout, but sticky and slick with alcohol. Very round mouthfeel, like bouyantly round.
Overall - It's very sweet, and I'm typically not a fan of overly sweet beers, but this one brings enough rich complexity to keep things very interesting. Alcohol is barely perceived, and when it is, it's a nice cool flavor element. Absolutely delicious.
Serving type: on-tap
12-21-2013 12:44:55 | More by Mongrel
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3.93/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-23-2014 22:35:33 | More by seedyone
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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