Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.46/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a nice firm tan head, ~1 finger, with excellent retention. Brew is a very dark brown, almost solid black in the glass.
Aroma of sweet bourbon drifts across from the opening of the bottle, and is the overwhelming note from the glass. Milky dark malts round out the nose. Despite the strength, the bourbon comes across very smooth.
Flavor follows the nose fairly closely, focusing on bourbon, with a milky, almost cocoa taste to the body. A sharper hop and malt balance rounds out the aftertaste, once everything else has faded enough to let it through.
Feel is full, thick, and chewy. Heck of a beer. It's lively without much sting, although there's a very noticeable alcohol burn. The bourbon provides the necessary balance and punch.
This is an outstanding beer, but I think the bourbon dominates vice compliments the character. To me, it doesn't taste much like a barleywine; those qualities mostly show up right at the end. That said, it's a very tasty strong ale with a focus on dark malts and bourbon, and it's absolutely delicious.
2013 vintage. I'm looking forward to aging the rest.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2014 22:41:11 | More by Roguer
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4.49/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Surprisingly on tap at San Diego Brewing Co, poured into an 8 oz goblet
A: Cola-like color, no head and viscous.
S: Booze and toffee are the prominent aromas. Notes of coconut, nutmeg, oak and cherry as we'll. Strong bouquet carried by ample alcohol volatiles.
T: Flavors follow but notes of vanilla are right at the front. Also picking up notes of tobacco and ripe fruit. Finishes long and sweet with lots residue between sips...in a good way.
M: chewy, sticky, yummy
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 06:49:11 | More by rand
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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