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
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I don't grade lightly, but wow.
A: dark, deep English chestnut, not quite fully opaque. Short lived head minimal lacing.
S: like someone carmelizing figs with molasses and butter. The smell on the finish persists forv long, long time.
T: same as the smell, but the buttery flavors are stronger. The bourbon and the alcohol are hidden. Unlike the stout this just picks up toffee and caramel along with some vanilla oak.
M: again buttery. This coats your whole mouth, and remains after you swallow. It's is viscous and the carbonation is just right.
O: can't conceive of something better. As good perhaps, but this is sublime.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 23:31:49 | More by HuskyHawk
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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