Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
4.24/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE: From the instant it leaves the bottle this beer looks viscous and rich. The color is a deep, deep murky mahogany. Unlike other variations of BCBS, this one actually had a head for about ten seconds. It swelled up quickly, but immediately fell and one, long, lonely wisp ended up connecting one side of my glass to the other across the surface. No lacing.
SMELL: Enormous aroma. I can smell it as it pours from two feet away. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, but not as much banana or clove as I expected.
TASTE: Wow. A lot more wood on this one than the nose indicated. The oak punches the palate up front as some more nuanced flavors creep in on the edges of the tongue; chocolate first, then followed by a little vanilla and brown sugar. Somewhat surprisingly, the hops come through pretty strong. As the beer warms it brings out a lot more vanilla as the wood remains strong, but gives way to more traditional Barleywine flavors such as that banana and clove that seemed to be missing from the nose.
MOUTHFEEL: For a 12%+ barrel-aged Barleywine there is a fair amount of sparkle here. Big, rich and a little sticky, the BCBBA provides a dryer start than most Barleywines along with a pleasant semi-sweet finish.
OVERALL: I suppose I should have expected the unexpected from a beer aged in barrels that had previously aged BCBS that had originally been Bourbon barrels. That said, I was surprised by quite a few aspects of this beer. This is quite a tasty treat, but I will be looking forward to seeing how it does in a year or two.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 05:31:27 | More by StoneTSR
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5/5 rDev +10.1%
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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