Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Treyliff:
4.74/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Bottled 9/17/13, poured into a Teku
A- pours a thick and viscous dark brown color with ruby hues around the edges of the glass, small foamy light tan head retains for a while, eventually reducing to a small layer floating on top, a ring of foam around the edges leaves some short lasting lace behind
S- the sweet caramel and molasses aromas literally jump out of the glass. Notes of butterscotch, dried fig, maple syrup, honey and toffee all play in to a big sweet malty aroma. Coffee and nutty chocolate fudge kick in. Oaky barrel aromas give notes of vanilla and bourbon on the finish
T- sweet and rich malty notes up front give flavors of dark fruit, caramel, black-strap molasses and coffee. A slightly savory meat-like flavor kicks in mid-palate, sweet notes similar to port wine kick in before moving into the barrel flavors of vanilla, red wine, oak and warming bourbon on the finish
M- Viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that coats the mouth, eventually finishing smooth and warming
O- I love English barleywines and this is one of the best beers that I've ever had. The complexity of the aromas and flavors can be pondered for a ling time over a 12 oz glass. Another winner from the Bourbon County series
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 02:37:15 | More by Treyliff
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours rich mahogany with a minimal cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Thick and unfiltered look. Sep 24 2013 bottling date. Nose is malt, caramel, whiskey and cigar with background notes of brown sugary sweetness. Taste follows the nose..slow and sweet with just a little heat. Flavor is buttery and rich. Mouthfeel thick and gratifying. Overall, an outstanding barleywine with a lot to offer for the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 02:41:28 | More by fgmiele
4.64/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Served as the start to the goose island themed tasting (we did start with Fred from Hair of the Dog). Short notes from 7/27/14. Bottled 9/17/13. Served in a snifter.
A&S: The beer is a murky brown color. Pieces of unfiltered specks float around the bottom of this beer. No head present when poured. The aroma was amazing, it was the kind of smell you wish could be stuck in your nose all day. Caramel tones blended with raisins, sugary belgian candy sweetness, and boozy bourbon tones. Really about as good as I have seen it.
T&M: This beer was extremely complex, transforming and opening up continuously as it sat in the glass. It started with a characteristic that most decent barleywines share dark fruit tones. The dark fruits were primarily raisins but later on I think I got some plums. Towards the end I was odd enough picking up on some dark chocolate flavors. No real hop presence. The carbonation quantity was excellent, just right to make it not completely dead, but not too much to make it any bit sharp. Body wasn't as thick as it could have been, but I was for sure more than just a medium thickness.
Overall: The was the opener for the afternoon and I have to say I like it the best! All three (this one, the cherry rye, and the coffee) of the goose island specialties were spectacular, but for me, this one took the cake. I would be interested to see how this beer develops, however it would be a tough task considering it was so epic at this stage. One of my favorite beers I have had the pleasure to try this year.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 01:38:35 | More by minterro
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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