Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.25/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Deep brown with some lighter brown hues around the edges - pours with a medium-sized beige head that quickly fades to nothing - keeps a little collar, though, and leaves some specs of lacing - the lack of carbonation is quite acceptable though, given the style
Smell: Rich, decadent malts and a variety of sweet aromas - big, chewy caramel malts and malt extract - a range of candy-like, sweet aromas including caramel syrup, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, and even some honey - definitely sweet and definitely smells young for a barleywine, although there is some light oxidation in the back - chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol - bourbon is moderately strong, not overwhelming - vanilla and wood
Taste: Big, chewy malts, bourbon, and sugar, in some kind of balance - decadent caramel malts, malt extract syrup, lightly toasted grain - lots of sweet flavors, already mentioned above, particularly caramel syrup, molasses, honey, and milk chocolate - nice bourbon undertone with some vanilla and wood - some dark fruits, like figs, plums - some noticeable alcohol - some oxidation, but definitely tastes young, as some of the flavors haven't quite yet melded
Mouthfeel: Full body with some light carbonation that prevents it from becoming syrupy, very smooth, touch of alcohol heat in the finish
Overall: In a couple years this prince may become a king
This is the second time I've sampled this beer, and I can now confirm that the rest of these bottles are going deep in my cellar, for at least two years. It tastes too sweet, too young for a barleywine. But it tastes like potential. While I doubt it will somehow evolve into something akin to King Henry II, I think my scores will go up when I update this review in approximately 2018.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 06:53:59 | More by angrybabboon
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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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