Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a murky dark brown color with a thin mocha colored head that leaves behind a very thin ring of lacing. Smells of tons of toffee and carmel, some chocolate, hint of coffee, oak, some vanilla, molasses, bourbon goodness, slight dark fruit. Very complex aroma. Taste is just as complex. Starts with the typical toffee/carmel, as well as dark fruit and molasses. The middle then brings in the outstanding barrel qualities. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon meld into the toffee, carmel, molasses, and dark fruits. The finish is heavenly. Big sweetness from the carmel, toffee, and molasses, along with dark fruits like raisins, vanilla, bittering hops, oak, and a good amount of bourbon. Getting a butterscotch note in there too. Also get bcbs qualities from the barrel, which stands this beer out in terms of ba barleywines. Get some chocolate and roastiness that go really well with all the other sweet flavors. Warming sensation going down, but not really "hot." Full body with a creamy and sticky feel to it. Just the right amount of carbonation. I did not think it would, but this definitely lived up to the hype. Glad I was able to pick up a lot of this. An extremely complex and outstanding beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2013 02:40:11 | More by brewskis
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3.93/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Another outstanding brew from Goose Island. What it lacks in appearance it makes up for in taste, twofold. Barleywines, nowadays, seem to lack that barley presence in favor of the coffee/chocolate tastes. This is not one of those. The head lacing are virtually nonexistent. So what? If you have no fear of the dark you will feel right at home here.
Serving type: on-tap
07-23-2014 22:35:33 | More by seedyone
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,801 ratings.