Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by cjoc83:
4.61/5 rDev +1.8%
Purchased at Whole Foods for $5.99. Bottled September 17, 2013.
A - pours an extremely dark brown/ burnt ruby color, with some light penetrating the edges of the glass. Minimal tan head that dissipates quickly.
S - Potent for sure... I could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap off. Smooth bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, fig, rasin, vanilla, and oaky tannins. Smells fantastic.
T - Wow, just a plethora of flavors happening, tons of depth and complexity. Earthy, sweet dark fruits (fig, prunes, raisin) tangle with brown sugar and caramel before the bourbon hits middle of the mouth, and bringing along lots of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, toasted coconut and vanilla with it. Chewy molasses and burnt sugar. The finish brings toasted oak and a fair amount of spicy, astringent alcohol that actually helps to cut some of the malty sweetness. There's also a nice hit of vanilla, and some slight bitterness but I can't seem to pinpoint where exactly it's coming from (maybe picked up some of the stout character from being aged in barrels that previously held BCBS?).
M - Super easy drinking and smooth for being this fresh. A fair amount of warming alcohol in the finish, but it's not overbearing at all. Coats the mouth with flavors.
O - This is a damn impressive beer. Just so smooth right out of the gate and layer upon layer of complexity. Really wish I had more than one bottle left.
12-01-2013 03:31:04 | More by cjoc83
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4.64/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
07-31-2014 01:38:35 | More by minterro
4.98/5 rDev +9.9%
A: I was a little surprised here, but not that surprised considering a stout was previously used in these barrels, it pours that magnificent dark ruby/burgundy color, but resting in the glass it is pitch black like a stout, left an espresso colored head as well, the beer looked great but I think it would have been just that much better if it was that dark ruby/burgundy color you got from the pour
S: Up front I got booze, bourbon, and dark fruits, then it mellowed out with some caramel, toffee, and coconut. I absolutely love how this beer smells, a perfect blend of barley wine and stout!
T: Initial flavors are bourbon chocolate and dark fruits, very reminiscent of BCBS, but then transitions to the barley wine side and you get booze, caramel toffee, and light hints of coconut, again I love how this beer tastes, stout/barleywine mix, it is crazy good!
M: Very much like the bourbon county line ups, syrupy, smooth, dries quickly, and the taste lingers but compliments the beer!
O: It is not a very traditional barley wine, but damn it is good!
07-18-2014 05:19:55 | More by KnowYourCraft
4.69/5 rDev +3.5%
A: A cloudy dark brown beer that looks super think as it pours and produces very little head. What head can be roused is made of fine expresso colored bubbles that leave a faint bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The smell is that of thick layers of malt and oak with the malt bring caramel, toffee, some bready notes and a moderate level chocolate while the moderately strong oak brings cinnamon and bourbon barrel character to the party. There are some fruit esters of raisins and a little orange. A floral, moderate alcohol sweetness noted.
T: The alcohol and malt dominate but are closely followed by the oak barrel notes and some chocolate flavors. The malt brings a medium sweetness with toffee character set against a medium-low hops bitterness giving a balance that is somewhat sweet. There are also coffee, raisin and light citrus flavors in there. The finish is sweet with a chocolate, oak and coffee aftertaste.
A full bodied beer with a moderately-low level of carbonation and a fair amount of warmth.
O: My first impression was if the beer taste half as good as it smells it's going to be pretty awesome and it is. Hovering somewhere in that land between Barleywine and stout the dark malt brings a nice chocolate character to the beer. It's a sweet beer but not enough to keep me from enjoying two in an sitting; the abv will do that for me.
12-10-2013 02:29:54 | More by MadScientist
4.8/5 rDev +6%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
Pours deep and dark, almost syrupy, with very little foam. A very small tan head that quickly dissipates to trace on the top and along the edge. Quite lovely.
The first smell is a hit of boozy bourbon along with roasted malt and char, maybe a hint of coffee, vanilla and chocolate.
The taste is amazing. A quick shot of bourbon then a rush of sweet caramel, then coffee and dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. There is a lingering pleasant and slight bitterness and a touch of a dry, boozy bite. I was surprised by the sweetness of this beer.
The mouthfeel is very nice. A bit creamy with a slight stickiness.
Overall, just a great beer. The taste is about as good as it gets. The best barleywine I've had the pleasure of tasting.
02-09-2014 22:52:05 | More by SD-Alefan
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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