Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by cjoc83:
4.61/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 03:31:04 | More by cjoc83
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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 2,812 ratings.