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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,826
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 305
Gots: 1,002 | FT: 197
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in third use bourbon barrels (previously bourbon and Bourbon County Brand Stout).

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013, bottled Sep 13

A: A modest half finger of tanish head built in the snifter glass before quickly falling back and leaving a ring of small bubbles on the edge of the glass. Streaking alcohol legs pop out when given a little swirl in the glass. The beer is a dark brown leather looking color with a hue when held to a backlite that almost looks purple? Sure..

S: Heavy aroma in the way of prunes, raisins, over ripened plums and sweet caramel notes. The barrel character is more subdued as compared to BCBS but noticeable as vanilla, oak and charred toffee.

T: Where to start.. Dark stone fruit, plums, nectarines, raisins similar to the nose. The middle sweet malts are caramel like and brown sugar with molasses. Balance is on the malt side and coming off very sweet. I don't detect much in the way of hop flavor but the bitterness is moderate in the beginning combining with the bourbon flavor nicely. The barrel character, again, is fairly subdued in this beer by the sweetness, a slight bit of oakey flavor is coming through but its mostly a mouth feel.

M: The nice tingling tongue sensation after a few sips that I love with all of the bourbon county (and lots of other ba beers). Low levels of carbonation and a sticky sweet syrup film is left on the tongue with the tingling. Body is moderate to big but manages to be refreshing at cooler temps. Alcohol warming is present to remind you to slow down and enjoy.

O: A great beer in its own right. The base beer is a delicious example of a barley wine (english style im guessing) but I would have liked to get more of the barrel flavor out of it. Glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't raise hell to get another.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:16:49 | More by guityler83
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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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