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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,834
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 305
Gots: 1,003 | 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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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz to a snifter, bottled 24 September 2013

Pours a very dark muddy brown, nearly black. You can see the yeast sediment floating around when looking closely, but impossible to see through the other side of the glass, even when held up to the sun. Almost no head, just a bit of foam that has moved to a thin ring on the sides of the glass, moderate carbonation and good lacing

Smells of strong bourbon, oak, toffee, toasted brown sugar and molasses, caramel and hints of vanilla and chocolate, finishes with a nice splash of alcohol. Very complex and sweet, reminds me a lot of sucaba

Taste of oak and dark chocolate chocolate, bourbon, roast toffee and butterscotch, molasses and vanilla, with a boozy caramel finish. Deviates from the nose a bit but tastes pretty much just as good

Feel is a very thick heavy body, very sticky and syrupy. Alcohol is hidden pretty well but still drinks a little warm. Perfect for the winter

Overall a near flawless representation of a BBA English barley wine. Can't wait to open the rest a few years down the road, here's to hoping this becomes a regular in the bcb line up!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:24:16 | More by lordofstarside
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Pours rich mahogany with a minimal cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Thick and unfiltered look. Sep 24 2013 bottling date. Nose is malt, caramel, whiskey and cigar with background notes of brown sugary sweetness. Taste follows the nose..slow and sweet with just a little heat. Flavor is buttery and rich. Mouthfeel thick and gratifying. Overall, an outstanding barleywine with a lot to offer for the style.

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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.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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