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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,790
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 288
Gots: 987 | FT: 192
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

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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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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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