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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,055
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 345
Gots: 1,063 | FT: 201
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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Reviews by mnphish:
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4.53/5  rDev 0%

Happy to have my hands on a couple bottles, this was the hardest for me to get excluding 2013 bombers. Served at room temp into a GI glass.

Very dark reddish-brown pushing black, could probably be classified as a stout based on appearance alone. Decent head that recedes very fast and leaves a tiny light brown circle at the top. Not much for lacing or legs.

Incredibly complex aroma and quite sweet. First comes bourbon then big malts, dark fruit, sugar, and those vanilla-oak tones.

The taste is very dynamic. Big bourbon flavor is followed by some chocolate, figs, raisins, grape juice, vanilla, and wood. Extremely difficult to try to explain because there is too much going on. I was hoping for a bit more of a warming bourbon taste on the finish.

Thick, lightly carbonated, and definitely a sipper that should be a prime candidate for any cellar.

mnphish, Dec 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.29/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

fgmiele, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Flight317
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

This one is beyond good. An easy drinking brew with a sweet dark fruit taste. Very limited carbonation. I could drink this and still wonder if it contained alcohol even though it was laid to rest in a bourbon barrel. If you like barleywines this is it!

Flight317, Aug 28, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

seedyone, Jul 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Incredibly flavorful baelwywine -- tastes strongly of carmel and/or molasses.

ADU, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

don1481, Apr 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
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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.

MadScientist, Dec 10, 2013
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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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