Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by silverblaze540:
4.49/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance - Very very dark (although this could also be because the room was dark) with very little head. Looks very heavy and thick.
Smell - The smell was a bit sour and reminded me of soy sauce at first. Malty smell pierced through and then remained after the sour smell faded.
Taste - Very malty taste with strong barley essence and a bit sour with a slight burn. Pretty sweet and almost no bitterness. Light coffee and/or chocolate taste.
Mouth-feel - Very heavy feel and a mild burn. Medium carbonation.
Overall - This is an amazing tasting beer. One of the best I have ever had. I could drink it all night. Sweet and malty with almost no bitterness. A bit of a sourness to the taste and more so to the smell, but great great beer overall.
Serving type: on-tap
01-05-2014 15:47:27 | More by silverblaze540
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4.29/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 02:41:28 | More by fgmiele
4.64/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 01:38:35 | More by minterro
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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