Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,718
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,442 | FT: 247
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
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4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got lucky and stumbled upon this one. Definitely glad I grabbed one and had to see what all the hype was about. Deep color and strong smooth taste. Smells great with an even better after taste.

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4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 version poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Dark brown in color with deep ruby highlights. A thin film of head upon pouring dissipates quickly, leaving a tiny ring of foam around the edges. Wonderfully complex aroma. Figs, raisins, and port with faint heavily toasted malts. Vanilla and a touch of bourbon are present as well. Sweet flavor without being cloying or syrupy. The heat is noticeable but does not overpower. Medium to full bodied. Hops and carbonation are basically non existent.

This is a truly delicious beer. Maybe it's unfair to compare, as they are completely different beers, but it's not quite on the level of BCBS for me. This drinks like a port wine and makes an excellent digestif.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,718 ratings.