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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,989 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,989
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 333
Gots: 1,040 | FT: 203
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-21-2013 03:23:33 | More by szmnnl99
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: Poured from bottle into a snifter. Pours a very rich brownish-black with slightly translucent brown edges. Aggressive pours yields half-finger head that immediately dissipates to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Rich, old, candied fruit notes, woodiness, vanilla, bourbon.

Taste: All the notes from the nose are present, but blend into each other exquisitely. Bourbon character is more noticeable, alcohol is perceptible. Faint note of chocolate in there somewhere. Finishes long, with wood and old fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: Outstanding. Bourbon character perfectly complements this barleywine. Beautiful, complex, amazingly smooth.

12-21-2013 01:52:10 | More by jhawth
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Dan1976

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4.78/5  rDev +5.5%

Darkest barleywine you are ever going to find.

The nose is reminiscent of BCS and some of the flavors are there as well.

Very soft on the front prior to a punchy boozy back end.

The flavor is outstanding, such depth, smokiness and bourbon barrel goodness.

12-20-2013 22:44:03 | More by Dan1976
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-20-2013 22:30:36 | More by skaboom420
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-20-2013 18:22:12 | More by bauermj
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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Florida

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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

 

Is this for real right now?  Poured a beautiful burgundy color, the smells of BCBS hit first, followed by dates, figs, vanilla, soft oak, brown sugar, and molasses waft through the glass.  First sip is a carnival of flavors, so many crazy things going on, yet somehow all seemingly in place and doing exactly what they should.  The initial sip introduces the slightest hint of the bourbon county stout, followed by an sweetness of dried fruits and toffee.  Continuing down the road as the beer warmed up, I found the oak and vanilla to come forward, with some fig preserves and brown sugar coming through as well.  For the price of 5 bucks for a 12 ouncer, I can say I’d buy a case of it easy.  13% is well hidden, so well in fact that I didn’t detect any alcohol.  This is certainly a sweet rich beer, and I’m excited to see what a few years of age will do.

12-20-2013 14:02:46 | More by taylor714914
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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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