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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,981
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 489
Gots: 1,691 | FT: 278
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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:
Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013

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.
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Bottle dated 17 Sep 13
Poured into a Founders snifter

A - This pours a deep, dark brownish-red, very murky when held to the light, displays a khaki head, with little retention. slippery lacing that slides down the glass when swirled, light carbonation is seen around the edges.

S - Dark fruits, brown sugar, carmel, toffee...reminds me of my grandmothers butterscotch pie, vanilla from the barrels, molasses. Beautiful nose! I could smell this all night.

T - Tastebud overload! Let me see if I can name most of what I'm getting from this massive barleywine. Everything mentioned above is present. The first flavors, for me, that hit the tongue is the bourbon barrel and brown sugar. I'm just going to list everything because there is so much going on: carmel, chocolate, faint alcohol, figs, candy sugar, molasses, toffee, coffee and vanilla. I'm sure there is a bunch I'm missing.

M - Milk-like creaminess, medium-weight, frothy, medium-bodied, and a light carbonation feel. It supplies a long finish that leaves you tasting it for 45+ secs.

O - I haven't been in the craft beer game very long (1.5 years) and I haven't had the chance to drink a lot of BW's, but this and Sucaba set the standard for all others. I find it hard to believe that there will be better BW's made in the future that will rival them. If anything comes a long, it will probably only equal it as you can't beat it.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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