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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,881
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 461
Gots: 1,607 | FT: 273
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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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4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shocked to find this at Midway Airport! Enjoying at Harry Caray's awaiting my flight to Vegas!

The bartender was clueless - first she gave it to me without a glass. Then when I asked for a glass she gave me an icy pilsner glass. Oh well...

A: Looks great. Very little carbination.

S: mmmm...Bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits.

T: Damn good.

M: Creamy, full-bodied, goodness.

O: I was lucky to find this. Hopefully my luck continues in Vegas!

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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark mahogany with a circle of fine bubbles around the rim of the glass. No head. No lacing.

The aroma on this beer is absolutely outstanding. Rich vanilla and coffee sweetness. Like milk chocolate covered coffee beans soaked in whiskey and formed into candy. Oak and bourdon notes permeate the aroma. Booze as well.

Incredibly sweet. Big vanilla flavors, rich robust oak, bourbon, light chocolate, warming booze.

So sweet, impossible to have more than one. Big, heavy, chewy, full bodied beer.

MUST-HAVE for any beer advocate. Truly unique and world class.

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4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler. Consumed within 2 hrs after pour.

A: A dark mocha colored head is bready in texture, slight in size sitting above a cola-coffee colored pour that showed burgundy highlights around the edges. Holding time (head retention) was rather generous per style and for such a beast of this abv% (12) magnitude showing a bit of surface disturbance from the carbonation within on the polished surface upon head dissipation. A dark and rich visualization dessert treat.

S: Strong indications of whiskey (4 Roses) laced chocolate and wet, fresh vanilla bean coffee. A beautiful, gentle wet minerality bitterness with some scotchy oak barrel notes and vanilla on the go.

T: Flavor was simply awe-inspiring from the first sip, taking no time to warm up to and wasting no time on first impressions. Sweet, rich, deep chocolate and vanilla coffee, caramelized sweetness, with a gentle help of whisky. Sweet mocha-caramel, figs that were sweet and syrupy, whiskey coffee and some toasted oak, molasses and toffee sweetness.

M: Mouthful was milky thick, silky textured but chewy in substance of malt and oats. There is absolutely no room for improvement here, a perfect feel and mouthful.

O: Overall words can merely describe the beautiful ,rich . sweet chocolate burbon beast that this is. Dangerously smooth, 12%abv?, hardly any indications that this is above 7-8% at any moment. So dangerously easy to drink, at $20 a liter this is worthy its weight in gold. Sharply fined toned, extremely polished in flavor with a beautiful flow of rich, dark sweet flavors that just pleasure the tongue into a state of ecstacy. The craftmenship of the brewing here is world class, from start to finish, an awe-insprining drink that the world needs more of.

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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 24 September 2013

pours a very dark brown, almost black. thin tan head that fades immediately. definitely a boozy aroma, vanilla, toffee, bourbon notes. amazing smell. taste is dominated by rich malt, burnt caramel. slightly sweet, not too sharp. lingering aftertaste. soft carbonation, nice viscous mouthfeel.

overall - very tasty, better than the Bourbon County Stout in my opinion.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,881 ratings.