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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,680
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 420
Gots: 1,412 | FT: 248
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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.

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Vigorous pour into a large snifter yielded third of an inch of medium tan head. The head faded within 30 seconds to a thin collar. Some remnants of tan head at the surface of the beer. Lacing is pretty decent, but not great. Aroma is deep caramel, toffee, some earthy chocolate-like aromas too. Taste is toffee forward, some really woody-earthy tones. Some bitter chocolate is enjoyable. I get quite a bit of the stout-like character in this brew. Less boozey than I remember from the first time I had it. Full, thick body and medium carbonation.

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Ah to remember the days of yore when I was buying multiple bombers of Bourbon County for 8 to 10 fun tickets 'cuz nobody in these parts knew about 'em.
Ok.im not going to tell you what has already been written. It's a great beer. An epic beer.
It's better than the BC I stouts .
To me, the bourbon notes just pairs better with barley wine style brewing.
Don't age this stuff beyond a few months if you want to taste the bourbon overtones though. It really loses that taste after a year or two and starts to taste like a port.
Aging is for anal-ysts anyway.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,680 ratings.