Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.73/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
12oz to a snifter, bottled 24 September 2013
Pours a very dark muddy brown, nearly black. You can see the yeast sediment floating around when looking closely, but impossible to see through the other side of the glass, even when held up to the sun. Almost no head, just a bit of foam that has moved to a thin ring on the sides of the glass, moderate carbonation and good lacing
Smells of strong bourbon, oak, toffee, toasted brown sugar and molasses, caramel and hints of vanilla and chocolate, finishes with a nice splash of alcohol. Very complex and sweet, reminds me a lot of sucaba
Taste of oak and dark chocolate chocolate, bourbon, roast toffee and butterscotch, molasses and vanilla, with a boozy caramel finish. Deviates from the nose a bit but tastes pretty much just as good
Feel is a very thick heavy body, very sticky and syrupy. Alcohol is hidden pretty well but still drinks a little warm. Perfect for the winter
Overall a near flawless representation of a BBA English barley wine. Can't wait to open the rest a few years down the road, here's to hoping this becomes a regular in the bcb line up!
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 22:24:16 | More by lordofstarside
4.86/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
poured 12oz bottle into chalice. Bottled 9/17/13
A - Very dark and murky with deep amber highlights around the edge. The slightest cap forms and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. Small beads of lacing fade away after a bit.
S - Wonderful blend of sweet malts, dark fruit, bourbon, and vanilla. Molasses, maple and brown sugar covered figs. Intoxicating aroma.
T - Oh so tasty. Sweet vanilla bourbon and malty sweetness. Figs drizzled in maple, brown sugar and molasses. Caramel and faint chocolate notes are hidden in the back.
M - Very, very smooth with a soft mouthfeel. Heavier body, but lacking in carbonation. Creates a velvety presence in the mouth.
O - An amazing barrel aged barleywine. Hopefully it won't ruin others that I try.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 15:30:28 | More by Ri0
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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