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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,818
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 300
Gots: 1,000 | FT: 194
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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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2013 14:55:03 | More by billyshears
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2013 12:05:36 | More by SkiBum22
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California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-12-2013 04:48:13 | More by Justinsosmart
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

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

Bottle poured into a Toppling Goliath Snifter

A- Pours a beautiful 2 finger mocha brown head, dissipates to a nice thick ring around the glass. Nice lacing that sticks to the sides. The color is dark dark brown. Almost black. No light is shining through this one.
S- You get your typical barley wine characteristics, carmel, brown sugar, malt, slight dark fruit notes, plum, raisin. The bourbon comes in nicely but does not overpower the aroma.
T- The taste is very nice. The bourbon is more upfront then in the nose. Yum, i just want to keep sipping at this one. Buttery bourbon right away, sweet dark fruit as well, raisin and plum, brown sugar, molasses. This is a perfect winter beer. The alcohol is very hidden for being 12%, wow is this easy to drink, which equals very dangerous.
M- Big mouthfeel, full beer, rich as well, coats the palate. Goes down very smooth.
O- Very impressed. Goose Island does no wrong in my eyes when it comes to their bourbon barrel aged beers. I never tried King Henry so cannot compare to that one. I love this beer, glad i have a couple more to age and compare later on.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:43:03 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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North Carolina

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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After missing the boat on getting my hands on a bottle of this, I stumbled upon it on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Happy (late) Thanksgiving to me! Enjoyed out of a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - So, I wasn't aware of the third-use bourbon barrels, so when it came out almost black, I was surprised. For a second, I wondered if they had just labeled the tap incorrectly. At any rate, it was a dark rum and walnut black with the slightest dark brown hints at the very edges of the glass. Head is minimal--a three-quarters finger of creamy tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a thin rim of fine foam around the edge.

Smell - Quickly erases any doubt (from the color) that this is a barleywine. An intoxicating blend of molasses, fresh barley and rye, vanilla and a maple woodiness and bourbon underlying all of it.

Taste - Again, the barleywine aspect comes through strong, maple syrup, malty sweetness, brown sugar and molasses, bourbon glaze, and some esters and tannins to cut the thickness More bitter elements like roasted malt, faint baker's chocolate, burnt caramel also cut the sweetness and even some dark fruit elements figs and dates provide yet more complexity. It's tasty at the chilled temperature they served it at, but only gets more enticing and deep as it warms. I know it's a little bit out there for the style, but this might be the best barleywine I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - It's cloying and clings to the inside of the mouth like cough syrup, but with 12% alcohol, you're better off sipping one of these over a few minutes anyway. As long as you come in expecting a night cap or dessert style beer, it's not a problem. However, I certainly wouldn't be drinking this chewy masterpiece out by the pool or on a float trip.

Overall, I'm just blown away by this beer. I've had the standard BCBS before, but never any of the variants. The third-use bourbon barrels impart some characteristics of the stout and really bring a fascinating and wonderful dimension to this beer. It's one of those that you try and are so blown away by the experience that can't wait to share the details. Would be ecstatic to somehow get my hands on a bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby, mocha colored head has good lacing and retention.

Starts off with big, sweet caramel flavors and smell. Barrel comes in late with oak dryness and some vanilla. Long finish is complex with lots of bakers chocolate and a hint of roasted malts.

Full body, silky smooth low carb level. Abv surprisingly stays well hidden and adds a bit of warmth to the feel.

Awesome. Best barleywine I've had to date. Very unique, to me at least, with the finish rich with chocolate flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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