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

A: Dark brown with a 1 finger off-white head. Lingering crown, not much legs.

S: Lots of toasted malt blended nicely with bourbon. Some brown sugar and a little bit of honey.

T: A little sweet at first with maple syrup and brown sugar, followed by a nice bit of bourbon and slight amount of French toast. Overall full of flavor and complexity. Some caramel at the front too as it warms.

M: Not too thick that it's creamy, but not so thin that it's watery either. Nearly Perfect. Nice lingering taste of toast, bourbon, and maple syrup. Masks the abv well with only slight etoh burn at the finish.

O: Quite good, probably not the very best. It's been a while since I had King Henry...think I still have 4-5 sitting around the cellar...probably time to open one up to compare.

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4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sept. 2013 bottling. Split the 12oz this time around, had this once before too at a tasting.

Appearance - Very dark red with a beige head. A thin+swirly cap and thick ring is left for most of the duration.

Smell - Decadent stuff. Caramel/chocolate/bourbon/dark fruit/butterscotch goodness without much booziness. Some earthy and spicy tones. Definitely some Bourbon County Stout flavors in there, great mixture of flavors between those and the barleywine.

Taste - Very sweet and bourbon forward. Lots of candy caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit. Light oak, some spiciness (perhaps from the bourbon), and some earthy hoppiness buried in there. The taste is missing most of the stout-ness from the scent but there is hints of some roasty chocolate.

Mouthfeel - I have in my notes: "like the Motley Crue song - 'sticky sweet'". Syrupy, lowish but ample carbonation, somewhat boozy as it should be.

Overall - Kinda undeniably tasty, the barrels previously containing Bourbon County Stout definitely made a difference/make this unique. Sweetness+booze is a little tolling, 6 oz. was a good serving size.

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4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Maloney's in Matawan NJ. Ecstatic when I found out they had this!

Dark deep ruby with a minimal head as expected.

Smells oh so sweet. Rich malts on the nose with some syrupy qualities. Very slight booze smell.

Wow. Such a sweet beer. Maple syrup s what I'm getting most here. Super sweet malts. Really no alcohol taste somehow. Just a fantastic barleywine, best I've ever had by far.

Mouth is surprisingly smooth. Little to no carbonation. Leaves a super slick and syrupy aftertaste that is so nice.

Such a great brew. Masks the abv so well, absolutely delicious. Definitely the best barleywine I've ever had.

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4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep deep brown. Almost black. Almost no head.

Aroma is bourbon, vanilla bean, toffee.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of toffee and vanilla sweetness. Mild coffee, chocolate and dark fruit notes.

Full mouthfeel. Lower carb.

Huge flavors on this. The best barley wine I have had.

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4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep ruby when pouring, black in the glass. One finger off white head that doesn't last long, not much carbonation.

S-Malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, some bourbon and oak but not that much.

T-Starts with a lot of malt, caramel, roasted malt and chocolate. slight vanilla. Bourbon is mild along with the oak.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation though.

O-Not sure why everyone is going crazy about this beer. Maybe the more subtle bourbon and oak is attractive to people.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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