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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,178
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,104 | FT: 200
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 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.

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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Photo of DrStiffington
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Psyched to try this one! Pours thick and black into my Kane tulip glass. I've never seen a Barleywine this color before. Looks more like a stout. Get the bourbon booze, some sherry, maybe cherries on the nose. Strong taste. Hits with warm alcohol, sweet like chocolate covered cherries (kind of). Mouthfeel very thick, very little carbonation. Honestly, I'm sure I'll dig this one by the time I'm done with it, but this is not my favorite Barleywine by a long stretch. In my opinion, this type of beer works much better as a stout. The BCBS is a lot better. Well, I'm saving another of these to age.

Edit: with a year on it the taste is so epic, smooth, and delicious!

DrStiffington, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of BigOldOaf
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark, cloudy brown with minimal head. Not much lacing.

S - Bourbon, caramel, and roasted malts dominate with some vanilla notes mixed in as well.

T - The taste follows the nose, but is much deeper and more balanced. Quite a lot of vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, roasted malts, candied and dried fruit. The flavors are oddly muddled yet retain the nuance you look for in the combination of delicious flavors.

M - Slight bit of carbonation, perfect amount of fullness in the body. Spot on!

O - This beer is outstanding! I prefer this slightly over the Bourbon County Brand Stout! A must try for anyone!

BigOldOaf, Dec 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

dvmin98, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

DRTBrewster, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

budsandsuds8, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of MNMike
5/5  rDev +10.4%

MNMike, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of dasmusik
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

dasmusik, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

twenty5, Dec 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Number3red, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

grrrah, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of ubenumber2
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tulip because thats what I had laying around , deep dark beer with a nice two finger head and not much lacing

First thing that hits the nose is vanilla with a hint of booze in it , very nice smelling brew

Wonderful tasting brew ,I would like to explain to you all the different things I pick up on , but all I can think of is WOW...This just tastes good , just so so good

Just about perfect on the mouthfeel on this brew , loving it

Overall , another out of the park homerun from Chicago , This is now one of my favorite Barleywines of all time , and barleywines are one of my favorite styles

ubenumber2, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of pinnser
5/5  rDev +10.4%

pinnser, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Roose13
4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a transparent black with a very thin head. Leaves tan outline on the outside.

S: Very rich dark fruit flavor and loads of boozy bourbon goodness.

T: A lot of the same as the nose. Some vanilla and dark fruits, and the bourbon comes through so fantastic and smooth.

M: Very smooth for being a heavy hitter in the ABV department.

Overall: This beer has it all: smell and taste that is unmatched, loads of boozy goodness, and a smooth, easy to drink beer. If you can find this, buy it.

Roose13, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

drewone, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

WTKeene, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Petcha, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

savagepm, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - pours near black, quite thick looking, nice half finger of rich chocolate color head, great retention a nice thick ring remains around the perimeter of the glass 15 minutes later, decent lacing.

S - Tons of sweet bourbon, candied dark fruits, very sweet and a good bit of booze.

T - All sweet delicious sugared dark fruits finish is a bit dry. Aftertaste is dry bourbon sweetness, vanilla and dark fruits.

M - full bodied, big beer but relatively drinkable, tastes so good I can't stop. Moderate carbonation.

MacQ32, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

loganburgh, Dec 26, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served a cellar temperature.

A) It is a dark coffee bean brown colored brew. A small light tan head was generated, quickly settling to a collar, and then it was gone.

S) For the most part I found this to have a wonderful aroma of brown sugar, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. It is sweet and very pleasing to my sense of smell.

T) The flavor is very near the nose, with the exception of some delicious dark fruits. The bourbon is very subdued, and while this is certainly for sipping, it goes down so smooth.

M) Full bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and coating... Fantastic aftertaste.

O) Enjoyed this on tap, and now bottled. Best barrel aged Barleywine I've had the pleasure of drinking. Much respect to Insanity and Central Waters, but this is a notch better. Seek this one out.... Cheers!

RoamingGnome, Dec 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

srgj88, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

VonZipper, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

I_Like_Beer, Dec 25, 2013
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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