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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,880
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 461
Gots: 1,603 | FT: 272
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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:
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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4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer, and one I like a little better every time I have it. Pours a bit murky, but clears up as it sits- very little head. Very nice aromas- extremely well integrated aromas of bourbon with brown sugar, vanilla, and slight woody notes combined with a subtle nuttiness and a rounded maltiness. Very nice. The taste is even better with supremely integrated flavors of whiskey and sweet malt, brown sugar and some light bitterness. great depth, and a long finish. Very nice indeed! I'll also say that this seems to improve a bit after at least a couple of months in the bottle.

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4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly aggressively poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 2013 Goose Island Bourbon County branded Spieglau short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a murky deep deep amber capped by a two finger fluffy beige head. Excellent retention, splotchy lacing here and there. Boozy aroma of vanilla, light oak, and rich toffee. Opens with dates, dried black cherries and hints of prune joined by caramel, toffee, vanilla. Finishes with oak, light wisps of bourbon, and general booziness. Slick mouthfeel with some creaminess on the edges. Lighter side of fully bodied. Moderate carbonation, more than expected for a barrel-aged brew. An excellent BA English barleywine, but frankly lacks some depth of flavor displayed by other BA English barleywines that I've rated more highly.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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