Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -19.9%
12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.
A: Deep chestnut brown. The tan head is knocked out almost as soon as the pour ends. Small, spotty lacing.
S: Dark caramel, molasses, malt syrup, tootsie rolls. Wildberry and sweet cherry esters. Whiff of bourbon and faint wood.
T: Wave of chewy dark caramel. Fudgey tootsie roll tastes. Over the top sweetness. Blackstrap molasses. Brown sugar. Berry esters. Bourbon and faint wood build toward the back end, but are still no match for the malt sweetness. Blackstrap molasses and faint bourbon on the finish.
M: Huge syrupy malt body. Thick, round, and smooth in a slick sort of way. Warming alcohol. Little to no carbonation.
O: I may be in the minority here, but this was just too much for me. As with everything in the Bourbon County series, this beer has a massive malt body. However, there is no attempt at balance, and the malt sweetness is allowed to run amok. It builds to near sickly, cloying levels. At times it feels as though I'm drinking straight molasses. Even a bourbon barrel is no match, and it slowly drowns in all the sweetness. I was ready to be done halfway through the bottle. Not worth the hype or the price tag at all.
12-17-2013 01:31:44 | More by ryan1788a5
4.61/5 rDev +1.8%
2013-first review December 16 2013
A: dark murky black pour no head despite down the middle of the snifter
S: wonderful very similar to base bcbs bourbon upfront but nice sweet toffee, butterscotch and maple syrup. No burnt or toasted notes. Leans toward a barreled scotch ale but smells better with more complexity
T: upfront bourbon toffee, sways a bit from the smell.. Not nearly as sticky as I would have thought. Doesn't have a bit barley wine heat or bit either
M: smooth, bit if heat as it warms notably thinner than bcbs
12-16-2013 23:27:19 | More by alaimoa
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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