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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 4,051
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 493
Gots: 1,760 | FT: 295
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 17 Sep 13
Poured into a Founders snifter

A - This pours a deep, dark brownish-red, very murky when held to the light, displays a khaki head, with little retention. slippery lacing that slides down the glass when swirled, light carbonation is seen around the edges.

S - Dark fruits, brown sugar, carmel, toffee...reminds me of my grandmothers butterscotch pie, vanilla from the barrels, molasses. Beautiful nose! I could smell this all night.

T - Tastebud overload! Let me see if I can name most of what I'm getting from this massive barleywine. Everything mentioned above is present. The first flavors, for me, that hit the tongue is the bourbon barrel and brown sugar. I'm just going to list everything because there is so much going on: carmel, chocolate, faint alcohol, figs, candy sugar, molasses, toffee, coffee and vanilla. I'm sure there is a bunch I'm missing.

M - Milk-like creaminess, medium-weight, frothy, medium-bodied, and a light carbonation feel. It supplies a long finish that leaves you tasting it for 45+ secs.

O - I haven't been in the craft beer game very long (1.5 years) and I haven't had the chance to drink a lot of BW's, but this and Sucaba set the standard for all others. I find it hard to believe that there will be better BW's made in the future that will rival them. If anything comes a long, it will probably only equal it as you can't beat it.

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Had this at Stevie D’s in Cumberland for a Rhode Island BA meet up.

Poured from the tap into a Goose Island sipping glass.

The color is a dark black with no highlights. There is a finger of foamy brownish head with no lacing left on the glass.

The smell is strong oak aroma with hints of vanilla. There is a smoky aroma that is from the char in the barrel. The aroma just fills the nose with character is a lingering, holding that oak barrel smell for a while.

The taste is vanilla with a dark cherry and oak flavor. There is a deep boozy flavor that is very reminiscent of whiskey but has a nice malty finish. Hops are there but they give to the strong barrel flavor. There is a presence of dark fruit, blackberries and boysenberries are just hidden around the edges at this beer’s flavors continue after finishing eat sip.

The feel of this beer is big as expected and feels like it needs to be handled with two hands. This beer is meant to sipped and not rushed through. There is some nice smooth feel to this beer but still heavy and is best enjoyed being sipped and savored. Character is the best name for this beer. It will stay with you for some time and you'll be enjoying it even after the beer is gone.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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