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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,697
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,418 | FT: 248
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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:
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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Smell: Caramel and Bourbon, with tones of sugar cake, dates, coconut and vanilla

Taste: The closest thing to a Bourbon sundae I have come across, with Bourbon-infused caramel sauce topping vanilla ice cream; hints of coconut, milk chocolate and dates; the finish is treacly, with some ethanol

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A - Murky dark brown with almost no head or lacing. Plenty of alcohol legs.

S - Big bourbon aroma. Rich, sweet coconut, milk chocolate, bready crumb cake topping. Very appealing.

T - Bourbon-soaked prunes and raisins, fresh baked-then-toasted raisin bread, glazed with brown sugar. Spicy with cinnamon, clove, pepper, a hint of anise and dark chocolate bitterness to round things out. All of these flavors continue nicely into the long-lasting aftertaste.

M - Luxuriously thick body and light carbonation. Syrupy, substantial. Coats the mouth.

O - Big smell, flavors and feel. Definitely a treat for the senses although I could do with a bit less residual sweetness.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,697 ratings.