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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,674
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,404 | FT: 247
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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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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

I haven't had many barleywines but this one set the bar pretty high for me. I savored this beer for a good 90 minutes, and I appreciated every single sniff and sip. I drank this one in a 16oz wine glass, gave some room for some swirling.

I also made sure I wasn't eating anything during the tasting, wanted my palate clean. This was one of those ales where you just want it to never leave your mouth. It's that delectable. For my first Bourbon County beer, this one greatly exceeded my expectations.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2014 Vintage with a bottled on date of 24/Sep/14. ABV listed as 11.7.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight tan head that quickly fades away. Noticeable alcohol legs.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of bourbon, fruit, and caramel malt. Upfront barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, chocolate, and yeast. Subtle hints of tobacco, leather, and smoke. Sweet scent of molasses, brown sugar, and syrup. Big presence of dark fruit with hints of cherry, raisin, prune, fig, and date. Hops are very light. A really good complex aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a rich, sweet, toasty, and complex malt forward taste with big notes of bourbon, dark fruit, and caramel malt. Big barrel presence upfront with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla sweetness, oak, and wood. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and yeast. Also some tones of leather, tobacco, and smoked malt. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar. Big presence of dark fruit with notes of raisin, prune, cherry, fig, and date. Hops are pretty subtle. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and nicely juicy and sludgy. Sweet but not to the point of being overly syrupy. Alcohol heat is surprisingly tame.

Overall: A really great Barleywine that lives up to the hype. Great complex mix of bourbon, malt, and dark fruit flavors. It’s a big sipper but still manages to be smooth considering its size.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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