Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,739
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,462 | FT: 247
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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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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cracked open this baby at the moment of the Winter Solstice -- December 21st at 12:11 EST (the sun hit the Tropic of Capricorn at this time).

Pours a chocolate brown color with half a finger of head that dissipated very quickly. The nose is distinctly bourbon-like. The flavor profile is hearty and malty with bourbon notes present throughout. A hint of maple syrup is present. The bourbon remains a complimentary flavor that never becomes overwhelming. The finish is sweet with a touch of alcohol burn (but nothing unpleasant). The mouthfeel is sticky.

This might be a perfect example of the barleywine style.

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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark, murky brown with a thin sheet of brown head that dissipates immediately. Had aromas of various dark fruits, mainly dates and somewhat plumbs, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, light wood and even lighter alcohol. Taste is very sweet and the mouthfeel is thick, this drinks like melted butterscotch candies. While this may be very thick, it has a low amount of carbonation and it goes down very smooth. The lingering aftertaste of butterscotch and vanilla feel like they are coating my mouth, and they linger for eternity.

Overall: I love it! I think Goose Island has done quite a good job with their bourbon barrel aging. I like the vanilla and caramel flavors that come out of the barrel, but I don't like straight bourbon flavors. This brew is a great example of that.

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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 17 September 2013. Poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick opaque brown. Minimal head that quickly fades away, leaving a deep black body.

Smell: It smells really really pleasant, though maybe not as complex as I was expecting. The prominent notes are bourbon and booze. Also there are wood, sugary grain, and and some fruit, almost like a sweet cake with whiskey sauce.

Taste: Smooth and sweet. The first sips are dominates by bourbon, molasses, wood, and alcohol. The hop profile is fairly minimal. Lingering in the background there is a lot of fruit: dates and maybe even sugar plums? As it warms, it starts to resemble a fine cognac: sweet, chewy, and warm.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation and a thick, chewy, oily body. The beer coats your tongue and the finish goes on forever.

Overall: A very excellent and well balance barrel-aged barley wine. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it delivers what it promises. Definitely one to sit with over the course of the weekend.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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