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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,233
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,123 | FT: 202
Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jono0101, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

hopslam11, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Grfilwett, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

JakeDebus, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

chippo33, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

blue-dream, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

deonreds, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Tonello, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of tviz33
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter-ish kind of glass.

A- Pours a murky dark brownish red body with just a ring of tan foam for a head.

S- The nose is just great. Oak, toffee, molasses, even some dark fruit. A little alcohol is there too.

T- The dark fruits jump out to me immediately. Much different than I expected. Definite alcohol burn in the back of the throat. A bit of hop bitterness may be multiplying this feeling, but I'm not sure. Overall it is quite sweet and oakey and is very molasses-like. Very complex beer.

M- This thing is thick, chewy, and a bit hot.

O- Just a wonderful example of the style. I'm no barleywine fan by any means, but this easily the best one I've had.

tviz33, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

imyourhero21, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

oline73, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Ragnarok88, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

sliks96, Dec 06, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/5/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There is a notable alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance for a big beer like this. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, very strong kick, slightly filling, good representation of style, this is a very good high-ABV beer to sip on for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 06, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Cola brown in color, deep & dark, with a thin khaki head.
Oak, vanilla, fig, raisin, alcohol esters, caramel cream. Really amazing aroma here.
Sticky caramel & toffee, sweet vanilla, oak, slight milk chocolate, alcohol heat, dark fruits.
Heavy dessert style body, slick & wet with lingering finish that sips like a fine spirit.
Stunning aroma and taste with beautiful balance. The aroma on this beer is a masterpiece. The only flaw I can personally find in this beautifully complex ale is the heaviness of the body. Not all barleywines drink like a dessert, and I think this one could benefit from losing a little bit of body. Overall though, this is world class stuff.

hoptualBrew, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 3,233 ratings.