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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,049
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 343
Gots: 1,058 | FT: 201
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in third use bourbon barrels (previously bourbon and Bourbon County Brand Stout).

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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4.24/5  rDev -6.4%

APPEARANCE: From the instant it leaves the bottle this beer looks viscous and rich. The color is a deep, deep murky mahogany. Unlike other variations of BCBS, this one actually had a head for about ten seconds. It swelled up quickly, but immediately fell and one, long, lonely wisp ended up connecting one side of my glass to the other across the surface. No lacing.

SMELL: Enormous aroma. I can smell it as it pours from two feet away. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, but not as much banana or clove as I expected.

TASTE: Wow. A lot more wood on this one than the nose indicated. The oak punches the palate up front as some more nuanced flavors creep in on the edges of the tongue; chocolate first, then followed by a little vanilla and brown sugar. Somewhat surprisingly, the hops come through pretty strong. As the beer warms it brings out a lot more vanilla as the wood remains strong, but gives way to more traditional Barleywine flavors such as that banana and clove that seemed to be missing from the nose.

MOUTHFEEL: For a 12%+ barrel-aged Barleywine there is a fair amount of sparkle here. Big, rich and a little sticky, the BCBBA provides a dryer start than most Barleywines along with a pleasant semi-sweet finish.

OVERALL: I suppose I should have expected the unexpected from a beer aged in barrels that had previously aged BCBS that had originally been Bourbon barrels. That said, I was surprised by quite a few aspects of this beer. This is quite a tasty treat, but I will be looking forward to seeing how it does in a year or two.

StoneTSR, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Jspriest, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

hopswap1, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottled 9/17/2013. Served in a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with hints of dark amber. Less than a finger of a light tan head dissipates to a thin coating and collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Super malty. Toffee, raisin, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hint of roast.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, butterscotch and slight bit of tobacco. The BCBS influence on the barrels is really evident in the finish and aftertaste with a fair amount of roasted malt that lingers after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel. Low-ish levels of gentle fine carbonation. Booze hidden extremely well. Silky smooth and highly drinkable.

Overall: Well this didn't disappoint. Super complex and flavorful and goes down smooth as hell. This is absolutely worthy of the Bourbon County label.

Jonada, Dec 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Camel242000, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

MarkGutz, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of founder26
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

2013 release poured into cbs snifter, major thanks to grfounder for getting me this he is the man!

A- pours pretty thick, dark brown, once in glass looks almost black. not much head to speak of, maybe a little around the edges.

S- lots of toffee, carmel, brown sugar sweetness, you do get the bourbon county stout smell in there as well just kinda on the backend.

T- very sugary and sweet, lots of bourbon, vanilla, booze soaked dark fruits, not very hoppy or bitter, lots of malts, this is one complex beer!

M- very thick and viscous, coats your mouth. not much carbonation but who cares!

O- I think this beer is right up there with king henry, hate all you want, I know its a different beer and it shows, but damnit all I like it just as much as the king!

founder26, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

sleuthdog, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

CTJman, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Moses_Malone, Dec 02, 2013
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

jjheinrichs, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of jschonert
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jschonert, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -12.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark reddish brown body. Very dark in the glass. Not much of a head. Just a thin khaki collar.

Smell - Very boozy. Brown sugar. A little fruity. Some bourbon, but it isn't too strong.

Taste - Bourbon is a much stronger component in the taste. Sweet. Brown sugar. Very oaky. Nutty in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and boozy. Neither is too much, though. Low carbonation.

Overall - The comparisons to King Henry don't do King Henry justice. The bourbon character just isn't as incredible. A tasty barleywine nonetheless.

Alieniloquium, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Roger85, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

nollie77, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

seeswo, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

TATURBO, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

BeerMeBrah, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

enelson, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

rct, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 17, 2013 printed on the label. I was lucky enough to acquire a single bottle of this through a friend who had to stand in line for over an hour to get at it. Exponentially stoked and excited to have this beer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick muddy chestnut / caramel colored body. Opaque in the glass. No conjuration of any head aside from some thin tan bubbles. Some lacing sticks to the glass and then falls. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of beautiful creamy vanilla, bourbon alcohol heat, wood, toasted caramel, raisins, dates, figs. Phenomenal smelling.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy vanilla, sweet sticky caramel, mild alcohol heat, dates, raisins, figs, & some subtle creamy chocolate nuances imparted from the original Bourbon County Brand Stout.

M - Feel is silky smooth and creamy, with a bit of sticky caramel and some alcohol warmth lingering.

Overall, a truly delicious and decadent bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Not quite as amazing as the original beer, but still an extraordinary beer. Probably the best barleywine I've tried as of yet. Very grateful to have gotten to try this probably once in a lifetime opportunity beer. Highly recommended.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale ---4.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DeutschesBier, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

JSBILK, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Lionhawk, Dec 02, 2013
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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