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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 4,048
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 491
Gots: 1,760 | FT: 292
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013

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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Served from a bottled. Enjoyed in a snifter.

A - Very rich and dark amber body that produces a tan head that dissipates into a nice little slick on top.

S - Surprisingly mellow given the ABV and the barrel aging. Don't pick up too much alcohol or burn and instead find a plethora of heavy malted notes reminiscent of a fresh bakery or mill. Slight wafts of some cocoa and smoke malts.

T - A bit underwhelming for this expectation. Doesn't quite have that robust caramel flavor often found in BA barley wines. Instead, this beer has a huge malt body comparable to overly sweet southern black tea. A bit tannic and smokey at times, the beer opens up as it warms to reveal it's traditional English profile. No real hop presence that is likely dominated by the malt. The barrel aged flavor also remains very muted and mellow.

M - Like other members of the bourbon county family, barleywine has a rather thinner pallet. Very light carbonated body that makes drinking rather easy for this higher gravity beer.

O - The beer is a solid offering but nowhere near a home run. The third use barrels don't quite give it the hotness or booziness fans of big bourbon barrel barley wines will be used to. While this isn't' by any means a deal breaker, it does introduce an interesting flavor profile that is satisfying.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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