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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,979
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 488
Gots: 1,689 | FT: 280
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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:
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a crystal snifter glass.

Looks like a lightly colored stout, but with hints of gold shining through. Very unique for a barleywine and you can see the impact of the barrel aging. Not a lot of head or lacing, but I wasn't expecting much.

Aroma is a combination of roasted malts, chocolate, butter toffee and raisins.

Wow. The flavors are tremendous. The roasted malts of a stout complementing the sweetness of the barley wine. Amazing! Vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, roasted malts, raisins and a slightly-sweet chocolate flavor round out this beauty. Maybe one of the most unique flavors I have had in a beer.

Succulent, velvety and light all at the same time. Rich and creamy and leaves one wanting more.

I am so glad I picked this up when it was available. I paid $22 for a four pack, but when you compare this beer to those bombers selling for $15-20 each, this is a steal. Don't pass it up if you see it!

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A-dark brown color with a smallish light tan head and little lacing

S-dark malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla

T-toffee, caramel, roasted malt, nutty, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon, hints of chocolate perhaps from the BCBS

F-medium to full body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-an outstanding and complex Barleywine, enjoyable sipping and savoring, should do well with a little aging

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Poured bottle into snifter (bottled 17-Sept-2013) ,small off-white head dissapated quickly. color is a deep dark brown, some noticeable sediment if you look close enough

aroma - bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla, dark fruits

taste - toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, raisins, warming alcohol on the finish

mouthfeel - rather thick, low carb, somehow remains smooth

overall - an outstanding barleywine - can't wait to see how this ages

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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