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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,864
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 454
Gots: 1,586 | FT: 270
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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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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle at churchkey in DC into snifter. Bottled the day before my birthday. Pours a ruby deep brown with zero head...not expecting and major carbonation cuse of the abv but its a syrup looking pour. Smell is nice caramel toffe malt reduction...classic barleywine with dried fruit and woody bourbon vanilla notes. Taste is super sweet toffee and vanilla bourbon. Its very sweet but works well. Its a high abv and it shows..the yeast still has a lot to clean up here...its very sweet. Don't get me wrong, its delicious but it needs to be dialed back a tad. Not the most amazing bw I've had but it is quite tasty.

Sometimes I feel price dictates ratings...in this case it kinda does. Its a pricey hyped 12oz bottle. While it is good, there is no doubting that, I feel people may rate this higher cuse of the cost, or lack of tasting other barleywines...

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Psyched to try this one! Pours thick and black into my Kane tulip glass. I've never seen a Barleywine this color before. Looks more like a stout. Get the bourbon booze, some sherry, maybe cherries on the nose. Strong taste. Hits with warm alcohol, sweet like chocolate covered cherries (kind of). Mouthfeel very thick, very little carbonation. Honestly, I'm sure I'll dig this one by the time I'm done with it, but this is not my favorite Barleywine by a long stretch. In my opinion, this type of beer works much better as a stout. The BCBS is a lot better. Well, I'm saving another of these to age.

Edit: with a year on it the taste is so epic, smooth, and delicious!

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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark, cloudy brown with minimal head. Not much lacing.

S - Bourbon, caramel, and roasted malts dominate with some vanilla notes mixed in as well.

T - The taste follows the nose, but is much deeper and more balanced. Quite a lot of vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, roasted malts, candied and dried fruit. The flavors are oddly muddled yet retain the nuance you look for in the combination of delicious flavors.

M - Slight bit of carbonation, perfect amount of fullness in the body. Spot on!

O - This beer is outstanding! I prefer this slightly over the Bourbon County Brand Stout! A must try for anyone!

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tulip because thats what I had laying around , deep dark beer with a nice two finger head and not much lacing

First thing that hits the nose is vanilla with a hint of booze in it , very nice smelling brew

Wonderful tasting brew ,I would like to explain to you all the different things I pick up on , but all I can think of is WOW...This just tastes good , just so so good

Just about perfect on the mouthfeel on this brew , loving it

Overall , another out of the park homerun from Chicago , This is now one of my favorite Barleywines of all time , and barleywines are one of my favorite styles

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a transparent black with a very thin head. Leaves tan outline on the outside.

S: Very rich dark fruit flavor and loads of boozy bourbon goodness.

T: A lot of the same as the nose. Some vanilla and dark fruits, and the bourbon comes through so fantastic and smooth.

M: Very smooth for being a heavy hitter in the ABV department.

Overall: This beer has it all: smell and taste that is unmatched, loads of boozy goodness, and a smooth, easy to drink beer. If you can find this, buy it.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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