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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,695
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,417 | FT: 248
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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:
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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12oz to a snifter, bottled 24 September 2013

Pours a very dark muddy brown, nearly black. You can see the yeast sediment floating around when looking closely, but impossible to see through the other side of the glass, even when held up to the sun. Almost no head, just a bit of foam that has moved to a thin ring on the sides of the glass, moderate carbonation and good lacing

Smells of strong bourbon, oak, toffee, toasted brown sugar and molasses, caramel and hints of vanilla and chocolate, finishes with a nice splash of alcohol. Very complex and sweet, reminds me a lot of sucaba

Taste of oak and dark chocolate chocolate, bourbon, roast toffee and butterscotch, molasses and vanilla, with a boozy caramel finish. Deviates from the nose a bit but tastes pretty much just as good

Feel is a very thick heavy body, very sticky and syrupy. Alcohol is hidden pretty well but still drinks a little warm. Perfect for the winter

Overall a near flawless representation of a BBA English barley wine. Can't wait to open the rest a few years down the road, here's to hoping this becomes a regular in the bcb line up!

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,695 ratings.