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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,108
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,077 | FT: 203
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 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.

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Horbar, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Lukafer, Dec 01, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a large TeKu glass. Bottle 1929 dated 17Sep13. Let it sit a bit to warm it up.

A- Pretty dang dark...looks like a BCBS. However, when I hold it directly into the light, you can see some dark brown edges. Pretty vigorous pour yielded a one finger light tan head. It dissipated pretty quick into a thin ring. Looks okay.

S- Bourbon and dark fruits dominate the nose. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon, plum, raisin, alcohol, and oak. Smells like a regular BCBS, but a bit more fruit coming off of it.

T- The bourbon isn't super-strong in the flavor. Lots of leather, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, and oak. You do get a bit of bourbon and alcohol in the middle, but not too much. Ends pretty fruity as well...tiny bit of burn on the back end. Slightly sweet, but isn't overboard.

M- Smooth as silk. Very little alcohol burn. However, this is still a sipper. Medium-thick body, low carbonation.

O- Pretty decent. I think it picks up too much of the BCBS, though. Don't get me wrong, I love BCBS, but it sort of makes this beer not it's own. Not enough bourbon for my liking, either. It would be interesting to see this in second use barrels that didn't have BCBS in before it..

However, this is still an insanely complex barrel aged barleywine. There so much going on that it's hard to pick out everything. Ehh....not quite worth the hype here, but still pretty damn good.

TTAmod, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

campfirebrew, Dec 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Braden, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

blindpiggie, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Reappropriated, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

sabitu, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

RKing44, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

MrDarcy, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

scottDC, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of PaulyB83
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 09/24/13

A- Pours a deep deep garnet almost black, can just see some light coming through on the edges. A small medium tan head formed and quickly dissipated to nothing.

S- Chocolate covered raisins! Molasses, some oak and vanilla.

T- Lots of dried dark fruits, more oak than the nose and slight olive oil?

M- Nice high level of thickness not too heavy, which is part of my problem with BCBS. Alcohol is there but remarkably subdued.

O- A great beer, I'm just sad I could only find one bottle of the stuff. Next year will be a different story though you can bet on that. Old Ales/Barleywines are easily my favorite style and this one reminded me of Bell's Third Coast Old Reserve which is aged in spent Black Note barrels, similar to this beer. Would really love to try the base beer of this sometime.

PaulyB83, Nov 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

xdtfx, Nov 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

mctizzz, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

thegerm87, Nov 30, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

24.99 a 4 pack ugh. I'm just about done with InBev releases in NY and Ct. For some reason the price here is jacked up about 6$ a 4 pack. Disgusting. Deciccos grocery may be the most sad price gouging beer shop that I am aware of. Done shopping there as well. Clown bartenders that appear half drunk and zero personality. Hey boss I can tell you are drunk!

A: Pours a dark hazy mess of chestnut brown with tons of sediment floating around in the bottle and a dark mocha ring around the edges.

S: Aroma of dark fruity black cherry , caramel , toffee and vanilla

T: flavors of tons of dark fruit here, berry and black cherries along with caramelized sugar, cotton candy, toffee and creamy milky caramel with vanilla infusions. Tons of extra sugars unfrequented and sweetening this one up. It is overly sweet but a flavor I am a fan of in barley wines.

M: thick viscous composition almost corn syrupy and thick. Some clearly visible particulate matter at the bottom of the glass, in the middle of the glass and pretty much floating around once you swirl the glass. There is a ton of particulate matter of large particles.

O: overall this is a very tasty beer but I am so turned off by the prices some of these breweries charge now for a brewery that is focused on efficiency and was just bought by InBev that this will be the last time that I try to seek this out. They will have tons of this stuff left over once InBev gets their hands around the brewers throats and I just won't pay that much for a four pack. What a joke to see shops holding back on selling a 4 pack to someone based on their familiarity with the shopper. Craft beer is dying and I'm tired of this hipster selling practice.

alpinebryant, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

buffs9, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bpfrush, Nov 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

WVUbrew, Nov 30, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, leaves little lacing.

Smell- Bittersweet chocolate and toffee at first followed by a bit of caramel. Background has some fruit notes, maybe cherry and fig. Nice smell that isn't overpowering.

Taste- Chocolate and dark fruits, again with some caramel and toffee. Very nice flavor. Very little bitterness except a slight kick when swallowing, almost no heat coming from the alcohol. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Slick and creamy with good carbonation for the style. Not harsh or drying

Overall- Very good barleywine, great balance. Dangerously drinkable.

IPAdams, Nov 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

sludgegnome, Nov 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

adroberts01, Nov 30, 2013
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ColForbinBC, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Sparky44, Nov 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,108 ratings.