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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 4,050
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 491
Gots: 1,759 | FT: 294
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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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Ratings: 4,050 | Reviews: 447
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4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark mahogany with minimal head into a snifter. It smells of dates, raisins, vanilla, coconut, molasses and bourbon, with the taste matches the smell. It has that almost sour bite that you experience as an aftertaste with a lot of Bourbons. Wow. This is a big beer, and a true sipper

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a hazy deep tawny brown color with a smallish off white head that shows little retention. Sweet bourbon with a soft woodsy aroma atop the caramel brown sugar and vanilla contained within. Light plum and cherry fruits with a hint of earth and ethanol round out the nose. The flavor is brown sugar toffee and caramel maltiness upfront before the sweet bourbon and a twinge of ethanol remind you this is one serious brew. Light vanilla and hints of pitted fruits round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet sticky mouthfeel. That is a really nice barleywine right there!

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 12oz bottle thanks to mdfb79
12/12/13 – Served in a GI taster glass

A: Pours a rusted brown color with a very minimal khaki tan head. Just a quick flash in the glass that leaves behind a fizzy swirl on top. Carb is evident with some large bubbles clinging to the glass. Pretty clean and otherwise motionless with no streaks or sticky leftovers.

S: Smells of caramel toffee nougat with vanilla biscuit and hints of sweet bourbon. Earthy oak meets dried dark fruits and some lesser aromas of milk chocolate. There is some modest alcohol present as well. Really nice nose with toffee at the forefront and some fine bourbon character to it.

T: Toffee with caramel nougat and sweetened biscuit meets dark berries, Bourbon, vanilla crème, and dried fig/dates. The barrel notes are pretty tame but work so nicely here. Not overbearing or harsh in anyway shape or form. Add in a dash of nutty chocolates with some toasted bread and brown sugars. Alcohol is present however delicately manageable and there is a moderately low amount of perceived bitterness to the beer. Soft earthy minerals towards the finish. Delicious with some really refined flavors.

M: Fairly heavy and thick but not syrupy. Lower carbonation but with just enough drying in the finish to counter. Touch of alcohol heat. Light sticky residuals although fairly clean overall.

D: Hands down one of the best Barley Wines I have had to date. Rich and incredibly complex with the Bourbon notes incorporated so nicely. Loads of toffee, vanilla, and dark berry. Stoked to have tried this. Closest I will probably ever get to King Henry.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage poured into my over-sized brandy snifter.

Poured a beautiful syrupy brown color with a half-finger mocha colored head. Had some reddish tints to it when held to the light. Left a syrupy resin on the sides of the glass.

Immediately upon pouring I was hit with intense smells of brown sugar, butterscotch, toffee and marshmallow. Very sweet smelling. Bourbon was detected on the nose but not nearly as strong as I anticipated. Also mixed in were some dark fruit smells such as plum and cherry.

Taste was absolutely phenomenal. Yes, this is a sweet beer - one to be sipped on over an hour or so, but wow, behind the sweetness is a complexity that rivals any beer I have had. Definite butterscotch flavors backed by dark fruits and light vanilla. Bourbon is mixed in quite well.

Mouth-feel was thick and syrupy, with a perfect amount of bourbon "burn" to warm you up.

Overall this is an INCREDIBLE beer. I am glad I have three more to see what some age does to them (though it is going to be hard to resist). I actually prefer this to BCBS which says a lot.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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