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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,076 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,076
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 345
Gots: 1,070 | FT: 204
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 third use bourbon barrels (previously bourbon and Bourbon County Brand Stout).

(Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013)
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A: Pours a dark, cola-brown, which shows itself reddish when held to the light. Forms a small khaki head that quickly recedes to just a ring around the glass.

S: Sharp bourbon, deep vanilla, caramel and toffee, with just a hint of cocoa powder.

T: Bourbon on the front of the tongue, mellowing to deep vanilla accompanied by sweet caramel. There is a long, chocolate finish on this one--cocoa powder and even milk chocolate. The BCBS that occupied these barrels before has left a gift to the barley wine in my glass and, by extension, to me.

M: Velvety, rich, creamy, luscious...am I gushing?

O: Before BCBBW, I thought Wulver was the pinnacle of what (bourbon) barrel-aging could do for a beer. I've now had the two side by side, and I really can't decide which I like better. This is a truly marvelous beer, and the chocolate flavors really take this English-style barley wine to a new level.

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Smell is phenomenal! Rich, smooth, malt overload, bourbon, currants, raisins, a light, peppery spice note. Excellent balance and hugely complex.
Taste is just as good. Uber smooth, bourbon, roast malt, dark fruits (currants, raisins, figs), a hint of pepper. Fan-freaking-tastic.
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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,076 ratings.