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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,183
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 351
Gots: 1,108 | FT: 199
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%

TATURBO, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

BeerMeBrah, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

enelson, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

rct, Dec 02, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 17, 2013 printed on the label. I was lucky enough to acquire a single bottle of this through a friend who had to stand in line for over an hour to get at it. Exponentially stoked and excited to have this beer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick muddy chestnut / caramel colored body. Opaque in the glass. No conjuration of any head aside from some thin tan bubbles. Some lacing sticks to the glass and then falls. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of beautiful creamy vanilla, bourbon alcohol heat, wood, toasted caramel, raisins, dates, figs. Phenomenal smelling.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy vanilla, sweet sticky caramel, mild alcohol heat, dates, raisins, figs, & some subtle creamy chocolate nuances imparted from the original Bourbon County Brand Stout.

M - Feel is silky smooth and creamy, with a bit of sticky caramel and some alcohol warmth lingering.

Overall, a truly delicious and decadent bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Not quite as amazing as the original beer, but still an extraordinary beer. Probably the best barleywine I've tried as of yet. Very grateful to have gotten to try this probably once in a lifetime opportunity beer. Highly recommended.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale ---4.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DeutschesBier, Dec 02, 2013
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JSBILK, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Lionhawk, Dec 02, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in North Providence, RI. Bottled the 23rd of September 2013.

Appearance- Pours a deep mahogany/deep brown, opaque body with cherry and amber highlights when held up to the light. The head is small and light brown in color, reducing quickly but leaving a ring of foam around the rim.

Smell- Sweet vanilla beans, bourbon, caramel, oak, toffee, fresh pecan pie, nutty, butterscotch. Smells absolutely delicious & inviting. Aromas really open up as this beer warms up to a little less than room temperature. One of the best beers I've ever smelled and one of the 2 I've ever given a 5 in this category.

Taste- Starts off intensely rich and sweet, vanilla-caramel notes, toffee and butterscotch, peanut brittle, candied sugar, the finish is roasty, bourbon soaked coffee beans, with a lingering char on the aftertaste. Slight warming booze. As far as barleywines go, this one tastes perfect. I couldn't think of any way this beer could be improved in this category.

Mouthfeel- Heavy, syrupy body but surprisingly easy to drink. Low carbonation.

I was extremely impressed with this offering - it brings this style to a whole new level, a definite one-up from other barrel aged barleywines I've tried. Complex, packed full of flavor, and best of all: available in 4 packs, so you can enjoy one without sacrificing an expensive bomber every time you're craving one.

gcamparone, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

adam42381, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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

egrace84, Dec 01, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +6%

Danimal25, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jkball01, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

jaycar06, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

gkoz, Dec 01, 2013
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Prager62, Dec 01, 2013
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ralphw56, Dec 01, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep, chestnut brown color. Very dark though appears somewhat muddy looking. Not much carbonation going on here. Vinuous aroma of treacle, burnt sugars and a whole lot of bready malt. The intense bourbon has faded somewhat as it has warmed. Mellow oakiness with the underlying bourbon. Thick, caramel flavors with a nice highlight of bourbon. Oak and vanilla, somewhat of a sherry tinge. The bourbon tends to linger on the palate. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel with a slight booziness. Just a great beer all in. Really was afraid the bourbon would be too much but it all is balanced exceptionally well. And I thought the stout would be hard to top-this almost comes close.

lackenhauser, Dec 01, 2013
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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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