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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,869
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 459
Gots: 1,593 | FT: 271
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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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours very little caramel colored head such that it didn't even take over the complete surface area. The beer itself is an opaque, very dark brown with a little bit of dark purple notes. The beer isn't quite black as a result.

The beer has a very strong aroma that carries over quite a distance. The various notes that come out are mainly dark fruits with a vanilla note from the barrel. The dark fruit notes are plum, fig, and raisin; all of which mix very well with the vanilla. The vanilla note is wonderful because it doesn't overwhelm but does not let itself get trapped.

The beer taste is delicious and sinful. The beer has very strong dark fruit notes with a vanilla note that runs through it pretty well. The dark fruits that really come out are plum and raisin. Additionally, the taste has a bitter hop note that makes a strong contrast to the fruits.

The mouthfeel is very heavy bodied but feels lighter due to the carbonation. The beer itself is pretty smooth. Also, a slight alcohol is present in the beer.

Overall, this barleywine is fantastic. This beer has the right notes in the right places in the right degrees.

Photo of fooferjw
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gholmes
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of arthurry
4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Way2drunk
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excuse me! Why are they still selling this as if it wasn't the best of the whole collection! I was able to get one of all the bourbon county release and this by far has the most flavor of the collection!! By the way I don't noally like barley wines! Thank your bourbon county! My wait n line was well worth it!!

Photo of Big_V
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rumi
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of timoteo833
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft 1/12/15 @ Harry's Hofbrau RWC. Pours dark brown with limited caramel colored head. Some lacing present. Aroma of bourbon, raisins, figs, and a bit of vanilla. Good mouthfeel, although a little thinner than the other BC offerings. Taste is dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and possibly a hint of chocolate. Solid bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

Photo of ghirsh
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release.... I think this will be even better once it has a little age on it

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rangerred
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a smallish, thick dark tan head. Very good lacing for this strong a beer.

Aroma has some roasted character reminiscent of a stout but it is bolstered by plums and figs and somewhat of a sherry note. The bourbon is a bit subdued with just a touch of vanilla coming through.

The flavor really gives you a sense of everything these barrels have been through. Touches of vanilla, oak, and chocolate up front with dark fruit coming in a bit later. Sherry is more subdued. Big, thick mouthfeel with decent sweetness but it is not overly sweet. Alcohol warmth is present but the strength of this beer is well hidden.

Overall, I was very fortunate to be able to track this down in East Tennessee after years of wanting to try it. This beer does not disappoint as there is just so much going on. Truly world-class.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black, with a one finger head of caramel colored foam that slowly breaks away. The aroma is strong, boozy with vanilla and oak notes. Taste is unexpectedly as smooth as it is complex. It's boozy and very sweet. The bourbon barrels really come through again with those same oak and vanilla notes. There is also an element of dark dried fruit (raisins/figs). As it warms, the bourbon aspect becomes even more prominent. The feel is absolutely perfect, it's creamy and full-bodied, and it sticks to your mouth. Carbonation is perfect. Honestly, this whole experience borders on perfect. It's hard to imagine improving this beer, I just wish I could get more of it.

Photo of Smaxy
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1KEVIN1
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BobJude
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kark
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Winston3737
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jofroi
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomO23
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mr-jj
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle split between 4 samplers. Notes from 12/28/14.

Color is dark mahogany with a thin tan head. Smell is dark fruit, vanilla, toasted oak and bourbon. No hop aroma. Flavor is pretty sweet - caramel malt with dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon. A bit boozy. Body is full with mild carbonation and a syrupy, viscous mouthfeel.

Overall, it's an excellent beer and I definitely enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing how it ages.

Photo of KillerWhale
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bnes09
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, milk chocolate color. Minimal head after an aggressive pour.

Sweet, candy-like aroma with toffee and dark fruit. A malt symphony.

Rich, malty flavor with figs, dates, toffee and molasses. Subtle oak and toasted almonds. Just a hint of the left over stout embedded in the wood. No hop character.

Full bodied, syrupy, sticky feel. Slightly low carbonation works well.

Solid barrel-aged barelywine.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,869 ratings.