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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,973
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 487
Gots: 1,684 | FT: 278
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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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Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled on 9/24/14, making this just over 4 months old.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany. Some light getting through the edges. Lots of flakes and sediment in this one, unsure what it's from. Very calm, minimal head retention. Occasional bubbles rise from the depths when agitated.

S: Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon. Some dark fruits. Very, very sweet. Some maple syrup and toffee notes as well. The aroma doesn't quite "pop" like the other BC beers, but that may be due to the third-use barrels.

T: Oh, this is amazing. Tons of caramel and toffee up front. Vanilla, oak, some smokiness. Lots of molasses and maple syrup notes. Bourbon comes through mostly in the finish, and it's very subtle. The bourbon imparts more of a booziness than a flavor. Tons and tons of balance here. Not a single off note, really. Everything in perfect harmony from beginning to end.

M: Stunningly full mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation for this beer. Perfect amount of boozy sweetness.

O: So this is probably my #1 or #2 favorite BA Barleywine. The only thing that comes close is Kuhnhenn's BBBW, but it's been a while since I've had that. This beer is just great. Is does everything it's supposed to. Each taste reveals a new complexity and layer to the beer. So many flavors at once. Some might be scared by it's overt sweetness, but I think it totally works here. I think the nose could be a bit stronger, but I'm wondering if that's where the third-use barrels hurt it here. But for the most part, this beer is just so well balanced and constructed.

Recommendation: Must-try. Plus, this one isn't too hard to get.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,973 ratings.