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Honey B - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
English-style barleywine aged in an Evan Williams bourbon barrel.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-16-2011)
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BRami127

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this for the 1st time at FoBAB 2011. Since then, both Goose Island Clybourn and Wrigleyville had them on tap. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a deep, caramel brown. Very light brown head and very light lacing.

S: Strong, sweet scent of caramel and sugar. Also some bourbon notes

T: Heavy, with booze and sugar intermingling together. Surprisingly smooth. Unlike any barleywine I have ever drank before.

O: Easily the best Barelywine I have or will ever have. It's a shame this is a one off beer. It would be great if this was bottled, especially for a "Black Friday" release.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2014 03:36:08 | More by BRami127
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

10-19-2013 03:33:25 | More by sweemzander
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hopswap1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

05-10-2013 04:11:20 | More by hopswap1
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-09-2013 00:59:39 | More by cadaugherty
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mvdillman

Indiana

4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served into a snifter from Clybourne location.

A: medium mahogany with a finger of off white head.

S: bourbon with a hint of vanilla

T: the alcohol is covered really nicely. Tastes of toffee, and a little caramel come through.

M: full body

O: one of the best BA barley wines I've ever had.

Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 18:28:22 | More by mvdillman
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-17-2013 17:00:12 | More by spycow
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ravot

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-20-2012 03:09:17 | More by ravot
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

04-19-2012 00:26:12 | More by antoines15
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-20-2012 22:29:39 | More by imperialking
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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-06-2012 04:28:07 | More by coz
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these on-tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Served into a 10oz snifter:

A - pours a deep mahagoney brown with slight tones of amber. Whisks of foam head with bits of cloudy foam on the top and sides with very light lacing.

S - Rich tones of toffee, burnt brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Really nice bourbon notes with oak, vanilla, and strangely enough...bits of honey (although there is no honey in the brew.)

T - Heavy brown sugar, leather and toffee. Vanilla, oak nice subtle notes of bourbon and some figs. Really creamy and smooth.

M - Smooth and velvet with minimum carbonation. No burn from the ABV at all. Really great mouthfeel.

O - I really enjoyed this one. A very nice barrel aged english barleywine that I would love to have more of. Sadly, its only on-tap and at $10 for 10oz my budget won't allow me to drink a ton of it. Wish I could get a growler of this and just drink the shit outta it!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 05:42:05 | More by joshuaseresse
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2012 16:43:03 | More by pirmannt1
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange. Nice frothy white head. Very nice appearance. Smells sweet and honey heavy. Not much else. Tastes oaky and honey strong. Sweet but has a nice tanin bite. Very nice carbonation levels. Almost syrupy thick mouthfeel. Very nice given the flavour profile. Overall very solid

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 13:08:03 | More by Urbancaver
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

11-24-2011 00:29:07 | More by Duff27
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thanmad

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-20-2011 22:06:29 | More by thanmad
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

11-19-2011 20:45:33 | More by ChrisPro
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at Fobab, with notes from a second sampling at Goose Island. Served on tap in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: My pour is a hazy brown color with a few hints of burgundy at the edges. A tan sea foam froth rests on top, fading to a light ring after a few minutes.

Smell: The aroma is much more bourbon forward than the flavor. After my nose processes the strong bourbon note, vanilla is the next strongest aroma. Sweet toffee, caramel, figs, and dates impart a strong sweetness, with a bit of roast malt and oak in the back.

Taste: As mentioned above, the bourbon plays a much more gentle role in the flavor, allowing the base flavors to really shine through. There is such an incredible vanilla flavor here, especially for a barleywine. The flavors are blended well together, with each component bringing more vanilla out. Caramel and toffee provide an enhanced sweetness with just a bit of roast to the malt presence up front. The gooey sweetness carries over to toffee soaked figs and dates and some rum raisin makes an appearance as well. Toward the end the bourbon presses through, helping to soften the gooey sweetness and bring out some of the barrel character as well. The finish is smooth, still fairly sweet, and full of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: My only true knock on this beer is that the carbonation feels fizzy. With a smoother, creamier carbonation, I would bump this score a point and probably the overall score half a point, really bringing it into the elite category. The rest of the body has a nice, full mouthfeel, with a gooey stickiness that is only partially softened by the barrel dryness toward the end. A bit of bourbon alcohol presence pleasantly reminds me of the 9.2% ABV.

Overall: This was a strong offering for GI to bring to Fobab. A very good bourbon barrel barleywine. This does not really push any boundaries, but there is no crime in bourbon barrel aging a barleywine well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 00:30:36 | More by KickInTheChalice
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JoshVandy

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-18-2011 19:39:48 | More by JoshVandy
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

11-18-2011 16:06:30 | More by thewimperoo
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

11-16-2011 03:31:08 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FoBAB 2011. Aged in a Evan Williams bourbon barrel. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Sizable light tan foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind plenty of lacework. Hazed medium brown body.

S - Very nice mix of your usual barleywine flavors. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey-soaked cakes, some fruity toffee as well. Not sure if there is actually honey in this, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.

T - Taste is again very nice, with a similar blend of oak, bourbon, caramelized sugar. The finish is heavier with oak and a moderate whiskey bite to it. Alcohol is present, but not excessive for the style - hard to evaluate without a listed ABV.

M - Smooth, full body, lower carbonation, chewy texture and sticky finish, and light alcohol warmth.

D - A very well-crafted barrel-aged barleywine. This beer was listed as a GI - Wrigleyville contribution; not sure who's in charge over there but it's a shame this sort of stuff doesn't show up there as it's only a few blocks away. I can see why this would win best in show, as it's a very good but "safe" take on a "safe" style. I'd love to be able to enjoy a snifter of this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 02:12:54 | More by MasterSki
Honey B from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.