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Bourbon County Barleywine

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by xnicknj, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Savant (425) California Apr 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    700 used bcbs barrels with the amount of bcbs they made this year i dont think that is absurd
  2. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Yet, the information available now is saying that THIS Barleywine is aged in bourbon barrels, not used BCBS barrels. And even if they have 700 barrels of Barleywine, it doesn't mean it's ALL ready for harvesting. The sea of green technique is world renowned for a continued supply of...yep...green. For a reason.
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  3. Azrael

    Azrael Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013

    I love how there's always some reason for these big releases to be considered rare.
  4. buzze40

    buzze40 Savant (335) Illinois Mar 9, 2010

    I just hope its another beer that is local, really great, and impossible to get. I thrive on frustration (and Im not even a Cubs fan).
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  5. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    walez, bro
  6. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Savant (250) Illinois Nov 29, 2007

    Whalers gonna whale.
  7. gpawned

    gpawned Advocate (510) Illinois Jun 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Couldn't agree more. KH won our blind barleywine tasting this past weekend. Such a phenomenal beer.
  8. PeteB28

    PeteB28 Disciple (55) Illinois Oct 21, 2011

    From one of my sources who looked into this;

    Happy New Year. This is one of our innovation beers, however I’m not sure if it will be bottled or stay in Kegs. We put it into barrels late November early December, so it won’t be released until next fall. I will keep you posted when I know more information.


    Erika Thieme
    Key Account Manager - West
    Goose Island Beer Co
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  9. craw4d

    craw4d Aficionado (135) Illinois Jul 6, 2009

    HAAA - Prince Albert would be hilarious!
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  10. BDub81

    BDub81 Aficionado (145) Illinois Dec 8, 2009

    I'm going to have to open a bottle of King Henry in celebration!
  11. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Savant (465) New York Jun 7, 2005

    It's pretty easy to pick out King Henry in a blind lineup since it barely resembles almost any barleywine that's ever been brewed (barrel-aged and otherwise). Even its closest contemporary would be a difficult comparison (MoaS, Abacus, etc). It's so incredibly barrel-influenced that I'm hard-pressed to even consider it a barleywine at this point (stylistically, I'd put it somewhere between a Strong Ale and an Old Ale).

    There's a reason that it's been exploited as such a superlative. Not because it's a legitimate representation of what a classic barleywine should look/smell/taste like, but simply because it's a fantastic beer regardless of style classification.

    EDIT: With that said, I'm truly eager to find out if this particular brew will be a more accurate representation of the style. I'd personally like to see less of a barrel influence as compared to King Henry as it seemed to have entirely dominated the base beer.....though, with the potential use of BCBS barrels (if that truly is the case), I won't be holding my breath.
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  12. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Savant (290) Texas Jan 8, 2011

    You're one of those guys that chases down the beer trucks and demands all that's on board at gunpoint aren't you?
  13. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Savant (290) Texas Jan 8, 2011

    It was a stretch for me to use it too, because I'm still standing on the boarding platform for the hype train for King Henry that left long ago. Never got to try it. So using 'jizztastic' here was definitely spurred by my lack of King Henry! :confused:
  14. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Champion (830) Illinois Nov 28, 2008 Beer Trader

    So we looking at Fall of 2013? Thats way to long to wait:(
  15. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    ...in a can.
  16. Scalzo

    Scalzo Savant (450) Illinois Feb 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    No, im the guy who had a hard time getting Bourbon County Coffee this year.

    Im the same guy who didnt get a single bottle of Cherry Rye. I live 20 minutes outside Chicago

    Does it make sense for people in Texas to get it over me!!!!!!!!!!!? I PAY COOK COUNTY TAXES DAMNIT
  17. MisterGrizz

    MisterGrizz Savant (290) Texas Jan 8, 2011

    Well, maybe InBev will solve this problem? You're right, it does NOT make sense to send them whalez down here as limited as they are, but it doesn't mean I'm not happy about it. :)
  18. JulianC

    JulianC Savant (460) Illinois Mar 9, 2012 Beer Trader

  19. neverenoughhops

    neverenoughhops Aficionado (215) California Oct 22, 2009 Beer Trader

    if possible, try to arrange an eclipse flight with some friends - even just 2-3 versions. you'll pick out differences based on the barrel.
  20. Monsone

    Monsone Savant (370) Illinois Jun 5, 2006

    I did the full one last year. BUT the majority of the Eclipses aren't apple to apple comparisons like I said (i.e. Bourbon to Bourbon with the same number of years in wood). You may be able to pick out the slight spiciness of the rye if you compare it to a wheated bourbon of the same aging times. You could be able to see a difference of a corn whiskey vs a bourbon. I also would assume that 50/50 is specifically choosing casks that have different aging times and different spirits with the point being to make them taste different. I don't know for sure either (and I highly doubt it) that they age every type of Eclipse the exact same length of time.

    My point would be that if you have a Elijah Craig 12 year and a Old Fitz 12 year that you aged the same beer in the barrel for the exact same amount of time, the difference would be imperceptible to the vast majority of people.
  21. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

  22. EOTLBrewer

    EOTLBrewer Savant (300) Illinois Dec 18, 2011 Beer Trader

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  23. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (455) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    Glad I was wrong, never would'a guessed 4-packs. Thank You InBev
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  24. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Mother of pearl! Yes, yes, yes!
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  25. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Anyone elses pants tight right now?
  26. bigdaddypolite

    bigdaddypolite Advocate (535) Minnesota Mar 2, 2007 Beer Trader

    Hopefully it actually clocks in at 15% ABV as it says on the label, so it doesn't get pulled from MN distro like King Henry did!
  27. fritts211

    fritts211 Savant (380) Tennessee Feb 19, 2011 Beer Trader

    I look forward to seeing the ISO FT for this one.

    FT: BCBBW, ISO: Souls... :(
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  28. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Savant (295) Illinois Sep 19, 2012

    Mine were on page one.
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  29. siege06nd

    siege06nd Advocate (685) Virginia Dec 29, 2009 Beer Trader

    Notice the color of the label and the detail on the corners. Leaves little doubt this is the little brother we all wanted for Henry.
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  30. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    But this isn't Cook County. This is Bourbon County.
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  31. Franch

    Franch Advocate (620) District of Columbia Mar 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    Agreed with the first part. I hope this is more like KH. Love it, hate barley wines!
  32. antlerwrestler19

    antlerwrestler19 Savant (430) Nebraska Nov 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    We won't get any.....
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  33. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    They're going to send it all to San Diego. Sorry guys.
  34. i'd want confirmation that this is made in second-use bcbs barrels before linking it to king henry, though the artwork is definitely a visual cue.

    i'd hate to find out that those guys insisting "king henry is waliest never-to-be-made-again-bro wale" were wrong.

    (how's that, yamar68?)

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  35. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    The release information states that it's made the same way as BCBS, in spent bourbon barrels. I've read nothing to state it was aged in spent BCBS casks.
  36. that's how i read it too... standard barrel-aged barleywine. i'm actually saying we should exercise caution before calling it king henry ii.
  37. stupac2

    stupac2 Advocate (565) California Feb 22, 2011

    Sure does seem like it's not being aged in used BCBS barrels, though we do know that they're doing that too. It'll be interesting if it ends up pretty similar to KH anyway.
  38. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    I'm with you! This beer will mostly be very different... (but probably tasty!)
  39. siege06nd

    siege06nd Advocate (685) Virginia Dec 29, 2009 Beer Trader

    Where did you see release info indicating this? I agree I may be jumping the gun, but until they say otherwise I can't imagine why they wouldnt make this is second use BCBS barrels. Personally, I thought the BCBS barrels made KH what it is.

    Oh well guess we need to wait for GI to confirm. I will be extremely excited either way, but the timing of when it went into barrels (Nov) would jive with when BCBS had been bottled.