Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.60%

Availability: Winter

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.

Added by jplopez21 on 10-04-2013

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5,148
Reviews:
591
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.72/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DubiousGopher
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wreckless76
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Felgenlager
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ivan52
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My feeling of this largly center around the 2013 and 2014 editions.

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4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from draft at Hunahpu Day. Pours a hazy dark brown with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet. Flavors of bourbon, raisins, plums, figs, dates, caramel, syrup, toffee. Excellent barleywine. Definitely one of the best.

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown caramel-coffee color (or like diarrhea) with a firm reddish head of 1 finger.

Aromas of mouth-watering caramel, ash, leather, tobacco, coconut, cherry, and sweet booze all gather together.

I can't believe I sat on this so long. Maybe that's the reason for its explosive flavor as I've never had it fresh. Really, really good. Lots of boozy, sweet alcohol pops out first, followed by cherry tobacco, leather, figs & dates, oak, bourbon, and a kiss of vanilla.

Feel is very nicely carbonated, with a thick, almost oily feel with a dry alcohol finish.

Overall, a wonderful Barleywine that should be consumed with delight. A lovely beer.

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4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best bw I've ever had

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4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I know there are many more barleywines out there I have not tried. But this one is delicious, well-rounded, and not sure
how to improve it. Wish it was easier to come by. Good job

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 version is fire. Overall great beer.....had no interest in aging this one after Goose Islands 2015 batch of this.

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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really hate to say anything good about Budweiser products, but I have to give credit for something well done. This is just a shade under as good as a barrel aged beer gets, cuz the Bourbon County Stout is just a bit better.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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