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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5,119
Reviews:
584
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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2016 version. Enjoyed on 6/17/17 in the Free Will teku glass.
L. Black side of brown, very dark with a tan head which fades rather slowly to nothing in a couple minutes.
S. Smells so good. Sweet malts, spicy alcohol, caramel, dates, fresh bakery items, all kinds of chocolate, a bit of brighter fruitiness from the booziness like cherry.
T. Oak, vanilla, caramel, cherries, big time dark fruits​ like prunes, figs, and dates, lots of oak and bourbon in the aftertaste which fades to warming.
F. Full body, smooth as silk, coats the whole mouth, slight carbonation.
O. Very sweet, big, chewy, like a chocolate covered cherry dipped in honey. Bourbon barrel notes give a bit of balance as well as deliciousness. Overall very good. I was expecting so given the price and reputation, and it l lives up to the hype. Cheers!!!

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