Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine AleBourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#80
Reviews:
630
Ratings:
5,310
pDev:
8.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,310 |  Reviews: 630
Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scooter131313
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burghman
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ItsAllAboutStout
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can find nothing wrong, but everything right with this barrel aged stout. Extraordinary taste, mouth feel and finish. It's my latest Holy Grail of stout.

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Photo of PprBurke
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochraneg
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OEB
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head that has low head retention.

Smell: Strong malt and plum aroma. There are moderate amounts of wood, bourbon, and caramel. There is a hint of burnt as a small note. The plum aromas are joined by raisin and alcohol notes.

Taste: It is very malty rich with caramel, molasses, a sherry like flavor, and bourbon. There are also wood elements, with plums, raisins, and some herbal touches.

Feel: It is full bodied, but not quite chewy. It has a velvet like texture with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a sipping beer with deceptive levels of alcohol due to the smoothness about it. Many complex flavors are combined with this beer.

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Photo of JPS10
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chadlossie
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jfinegan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrZach76
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brewaddict
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 12/10/16, from notes
2016 Bottle
L - This pours a dark caramel color with a slight mocha head.
S - I get rich bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and a tinge of alcohol.
T - The flavors are toffee, sugary sweetness, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a typical barleywine bitterness in the aftertaste.
F - slick and smooth. Nice mouth feel.
O - Lots of flavor and complex. Quite a bit of sweetness and rich. My ratings may be skewed a little bit as this was a fresh bottle and had just reviewed a year old bottle of Mother of all Storms and that seemed to be in a whole different class. Will revisit BCBBW with a little age on it.

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Photo of JamieCoxx
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GAcosta
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Sept. 2014. Didn't realize I had been sitting in this for so long. I decide to forgo the recommended snifter and instead used a SA glass. Poured heavy with no head at first but it appeared in time with a dense dark head that showed a determined persistence.
A surprisingly shallow aroma with some bourbon, vanilla and soft malt, but much sweetness. A bit of caramel.
The flavor comes through with a fullness and richness that would be expected. Alcohol in both warmth and a smooth taste. Still a little sharpness and jyst enough sweetness that moves more towards fruit than candy. Good fullness in the feel. Rich. Bourbon does show and doesn't overpower blending well with the malts and vanilla.
Good but not great.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(8 oz pour* at BCBS (et al) dark beer event at The Cambridge on 21 Dec)
*poured in what amounted to a half-pint size shaker glass

Curiously deep dark brown color with only a little bubbly collar. Barrel and its char, roasty malt notes on the nose, fair amount of sweetish booze as well. Surprising dark stone (dried cherry) fruit and stout at its core. Toasted nut on the edges, char on the back end. Rivulets of long-lasting, residual burnt sweetness dominating the aftertaste. Body doesn't reach heaviness, despite low carbonation and a softly-syrupy viscosity; the alcohol is sedate, packing no burn, but offering a delicate warmth in the chest... Strange twist on a barleywine. Not something I'd go out of my way to get again. Not really comparable, but the Perennial Abraxas later blew this beer away

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,310 ratings
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