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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#76
Reviews:
594
Ratings:
5,168
pDev:
8.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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728
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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very boozy, but a great sipper with deep complex flavors

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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, poured from a bottle into a tulip

L: Cloudy mahogany brown pour. Sediment at the bottom... over 4 years in the bottle and it shows. Wispy head... no significant lacing.

S: Whoa... knocks you back. Rich... dark fruits, darker sugars, and the black heart of the bourbon barrel. Booze, vanilla, cherry.... smells amazing.

T/F: Rich... toasty grains, caramel, complex dark sugars. Definite oak and barrel presence... slight char in the background. Notes of very faint coffee... great dark fruits like plum and fig.... and even some cherry. In no way cloying... the sweetness is well balanced with bitterness, and even some tobacco notes. Thick and oily. Finish is warming with dark fruit and vanilla.

O: There's a reason that the Bourbon County brand is the standard for barrel aged beers. This is just fantastic.... and one of the best hour-long sippers I've ever had. Truly a treat.

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4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fireazzi
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 barley wine tasting great. Nice raisin nose, sweet taste, mouth feel is perfect. nice classic barleywine look. smooth taste, very sweet not too boozy

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4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage; poured into a Crooked Stave snifter. Pours dark copper, with minimal head. Nose is toffee, date, and brown sugar -- lots of it. Palate is full of dark fruits (mainly raisin, plum, and cherry), toffee, and butterscotch. Sweetness is there but in check; not syrupy, no sugar water feel to it. I’m not a huge barleywine guy but this is quite a fine drink to sip.

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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably my favorite in the style. So much caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. Love this brew and the sweetness of it.

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4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 5,168 ratings
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