Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine AleBourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale
BA SCORE
4.53/5
5,158 Ratings
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): 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:
592
Ratings:
5,158
pDev:
8.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
728
Gots:
2,498
Trade:
335
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Ratings: 5,158 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of floyd_pugman
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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Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
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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Photo of matthewp
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevebroseke
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of RealDeal
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of osseo222000
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Verasong
3.72/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of wreckless76
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Felgenlager
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ivan52
5/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of Jkolls
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rristow
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of trmiller24
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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%
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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Photo of beermanben
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alexcortez426
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best bw I've ever had

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Photo of offandennui
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ProperGlassesNeeded
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 5,158 ratings
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