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): 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:
#96
Reviews:
648
Ratings:
5,374
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of bnewt21
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only aged,

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Photo of justinv29
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ahp5026
3.43/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopflyer
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016

Pours dark brown, little to no head. Thin collar left

Whiskey and coconut smell. Maybe a bit of chocolate and oaky vanilla.

Taste up front is vanilla and some booze. Quite a bit of bitterness. Sweet brown sugar and caramel take over the bitterness as it warms some.

A bit syrupy, lingering boozy heat.

A big barleywine that holds and hides the high ABV well. Somewhat sweet with some vanilla from the barrel.

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Photo of TreBonez
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PDinunzi
3.22/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wolvmar
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage poured into. Highball glass (best available).

Pour: beautiful amber and rose color. Small head but pour was small and not aggressive. Minimal lacing.

Nose: dark brandied fruits, brown sugar, toffee, bready malt. Lots going on and really nice. Poured into a snifter would have been even better.

Taste: sweet, dark fruit, some bourbon, oak, smooth malts. Hints of toffee, brown sugar. Really complex but the sweet dark fruits dominate. Slight alcohol burn. Hops are present but not bitter.

Mouthfeel: greT viscousity, oily, rich. Light carbonation. Wonderful.

Overall: this is great beer. Get any you can. Great complexity and easy drinking despite the big ABV.

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Photo of Joebooh2
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Obviously been waiting years to try this and figured I’d never get my hands on an (overpriced) bottle so why not try it from a keg.

Beautiful burnt sienna/dark amber color. Naturally lots of bourbon and barrel in the nose and flavor. Heavy on the sweet booze and caramelized malt. I even get super dark chocolate and espresso roast coffee. A sugary dessert, really. Fantastic EBW qualities which have clearly been enhanced by the BA. Probably the last GI beer I’ll ever have, sadly, unless I see Rare or another version of Bourbon County around. It’s been real!

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Photo of Zeeck
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017

Look - This is a beautiful dark red with orange highlights. It reminds me of mahogany. It had a thin, light and wispy head to it.

Smell - The smell has tons of caramel and rich boozy notes. There's a thick layer of vanilla in there mixed with dark fruits, like plum and fig, maybe even a little cranberry.

Taste - This is full of flavor. There's a lot of caramel, baked apple, vanilla and raisin all laid out on a grainy layer of barley notes. This is super rich and complex, with the rich caramel notes intertwining with the dark fruit notes in every sip. It also has a nice and strong boozy accent to liven everything up.

Feel - This stuff is super viscous and chewy. It's a nice, thick barleywine that has a syrupy quality to it that makes your mouth and lips sticky and delicious.

Overall - I love this beer. It's one of my favorite releases from last year. The booze is very prevalent along with the candied fruits and caramel and the barley undertone. It's everything I love about barleywines plus all the goodness imparted by the barrel aging.

Pairs Well With - Good friends and good whiskey!

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Photo of Slack
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nbedell5257
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spoild
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
1.96/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

loll was stupid enough to buy a couple 2015 bottles without googling it... should i really have to google a beer to check infection every time i get a bourbon county? anyway - now i know what turned and infected beer tastes like. super thin and fizzy - caramel and vanilla flavors are replaced by cherry spritzer type notes. sour in the most weird and unfortunate way. will update my review when i finally get to taste a good bottle of this one.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avitra
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, filled with Vanilla and Toffee and some bourbon and a sweetness that's not overpowering at all. Dictionary definition of a warm winter beer. Perfect for sipping when it pours outside

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Photo of digitalflood
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chill-i-am
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rockaroo
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 version . May have been recalled and refunded, memory fails me. Taste is going to vinegar since last year.
Trippy beer. Each time I drink it.

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Photo of ejmontoy1
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjbarranco
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnTurano
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Rating is for aged bottle. Bottled on 24, September 2014, Aged 3 years, 6 months. 11.7% ABV.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 5,374 ratings