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:
#82
Reviews:
621
Ratings:
5,266
pDev:
8.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Virby44
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adidaswp
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beeragent
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 2017 bottle.

A - Pours a deep copper with ruby hues when held to the light. Low carbonation with a thin off-white head that fades quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S - The bourbon dominates the nose at first, blocking all other aromas. As the beer warms, some dark fruit, toffee, and wood aromas emerge.

T - Like the smell, the first sip is all bourbon. After it warms, the complexity comes out. Bourbon, creme brûlée sweetness, and oak are dominant. A bit of heat from the alcohol with medium bitterness and no hop flavor.

M - Heavy bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation. Almost feels more like drinking a bourbon straight than a beer.

O - Very complex aromas and flavors. Smooth and dangerously drinkable. I'm curious to see how this will taste as it ages. Sorry, for a BMC product, I'm impressed!

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

One of the best barleywines I ever had. Dark, port wine, prune looking that when held up to see bottom was super caramelly butterscotch in appearance. Smells of bourbon and raisins with tastes of maple, vanilla, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and raisins. Super drinkable for 14% barleywine. Can't wait to see what some age does to it.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smb71481
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mando31
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage

Very dark barleywine with a small head and very little lacing is left down the glass. Does not look very exciting. Very complex aroma. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and strangely licorice. Take a sip and the first thought is , what just passed my lips? Liquid caramel along with bourbon, vanilla, and again licorice. Sweet and boozy overall. I think this would definitely improve with bottle aging. Big body to go with the high ABV and appropriately carbonated gives this beer a thick and rich texture.

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Photo of gradey
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TonyBolognaMN
4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a snifter, bottled in 2016

A: Pours a dark brown, mahogany color, looks almost black but some light comes through around the edges, no head or lacing, looks thick like motor oil.

A: Lots of bourbon barrel, oak, toasted coconut, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, picking a good amount of alcohol on the nose, very nice aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose with lots of bourbon, oak, toasted coconut, vanilla, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, no bitterness at all, getting a touch of alcohol on the taste, but it's complex, flavorful, and easy to drink.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, dry finish.

O: A world class barrel aged beer, lots of flavor, complexity, and depth, big full bodied mouthfeel with very little carbonation, definitely glad to have picked this up

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Photo of rgk3
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, this is wonderful! Unmistakable Bourbon County. 2016 pours deep brown, tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells amazing! So sweet smelling--whiskey, dark fruits, caramel. Tastes as sweet and syrupy as it smells--rich, rich, rich. Coats the mouth in a pleasing way. Just a little bourbon heat; would love to have more than one bottle so that I can taste a year from now. Really love this. May have to go get another 2017 or two to stash away.

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Photo of Peter1977
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: A rich mahogany/brown, very small head, great looking carbonation when rocking the glass.
AROMA: Lots going on here. Molasses, caramel, bourbon, tobacco, woody vanilla, and a bit of chocolate.
TASTE: Caramel, molasses, pipe tobacco, bourbon, etc...everything from the nose and maybe some dark dried fruit, as well.
FEEL: Full bodied, a bit sticky, good full carbonation, but, not too much.
OVERALL: Excellent!

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Photo of Satsuma
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ryancl
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Danmullens1
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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