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:
#102
Reviews:
651
Ratings:
5,396
pDev:
8.87%
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter. 2013 vintage bottle, though I didn't make note of a specific review date.

A: A muddy and murky brown, with a thin tan head. A good amount of visible carbonation for style.

S: Bourbon, and oak with a huge vanilla presence. Chocolate and sweet sticky malts. Some toffee and a bit of caramel.

T: Bourbon, with some woody char, huge toffee, and more vanilla-forward oak. Sweetness from the malts primarily, plus some from the ethanol. Milder notes of caramel, chocolate, and dark sticky fruit. Finishes with lingering sweet toffee and some alcohol heat.

M: Medium body for style, and low carbonation overall but as expected. The alcohol is quite obvious but this doesn't seem overly hot.

O: A really, really good barleywine. Very well done.

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For this round we cracked open the 2017, 14.4%ABV release.

The pour is a deep crimson color, with a bubbly ivory head and minimal lace around the glass.

Predominantly sweet nose, slightly tart. Lots of dark fruit. Caramel and toffee fight through, but for the most part it’s pretty sweet so far.

More dark fruit, oak on the nose. Booze makes its appearance throughout.
Good balance. A little too sweet. Very good.

Great body. Medium carb. Slightly sticky, but undoubtedly a very solid Barleywine.

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