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:
#97
Reviews:
650
Ratings:
5,386
pDev:
8.87%
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of yoshie
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of AngEo
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Croppbe
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jestoner
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Plubard
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave2234
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
2.98/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

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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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

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