Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine AleBourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

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

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

incredible mouth feel and texture i was blown away

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On-tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours mahogany with a head that becomes a lasting ring, leaving some trailing lace.

The smell is very rich and malty - toffee, nougat, with dried fruits

The taste is of rich, sweet malt - toffee and nougat backed by dried fruits. A touch of vanilla comes through. Alcohol warmth well-integrated adding to the complexity and taste.

Smooth despite the abv.

This is a wonderful English Barleywine! Incredible! It's a great "sipping" beer to say the least. The long finish lingered in a pleasant for hours after my 8 oz. drink was done. It's somewhat like a softly carbonated liqueur for beer drinkers! Sweet, but not sticky. An amazingly rich, great example of an English-style Barleywine!

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A special occasion for my 400th Beer Advocate review.

Bottled on September 24, 2013.

Pours opaque dark brown. The faint khaki head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is an amazing combination of caramel, molasses, raisin, black cherry, vanilla, pipe tobacco and faint cocoa.

The taste is equally complex with raisins, figs, plums, molasses, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, maple syrup and faint dark chocolate. Each and every flavor is amplified as the beer warms.

The texture is thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

An unbelievable barleywine, even in comparison to other "world class" examples of the style. So many aromas and flavors blended together in perfect harmony. A pleasure to the senses.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.49 out of 5 based on 5,141 ratings.
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