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): 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

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out murky and brown with no head. Bourbon, wood, and vanilla are the strongest aromas. Not getting a whole lot of the base beer. The bourbon barrel works better in the flavor than with the imperial stout. I'm getting a lot of vanilla and wood. Brown sugar from the barleywine base. Hints of roasty malts from the stout that was in the barrels before this? Mouthfeel is sticky, thick, and soft. Tasty bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

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Look: Opaque black-amber with a thin vanilla head that rims the glass. Minimal legs.

Smell: Huge bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, more vanilla, and oak again.

Taste: Huge chocolate covered raisins, dates, toasted cinnamon bread, molasses notes, huge bourbon, lots of vanilla, toffee, prunes, dark grapes, and the oak really makes an appearance on finish with more raisins.

Mouthfeel: This is a huge beer. Thick and sticky clings to the palate and coats the mouth and throat. Slight alcohol but nothing considering the ABV. The booze does warm the body as you drink though.

Overall: Another great barrel aged brew from goose island. Loving the huge vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruit notes. They are all separate but make for big beer that has no business being this ridiculously tasty. A perfect desert sipper to celebrate a special occasion. Another world class barrel aged beer from Goose Island.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,332 ratings