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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Poured a dark opaque chocolate in a snifter, the suggested glass, with no head.

Aroma- deep cask oak. This is the deepest oak I have experienced in a barrel aged beer: cherry, oak barrel, vanilla, plum, vanilla.

It's very carbonated, and light bodied- unlike other barrel aged English Barleywines.

The taste and finish are interlocked- heavy pium, barrel oak. The cherry, oak is phenomenal.
The oak and plum intensify with warming.

The light alcoholic finish doesn't overwhelm the taste. With warming, chocolate appears.
The beer's tastes are smoother with warming, and the alcoholic finish becomes more pronounced.

The beer is a masterpiece of blending diverse aromas and taste. In contrast to other beers in the style, it stands out as an exceptional brew. Perhaps I will find another bottle to cellar.

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

Steasy66 ...there are no words. '13 bottle

Appearance. Pours a thick looking cola brown with a half finger of light tan head that fades to a thin collar.

Smell. Caramel and plump juicy raisins, toasted oak and sweet bourbon with a little heat, a little chocolate, coconut, and demerara sugar.

Taste. Nice caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted oak, raisins, vanilla, smooth booze, a little coconut. Really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Very full, slightly sticky but nothing annoying, smooth low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Betting it will be even better with a year or two on it. Can't wait to see!

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

Vintage 2013 might be the most underrated barleywines still available on the trade market today. 2014 is also very good. 2015 was infected. 2016 was not great. 2017 was good.

Combining barrels with a sweet toffee, molasses, tobacco, vanilla, and dark fruit, older vintages of BCBW represent some of the very best in the barleywine style.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,366 ratings