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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AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, 2013 release. Thanks, Chris. A syrupy dark brown with a dense, foamy head with excellent retention and minimal lacing, this beer has nice legs. The nose is big, boozy, sweet and decadent. Leather, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, jaggery - all kinds of sweetness - is present. Bourbon character is shockingly mellow given this beers siblings. Vanilla and rum; a little bit of oak and char are present. Moderately fruity with plums and raisins present. Yum. The palate opens with a big sweetness and a moderate heat. In the vein of an English BW, Thankfully, not as prune-heavy as King Henry was. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a little bit of burnt sugar, a little earth and leather are noticeable, along with a blend of raisins and dates deglazed with rum. Vanilla, a little oak, some rum and bourbon character are present. A dusting of cocoa is present, particularly in the way the roasted malt flavors play off the fruity and sweet flavors. Full in body with a soft carbonation, this beer has a long, sweet finish with caramel and toffee dominating. Excellent stuff

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Drank from a 355 ml - 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Review #950

A frothy, one-finger tall, cappuccino colored crown topped the shimmery, garnet-tinged mahogany liquid. The head quickly dissipated to a thin ring. A few small dots of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was fantastic. Overtly boozy and sweet with intense bourbon and brown sugar notes. Very malt-centric and almost candy-like. Super fruity. Cherry and raspberry notes were apparent. Luxardo Maraschino cherry juice came to mind. Somewhat spicy. Fragrant vanilla bean notes were detectible as well.

The flavor profile was also incredibly rich and intense. Sweet and boozy with strong brown sugar notes. Touch of chocolate and roast. This beer is all about the malts. Loads of caramel and toffee. Quite spicy and very berry-like. As in the nose, notes of Maraschino cherry juice came through strong. Vanilla was also quite noticeable. The finish contained strong notes of bourbon and oak. Boozy, but in a really good sort of way.

Outstanding mouthfeel. The liquid was thick, rich and almost chewy. The beer turned super creamy and smooth on the palate. An ultra fine, fluffy, tongue blanketing effervescence gave the beer a perfect frothy quality. After every sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale is an intense, bourbon-forward beer that would make for a perfect after dinner sipper on a cold winter night. Even though the barrels used to age this beer had previously aged two beers before it, they still lent an immense amount of bourbon flavor and complexity. I looking forward to seeing how this beer evolves with time.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 5,387 ratings