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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17SEP13
Drank 4APR14

A finger of brown head develops on top of a dark brown body on a down the middle pour. Head falls fast. No lacing but plenty of leggy action.

Vanilla and a little coconut from the barrel, sweet barleywine character with toffee and caramel, and cherry. This comes through with all the goodness I'm looking for in a barrel aged barleywine.

Lots of vanilla and big toffee and caramel malt. Coconut, cherry, raisin, alcohol heat, and I think the residual stout comes out a bit with some chocolate.

Fairly big bodied and a little sticky sweet. Soft carbonation makes this a smooth drink.

Amazing barleywine here.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had this in the fridge pretty much since November 2013. For some reason I am in the mood for it tonight. I have had this on one other occasion side by side with Artic Devil and many other Barleywines.

A- Poured to a tulip glass from the 12oz bottle with a dark brown body that appears pretty much black in the glass. Small light mocha tan head to about half a finger with a silky texture. Small ring leaves legs and only a few spots of lace stick behind.

S- Nose brings a mix of Bourbon whiskey barrels and a sweet, caramel Barleywine base. Hints of roast, toasted malts and oak wood. Vanilla sweetness from the barrel is high but there is also a slight soy sauce hint in the backdrop. Noticeable lack of alcohol (none at all) but also not the strongest aroma overall.

T- As the nose suggested, very smoothed out and it must have spend a considerable amount of time resting in the barrels. Major notes are caramel, raisin dark fruits, diluted whiskey (not in a bad way), vanilla sweetness and oak. Hints of coca-cola, soy sauce, oxidation, pepper, apple and something like banana (vanilla is a similar ester).

MF- Thick and oily/syrupy body. Texture is slick but somewhat creamy. Carbonation is perhaps a tiny bit high for me but not enough to disturb the flavor. Finishes with a moderate warmth.

Tons of credit to this beer for its super smooth flavor and lack of alcohol for 12%. One thing that I find a bit off-putting is the coca-cola/soy sauce hints that come and go. Great fresh whiskey and oak vanilla sweetness atop thick caramel and raisin.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark almost reddish brown, with a head that recedes quickly. The nose is greeted with aromas of spice, butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar, subtle chocolate, & hints of soy sauce. The taste is sweet with rich raisins and dark fruit. The palate is a bit sticky, medium bodied, and moderately smooth. The finish is warmed by the high ABV, slightly dry, and pleasantly bitter.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell- rich, caramel and amber maple syrup, floral hops, bourbon, oak

Taste- Follows with hops fruity and floral, big caramel and raisin, toasty walnut, bourbon barrel and vanilla, lots of cArAmel and butterscotch on the back end

Feel- viscous, warming, rich, boozy

Fantastic, one of the best barleywine I've had. IMO, Alesmith BA Old Numbskull night edge this out, but this is so wonderful to sip

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4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head, which fades quickly to a small ring of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar, and toffee.

Tastes superb with dark fruit, bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, and caramel. There is not bitterness to counter the sweetness of this beer, but who needs it. This is a fantastic version of an English Barleywine. The abv is 12.10 %, and you cannot taste booze. Yes the flavors of bourbon are there, but hot alcohol is not one of those flavors. Very nicely done.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, and a dark fruit with bourbon aftertaste. Just a phenomenal beer.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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