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: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overpaid to get one of these in California. Bottle date 9/24/13

Beautiful stout like pour from a bottle into a snifter, minimal head along the glass as expected. Darkness surprised me a bit, but it has me excited to try it.

On the nose it's malty, milky and caramel throughout. I'm distinctly reminded of those chocolate covered malt ball candies I liked as a kid. It still is not saying "barley wine" to me yet, but the nose is spectacular just the same.

The tongue is dead-on with the nose. Sugar-malt and foamy right away, caramel, some coffee-like on the finish. The alcohol (12+) is well hidden up front and just some heat on the finish that is not offensive in the least. Surprised at the bubbly feel with the silky-stickiness that I was expecting. Mouthfeel supersedes expectation.

Instantly one of my favorites, absolutely fantastic. Wish it were more available in my area. Though it was marked up over 4x from where I bought it, I would do it again if in the mood. This is a must-try. This is a classic BA beer.

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

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

Searched high and low (literally from the beer dude hiding the bottles) and found this gem.

Pours a muddy, dirty brown with floaties and a one finger beige head...and I like.

The smell is awesome. Bourbon, chocolate, booze soaked dark fruit, and caramel.

The taste totally caught me off-guard. I was thinking a standard BW flavor, but this hit me right from the tongue touch. Fruity, bourbon, molasses, plum and dates. Light spice burn down the throat and a warm tummy to follow. Unlike any BW I've had with the bigger fruit element.

Silky and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this was a fantastic beer. A different breed of BW and one not to be missed. Finding it can be tough, but the reward is worth the search....and the $6 price tag.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 5,388 ratings