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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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
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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4.7/5  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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4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Star Bar. Over-the-top English-style (read: arrestingly sweet).

Eng BW's used to be my favorite style. I can't drink many of them, anymore. This one drinks a lot like Pelican Pub's Mother of All Storms, for which I Paid $25 / 750 ml, last month. Meant to serve it as a dessert sipper, but none of us at the table could finish our 4-oz. pour.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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