Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.52/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#87
Reviews:
647
Ratings:
5,366
pDev:
8.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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745
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Ratings: 5,366 |  Reviews: 647
Photo of Phineasco
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown with small off white head that recedes quickly. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Cherries, vanilla, coconut, leather, and molasses.
Taste: A little sweet, Cherries, leather, tobacco, and molasses.
Mouthfeel: Medium, mellow for a barleywine.
Overall: A good barleywine from Goose Island, but I prefer the stout.

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Photo of heddar33
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsh987
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage. So I've been really iffy this year with barley wines. I'll tell you what. You can taste the care and painstaking time and effort it takes to make this beer. Smells of cherry tootsie pop, vanilla, black licorice and fruit. Taste is about the same. Feels nice. Medium to full bodied. Something to try but won't be my go to variant. Passed on the 2017 version. Glad I did.

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Photo of novamat
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this earlier. 2017 vintage. Most of the classic elements of this excellent beer return for this year, but there’s a slightly sharp flavor this year compared to previous versions. It mellows a bit with air, but doesn’t quite go away. Still an excellent BA barley wine, but 2017 isn’t quite as good as past years.

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Photo of Jmalo
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scooter131313
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burghman
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ItsAllAboutStout
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can find nothing wrong, but everything right with this barrel aged stout. Extraordinary taste, mouth feel and finish. It's my latest Holy Grail of stout.

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Photo of PprBurke
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochraneg
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OEB
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head that has low head retention.

Smell: Strong malt and plum aroma. There are moderate amounts of wood, bourbon, and caramel. There is a hint of burnt as a small note. The plum aromas are joined by raisin and alcohol notes.

Taste: It is very malty rich with caramel, molasses, a sherry like flavor, and bourbon. There are also wood elements, with plums, raisins, and some herbal touches.

Feel: It is full bodied, but not quite chewy. It has a velvet like texture with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a sipping beer with deceptive levels of alcohol due to the smoothness about it. Many complex flavors are combined with this beer.

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Photo of JPS10
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chadlossie
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jfinegan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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