Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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:
#97
Reviews:
650
Ratings:
5,386
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,386 |  Reviews: 650
Photo of estruntz
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wolfpac255
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tukiluka
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 holding up quite well.

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Photo of Pooles26
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darwood77
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MN290Brew
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale Bottled on September 24th, 2014. I recently found this at a suburban store that is kind of out of the way. Trip was worth it! Not sure when or how they got it, but very surprised to see it in the "singles" section of the craft beer isle. I paid $8 or $9 for it. The color is great. Deep ruby, copper, mahogany tones. Smell is super balanced with malty sweetness, fruit, grape, toffee, slight vanilla, a little boozy, maybe just a bit of earthy chocolate? The taste is malty, boozy, sweet, toffee, vanilla, slight cherry, grape flavors. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. A little bready, with light carbonation that gives way to a very smooth, balanced, easy drinking experience. There is just the tiniest bit of a yeasty, grainy feel, but it's forgivable considering how smooth and balanced this whole beer is. I'm shocked I found it, and super grateful for the experience to drink it. Amazing beer!! Thank You Beer Gods!!

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Photo of Clemente285
1.38/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of HazyDraft
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of David_Porter
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kinmundy77
3.67/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Strohm
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lr300
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StanleysCup
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to the 2015 offering which has been cellaring in my basement since Christmas 2015ish. Hard to get these on the East Coast.

L: copper hues on the pour, but once settled in the glass, it was a nearly opaque dark brown. Virtually no visible carbonation, save for a ring of bubbles around the snifter. Nice fizz emerged from the abyss when I swirled the glass.

S: Amazing whiffs of booze-soaked cherries, almost lambic-esque. Plenty of sugar as well to the point where for a nano second, I thought I had a quad on my hands.

T: tart cherries at first with a mild alcohol burn. Decided to aerate it a bit to see if I was missing something. Was not as full bodied as I was expecting.

F: left some alcohol burn in the tongue and the tartness overpowered some of the other tastes I was hoping for.

O: admittedly a bit of a disappointment. While interesting, I found the overpowering tartness to be a distraction to the point where I had to double check the UPC to confirm this wasn’t one of the spoiled batches!

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Photo of wshinevar
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluepitt1010
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuanFushashi
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I once heard that BCBBW was a "divisive beer," which is interesting to me because it is consistently my favorite from Goose Island's releases. With 2013, 2014, and 2016 under my belt, I can say that there is such a great flavor here. While looks-wise it's not as appealing as the BCBS, the rich, complex taste is what has currently put it as my favorite and my favorite of their line when aged. Notes of caramel and almost tootsie roll are subtle enough to prevent the beer from feeling too boozy, while making it far from cloyingly sweet. Favorite year has been 2014 so far.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsh987
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -4.9%
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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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 5,386 ratings