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): 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.

Added by jplopez21 on 10-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,144
Reviews:
591
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
Wants:
725
Gots:
2,500
For Trade:
340
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Photo of Seanem44
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall very good. A little easier to take on than BCBS proper, but still almost just as good. the 2016 was actually quite good, almost better than BCBS in my opinion.

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Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Egotist
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beergasm1
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imstimpy
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark dark dark brown color. Thin head that goes to a ring. Aroma- raisins, cherries, plums. Alcohol, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel. Taste- Wow! Super good First of all. Little bit of those cherries and some of that brown sugar, and vanilla. But plenty of chocolate and dark chocolate. Bourbon finishing it off. The lingering flavor is that dark chocolate, bourbon taste. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, velvety, somewhat low carbonation is perfect. Overall- very delicious beer. Very sweet. Quite the dessert. The flavors all mix real well. Loving this.

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Photo of Junior
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ParkbrauFan
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Barleywine so apologies in advance if I do it an injustice. My virgin pallette has problems distinguishing this style from many of the BA stouts I've tried. Maybe a little sweeter and not quite as dark but I still can't quite see what divides the two (open to suggestions and I'll be reading more about what goes into and is expected of a barleywine).
Pours a really dark brown reddish color with a finger of tan head. Initial aromas of barrel, bourbon, dark fruit, some toffee like sweetness.
Taste is definitely bourbon up front followed with the plum figgy sweetness.
I took my time on this one (a little over an hour with a few sips to go), as it warmed it seemed sweeter, a little syrupy, maybe some cherry there too.
Regardless of my inability to distinguish the style this was quite tasty!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark brown in color, ruby around the edges when held to light. Half a finger of light brown foam that recedes quickly to a small ring around the glass. No lacing. The aroma is phenomenal. Big bourbon and oak character, slight spice notes. The barleywine gives notes of raisins, figs, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla. Absolutely delicious. Bourbon hits most powerfully. Also dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel. Very rich, sweet, and a slight lingering bitterness of the finish. Full bodied, low carbonation, and a balanced finish. Some alcohol heat and again, that slight bitterness on the aftertaste. Unquestionably a top tier BA barleywine.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nvbrew
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kontraband
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophead7117
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rmpic82
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If the Bourbon County line does nothing else correctly, they will ALWAYS be the best at building a beer with pristine density and mouthfeel. Color was deeper than most BWs, nice bourbon and 'nilla flavors. Nice drink.

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Photo of robertm2152
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheGeoMurph
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 16.9-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: La Mesa Wine & Spirits in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99
Purchased: Feb. 25, 2017
Consumed: Feb. 25, 2017
Reviewed as: English Barleywine
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 18, 2016; 2016 version is 13.6 pct. alcohol

Huge get to see this in the stores earlier today. Said I would come back and did about 10 minutes later. Wasn’t mad about the $14.99 price. Seemed fair considering the style and it being the first time I had seen this variant in stores. Super excited for this beer.

Poured a dark-to-light black brown color (almost black) with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy tan head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at certain spots. Average watery lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled dueling notes of boozy bourbon, leathery oak and earthy tobacco up front. Also got chewy caramel squares, toffee, smooth milk chocolate, thick molasses, subdued vanilla, and hints of dark fruits. Seemed just a tad hot early, but was smoothing out toward the end. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted much better than the nose initially. Got chewy caramel, tobacco, oaky bourbon, vanilla, toffee, sugary milk chocolate, rich molasses, honey (wishful?), maple syrup, dark plum notes and subtle hints of woody anise. (Taste - 4.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Very good. Was all over the place on the ratings. Not as good as I was hoping, but still just an exceptional beer. Would like to see a bottle of this sit for a bit. (Overall - 4.50)

4.49 | 99 | A

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Photo of FyreStorm
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MHurley
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pcshotsauce33
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wadetrain9
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.49 out of 5 based on 5,144 ratings.
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