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

Purchased this on Black Friday 2013. Served at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a twelve ounce bottle. One of the beers I've been most excited about this year!

Appearance: BCBBW pours out a deep, dark brown, that shows some ruby around the edges. A hard pour resulted in about an eighth of an inch of tan foam. What little of a foam cap was there hung around for a few sips. Very little lace left behind. Really a nice presentation.

Smell: Pretty intense nose. BCBS peeks in. Gently, not overpowering. Subtle notes of leather and tobacco pair nicely with the bourbon aromas. Just a bit of char. Wood is in there, along with some dried dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla. Boozy!

Taste: Wow again! There is a ton of things going on here. Big booze up front, but really opens up into something more. Definite barrel flavor, just a hint at a bourbon barrel aged stout. More fruit is noticed as well as vanilla. Fine pipe tobacco makes it's way in and cuts the sweetness. Warms all the way down. Really nice!

Mouthfeel: Almost silky smooth. Thick, coats the mouth. Just the faintest carbonation. Nearly perfect.

Overall: Pretty impressive. Strong and full of flavor. This may have the Bourbon County Brand name on it, but it truly is it's own beer. Can't wait to see what a little time will do.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a a very dark ruby/dark brown with a fizzy head. Wonderful aroma of oak barrel, bourbon whiskey, some vanilla and coconut with the oak, and dry dark fruits. Taste is huge. This is a big full bodied beer - a nice bourbon whiskey heat, big dark fruits, chocolate notes reminiscent of bourbon county, and oak tannins. Lingers for a while.

Big English style for sure - fantastic

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

2013 vintage poured from fridge temp in July 2017. Slight hiss with the cap cracking. Very little carbonation on the pour. Color is very dark brown - almost black. Nose is absolutely insane. Tons of caramel sweetness. A bit of molasses, bourbon, raspberry, blackberry. Smells soooo smooth. Taste follows the nose. Very smooth - almost no alcohol heat. Very well balanced and smooth. Getting licorice on top of the caramel and dark fruit. This seems to have evolved and appeared over the past 4 years. Mouthfeel is perfect - thick and creamy. Overall, this beer has withstood the test of time, and it's a very different beer. I wouldn't say it's better, but it sure is amazing.

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods for $5.99. Bottled September 17, 2013.

A - pours an extremely dark brown/ burnt ruby color, with some light penetrating the edges of the glass. Minimal tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Potent for sure... I could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap off. Smooth bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, fig, rasin, vanilla, and oaky tannins. Smells fantastic.

T - Wow, just a plethora of flavors happening, tons of depth and complexity. Earthy, sweet dark fruits (fig, prunes, raisin) tangle with brown sugar and caramel before the bourbon hits middle of the mouth, and bringing along lots of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, toasted coconut and vanilla with it. Chewy molasses and burnt sugar. The finish brings toasted oak and a fair amount of spicy, astringent alcohol that actually helps to cut some of the malty sweetness. There's also a nice hit of vanilla, and some slight bitterness but I can't seem to pinpoint where exactly it's coming from (maybe picked up some of the stout character from being aged in barrels that previously held BCBS?).

M - Super easy drinking and smooth for being this fresh. A fair amount of warming alcohol in the finish, but it's not overbearing at all. Coats the mouth with flavors.

O - This is a damn impressive beer. Just so smooth right out of the gate and layer upon layer of complexity. Really wish I had more than one bottle left.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,346 ratings