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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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 9/17/2013. Served in a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with hints of dark amber. Less than a finger of a light tan head dissipates to a thin coating and collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Super malty. Toffee, raisin, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hint of roast.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, butterscotch and slight bit of tobacco. The BCBS influence on the barrels is really evident in the finish and aftertaste with a fair amount of roasted malt that lingers after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel. Low-ish levels of gentle fine carbonation. Booze hidden extremely well. Silky smooth and highly drinkable.

Overall: Well this didn't disappoint. Super complex and flavorful and goes down smooth as hell. This is absolutely worthy of the Bourbon County label.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of founder26
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 release poured into cbs snifter, major thanks to grfounder for getting me this he is the man!

A- pours pretty thick, dark brown, once in glass looks almost black. not much head to speak of, maybe a little around the edges.

S- lots of toffee, carmel, brown sugar sweetness, you do get the bourbon county stout smell in there as well just kinda on the backend.

T- very sugary and sweet, lots of bourbon, vanilla, booze soaked dark fruits, not very hoppy or bitter, lots of malts, this is one complex beer!

M- very thick and viscous, coats your mouth. not much carbonation but who cares!

O- I think this beer is right up there with king henry, hate all you want, I know its a different beer and it shows, but damnit all I like it just as much as the king!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.97/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark reddish brown body. Very dark in the glass. Not much of a head. Just a thin khaki collar.

Smell - Very boozy. Brown sugar. A little fruity. Some bourbon, but it isn't too strong.

Taste - Bourbon is a much stronger component in the taste. Sweet. Brown sugar. Very oaky. Nutty in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and boozy. Neither is too much, though. Low carbonation.

Overall - The comparisons to King Henry don't do King Henry justice. The bourbon character just isn't as incredible. A tasty barleywine nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 17, 2013 printed on the label. I was lucky enough to acquire a single bottle of this through a friend who had to stand in line for over an hour to get at it. Exponentially stoked and excited to have this beer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick muddy chestnut / caramel colored body. Opaque in the glass. No conjuration of any head aside from some thin tan bubbles. Some lacing sticks to the glass and then falls. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of beautiful creamy vanilla, bourbon alcohol heat, wood, toasted caramel, raisins, dates, figs. Phenomenal smelling.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy vanilla, sweet sticky caramel, mild alcohol heat, dates, raisins, figs, & some subtle creamy chocolate nuances imparted from the original Bourbon County Brand Stout.

M - Feel is silky smooth and creamy, with a bit of sticky caramel and some alcohol warmth lingering.

Overall, a truly delicious and decadent bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Not quite as amazing as the original beer, but still an extraordinary beer. Probably the best barleywine I've tried as of yet. Very grateful to have gotten to try this probably once in a lifetime opportunity beer. Highly recommended.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale ---4.5/5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in North Providence, RI. Bottled the 23rd of September 2013.

Appearance- Pours a deep mahogany/deep brown, opaque body with cherry and amber highlights when held up to the light. The head is small and light brown in color, reducing quickly but leaving a ring of foam around the rim.

Smell- Sweet vanilla beans, bourbon, caramel, oak, toffee, fresh pecan pie, nutty, butterscotch. Smells absolutely delicious & inviting. Aromas really open up as this beer warms up to a little less than room temperature. One of the best beers I've ever smelled and one of the 2 I've ever given a 5 in this category.

Taste- Starts off intensely rich and sweet, vanilla-caramel notes, toffee and butterscotch, peanut brittle, candied sugar, the finish is roasty, bourbon soaked coffee beans, with a lingering char on the aftertaste. Slight warming booze. As far as barleywines go, this one tastes perfect. I couldn't think of any way this beer could be improved in this category.

Mouthfeel- Heavy, syrupy body but surprisingly easy to drink. Low carbonation.

I was extremely impressed with this offering - it brings this style to a whole new level, a definite one-up from other barrel aged barleywines I've tried. Complex, packed full of flavor, and best of all: available in 4 packs, so you can enjoy one without sacrificing an expensive bomber every time you're craving one.

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 5,396 ratings