Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
4.25 | pDev: 7.06%
Wednesday at 01:28 PM
Jul 01, 2018
Bourbon County Brand WheatwineBourbon County Brand Wheatwine
Notes: Made from two-row and malted wheat, Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine is making its debut this year (2018). As the first recipe to veer from the original Imperial Stout since Barleywine in 2013, Wheatwine is a deep amber color, lighter than it’s BCBS counterparts and a true medium to convey the characteristics of 4+ year old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. Wheatwine is full of high caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee flavors.

Batch 1 (2018): Aged in 4+ year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.
Batch 2 (2019): Aged 100% in Larceny wheated bourbon barrels.
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4.5 by archero from Texas on Wednesday at 01:28 PM
4.08 by Dope from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2022
4.3 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 04, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Cellared the 2019 rendition (Larceny barrels) and drank as part of the BA thread on BCB over the Thanksgiving holidays.
This is only my 8th Wheatwine and I can't remember most of them to compare. But, it almost doesn't matter because none made an impression like BCB is making. (And it is not just the elevated ABV.) Part of this impression is how the ABV is so well hidden. Smooth, a tempered sweet and, by the way, a beautiful amber in the snifter. (Does have a little particulate settling seemingly as sediment, but does not spoil its Looks.) While the Taste does have a rough edge, I think one or two more years in the bottle would solve that. A shared treat with friends pre-dessert. This Wheatwine triumphed over the bourbon pecan pie that followed.

BCB may not have been the primary reason why GI was bought. But preserving BCB -- and expanding its profit margins through a near cult-like following -- has taught AB InBev an important lesson. It may have even changed their business model a bit. The crafting culture is good business, too.

Nov 28, 2021
3.89 by brother_rebus from Maine on Nov 26, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Mick666 from Canada (AB)

Smells unreal. Thick mouthfeel. Caramel toffee and a sweet bourbon brown sugar tobacco taste.

Nov 25, 2021
4.16 by broadway848 from New York on Nov 14, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

2018 vintage
Look: clear copper. Sparse reddish head on the pour.
Smell: honey, brown sugar, hints of bourbon.
Taste: lots going on, but just a near perfect melding of flavors without anything dominating. Very unique.

Sep 25, 2021
3.75 by imperialking from Illinois on Sep 24, 2021
3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Copper-color with minimal to no head. Consumed this 2018 vintage (Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel-aged) in 2021. Three years of additional aging did a nice job smoothing this heady wheatwine. Caramel and toffee flavors burst through with complexity from the start. As the beer warms, bourbon qualities become more prominent. Then, your biggest challenge is standing up after experiencing a prodigious 15.4% ABV.

Jun 24, 2021
4.19 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Jun 13, 2021
4.48 by Montanabeerz from Montana on May 03, 2021
4.25 by dsshuck from Delaware on Mar 01, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: 2018
Palate Contaminants: none

Color is substantially lighter than the usual BCBS, with a brown-tan with a bit of red. It barely even qualifies as opaque, too, as I can see through a couple inches of fluid pretty easily. Light tan head.

Sugar on the nose, for sure, but it's honey-ish. I'd say fruit-tree honey. There's a nice grain element to it, too.

What's on the nose is in the taste, but it's amped WAY up. The honey isn't overbearing, and the fruit, peaches and desiccated papayas, are a bit more forward. (I couldn't call it tropical, though.) The amplification goes for the grain, too. I know it says wheatwine, but some of the grain flavors are a bit darker, like I'm even catching sweet rye.

I have to say, there's a bit too much sugar. Just a little less, and it'd be great. Good amount of fine carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Feb 15, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by officerbill from New York

2019 version drank in 01/21
Pours a deep, clear amber/red/gold with a thin vanishing head. The only evidence of carbonation is a thin stream from the etching style boring of the glass.
Bourbon, molasses, vanilla, wet oak, honey aromas
The taste follows the aroma with bourbon, vanilla, molasses, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, oak, something not quite as sugary as a glazed doughnut.
Smooth and sticky over the tongue, with no noticable carbonation, leaving a tongue dick to the roof of your mouth stickiness.
This is really sweet and really smooth, you don't notice the 15.3% until it's almost too late, of I had more bottles I would be tempted to drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream into this glass.

Jan 31, 2021
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3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Fponce from Illinois

2019 batch.
I am a BCBS lover, but this one falls off bad of the regular stuff we all are accustomed to it. Super sweet, flat, odd smell. ..... stick to straight Barley wines , please.

Jan 22, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by trevormajor from Ohio

500 ML bottle, 2018 vintage born on 8/11/2018, poured into a snifter at 58 degrees F:
L - Amber colored, head disappeared immediately
S - caramel, butterscotch, toffee, bourbon
T - sweet taste with notes of caramel and toffee, bourbon comes through
F - thick mouthfeel, minimal carbonation
O - very similar to a barleywine, I'm not getting any wheat from this, but it is delicious!

Jan 18, 2021
4.04 by AD17 from New Jersey on Jan 03, 2021
4.11 by edthehead from New York on Nov 28, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Dan-Man from California

2019 bottle...
Deep golden amber color...Wow, the nose of banana esters and butterscotch fill the bowl. Clear, concentrated and viscous in the mouth with flavors of pure wheat wine goodness and more toffee vanillin notes in the long heated finish. A fine high alcohol wheatwine ale (15.3%).

Nov 27, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

This is the 2018 original version ...

Look. I'm not going to do the usual rant but bottom line is this is not quite as good as The Bruery Wheatwine counterparts, 2016 White Oak and 2020 White Chocolate, the 2016 White Oak enjoyed in 2018 at marked down $10 a bottle then the last 5 at the ridiculous $5 a bottle, and this year's last 3 cans 2020 White Chocolate at $7 a can because my local big box knows how to move beer, because, that's what it's worth. The crazy amount of $ spent on the best beers ever made, the BCBS 2012 lineup, the many road trips, the memories so thick, worth every second, but those days long gone. The brand is not what it used to be ... and now always looking to spend like the deals above.

The review? Looks good, it's an Wheatwine, one of my favorite styles of beer I wish more breweries would attempt, at reasonable pricing. For example, I'd love to see Weyerbacher's take on this. Are they still in business? Have to check later. Smell and taste caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, wheat obviously contribute to the incredible smoothness and overall deliciousness of the beer. Could use some bourbon considering it's barrel aged. Overall, would drink this everyday at $8 a bottle, bottom line waste of money today at $18 a bottle. But need to remind myself, it's ok to be stupid occasionally. Of course, we will have ONE BCBS this year, and see if it's improved any on recent years.

Nov 26, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hardy008 from Minnesota

Pours dark amber with a one finger tan head and plenty of floaters. Nice aroma with Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee and butterscotch. Tastes like it smells. Tastes as sweet as expected. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A sweet beer with a sweet aftertaste.

Nov 15, 2020
4.33 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Nov 14, 2020
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Daledenward from Arizona

Wonderful sipping beer. Great flavor from ice cold to warm.

Nov 13, 2020
4.18 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Oct 31, 2020
4.25 by GRFounder from Michigan on Oct 24, 2020
4.3 by EMH73 from New York on Oct 16, 2020
4.72 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Oct 05, 2020
4.51 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 28, 2020
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3.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Looks and smells better than it tastes, in my opinion. Never thought a beer could be this sweet. Almost like drinking thin honey. Glad to try it but realized I didn't really like this style.

Sep 27, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Bourbon County tulip glass.

Look is a light brown orange with little to no head.

Aroma smells like dark fruits and twizzlers.

Taste is deep vanilla bourbon.

Sep 20, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Original rating of 4.19 was for the 2019, bottle aged one year. This update is for the 2018 aged two years.

L: Raspberry jam, dark honey, or sweet tea reddish brown. A short head fades to a lasting ring. Consistent rising bubbles and suspended sediment.

S: Really sweet, just at cloyingly so. A complex aroma with boozy astringency, a heaping ton of oak and vanilla from the barrel, and so many sugars. These remind me of candied orange peels, cherry Jolly Ranchers, apple juice, toffee, and maple syrup.
Update: The 2018 was more cherry than orange, but overall was roastier and less sweet on the nose.

T: Follows the nose but amped up more so on the booze and sweetness, and less fruity. It is drinkable, but pushing my limits. Even some notes of leather and vintage men’s Avon cologne.
Update: The 2018 was insanely toffee and roasted sugars - this was superior and less sweet than the 2019.

F: Syrupy but creamy. Med-heavy weight. Sticky. Some ‘floaties’ perceptible on the tongue.
Update: 2018 no sediment.

O: Not bad. Not balanced. I’ve heard the 2018 is far superior so I’m anxious to try the one I cellared.
Update: The 2018 was vastly superior - an completely different beer that would put the Firestones to shame. Top notch if you can find it.

Sep 14, 2020
4.25 by Zaphog from Michigan on Sep 09, 2020
4.25 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Aug 16, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DanO1066 from Maryland

Draught 8oz snifter at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Probably, need a direct "back-2-back" tasting of the barley & wheat versions (especially since there's some confusion "behind the bar" as to which version I'd previously been served)

Aug 16, 2020
3.55 by Chilmer from Iowa on Aug 15, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jimmybram from North Carolina

Amber colored with thin layer of carbonation. Alcohol on the nose with a banana, caramel finish. Taste is sweet and salty like caramel. Buttery, thin mouth feel. Overall one of my favorite variants of the Bourbon County Brand stouts. Well balanced and not overdone.

Jul 26, 2020
4.27 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Jul 23, 2020
3.88 by Cubatobaco from Virginia on Jul 19, 2020
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