Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by gatornation on 07-01-2018

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Photo of happyreefer
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edisacoolcat
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 BCBS Wheatwine opened in December 2018

A: caramel, oak, light fig, molasses, mellow bourbon. Somewhat reserved but pleasant.

A: caramel brown with very light head covering the top that fades to a lace around the glass

F: caramel and toasted malts, vanilla and oak leading with molasses, maple, and rasin. Again light and refreshing for a BA beer.

M: medium body with a balanced finish. lingering sticky toffee, vanilla, and rasin.

O: nice change for the BCBS line if you want something lighter and more mellow.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite different than the regular BCBS. Pours a dark brown color. Almost no head, but what's there is slightly off white that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edge of the glass.
The nose is quite rich with a barrel presence. Some toffee to the nose. Very slight vanilla, but the toffee is the strongest by far.
The taste - start consumption at 57 degrees - Up front I get the vanilla a lot stronger than in the nose, but nothing like the BCBS Vanilla. There's a sweet component to this beer, on the backside - toffee. Subtle, but there. Not too strong with the sweetness.
Even though there was almost no head, there's a nice carbonation feel. The bubbles dance on my tongue. Nice and thick. Not much of a harsh alcohol feel, but, at the same time, there's no denying that it's a 15%+ ABV beer.
Another sold, and different, variety of the standard BCBS. Nice flavors, and a solid feel. Damn good beer, and a pleasure to try.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BYOFB
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Salinesnake
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmartin
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good BA wheat wines like this have a great, beautiful subtlety to them. In this case, it also has the characteristic, signature Bourbon County pronounced bourbon barrel flavor as most forward. I dont know what they do to get that flavor, other similar bourbon beers I've had have never quite gotten it. Beyond the Bourbon County flavor is a beautiful, vague wheaty flavor that seems to try to tame the bourbon, but with only partial success. Wood flavors aren't particularly noticeable, and this comes across as a very sweet and nice beer. Considering the 15.4% ABV, calling this "nice" is like calling the Mona Lisa a "cute" picture; it really is so much more. Makes me feel good for days...

Actually my favorite of the Bourbon County series so far, which is saying a lot. One of the most delicious things I've ever had

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft served in a small snifter.
Dark brown, deep reddish tone when held to the light, bright clarity.
Ample foam at first that stays initially but fades to a thin ring, no lacing.

Aroma of oxidized malt, sweet caramel, vague hint of toffee & sugary fruit.
Sweet and sticky, low level barrel character, heavy sweet oxidized caramel malt. A bit of a chore to drink, not much barrel here, lacking complexity in favor of sweet booziness. Not bad, but certainly not worth the premium price.

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Photo of Roguer
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good head production for a BBA Wheatwine (not that I have (m)any points of comparison...). Retention is lacking. Body is a deep, inviting garnet-tinged brown, showing plenty of signs of liveliness along the edges. Brew appears crystal clear and transparent.

Aroma is replete with strong tones of brown sugar, caramel, figs, bourbon, banana, molasses, and raisins. Despite the rich and complex aroma, nothing stands out as overly strong.

Immediately, this delicious brew hits the palate with incredible bourbon and malt tones. Coconut, vanilla, and mash from the bourbon are first, but these are quickly displaced in the pecking order by banana, brown sugar, and booze-soaked raisins. Pecans, caramel, and just a hint of butterscotch; sweet red grapes, prunes, and dark bread; honey and syrup.

Some heat from the high ABV through the middle and on through the finish; smooth, slick, full-bodied, with an oily finish.

This is a truly extraordinary beer, melding huge, boozy sweet, malty tones into an impressively drinkable and approachable concoction. This is really, really quite good. It's huge and sweet, but not overbearing in any fashion.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle ran me $15 USD...this might be the last time I rationalize buying a Bourbon County.

15.4% ABV. "Contains wheat." "Wheatwine ale aged in bourbon barrels."

Vanilla-emphatic with a silky yet chewy mouthfeel. ABV is shockingly well disguised. Leather, toffee, caramel, booze-soaked dark fruits.

I don't get as much overt bourbon character as I expected, but the vanilla and subtle toastiness is nice.

No overt hop notes or yeasty notes.

Overall, it's a bit underwhelming for a bourbon county series beer, but I do like the bourbon notes. I don't find any overt wheat, and it lacks the depth and complexity of, say, the best barleywines (King Henry in particular is vastly superior and noticeably similar), but it's a competent wheat wine.


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Photo of Smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Bourbon County tulip glass.

Pale copper to ruby red body color, with a mix of pink glow, and marmalade mixing. Soft tan head, and thin fine collar as it rests, very unique body color and very pretty!

Fun nose. Sticky toffee notes, with a good amount of butterscotch like aroma. Senses chewy leafy hops a bit, sort of herbal to mint in character. Thick bodied sensing aroma, with touches of caramel and more sticky qualities. Touches a bit of heat but not too much, and the sweetness is nicely dialed in without too much sugary qualities.

Really nice palate. Light bodied with a good taffy and crackling richness on the tongue, silky rich with honey coating flavors. Large amounts of honey and marmalade, mixing in with a big toffee and more of that butterscotch richness. Full round body with marmalade fruit, dipped candied caramel apples, and honeycomb crispy sweetness. Finishes toffee slick and chew rich, with hints of more rich caramel whiskey tones as well.

This is a neat made wheatwine, and it's real impressive.

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Photo of rab53
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine from Goose Island Beer Co.
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