Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
4.26 | pDev: 7.04%
Mar 04, 2023
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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Rated: 4.35 by alexsergio from New York

Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.47 by MICAMD from Maryland

Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I am trying a bottle of this beer at my bestie's house in Charlotte, NC. It poured a clear copper with no head and no lace. The scent had bourbon flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to sip. There was caramel apple presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had smooth carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
Jan 01, 2023
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2019 bottle
consumed 12/22/22

A perfect beer to open up on the start of my Xmas holiday during a snow storm I must say. I have not had too many wheatwines in my vast beer drinking experience. The BCS versions are my first I believe. I am enjoying this quite a bit. The smell is spectacular. There's so much bourbon and toffee and caramel here. It smells like it has the potential to be too sweet on the pallet, but I think the balance is ultimately there in that end. I think this beer and barleywines in general get knocked down because they're not stouts. This isn't supposed to be a stout. This is definitely a sipper. Sitting on the couch and not moving and yet I can still feel the booze hitting me. It does not overpower in the booze for me on the pallet although I do like a bourbon forward stout or barleywine normally. Overall I am really enjoying the beer but it's a lot for my pallet. This is a beer that I think is better in 8-10 oz servings though. I can knock back a 500ml of BCS, but I am slowing down as this one warms up. I am glad that Goose continues to mix things up every year with their BCS releases and hope that they release a version of this again one day.
Dec 23, 2022
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Rated by hopley from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Ratings based on B2 2019, aged 100% in Larceny wheated bourbon barrels.
Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2018 bottle

Is this the same recipe as the recent small batch wheatwines I loved so much from @FBarber ? They seem pretty similar to me. I get a lot of honey flavored candy and honey roasted nuts plus toffee, a wealth of booze, and hints of raisin and chocolate. This is hugely flavorful, so brashly fantastic, almost as good as the small batches. Just loving this.
Nov 19, 2022
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Rated by bigred89 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at The Beer Junction, Seattle.

My first bourbon barrel aged beer ever was BCBS, several years ago, and that remains an ethereal experience. This wheatwine is nowhere near ethereal. It's too sweet, and not nearly as flavorful. I realize I'm comparing apples to oranges, as an imperial stout and a wheatwine are totally different styles. But the BCBS has depth and complexity of flavor that this wheatwine just doesn't have. I don't really find the barrel characteristics in it. Disappointing, IMHO.
Sep 19, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by BKotch from Texas

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by archero from Texas

May 11, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by Dope from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.89 by brother_rebus from Maine

Nov 26, 2021
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Rated by Mick666 from Canada (AB)

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Smells unreal. Thick mouthfeel. Caramel toffee and a sweet bourbon brown sugar tobacco taste.
Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by broadway848 from New York

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 3.75 by imperialking from Illinois

Sep 24, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.19 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jun 13, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by Montanabeerz from Montana

May 03, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by dsshuck from Delaware

Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by Fponce from Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.04 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by edthehead from Maryland

Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Dan-Man from California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by hardy008 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.33 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Nov 14, 2020
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Rated by Daledenward from Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Wonderful sipping beer. Great flavor from ice cold to warm.
Nov 13, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Oct 31, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by GRFounder from Michigan

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by EMH73 from New York

Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 4.72 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Oct 05, 2020
Rated: 4.51 by Archfiend from Illinois

Sep 28, 2020
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