Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine AleBourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine Ale
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Style:
Barleywine - English
ABV:
15.1%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 5.35%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
206
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  6
Gots
  30
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine AleBourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine Ale
Notes: Working with our friends at Intelligentsia, we flew down to Guatemala to source some of the world's best coffee to use as we release the first-ever Coffee Barleywine. The beer is an English-style Barleywine, meaning malt forward, and aged in 4+ year old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels before adding La Soledad coffee beans right before packaging to retain a bold coffee aroma and flavor.
Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 206 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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smithj4 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 16, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to a decidedly non beer nut friend who grabbed a few variants for me while I was gallivanting about Beijing over Black Friday. 500ML bottle split with my wife.

The brew is a deep red with virtually (& in reality) no head at all. The nose is a portrait of restraint: toffee, coffee, wood. Subtle & understated as an Oscasio-Cortez outfit.

Bourbon County Barleywine with Coffee sounds weird, tastes better. Once brought to the lips, this is hard to detach. Front & center is the barrel, & it’s strong, tasty, & fantastic. Coffee, more roast than Caribou, is a subtle compliment. Limpid caramel & toffee mid-palate, brown sugar, molasses, & one day’s serving of alcohol. Syrupy. Lovely. Could have happily taken the bottle by myself, & might have to seek this out on tap.

I was weirded out by the coffee barleywine, now I’m just sad it’s almost gone. Kind of like a couple of goth chicks I dated back in the day. Excellent beer that skirts the border of the elite.

Dec 15, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Produces a modest, very fizzy head which quickly fades to nothing but an oily residue and a thin rim around the glass. Brew itself is clear but dark brown with garnet and purple highlights. Nonetheless the brew is lively in the glass.

Aroma rises from the pour, and speaks strongly of the coffee influence. Compared to the "regular" BCBBW, the coffee influence really gives the nose a completely different direction. Figs, raisins, cherries, and bourbon are firmly in the background. No real hint of the sky high ABV.

Flavor is a bit more balanced, with three main influences competing for primacy: coffee; bourbon barrels; and the huge EBW malt base. At first, it seems the barleywine takes prominence, with big notes of brown sugar and toffee, prunes, and chocolate. The coffee is immediately present, however, and by the second third, seems to be wrestling with the bourbon. Chocolate tones really emerge on the final third, with the prior-use BCBS aging in the barrels becoming more apparent. Finish is a touch hot, with cherries, coconut, oak, and vanilla, along with fading remnants of the previous flavors.

Feel is impressively full and silky; easy to sip and savor. Silky. After a solid minute or two (from one sip), an impressive, boozy back end heat creeps up the throat, but there's a very restrained alcohol bite throughout the sip.

Really creative and, ultimately, tasty brew. I don't think it succeeds as well as either BCBCS or BCBBW, but I'm glad they gave it a try.

Nov 26, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown when viewed from afar; when held up to the light it is clear and dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a minuscule ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of coffee.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of bourbon and finishes with notes to hints of coffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink for something that clocks in at 15.1% abv as it hides its alcohol very well and also isn't that heavy on the palate compared to other beers in the Bourbon County Brand series.

Note: 2018 vintage

Serving type: bottle

Dec 16, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 16, 2018
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schinebd from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 04, 2019
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 25, 2018
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imperialking from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 28, 2019
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DangerDawg from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 27, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft.

Amber brown with a thin off-white head

Nose: fairly understated particularly for a BCBS variant. Coffee, bourbon, and some dark fruit.

Taste: bourbon and caramelized sugar up front. Coffee comes in on the finish. Really nice balance.

Feel: body is a bit lighter than standard for BCBS, very smooth and drinkable overall.

Dec 23, 2018
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 25, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, roasted, coffee, caramel, toffee, some oak woody notes, nice finish. Refine coffee bean and oak nose. Dark mahogany red hue, mostly clear, tan head, delicate lace. Full but not heavy body. Smooth due to the coffee blend. 60 IBUs

Dec 05, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown with ruby notes and a thin dark khaki head that dissipates to tiny patches and a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of dark lightly toasted malt, dates, dried plums and coffee with slight bourbon; kind of smells like a mild stout, to tell the truth. Flavor is candi malt, rich fresh and dried plums, hint of caramel, iced coffee, treacle with some light bourbon in the moderately hot finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and good carbonation. A somewhat hybrid malt body without the deep caramel notes of an English barleywine, but not as much citrusy / IPA notes as an American one. Coffee is noticeable and well integrated, but does not dominate. A little on the sweet side. I was least interested in this variant than any of the others this year, because I like coffee in dark beers, but am ambivalent about lighter coffee infused beers (I've not had a coffee barleywine). I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised. The coffee fits in here quite nicely and other than being somewhat sweet, this is a very enjoyable and rich barleywine with a deft touch of coffee. Nicely done. It's odd how different the aroma and taste were, but it's very good.

Nov 24, 2018
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brittanylicious from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 13, 2019
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 19, 2019
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maz from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 01, 2018
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jabo134 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 05, 2018
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 05, 2019
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thinwhiteduke from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 06, 2018
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 16, 2018
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mando31 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 26, 2018
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SkiBum22 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 03, 2018
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uncleotis from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 26, 2019
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mdfb79 from New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with two inches of dark tan head. Tons of coffee and then toffee, bourbon, caramel Malta,
Chocolate, and toasted malts. Thick full body and low carbonation.

Dec 03, 2018
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impending from California

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 10, 2019
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 206 ratings