Bourbon County Brand Caramella Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Caramella AleBourbon County Brand Caramella Ale
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Wheatwine
ABV:
14.6%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.04%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
167
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Monday at 02:54 AM
Added:
Oct 14, 2020
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  24
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Bourbon County Brand Caramella AleBourbon County Brand Caramella Ale
Notes: Italian for candy, Caramella Ale is aged in Larceny Wheated Bourbon barrels with apple, cinnamon, and caramel flavoring.
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Rated: 4.45 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Monday at 02:54 AM
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pour a translucent, almost artificial red with a small amount of short-lived off-white head. Aroma is super sweet and caramel forward with barrel and maybe some apple lurking in the background. The taste is more complex than the nose. There's caramel for sure, but both apple and cinnamon are also distinctly present. I'm impressed by the deft touch used with the cinnamon, as 75% of the time brewers use more than I think they should and it overwhelms. That's definitely not the case here. This beer is very sweet, and combined with the ABV will mean I'll likely sip it over the next 2-3 hours. Body is light for the ABV, Overall, an enjoyable Sunday night sipper.
Monday at 12:49 AM
 
Rated: 4 by NappyB from Illinois

Sunday at 03:16 AM
 
Rated: 4 by broadway848 from New York

Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a translucent dark copper with a slight head. The label pretty much says it all, apple, cinnamon and caramel in the aroma and taste, a real autumn beer. Very sweet and the feel is a much lighter than the stout, which is more balanced than the wheatwine style. Still pretty good, though.
Sep 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Prager62 from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A bottle stamped drink by 01 SEP 25 that's been refrigerated since purchasing on Black Friday 2020.

It pours a flat copper/mahogany color with a tiny ring of off white foam. It smells of tart caramel apple with a touch of cinnamon. The taste is mildly tart green apple, warming bourbon, caramel and a splash of cinnamon. It could pass for a bourbon infused Taffy Apple! The feel is flat, mildly tart and very warming.

Pretty good overall but something I'd pass on if it was resurrected down the road.
Jun 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hendry from Vermont

Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: mostly clear copper, modest off white head on the pour that mostly dissipates. Oily lacing with stray bubbles.
Smell: some bright apple and a hint of cinnamon, subtle caramel, not near as pronounced as a bottle I drank young. But this one has a dark fruit thing going on. Very nice.
Taste: some apple tartness, hints of bourbon and oak.
Mar 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by jakea from Wisconsin

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Stooven from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a year-old bottle. Deep auburn appearance. Slight head/lacing. Taste is immediately the bourbon, but it isn't necessarily boozy. Just there. Bready. Back end is thick sugar, like maple syrup or burnt sugar. Would pair well with waffles. Giving this a low overall score because for $15 I would expect a little more nuance especially after a year in the cellar.
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a beautiful copper color, nearly clear, with a couple of fingers of light tan head that dissipates in seconds. The nose has tart apple, cinnamon, and caramel as advertised on the bottle, and more than a little booze, as expected.

The tart apple is forward, with the cinnamon and caramel following, and the booze at the very back of the palate as a (substantial) warming note. This is truly delicious, but I’ve seen this described as a boozy caramel apple, and I respectfully disagree - on my palate, this is Grandma’s apple crisp, and as I said, it’s truly delicious, IMHO.

The mouthfeel is substantial, almost syrupy. What a flavorful, delightful beer this is. I’d love to sit on a bottle for a couple more years and see how it evolves.
Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours opaque crimson/brown color with a tan 1 finger thick head that faded in average time and left little to no lacing. Smells like apples up front with the caramel and cinnamon coming in right behind that. The second wave is brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, faint vanilla, orange peel, toasted grains and wheat or yeast. The nose is not sweet but the dominant aromas are the caramel, apple, cinnamon and booze/bourbon, which work well together.

Tastes like apples, cinnamon, vanilla, white wine and toasted grains to start, followed by caramel, brandy, cola, honey, orange peel, rum, Bit-O-Honey candy, faint bourbon, oak notes, barrel char, nutty flavors and yeast. It’s a very complex brew that is different with each sip. I’m sure some stout purist weren’t thrilled with this variant but it should be appreciated for being a great BBA beer.

Mouthfeel was thick feeling and yet a little thin at the same time; didn’t have the same feel as the BCBS stouts, but wasn’t watery while hiding the ABV well.

Overall I thought it was very good and hit the mark for a wheat-wine aged in Larceny bourbon barrels with apples, cinnamon, and caramel. Held onto this bottle for a year and that age eliminated any real alcohol burn.
Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.33 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by adrock314 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Consumed roughly one year after release. During that time the bottle was stored at cellar temp.

L: Deep copper color. Loads of red coming through when backlit. Straw colored head sticks around in a thin ring for quite a while. Very attractive pour. 4.75

S: Very aromatic. Jumps out of the glass as the beer warms. Initially there's a typical barleywine/wheatwine sweet scent. Malt aroma with some earthy and tobacco undertones - maybe a hint of dead leaves. Some wood in there. Loads of rich apple, like fresh pressed cider. Cinnamon and caramel are harder to find, but once you get a whiff it's hard to get past apple pie and/or candied caramel apples. 4.5

T: First sip is just sweet wheat and heat propped up by barrel. Next sip and there's an explosion of apple and caramel. Combination of boozy heat and some heat from the cinnamon. Beyond the obvious flavor elements there's actually a lot going on underneath the apple/caramel/cinnamon. Bourbon and oak fade in and out from sip to sip. Also some dried fruit in there - golden raisins, apricots, maybe some berry fruit snack gummies. Really enjoying this for now, although even with only 4-5oz down I can see this becoming too cloying very soon. 4.0.

F: Mouthfeel is good overall. Slick and coating, but appropriate carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy on the palate. 4.0.

O: Pleasantly surprised. Historically I have not been a big fan of wheatwine in general, but the Larceny barrel BCBS variant from 2019 was a game changer for me. It's only because of that beer that I even bothered to buy any Caramella at all. I still felt like giving that wheatwine a dessert treatment would just put it waaaaay over the top, but thankfully I was wrong. 4.25.
Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by jak from North Carolina

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Kuelsken from Michigan

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by hopley from Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Nov 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bourbon Country Brand Caramella Ale from Goose Island. 16.9 oz bottle from Spec’s # 69. $18.14 (including tax) ($1.073/oz). Stored at room temperature in store and at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 13/11/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on label “02SEP25” and on neck label “2020”. Served at 50.9 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee cup. Final temperature 56.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), hazy.
Body – Amber Brown (SRM 18), murky and opaque. When rear-lite, some particles, many bubbles, and a reddish tint to the murk.
Head – Small (Maximum 0.5 cm, aggressive center pour), bronze, fizzy with short retention, diminishing to no crown and a thin cap of constantly renewing bubbles. By the time the temperature reaches 54 degrees, the bubbles cease.
Lacing – None. Not really expected at 14.6% ABV.
Aroma – 4.25 – Cinnamon. No malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins a bit sweet with distinct cinnamon, caramel, and apple flavors, no malt, no hops, no yeast, no bourbon. No ethanol (14.6% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma; however, there is light gastric and esophageal burning. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, syrupy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 No hint of beer or bourbon, flavor very much like a caramel apple. This is much in the “dessert beer” mode of Southern Tier – sweet, syrupy, and tongue-coating
Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had this one while sitting outside handing out candy on Halloween. it poured a light brownish red color. The smell was cinnamon, bourbon and caramel. The apple came through on the taste with a lot of caramel. It was sweet but it actually worked really well. My hopes weren't too high with this one but it exceeded my expectations.
Nov 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Caramella has a thin, off-white head, no lacing, and a semi-opaque copper appearance, with an oily "chemical spill" sheen, on top. The aroma is of very boozy "apple jack"-type malt beverage product, a touch of cinnamon, and bourbon barrel. The flavor is similar with low bitterness. Caramella has a heavy body and a sweet finish.

RJT
Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Oct 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.51 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by BCole281 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16.9 fl oz. bottle, drink by date 02SEP25. Poured into a teku glass.

A - pours a deep reddish-brown with minimal tan head that quickly recedes to a very thin ring.

S - Bourbon and cinnamon w/ faint apple notes.

T - Bourbon and caramel apple with cinnamon sugar on the finish. The finish keeps me coming back for another sip. ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, smooth finish. Very easy to drink.

O - Being a cinnamon fan, this is a fantastic brew that is well worth the money. A shame it's a limited release. Cheers!
Sep 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by EMH73 from New York

Aug 13, 2021
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours medium to dark reddish orange with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of caramel, apple, pear, green grapes, bourbon; boozy. Flavor is caramel malt, raisins, green apple, citron, cinnamon and bourbon. Bourbon and cinnamon apples in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A quite fruity wheatwine that is on the sweet side, just short of cloying. The green apple and cinnamon is an interesting twist for this style, reminiscent of a apple crisp. A solid dessert wheatwine that has somewhat less bourbon character than I expected, but with so much interesting flavor depth that I ended up a fan. Wish I had picked up two of these. As with most BCB varieties, aged nicely for a year and probably has a long cellar history ahead of it.
Aug 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by Khaack from New York

Aug 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by unclekeith from Alaska

Aug 09, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
500ML bottle, born on 9/1/20, poured into a snifter at 53 degrees F:
L - a light caramel color, almost like dark iced tea
S - cinnamon, bourbon, apple
T - like eating a caramel apple that has been dipped in bourbon and then cinnamon; lots of cinnamon on the finish
F - medium mouthfeel with minimal carbonation, a bit silky
O - too much cinnamon for my liking, overpowers most other flavors; there are also notes of apple, bourbon and caramel
Aug 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by o29 from Texas

Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date: 9/2/20
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is as dark an amber as could still be called amber. Minimal head, although fine, and absolutely no lacing. It's very clear, too.

The smell is candied apple with cinnamon. As it warms, that gets even stronger, although the apple takes on more of a cider character than fresh fruit. Points for uniqueness, and it has good strength, too.

All that's on the nose is also in the taste, plus there's a honey-ish thing going on, too. Actually, at times it's more like a fortified wine – I'll call it a slightly bitter Madeira malvasia – than a beer. The back end does have clover and bourbon, so at least those I sometimes get in BA stouts. Unfortunately, the whole is less than the sum of the parts because the pervasive sugar shoves everything apart.

Alcohol is super-well hidden for a fourteener. Maybe it's hiding behind all that sugar. (I hope I don't get a hangover off this one bottle.) Aftertaste actually matches the nose, moreso than the taste. Virtually no carbonation, although it doesn't come across as flat. Weight is heavy, even for the type. The negatives are down there, and the merits are up there, more than normally.
Jul 25, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Caramella Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 267 ratings