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:
4.25 | pDev: 7.06%
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
279
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 26, 2024
Added:
Oct 14, 2020
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  23
Italian for candy, Caramella Ale is aged in Larceny Wheated Bourbon barrels with apple, cinnamon, and caramel flavoring.
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Rated: 4.12 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

Jan 26, 2024
 
Rated: 4.28 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Dec 07, 2023
 
Rated: 4.08 by Satsuma from Florida

Nov 24, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 28, 2023
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. Just over 3 years old at time of consumption.

A: Deep red-orange color, approaching maroon. Great clarity, but there is a very small amount of particulate in suspension due to an aggressive pour. Totally normal to have some of that with aged bottles. Head formed at a half inch on the hard pour, but sputtered out quickly. Also not unusual considering the very high ABV. Spotty lacing.

S: Bready and crusty. Wheat. Huge pull of caramel and sweet candy apple shell. Apple cinnamon oatmeal. Bourbon wash and oaky vanillins. Woody undercurrents open up even more with warmth.

T: Apple cinnamon right up front, with that flavor being reminiscent of the powder and freeze dried apples you get in Quaker oatmeal. Huge pull of caramel shortly after. Thick caramel, too, not the thin runny kind. Candy apple sort of flavor- perhaps crystal malt? Shredded wheat and bread crust. Wheaty bourbon brings some easygoing corn and a little bit of welcome alcohol to contrast the sweetness. Oaky vanillins and a hint of barrel toast open up on the back end and ride into a marshmallow-y bourbon finish.

M: Feel is as full and rich as you'd guess. Viscous. Not *quite* syrupy, but very close. Plenty chewy and full of dextrins though. Deep creaminess with a light and fluffy texture from the wheat. Mild alcohol warmth.

O: I came in thinking I was going to hate this, but it isn't half bad. In truth the apple-cinnamon part tastes kinda fake and sugary and I could have done without it, but it really doesn't derail anything. The focus stays squarely on that nice rich and fluffy wheatwhine and the interplay of that sugary and wheaty malt with the bourbon barrel. Larceny was the perfect bourbon choice, with the wheated bourbon meshing and complementing seamlessly. I wish they just kept it more of a basic barrel aged wheatwine, but it is what it is and what it is works well enough I guess.
Oct 08, 2023
 
Rated: 4.43 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Jul 14, 2023
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Reviewed by NorsemanOne from Utah

4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2020 vintage

Poured at fridge temp into a taster & tulip glass.

Taster impressions: likely one of the best beers I'll ever have. Rich, candy caramel apple, full and blossoming boozy warmth similar to what I'd expect from a mead (good thing)

Onto the rest of the pour (a few hours later)

Pours a deep apple cider caramel golden brown with a 1F khaki tan head. 4.5

Warm mulled spiced fresh caramel, cinnamon, apple crisp (oats, brown sugar) and vanilla. It's a delightful and intoxicating mix. 4.75

Taste follows with an added hot alcohol blast that comes out the nose and blossoms from the inside out in the chest. Reminds me of a top tier well made mead. 4.75

Light pricking carbo, very full bodied and chewy. Warming alcohol again and a lingering malt that sits perfectly on the back of the tongue. 4.5

Overall like my original first thoughts, probably one of the best and greatest beers I'll ever have. Not difficult to finish like BCBS, nor too hot/biting of alcohol, and exactly flavored as advertised and beautifully brewed. 4.75
Jun 18, 2023
 
Rated: 4.55 by rsquared59 from Indiana

May 11, 2023
 
Rated: 4.21 by EdFed from Illinois

Mar 05, 2023
 
Rated: 4.15 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Feb 17, 2023
 
Rated: 4.04 by mamaraza from Texas

Jan 28, 2023
 
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Nov 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
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.
Nov 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by NappyB from Illinois

Nov 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by broadway848 from New York

Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -5.4%
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
Bourbon County Brand Caramella Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 279 ratings