Bourbon County Brand Two-Year Barleywine Reserve (2022)
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Two-Year Barleywine Reserve (2022)Bourbon County Brand Two-Year Barleywine Reserve (2022)
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
4.53 | pDev: 5.08%
Nov 21, 2023
Nov 09, 2022
For this Reserve, we worked with our friends at Old Fitzgerald to obtain three exceptional sets of barrels of varying ages from the distillery's Old Fitzgerald’s Bottled-In-Bond Decanter Series. This Reserve offers us a rare opportunity to highlight the distinct characteristics of our rich barleywine aged in 14-year, 16-year and 17-year-old barrels of an amazing bourbon pedigree.

Bringing back our classic English-style Barleywine for the first time since 2018, we knew this was going to be something special. Our Two-Year Barleywine Reserve evokes the rich intricacies from that of Old Fitzgerald’s Bottled-In-Bond Series for a velvety taste of rich malt, entwined with notes of toffee, cherry, vanilla, fig, and almond.
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a dark-ish brown color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like caramel, vanilla, dark breadiness, fig, and nuttiness.

This was really, really solid, but slightly underwhelming compared to my expectations. It was quite dry, and barrel heavy, which I very much enjoy, but I would have enjoyed just a slight bit more sweetness overall. There’s tons of oak here, spicy, and drying, with tobacco, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, and caramel.

This is medium bodied, boozy and slightly warming, with a decent drinkability.

This was obviously brewed well, but I wanted a bit more out of it.
Nov 21, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Oct 27, 2023
Rated: 5 by osseo222000 from California

Oct 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 500mL bottle into a revolution deep woods tumbler. pours a dark puddle water brown with maroon edges. huge bourbon and oak presence in the nose. i also get figs, plums, raisin, brown sugar, molasses and toffee. it’s a dark fruity, sweet bourbon mix but it’s really nice and the bourbon definitely leads the way. the taste mostly follows but offers up a little more chocolate and caramel flavors in addition to everything the nose had going on. huge, syrupy thick mouthfeel. really costs the tongue and mouth as the liquid is consumed. this is classic BCBSBW with a little extra (and extra fine) barrel component. exemplary english-style barleywine. been sitting in the back of my fridge for far too long and glad i finally cracked it. had high hopes for this one and it delivered.
Oct 19, 2023
Rated: 4.66 by kodt from Illinois

Oct 16, 2023
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16.9oz bottle (2022) poured into a teku glass at 55F after nearly a year in the 55F beer fridge. Drink By 26 JUL 27 GI 15:14 17.0% ALC / VOL noted on label. The beer pours dense, very dark brown with meager light brown head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and nothing else. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring sweet malt, bourbon and oak. The taste is boozey, sweet bourbony, malt with significant ethanol. There's some hints of fig, leather and oak, but the sweetness, lack of carbonation and ethanol make it hard to find flavor. Negligible bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, with minimal carbonation and the finish is saved from cloyingness only by the ethanol burn. Overall, good, but not even worth half MSRP.
Oct 15, 2023
Rated: 5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Oct 14, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Oct 14, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Lucoli from New York

Oct 13, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Oct 08, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Oct 07, 2023
Rated: 4 by sordyl from Illinois

Oct 06, 2023
Rated: 4.64 by Dicers from California

Oct 05, 2023
Rated: 4.74 by notchucknorris from California

Oct 05, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Narthax from Texas

Oct 04, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Oct 03, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Oct 03, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Oct 02, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2023
Rated: 4.52 by not2quick from Missouri

Oct 01, 2023
Bourbon County Brand Two-Year Barleywine Reserve (2022) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 110 ratings