Bourbon Barrel Ale
Goodwood Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel AleBourbon Barrel Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #241
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #41,224
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 14.17%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
45
From:
Goodwood Brewing Co.
 
Kentucky, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  14
SCORE
85
Very Good
Bourbon Barrel AleBourbon Barrel Ale
Notes: Goodwood Bourbon Barrel Ale is refined by its time in the cask, not defined by it. The process produces balanced, adjunct-free ale with delicious bourbon notes. This copper-toned beaut is medium-bodied and malt-forward with a hint of sweet caramel. It finishes strong and dry with notes of vanilla and bourbon-soaked oak.
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jul 24, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Subtle... which is uncommon once bourbon barrels get involved. While amped-up alcohol also is common, it is not here.

Looks offer a clear copper-tone, but more foam would be nice. Smells are mostly malt with the faint bourbon. Tastes introduce the wood and a touch of vanilla; but basically is a malt drink that has contained sweetness. The after-taste encourages my imagination into how limestone water is different. At 6%, this ale has a full mouth.

My first from Goodwood, I went on their website and see that not only do most of their ales touch wood, but they also offer a bourbon that has been in their stout barrels. While still a young brewery, they have found a unique niche.

Jan 31, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, dark amber to chestnut with two finger plus head. Light smell of cheap sweet whiskey with a little caramel, wood, and malt. Flavor is pretty strong in general booze, with a little borboun and not much else. There's a grassy hippiness as well. Unlike every other bad spirit barrel aged beer I've had, it doesn't suffer from excessive sweetness, in fact it's pretty dry. Medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Nov 28, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased from Blue Mound Liquor in Luverne, MN
Boiler brandy snifter

A sienna brown color with a finger of head receding to 1/4 finger. Some lace and alcohol legs.

Aroma of dry wood, spruce, caramel/amber malt, and very slight nuttiness.

Flavor brings caramel malt, faint dark fruit, very faint nuttiness, slight suggestions of apricot, and some spruce and oak on the back end. Very very slight bourbon character.

Feel is sticky and slick, with a good amount of bourbon burn and alcohol burn. Dry scathing finish.

Overall, a bit disappointing but no surprise there. No real desire to buy it again or really even finish my glass.

Nov 27, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you like the taste of bourbon, I think I found your craft beer to drink...

As far as its other attributes go - look and smell - this is a very good beer. Great dark caramel coloration with thin, foamy head makes for a great presentation to the eyes. The smell was sweet bourbon forward with hints of some spices, all of it blending quite well. But that's about it for the exceptional nature of the beer - the rest is just solid enough. The mouthfeel is more carbonated than anything else and the taste follows along with that bourbon scent noted through the nose. So much so I can't really pull out anything else distinctive about the brew. Again, solid enough and something I wouldn't mind trying again.

Dec 02, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown, clear, with a slim and fading head, this is an interesting beer. The aroma is of vanilla, with hints of charred wood, amber malt, and bourbon. The taste is smooth, with a lot of wood and boozy flavor, smokey, but not any real warmth. The brew has a medium body and a flavorful finish. Much better than expected. Rich and deep in flavor.

Mar 19, 2017
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coasterfreak75 from Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: light amber pour with a creamy one finger head that quickly dissapated and left little to no lace on the glass.

Smell: light malt sweetness with oakey tones, slight bourbon smell in the rear of the nose.

Taste: heavy fruity tones, apricots come to the fore, the middle is unremarkable, the finish is clean with slight bourbon flavors.

Feel: this is where this beer fell short to me, there is little to no body to this beer.

Overall: a good refreshing beer, but it lacks "backbone" for lack of a better term.

Dec 08, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown with copper tinting. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering three-quarters of the top. The aroma is of faint pear and green apple from the white ash. I'm tasting very sweet bourbon with some juicy green apple from the white ash and then you get just a touch of boozy bourbon in the back of the palate. The mouth is a bit watery and thin. Not my bag.

Apr 28, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a small tan head. It smelled like a brown ale. Nutty and malty, not much bourbon aromas. Tasted odd. Kinda metallic. I think it's the water.

Mar 29, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high dark beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts, oak, and bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the caramel malts take a back seat to the flavors of oak and bourbon. Except for the bourbon flavors, no other alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice ale if you are looking for something that has bourbon aromas and flavors without having a heavy body.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 01, 2019
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Oct 19, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a Feb. 2017 bottling date.
Pours with a lovely, clear, copper colored body but the head is somewhat fizzy and short-lived. Minimal lacing.
Mild yet dominant bourbon barrel notes in the aroma. The flavor is more balanced, with malts mixing with fine bourbon notes. Hints of vanilla and caramel. These mix especially nicely in the aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light bodied that seems too thin; semi-dry finish.

Apr 23, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste: kinda smooth, touch of vanilla, woody crisp finish. oak barrel bourbon nose. Cooper color, semi opaque, with no head. Medium body. Thin artificial aftertaste. 27 IBUs

Oct 05, 2016
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golf4collet from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 02, 2017
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barczar from Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma consists of heavily toasted oak, herbal hops, and caramel. There's a touch of fruity specialty malt character.

Flavor reveals a dominance of fruity specialty malt and a light sourness that could be due to a modest barrel infection. The finish is toasted and lightly caramelly, with a hint of bourbon. That light sourness kinda kills it.

Jul 26, 2015
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jewellrunner from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 09, 2018
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 25, 2015
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 23, 2019
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 11, 2015
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Bierwolf from Missouri

3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jul 09, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear amber color. The aroma was quite subdued with only an imagined hint of bourbon. There was a little caramel and dried fruit as well. The taste is very mild with some sweet malts and a tiny bit of bourbon. There is a caramel or toffee flavor as well. The beer is quite thin. This really doesn't do much for me. If they gave this baby steroids and soaked it in the barrel a bit longer it could be great.

May 06, 2016
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Zach136 from Georgia

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Diacetyl bomb

Apr 20, 2017
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with other Goodwood beers I don't get any barrel at all. Not even good wood! Lol. What I do get is some malty Old Ale characteristics. Malty grain, barley, crabapple, date, fig and maple were all experienced. Very light in feel. This left me wanting more but it has some good bones.

Apr 30, 2016
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 10, 2016
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Wrigfen from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 24, 2017
Bourbon Barrel Ale from Goodwood Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 45 ratings