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Bourbon County Barleywine

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by xnicknj, Jan 15, 2013.

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  1. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    Weren't the Heaven Hills barrels filled with this BW in October? If so GI would presumably have emptied "BCBS barrels" on hand. Or do we have definitive info that this is fresh HH barrels? I have seen no such info myself.

    Edit: I realize they could just be playing off the brand power of Bourbon County (bud light lime-rita anyone) but conversely perhaps it is BCBW precisely because it was aged in "BCBS barrels"
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  2. TrickyTunaDicky

    TrickyTunaDicky May 18, 2012 Illinois

    I cannot wait for this. Git dis wombat sum.
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  3. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    If you read this thread giving all posters little kid voices, it's minimum 3x better.

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  4. atomic

    atomic Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    They'd be fools not to do exactly this. And with the label being VERY obviously the same design as the king henry label, its not a stretch to assume this is most likely the case. I'd certainly be surprised if they don't try to recreate KH.

    In either case! GI has barrel aging down to a science so whatever they release, it will be good.
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  5. Number45forever

    Number45forever Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Absolutely can't wait for this, and I too would be shocked if second use BCBS barrels aren't used to make this. Going forward that would start a simple cycle of emptying BCBS out of the barrels and then filling them with barley wine. Continue that for 100 years or so and everyone is getting really, really effing rich.
  6. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Brett Porter confirmed for me on Thursday that they are indeed using spent BCS barrels for this beer. I didn't ask about the recipe, but it would make sense it was the same as long as it isn't market as KH- which it is not. He also alluded to there being A LOT of it ( although not as much as BCS this year).

    Can't wait!
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  7. atomic

    atomic Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Has anyone pointed out yet that this will be higher in ABV than KH? KH was 13% IIRC and this will be 15%
    So something is different this time around
  8. abecall98

    abecall98 Aug 11, 2007 California
    Beer Trader

    Talked to a rep last week. Was told that the Bourbon County Barlehwine is being aged in used Bourbon County Stout Barrels. So, I'm expecting something similar to the King.

    Edit - should have looked above. Even better confirmation of this.
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  9. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    KH was supposedly 16ish% after going through barrel aging.
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  10. jsboots21

    jsboots21 Jan 19, 2009 Tennessee

    I wouldn't expect it to be like KH, as KH was aged in barrels that held BC Stout for 2 years AND held PvW bourbon for 23 years prior to that. It is highly unlikely this beer will exhibit the same quality or eventual taste as KH given the King's unique aging treatment.
  11. dc55110

    dc55110 Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    I know it was higher than listed on the label... Which is why Minnesota didn't get it, as the ABV listed on a label must match that of the contents.
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  12. daleyke

    daleyke Aug 15, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Sorry if I missed it in the 7 pages, but has anyone seen a release schedule on this? I know its sometime in April, but I was hoping for a city by city release schedule like we got with bcbs. I'm talking to my local distributors about this but I seem to know more than they do. A specific date would help when trying to reserve some. Thanks....
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  13. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I've heard from a very reliable source that this release will be pushed back to November. No other details given.
  14. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Aug 10, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    I hope you're kidding. Bourbon County Barleywine is suddenly removed from the GI release calendar. NOOOOO!!!!!!! What the hell happened???
  15. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I actually hope this is the case. It will give the beer more time to age, and my wallet a break from all the whale buying these last few months.
  16. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I kinda agree...my harpoon is dull and rusty...I need a break.
  17. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Aug 10, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Now I can buy 2 cases of KBS instead of 1...I kid, I kid...;)
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  18. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I will buy as much as I can find and afford...which won't be much...can't wait to chase the truck.
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  19. Curt1

    Curt1 Nov 15, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Good point!
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  20. mark14580

    mark14580 Jan 15, 2011 New York

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  21. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    We will find out soon enough, as bottling would be happening within the next few weeks to be sent out anytime in April.
  22. seeswo

    seeswo Jan 10, 2010 Ohio
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  23. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    MarcatGSB who is your reliable source for this information? (just curious not trying to bust any balls here...)

    Thats fine by me! Who wants to drink a bunch of fresh BA Barleywine as the weather starts warming up? Lets save this beer for the cold months of the year aka big beer season! More time in barrels is a wise move as well.
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  24. Iheartbarleywines

    Iheartbarleywines Mar 1, 2013 Illinois

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  25. CuriousMonk

    CuriousMonk Dec 24, 2010 District of Columbia
    Beer Trader

    BIG Regret: Trading away five bottles of KH for a couple sub-rarities (e.g., Event Horizon, Black Ops, etc.) when I was new to the trading game. :p Always thought KH would continue year after year, so the morale of the story is to never take your favorite big beers for granted!
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  26. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    You do! I bet... Just save some Bourbon County Barleywine for the snakes coming out of your mouth and nose...that avatar is crazy man!
  27. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Many BA's have similiar stories like this your not in the minority. When your a new trader your going to do stuff like that..
  28. Iheartbarleywines

    Iheartbarleywines Mar 1, 2013 Illinois

    The only time i have hung out with you was drinking barleywines, and it might have been summer too.......
  29. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Aug 10, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    You live and learn. I just paid $100 for a bottle of Rare BCBS before I ever tried it. Bought multiple Cherry Rye BCBS bottles and like it way more. C'est la vie.
  30. Envelopes

    Envelopes Aug 26, 2012 Ohio

    I hope it gets delayed until November. More time in barrels is good, releasing in the cold months is good. Plus, selfishly, it gives Ohio time to pass the ABV increase bill they're introducing so I can actually buy this! I foresee trading for this being a mess when it first hits.
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  31. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Jan 13, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    BIG REGRET: Not getting into trading early enough to have been able to trade you a Black Ops for a KH.
    BTW, still ISO: KH. Anyone want to help me out on a 1st Anniversary bottle?
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  32. bigdaddypolite

    bigdaddypolite Mar 2, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Which is why they damn well better get the ABV right on the label this time...
  33. stouts4me

    stouts4me Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    will see Brett Porter this weekend and try to pry out the FACTS for this thread..........
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  34. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Make sure you start "The Most Definitive Bourbon County Barleywine" thread after that convo....
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  35. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Jul 12, 2012 Michigan
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    I highly recommend using one of these.
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  36. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I'm no narc, and enjoy the relationship I currently have. As a reference point, King Henry saw it's first bottled release on Black Friday at Clybourn, 2011, November 25th, 2011. (http://beerpulse.com/2011/11/goose-island-king-henry-bottles-to-debut-on-black-friday/). King Henry was bottled on 10/08/2011. Granted, 22 oz. bottles vs. 12 oz. bottles, that's 55 days.
    Could be a couple reasons for that including saving them for Black Friday release, bottle conditioning, whatever.
    If Bourbon County Brand Barley Wine was making an appearance in bottle form in April of 2013, it would be bottled very soon (or already), and I have a feeling someone would have heard about it.
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  37. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    wasnt asking you to narc. Just like I know a guy from goose and a distributor that work closely with goose, etc, what ever the case maybe... Not asking for a full name with bibliography or anything! lol. It cool either way guess I just take you word for it then.
  38. jefeld

    jefeld Mar 31, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    i also heard from a very reliable source that it would be saved until november, for the purpose of releasing multi bcs variant releases all at the same time, black friday 2013.

    but there are definitely other GI releases to look forward to first. a new fulton and wood will be a blend of a sake/saison, which I have tried and is unique and delicious, the grapefruit sofie release (tap only as well), and im sure other bottled surprises as well.
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  39. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Pretty sure Gillian will be bottled in those 760's too...
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  40. dvelcich

    dvelcich Feb 6, 2008 Illinois

    Love those new bottles! I've noticed they didn't raise the prices for the extra ounces either. :eek:
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