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Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2015
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some chocolate, caramel, raisin. Taste is sweet, chocolate, Bourbon, plum/raisin, some alcohol burn. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2015
(12oz bottle) deep and rich mahogany body, fast-fading offwhite bubbles. Nose of vanilla bean, rich caramel bourbon, sticky brown sugar, touch of alcohol. Taste of vanilla bean, rich caramel, tobacco, alcohol, bourbon, some barrel wood that’s lightly charred. The bourbon is less than that found in bourbon county, but that makes sense given these are second use barrels. A delicious barleywine. To be honest, one of the best out there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1932) - Ghent, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Dark brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet aroma with notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and honey. Very sweet but balanced. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pepsican (1489) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2015
Cola with an off white head. Rich vanilla, banana, raisin, alcohol, macedamia nutes. Sweet. Very sweet. Brown sugar. Has oxidized sherry notes. Chewy. Ok dessert bier I guess but eh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (6129) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
Bottle from my secret santa. Bottled 24.9.13. Pours almost clear deep dark brown with a small creamy tanned head.Aroma of sweet caramel malts, loaded with toffee as well. Smooth mouthfeel.Taste is sweet caramel and vanilla with weak burning bourbon on top, pleasant one to enjoy in small amounts, even better with a full bottle mind.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxifunk777 (14) - California, USA - APR 10, 2015
Better than I anticipated great taste great color. I highly recommend this beer. My first goose island I now understand the hype.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (714) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle 12 oz dated 9 18 14, thanks dean. Pours a beauty of a tar brown, thick and deep. Faint lacing, no lasting head, gone in a flash. Aroma of booze, bourbon, rice, malts, did, dark fruits. Taste of booze, bourbon, raisin, sweet cherry, malty goodness in the thick and valuptouas dark fig malt bomb that possess this beast. 12.2% and you feel it, but slides down smooth and enjoyable. Perfect easter start while listening to phish 4 5 98 island tour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (559) - New York, USA - APR 3, 2015
bottle dated 9/18/14..burgundy pour with thin off-white head..aroma of booze,caramel,dark fruits,molasses,brown sugar..boozy,malty,syrupy..good..but overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (453) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAR 29, 2015
Dark red color, clear, with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel, raisins and bourbon. Taste is sweet as fuck. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, plums and raisins, milk. Full body with low carbonation. Excellent.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
smroush (105) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Aromas of bourbon, alcohol and raisins. A touch of vanilla. Very dark brown with a sparse head. Taste is pretty sweet; not much bitterness. Fill bodied; oily texture; lots of (very apparent) alcohol; carbonation just very slightly soft; finish long with bourbon, then raisins and sweetness though out. Overall an excellent beer. I especially like the raisin flavors. Only thing holding the score down is the (typical brandywine) lack of complexity (none of the roasted flavors, chocolate or coffee found in a great stout).


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