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Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 thatís gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens Ė oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat Ė 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeardedRoe (1) - Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2014 does not count
Wonderful beer. Hard to find where iím at but i love it when I can get my hands on it. Great ABV not too bitter or heavy. It is just right. Oh so right.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
katrinaez (55) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Exactly what barley wine should be. Has a bit more extra boozey flavor though from the bourbon series.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (2028) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Dark, almost stout like pour. But you can tell its a BW because of the ruby edge, and the khaki head. Aroma and flavor are super sweet as expected. Lots of dark malt and fruit, vanilla and coconut, caramel and toffee. Even a little leather and tobacco. But the sweet warmth does dominate, and the abv shows. Super smooth sipper, though. Iíd take this 7 times outta ten over BCS."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1937) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2014
I have been lucky enough to taste this beer several times from both bottle and tap, but this rating is primarily from my first experience with the beer at the 2014 RBWG Asheville. Pours clear, very dark mahogany with an average beige head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is very sweet with raisin, prune, a ton of maple bourbon, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. The flavor is the same fairly sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, maple bourbon, coconut, and dried fruit with just a bit of toasted bitterness on the back of the palate. The body is full with average carbonation and a long lightly bitter toasted, vanilla, maple, and coconut bourbon finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/17/2013. Pours hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a small tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation retaining a bit of a cap. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, light tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, fruitiness, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, chocolate, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, light tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness. Light earthy oak bitterness/spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, chocolate, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, light tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and big robustness of dark malt, fruitiness, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged barleywine. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt, fruitiness, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyan (18) - Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, 2013 release. Thanks, Chris. A syrupy dark brown with a dense, foamy head with excellent retention and minimal lacing, this beer has nice legs. The nose is big, boozy, sweet and decadent. Leather, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, jaggery - all kinds of sweetness - is present. Bourbon character is shockingly mellow given this beers siblings. Vanilla and rum; a little bit of oak and char are present. Moderately fruity with plums and raisins present. Yum. The palate opens with a big sweetness and a moderate heat. In the vein of an English BW, Thankfully, not as prune-heavy as King Henry was. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a little bit of burnt sugar, a little earth and leather are noticeable, along with a blend of raisins and dates deglazed with rum. Vanilla, a little oak, some rum and bourbon character are present. A dusting of cocoa is present, particularly in the way the roasted malt flavors play off the fruity and sweet flavors. Full in body with a soft carbonation, this beer has a long, sweet finish with caramel and toffee dominating. Excellent stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (892) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Dark brown no head; sweet malty aroma notes if molasses and port; Flava is like a port hints of chocolate and strong molasses notes; feels thick creamy slight fizz; finishes tangy malty then sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2014
This beer is running in weird cycles. Fresh I thought it was a minnie KH. A month later it was running a little off. A couple weeks ago it tasted like herbal medicine. I havenít had it when it equaled its early heights. Iíd be hesitant to get a bunch of the next batch.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Had this at Stevie Dís in Cumberland for a Rhode Island BA meet up. Poured from the tap into a Goose Island sipping glass. The color is a dark black with no highlights. There is a finger of foamy brownish head with no lacing left on the glass. The smell is strong oak aroma with hints of vanilla. There is a smoky aroma that is from the char in the barrel. The aroma just fills the nose with character is a lingering, holding that oak barrel smell for a while. The taste is vanilla with a dark cherry and oak flavor. There is a deep boozy flavor that is very reminiscent of whiskey but has a nice malty finish. Hops are there but they give to the strong barrel flavor. There is a presence of dark fruit, blackberries and boysenberries are just hidden around the edges at this beerís flavors continue after finishing eat sip. The feel of this beer is big as expected and feels like it needs to be handled with two hands. This beer is meant to sipped and not rushed through. There is some nice smooth feel to this beer but still heavy and is best enjoyed being sipped and savored. Character is the best name for this beer. It will stay with you for some time and youíll be enjoying it even after the beer is gone.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4512) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra#2. Small 10cl sample. The aroma is pretty weak. Dark brown coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The beer is pretty dark for a barley wine. The taste is sweet, has raisin, hint of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Some carbonation. Full bodied. Disappointing.


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