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Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndresTM (338) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2014 bottle. A burst of dark fruits comes free once you crack the bottle open: prunes, dates, figs, dried cherries, raisins, milk-chocolate pralines, burnt caramel, molasses, some brandy, honey, and oaky undertones throughout. Sweet Jesus on a pogo stick, it’s almost too much. The alcohol becomes a part of the conversation as you’re halfway through the glass. The mouthfeel is good and stiff, with a thick body and prickly fizz. The taste is bitter and sweet, scattering into fruity and woody flavors for a slightly bitter, moderately sweet, woody-tart finish. No other aspect of the beer stands up to the endlessly rich nose; even then, it is a butt-spankingly incredible beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (712) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a short tan head and lacing. The aroma is toasted malt, rich chocolate, some coffee, and lots of bourbon. The flavor is rich malt and chocolate throughout with a sweet malt backbone and bitter finish and nice coffee and chocolate aftertaste, all over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1885) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
February 21, 2015. Bottle at home, bottle september 17. 2013.
Murky brown with a small tan ring. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, dark fruits, alcohol and light apple notes. Taste is medium sweet, with caramel, dried fruits alcohol, bourbon, apples, light bitter roasted notes. Finish is sweet bourbon, caramel, dark sugar and alcohol. Medium bodied, small bubble carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Dark ruby brown in color thin tan head. Thick aroma and flavor. Lots of bourbon comes off in aroma and flavor. This is a sipper and will kick you hard if you drink fast.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (5229) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at City Beer SF. A biy hazy brownish/amber with a small head. Aroma of toffee, malt, dried fruit, oak and some portwine. Similar taste. Vinous and a nice one to sip. Low carbonation and with a thick mouthfeel. Some warming alcohol in the finish. A very nice Barley Wine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FestDecBeet (327) - - FEB 9, 2015
Look: pours a very dark brown. Dark brown head with tints of red. Not easy to see through. Smell: heavy malt. Chocolate. Bourbon. Vanilla. Sweep syrup. Taste: chocolate. Bourbon. Vanilla. Extremely sweet. Feel: very thick mouth feel. Medium low carbonation. Very smooth. Sweet on the front end but dry onstage back. Leaves a thick oily film in the mouth. Overall: great beer. Tastes and feels more like a stout than a barleywine. First drank: home 2/9/15 Vintage: 2014

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1159) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
beige head leaves some lacing. brown red colour. aroma is boozy and vanilla. taste is sweet, caramel, boozy, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and aftertaste is bitter sweet. dense mouthfeel, rather soft carbonation. very nice balance! bottle / 2014 version

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whatup14 (860) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Bouteille 355ml, 2013, gracieuseté de BiereFroide, merci Yannick. Couleur acajou foncé opaque, mousse beige foncée fuyante. Arôme de malt grillé, pacane, bourbon, boisé, alcool. Goût de malt, chocolat, bourbon, boisé, chaleur d’alcool, sucré, cassonade. Carbonatation moyenne, corps dense, collante.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tykechandler (319) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
e303 (147) - - FEB 1, 2015
2014 bottle to snifter. This magnificent bastard pours a very dark, very brown ruby with a very small mocha foam head. Like an overpriced latte color. It looks great. The aroma is big on everything. Big malt, big booze, big vanilla, big fruit, big! The taste is as balanced as could be. The base barley wine is present and accounted for and has a really nice malt character. The aging process gave this some nice hints of chocolate and roast from the stout and vanilla and tobacco and wood and booze from the bourbon. It finishes thick and has a good level of carbonation that leaves you wanting more. This is damn good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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