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Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

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RATINGS: 460   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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Duhast500 (413) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Had this at Stevie D’s 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 beer’s 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 you’ll be enjoying it even after the beer is gone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4482) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2563) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear and deep brown with a small, lacing, off-white head. Aroma of roasted, chocolate, wood,vanilla and bourbon. Very sweet lavor that ends upmore dry with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, creamy to syrupy textute and flat carbonation. A world class brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1064) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle pour at a Damico tasting. Pours a hazy amber brown color with light tan soapy head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Sweet creamy toffee, caramel taste. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours unclear thick burnt candy apple amber with a beige head. Aroma brings a delicious caramel bar enhanced by sweet and smooth malts. Flavor brings sweet candy malts, not too sweet by any means, and a smooth creamy body with notes of toffee/caramel. So so delicious whether fresh or 11 months old.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1328) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
On draught at ABV Public House. Clear deep amber brown color. Aroma is boozy bourbon, flambé caramel, stickey toffee, and oak. Taste is bittersweet citrus, plum, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, oak, and bourbon. A great barleywine with some sweet components that push it over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (710) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle shared by Douglas. Thanks! A: Dark mahogany with a thin creme head. N: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut, char, toffee, some cocoa and coffee. Raisin, prune, licorice, and anise. T: Good, non-cloying sweetness. No real bitterness to speak of. M: Thicker body, oily, sticks a little. O: Really nice, to the point I’m almost surprised. Calm, lacking in alcohol, one of the better barleywines I’ve had, even with the stout outlines.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (335) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On tap. Dark dark pour with just the slightest head. Aroma and taste of bourbon and dark fruits, sweet, some alcohol. Very very smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (188) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Coconut, whiskey, prunes and grapes in the aromas. Beautiful deep purple or ruby color. Taste is bourbon barrel but not as strong as BCBS this incorporates it well. Port and dried fruits follow. Long coconut and vanilla on the finish. A little bubbly, would have liked a but less. Very well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diabeasty (4) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
Dark brown in appearance with minimal head. Sweet sweet smell of burbon, vanilla, coconut, malt and a taste to match that only improves as it warms.

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