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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smell of mild bourbon, caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, fresh baked toffee, dark fruits and some mild booziness. Smells great, just gets a little too boozy at the end, some more time should help that out.

T - Starts off with the combo of sweets - Mainly the vanilla, brown sugar and toffee - quickly giving way to a mix of dark fruits, oak and warming bourbon. Finish is still pretty sweet with a smooth hit of warming booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish. The flavors are well integrated and the bourbon isn’t over the top which is nice.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with less alcohol than I was expecting which is always a plus.

O - It is no KH so people can stop with that, it is however a really nice BA barleywine. It has everything I love in a BA Barleywine and it was still fairly easy to finish. I am going to need to get a few bottles of this before its all gone.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, taking a while to finally settle and leaving large chunks of soapy lacing behind. Very inviting aroma with beautiful barrel character that’s perfectly integrated into the barleywine notes of the base beer. Nicely charred oak with subtle dry toothpick as well as some sweet, spicy bourbon, toasted coconut and a silky vanilla bean sweetness. Lots of spirit and barrel but it doesn’t overpower the leathery malts and vinous dark fruit notes of the barleywine. Hints of caramel, toffee and tobacco along with some raisin, plum and fig. Smells amazing and I’m not sure how much it could improve. Full body wih a strong boozy barrel character that’s excellently integrated into the barleywine flavors of the base. Sweet and boozy but not overwhelmingly hot or one-dimensional. The barrel flavors are very strong but the leathery malts and dark fruit sweetness still stand out. Lots of sweet, spicy bourbon along with dry, toasted oak, marshmallow, toasted coconut and vanilla bean. Underneath the barrel, there is some slightly smokey, leathery malt followed by dark fruit and lighter malt sweetness. Leathery tobacco flavor countered by caramel, toffee, hazelnut and very sweet dark fruit notes, notably raisin, fig and plum. The spirit flavor is pretty strong but this beer only has slight heat and subtle warmth in the chest. The high ABV is relatively well masked making this complex and near perfectly balanced beer dangerously drinkable. Excellent! Hard to find fault with a barrel aged barleywine that’s so strong right out of the gate. This should age gracefully and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops over time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (611) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2015 Sample at Rare Day. 2014 vintage. Aroma is wonderful, bourbon, smooth, sweet, nice malt, nice. Appearance is dark ruby brown, light brown head. Taste is unbelievable, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, malt, barrel, complex and wonderful. Mouthfeel is thick, medium carbonation and yes. Overall, one of the best barleywines available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1381) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Deep dark brown pour with a thin khaki head that fades to nothing. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is brown sugar, vannila, bourbon, and oak. On the the sweet side with a little alcohol heat. Slick full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kvv104 (33) - - NOV 8, 2015
Draft pours darkish brown, no head. Smells a bit of liquorice chocolate. Taste great for a barly wine. Not heavy on the alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holmen1 (3900) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2015
Kveldens (og turens) siste øl med Steven, en avslutning som ikke kunne vært bedre. Brunsvart med et rødlig mahognyskjær. Kort skum. Intens og kompleks aroma og smak, med bjørnebær, solbær, vanilje, markjordbær, litt kaffe og portvin. For hver ny munnfull kjenner vi flere nyanser. Selv om den er søt har den et tørt preg i avslutningen so gjør at vi mer enn gjerne tar en ny slurk. Glasset ble fort tomt...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cimbasso (483) - - OCT 29, 2015
Sampled from a bottle (thanks Steve Shires!). Dark brown with a foaming tan head. Aromas of dark fruit and chocolate. A very rich and complex taste with blackberry, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, milky coffee and Demerara sugar all present. Very nuanced and rich. Really good mouth-filling sensation. An exceptionally fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (9303) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle sample at Ariel’s farewell tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Tom L. 2014 bottle. 12.3%. Very dark brown with a tan head. head. Aroma of bourbon, oxidation, caramel, some dark fruits. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, bourbon, cookies, vanilla, some oxidation, dark fruits, and a boozy touch. Full-bodied. Very good, but I expected even more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (500) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours burnt brown with zero head. Caramel and brown sugar aroma with a hint of booziness. Sweet brown sugar flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Clear dark red brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of malts, vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel. Sweet flavour, quite fruity, bourbon, loads of vanilla. Finish caramel, malts, bourbon. Nice!
(from 33cL bottle shared @ Cat’s place. From trade via Eugene. Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
Dark brown and fizzy, higher carb than expected.aroma is oak, vanilla, dark fruits. incredible caramel and boozy heat, barrel and fruit are very strong. amazing!

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