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RATINGS: 560   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 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (941) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Served on-tap at Alís 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 isnít 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (443) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
smroush (85) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (365) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tasted from draft at Hunahpu Day. Pours a hazy dark brown with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet. Flavors of bourbon, raisins, plums, figs, dates, caramel, syrup, toffee. Excellent barleywine. Definitely one of the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (954) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle split two ways, from bytemesis. Pour is murky amber with tiny lacings. Nose has tons of bourbon, sweet vanilla, figs and caramel. Taste is alike, bourbon heavy, vanilla fudge, figs, raisins, some light smoke, dates and some caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (377) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2015
On tap at city beer, SF. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, very sweet candied dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, sweet fruits, caramel, slight hop bitterness is really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Enjoyed on tap at Rockwellís in Chicago, IL while having some dinner after an interesting work day. Unfortunately I didnít take tasting notes, but this poured pitch black, moderate thickness, with little to no head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, gives off the quintessential Bourbon County aroma but maybe a little less boozy than I remember (havenít had BCBS in a while). Taste I thought was fantastic, not as fierce at BCBS with more of a dark fruit profile but still packed a punch with rich chocolate and coffee notes. One of the best for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2015
On tap at brass Tap Coral Springs. Pours a dark brown with a strong aroma of oak, bourbon, and dark fruits. Taste is complex, nice bourbon throughout with oak notes, dark fruits, vanilla, and alcohol into the bourbon, warning finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1607) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2015
2014 On tap at Brass Tao, with Audrie and Zach, pours a dark black , derp mahogany brown with a small head. Nose is cherry fruit and oaky. Taste is fruity with deep bourbon and oak. Rich, velvety and smooth. Finishes on the fruity whiskey notes, with a moderately long ending. Great ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (969) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Dark brown color , thin beige head. Aroma of vanilla , dark fruits , hint of alcohol. Malty taste with moderate sweetness and nice bourbon notes. Warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerconnaiseur (163) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2015
Bottled on 17 september 2013 so aged about 18 months. Dark fruit, figs, raisin, vanilla, holy cow (thatís not an aroma, yet)! Slight booze at first but the booze really kicks in and start to grow on you, after a few sips. I catch some peppery hints, more pronounced in the BCBSís, which is far better. Subtle but poignant! Lots of toffee too. Tastes are omni : fig, vanilla, earth, salty aftertaste with kardamon in the finish. Balance, balance, balance. Do prefer the more condensedly flavoured Sucaba from Firestone, but this one is in my top 5 barley wine list.

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