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RATINGS: 519   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 (918) - 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (788) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Aroma- grape, vanilla, fig, leather. Taste- bourbon, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, leather, fig, plum, wet sticky pipe tobacco. finish- long and boozy. A powerful, indulgent, sexy beer the likes of which I have never had before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3561) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Dark beer with a thin brown head. Enticing buttery bourbon barrel and over ripe fruit nose. This is a great use of a barrel to enhance a very flavorful Barleywine. Densely layered dried fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, melted caramel, and a hint of leather and charred peat. This is a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (206) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2014
12 oz bottle into snifter. I had this one time this year on tap, served cold. This is more like 60 degrees, and oh! That is such a better temp. Black, oily, ring of head only, a slosh leaves plenty of rapidly dissipating tan bubbles. Typical funky barleywine aromas with charred wood and a hint of vanilla bourbon. Flavor blue-black-raspberry, tart grapes, very cherry, tons of bourbon and plenty of vanilla. Bit hotter than the stout. Delicious. I think Iíd drink this beer room temp before I drank it ice cold again. Sweet, with slight bitter coffee aftertaste. I think Iím going to rerate the stout. Both good, but stout better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
On tap at WF, muddy brown with good caramel foam, aroma is sweet caramel and bourbon whiskey, Flavors of malty caramel, chocolate , bourbon, graham crackers, malty finish a little hot

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Dec í14 Tasting: Poured a brown reddish with a light beige head. Aroma is sticky fruit and bourbon that is very pleasant to the nose. Taste sweet candy malts, bourbon, my teeth chatter and my pants bulge from this goodness in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (402) - - DEC 21, 2014
Really nice. Not like a barleywine. Full, like a porter. Somewhat smokey. Taste is apple, red wine. Nutmeg, spicy. Really nice. In flight with bourbon county stouts, 2013 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdeyoung24 (16) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Not as good as the original or the coffee variant in my opinion. Pours a dark murky brown with a small white head. Nice vanilla and bourbon aroma. A bit heavy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mears (21) - - DEC 20, 2014
Almost better than the original. I had two last year and am trying to find more this year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksoden1186 (2) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014 does not count
For me, this is the perfect ba barleywine. Beautiful in the class. Wonderful aroma. Heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. This might not be quite as great as vanilla rye, but it is still a beautiful incarnation in the BCBS lineup and one of the best you will ever try in the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Sweet aroma. Dark brown to black in color. Sweet taste, lots of caramel flavor. Just the right amount of hops. Sweets caramel finish with a late bitterness. Very good beer and very true to style.

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