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RATINGS: 566   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 thats 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (949) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Served on-tap at Als 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 isnt 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1883) - Ghent, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Dark brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet aroma with notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and honey. Very sweet but balanced. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pepsican (1486) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2015
Cola with an off white head. Rich vanilla, banana, raisin, alcohol, macedamia nutes. Sweet. Very sweet. Brown sugar. Has oxidized sherry notes. Chewy. Ok dessert bier I guess but eh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (6060) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
Bottle from my secret santa. Bottled 24.9.13. Pours almost clear deep dark brown with a small creamy tanned head.Aroma of sweet caramel malts, loaded with toffee as well. Smooth mouthfeel.Taste is sweet caramel and vanilla with weak burning bourbon on top, pleasant one to enjoy in small amounts, even better with a full bottle mind.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxifunk777 (9) - California, USA - APR 10, 2015 does not count
Better than I anticipated great taste great color. I highly recommend this beer. My first goose island I now understand the hype.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (708) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle 12 oz dated 9 18 14, thanks dean. Pours a beauty of a tar brown, thick and deep. Faint lacing, no lasting head, gone in a flash. Aroma of booze, bourbon, rice, malts, did, dark fruits. Taste of booze, bourbon, raisin, sweet cherry, malty goodness in the thick and valuptouas dark fig malt bomb that possess this beast. 12.2% and you feel it, but slides down smooth and enjoyable. Perfect easter start while listening to phish 4 5 98 island tour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (535) - New York, USA - APR 3, 2015
bottle dated 9/18/14..burgundy pour with thin off-white head..aroma of booze,caramel,dark fruits,molasses,brown sugar..boozy,malty,syrupy..good..but overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (446) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
smroush (96) - 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).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (372) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (979) - 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.


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