orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jc1762 (611) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 tap into a snifter showing dark caramel with translucent rims and sparse foam.
The nose shows a lot of sweet caramel and vanilla with a light bourbon background.
The palate is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Sweet caramel and sugar cane immediately show with a light alcohol spice. Bourbon smokiness upon the finish and linger. A bit too sweet for my tastes but great with food.
SPDickerman (1152) - Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours murky dark brown with a small tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruits and toffee. Taste is caramel, dark fruit, like figs, and alcohol. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine finishes with a lingering woody, bourbon heat.
Maakun (3397) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating 3000, shared at THT. Deep mahogany with short lasting beige head. Strong red wine, sherry, sour red berries, bourbon, vanilla, soft herbs, quite some alcohol. Over medium sweet, under medium sour and bitter. Full bodied. Obviously infected, but itís not that bad. Could have been sold as red wine barrel aged. Not great though.
mariuspoenari (1291) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at THT June tasting. Possibly infected bottle. Dark ruby pour with no carbonation. Smells like red wine, caramel, chocolate, coffee. The taste is quite sour for a barleywine, with notes of red wine, sherry, port, coffee, chocolate. Not bad for an infected beer.
Douberd (4630) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter. Vintage 2013, ABV 12.1%
Dark brown colour on the body, hazy and murky. Minimal brown head on top, with low retention.
Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, vanilla, light liquorice, molasses, bourbon.
Taste has even more bourbon, light caramel, dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, plenty of alcohol, ripe pears.
Medium body with soft carbonation, sticky on the palate with a smooth texture.
Nice, very easy to drink in spite of its high ABV.
aleigator (735) - GERMANY - MAY 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bourbon County Barley Wine 2014
Pours a dark brown color with glowing ember hints, woven into the beers appearance, which comes along with almost no head at all. It produces a small, bubbly ring of lacing, revealing alcohol legs after swirling.
Smells of bright, sugar coated malts and boozy, ripe plums. Bakers chocolate blends into molasses and a warming oak quality. Roasted walnut shell compliments dried, scented wood and sun burned earth.
Has a pleasantly low carbonation, while featuring a decadent huge, sweet body, defined by sweet malts together with a spicy, oaken dryness. Does not have the thick, creamy mouthfeel the regular version provides, although it offers a pleasant silkness on the tongue.
Tastes of soft earth, hazelnuts, toasted malts and melted caramel among dried, sweet plums. Creates a pleasant sweetness of milk chocolate, wild honey, rock sugar and licorice, finding its balance in the dry, spicy Boubon barrel. Finishes with caramel, fudge and more molasses and a pleasant, boozy dryness, with a nice, bubbly refreshment from the carbonation, preventing the beer from becoming cloyingly sweet.
Comes very well together, its prominent, taste defining sweeter qualities find their balance in the perfect nuanced Bourbon barrel, which provides enough body to the malts to make this interesting till the last sip.
Gluepot (391) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the ChurchKey, DC. A dark Mahogany body with a light tan head. A sumptuous nose includes bourbon, chocolate, berries and some acidity. The taste is intense, again featuring bourbon warmth and dark berries. Other elements include cherries, chocolate, caramel, some bitterness and acidity. The acidity plays well against the rich sweet elements.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a kind of flat murky brown color. Aromas of malt and tons of bourbon. Flavors of light hops, malt, bourbon with an almost cask like quality.
bnokk (447) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 in 2016 - APPEARANCE-
Super dark amber color. No head of carbonation.
NOSE- originally smelled a bit sweet barleywine, but the longer itís open, it smells hotter and hotter.
FLAVOR- barleywine with Bourbon overtones.
ACHops (1286) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Beer Junction. Pours dark almost opaque mahogany with medium dark cream colored head that fades to a thin oily rim. Aroma is big sweet boozy toasted dark caramel malt, oak, molasses, soy sauce, bourbon, port. Taste is largely similar; vanilla, raisin, and dark fruit notes are more prominent here. Fairly thin mouthfeel, though it does open up into richness as it warms. I found this less boozy than regular BCBS. Great sipper.