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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Pours black and beautiful, with a full tan head. My first thought was "This isnít barley wine, this is a stout! Bourbon/oak aroma is fairly forward here, with some vanilla and a light smoke. Smells pretty darn sweet. Flavor is, yes, sweet, with yet more vanilla, oak, tobacco, and a very light touch of hops in the finish. Definitely has some alcohol warmth, no doubt about that. Very good. Curious to see what itíll be like in 6 months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2595) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle, dated 17SEP13. Dark brown pour with a thin brown head that quickly leaves only a thin ring. Thick malty aroma with bourbon and oak is very inviting. A sweet flavor, rich in malt and faded floral hops. A little more bourbon and oak, some cocoa. Complexity at its simplest. Finishes a little flat, but not in a bad way. Iíll look forward to having this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2014
From notes. Draft to plastic cup at Migration event. Pours coffee black with a tan head. Amazing aroma of booze and raisins and chocolate and coffee. Flavor follows, also earthy moss, burnt caramel. Dark chocolate and bourbon in the finish. Tasty, but not quite as tasty as it smells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones (5669) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. Awesome beer, fuller bodied pour. rich toffee maltiness, vanilla & oak notes. Bourbon adds a phemonal dimension. rich & delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1498) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Had this at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours jet black. Prunes and plums and on the nose. Some coffee. Somewhat sweet and some burnt caramel flavors. Slightly thick. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Atom (1304) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a small yellowish tan head. Aroma is very much like BCBS with the Bourbon and oak with dark fruits, dates, and brown sugar. Much like the stout with a lighter body, well rounded Bourbon and oak presence, sweet brown sugar and dried dates, caramel, vanilla, slight dry tobacco on the finish. Perfectly balanced, sweet but not overly, quite drinkable. Awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2289) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Amber pour with an orange hue and a thin creamy khaki to tan head ... Aroma of light bourbon, vanilla and a nutty roasted ness .....taste is of light bourbon, vanilla, oak and a nice dark fruit/nutty flavor, light roasted malts, caramel malts and a nice smoothness to it .... Finish is dry and nutty roasted with vanilla ... Well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (359) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Draft! Aroma is heavy bourbon with some faint barley wine. Appearance is way dark brown with little tan head. Taste is bourbon heavy. Almost hard to taste any beer, but still good. Palate is boozy. Overall, a good barrel ahead beer... It is just kind hard to tell what kind of beer it is. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (274) - - JUL 12, 2014
Shared a bottle with Thijs 11-7-2014. Awesome beer. Starts with the typical Bourbon County spiritus-like smell, which is very penetrating. Taste is like the normal bourbon county at first. Very balanced and hints of coco. However, continues with rich sweetness, which is good. The taste reminded me of blackberries. However, the sweetness is slightly less expressive and compelling than the normal bourbon county, in my opinion. Still a very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
novice101 (298) - - JUL 10, 2014
Wow this beer is glorious it taste like caramel. vanilla and oak. loads and loads of sweetness with a slight alcohol finish, this beer is glorious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Complex aroma. Dried fruits, dark brown sugar, vanilla, light bourbon. The flavor is complex as well, changing as it warms. All good. Best AB-InBev I think Iíve had.

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