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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip. A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Practically no head is formed - there isnít even much of a collar. The íheadí is off-white color, I guess. It doesnít look like much at all, but given what this beer is, itís a moot point. S: And right before, sweet bourbon character hits the nostrils immediately. Vanilla, coconut, oak; you name it, itís here. Here, itís backed by a wonderful dark fruit aroma and (slightly) lesser chocolate notes. This smells like it will be one of the best dessert beers ever. T: Holy frig. The opening flavors are heavy in vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. But that finish...dear lord, dat finish - what a vibrant explosion of dark fruit goodness. The finish becomes more caramel-forward as it gradually opens up. Thereís a slight booze note post-swallow and itís hardly a distraction. Some slight barrel comes through here, too. This brew has a lot to offer in terms of complexity and flavor, with everything easily distinct yet harmonious and well balanced (if rather sweet - hey, itís a barleywine). In many ways, itís even better than regular BCBS. M: The secret here is how much smoother it is than most in the style. Even with a faint alcoholic bite, itís wonderfully soft yet with a cake-like density. It goes down as easily as a 12% barrel-aged monster can go down. O: Iíve had a few barrel-aged barleywines before (Sucaba and Insanity spring to mind), but this is so far above those two itís not even funny. Everything here is brilliantly defined without being moronic. Best barleywine Iíve ever had? More like one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Curse you, InBev.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (487) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours burnt brown with zero head. Caramel and brown sugar aroma with a hint of booziness. Sweet brown sugar flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4081) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
Clear dark red brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of malts, vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel. Sweet flavour, quite fruity, bourbon, loads of vanilla. Finish caramel, malts, bourbon. Nice!
(from 33cL bottle shared @ Catís place. From trade via Eugene. Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (1207) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
Dark brown and fizzy, higher carb than expected.aroma is oak, vanilla, dark fruits. incredible caramel and boozy heat, barrel and fruit are very strong. amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (231) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Bottled 9/18/14, aged one year. Very good. Very pleasing oddly bourbon aroma. Deep brown pour with minimal head and no lacing. Super smooth and full body. Taste is perfectly done at this point. Complex and delicious. Well definitely age these going forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1773) - Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Tap - average size foamy head, very dark Amber/brown color, sweet complex malt aroma and flavor, fair alcohol notes, vanilla smoothes it all out in the finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rejtable (1860) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Tap at churchkey. Soooo good. Pours dark brown with lots of frothy tan lacing and head. Nose is big alcohol bomb with syrup and leather. Notes of leather, toffee, some vanilla dark fruit, nutty. Taste huge sweet med bitter. Full creamy body with light carbonation. Crazy good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTan (1042) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2015
(Thanks Josh, "StFun") Bottle. A- Dark cherries, bourbon, oak, vanilla. A- Dark brown color, clear liquid, minimal dark tan head. T- Cherries, dark fruits, raisin, subtle vanilla, bourbon, oak, apples, brown sugar. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy complex finish. O- My 800th rating and this one had a year of age on it. was tempted to keep it as it says it develops for up to 5 years but I couldnít help myself. Oh my sweet cherry pie was this loaded down with dark cherries and boozy as hell. I suppose this is about as good of a barleywine as one could get. Very complex and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zchall23 (12) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Itís no King Henry, but I do love this beer. The BCBS comes in well to compliment this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (791) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Tap at Happy Gnome. Deep brown with a foamy light brown head. Vanilla, fig, natural maple syrup, oatmeal, molasses and a little bourbon. Syrupy sweetness with a woody dry finish. Body is heavier with a syrupy feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (372) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
2014 on tap at ale maryís 1 year anniversary. Toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel and strawberry and bug raisin. Appears like coffee with some foam. Tastes of big toffee with raisin and port wine. Palate is ordinary, a little flat. Overall, very good.

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