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RATINGS: 586   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 that’s 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.

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 isn’t even much of a collar. The ’head’ is off-white color, I guess. It doesn’t look like much at all, but given what this beer is, it’s a moot point. S: And right before, sweet bourbon character hits the nostrils immediately. Vanilla, coconut, oak; you name it, it’s here. Here, it’s 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. There’s a slight booze note post-swallow and it’s 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, it’s a barleywine). In many ways, it’s 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, it’s wonderfully soft yet with a cake-like density. It goes down as easily as a 12% barrel-aged monster can go down. O: I’ve had a few barrel-aged barleywines before (Sucaba and Insanity spring to mind), but this is so far above those two it’s not even funny. Everything here is brilliantly defined without being moronic. Best barleywine I’ve ever had? More like one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Curse you, InBev.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTan (982) - 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 couldn’t 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
It’s 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 (766) - 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 (368) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
2014 on tap at ale mary’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (718) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Tap. 2014. Black. Tan foam. Nose is mild raisin and date sweetness tempered by bready malt. Very syrupy body. Bourbon sweetness tempers the usual raisin characteristics of barleywines. A chocolatey sharpness offsets the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2418) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle at blåbær release 2015. Dark body small head. Barley, dark fruit, raisins, oak, vanilla notes, smokey notes. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (486) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
Bière dégustée en fût. D’un brun très foncé, presque noir et aux reflets roux et caramélisés rappelant un vieux scotch, cette bière illustre bien ce que j’aime appeler ’’un abus de style’’. Il suffit d’imaginer une impériale BarleyWine, vieillie très longtemps en fût de bourbon. Les arômes tirent fortement du côté de l’alcool malgré une belle présence de caramel, de cassonade, de sucre d’orge vanillé. Les arômes sont cependant plus discrètes que les saveurs et le mouthfeel qui sont bien plus saturés (une telle chose est-elle vraiment possible?). Saveurs de bourbon poussées à l’extrême dans un vieux grenier où sont entreposés des milliers de sacs de grain mouillés. Une quantité de malts comme on en rencontre rarement, du tonneau de bois, de l’alcool à profusion (je me répète)... Très longue en bouche, beaucoup trop puissante pour mon palais, à mon avis déséquilibrée (une pointe d’amertume aurait été la bienvenue ici). Peut-on encore appeler ce truc une bière?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1440) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Dark brown. Woody. "This is pretty solid"....raisens...I want this with pancakes. Maple finish to it. Tasted at chris’ ultimate bottle share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (107) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Chewy medium heavy mouth feel Light brown shag carlet head over tar black body Poured in a snifter from 2013 Vintage bottle Pays to cellar in the resulting age is ripe with sweet chocolate notes that blend well with the bourbon, molasses, & subdued cherry

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (651) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smells heavily of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and sugar. Low carbonation with a natural fizz. Taste is bourbon, alcohol, raisins, sweet caramel, and vanilla with an aftertaste of about 8-14 seconds. There is a bit of an alcohol bite.

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