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RATINGS: 459   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 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4481) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra#2. Small 10cl sample. The aroma is pretty weak. Dark brown coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The beer is pretty dark for a barley wine. The taste is sweet, has raisin, hint of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Some carbonation. Full bodied. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2561) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear and deep brown with a small, lacing, off-white head. Aroma of roasted, chocolate, wood,vanilla and bourbon. Very sweet lavor that ends upmore dry with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, creamy to syrupy textute and flat carbonation. A world class brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1064) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle pour at a Damico tasting. Pours a hazy amber brown color with light tan soapy head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Sweet creamy toffee, caramel taste. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours unclear thick burnt candy apple amber with a beige head. Aroma brings a delicious caramel bar enhanced by sweet and smooth malts. Flavor brings sweet candy malts, not too sweet by any means, and a smooth creamy body with notes of toffee/caramel. So so delicious whether fresh or 11 months old.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1328) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
On draught at ABV Public House. Clear deep amber brown color. Aroma is boozy bourbon, flambť caramel, stickey toffee, and oak. Taste is bittersweet citrus, plum, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, oak, and bourbon. A great barleywine with some sweet components that push it over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (710) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle shared by Douglas. Thanks! A: Dark mahogany with a thin creme head. N: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut, char, toffee, some cocoa and coffee. Raisin, prune, licorice, and anise. T: Good, non-cloying sweetness. No real bitterness to speak of. M: Thicker body, oily, sticks a little. O: Really nice, to the point Iím almost surprised. Calm, lacking in alcohol, one of the better barleywines Iíve had, even with the stout outlines.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (335) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On tap. Dark dark pour with just the slightest head. Aroma and taste of bourbon and dark fruits, sweet, some alcohol. Very very smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (188) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Coconut, whiskey, prunes and grapes in the aromas. Beautiful deep purple or ruby color. Taste is bourbon barrel but not as strong as BCBS this incorporates it well. Port and dried fruits follow. Long coconut and vanilla on the finish. A little bubbly, would have liked a but less. Very well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diabeasty (4) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
Dark brown in appearance with minimal head. Sweet sweet smell of burbon, vanilla, coconut, malt and a taste to match that only improves as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (13803) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle @ Odense Get Together Short Notice, August-14. Pours dark brown with a small creamy head. Massive coconut, bounty bar, vanilla and thick caramel. Vinous and woody. Slick and warming. Really really delicious :-)

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