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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
You know how you love your Grandpa and he loves you. It is warm and inviting, sweet, special something you canít just get anywhere. No dirty butt here! Maybe a little prune though?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (365) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tasted from draft at Hunahpu Day. Pours a hazy dark brown with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet. Flavors of bourbon, raisins, plums, figs, dates, caramel, syrup, toffee. Excellent barleywine. Definitely one of the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (931) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle split two ways, from bytemesis. Pour is murky amber with tiny lacings. Nose has tons of bourbon, sweet vanilla, figs and caramel. Taste is alike, bourbon heavy, vanilla fudge, figs, raisins, some light smoke, dates and some caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (372) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2015
On tap at city beer, SF. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, very sweet candied dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, sweet fruits, caramel, slight hop bitterness is really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Enjoyed on tap at Rockwellís in Chicago, IL while having some dinner after an interesting work day. Unfortunately I didnít take tasting notes, but this poured pitch black, moderate thickness, with little to no head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, gives off the quintessential Bourbon County aroma but maybe a little less boozy than I remember (havenít had BCBS in a while). Taste I thought was fantastic, not as fierce at BCBS with more of a dark fruit profile but still packed a punch with rich chocolate and coffee notes. One of the best for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2015
On tap at brass Tap Coral Springs. Pours a dark brown with a strong aroma of oak, bourbon, and dark fruits. Taste is complex, nice bourbon throughout with oak notes, dark fruits, vanilla, and alcohol into the bourbon, warning finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1605) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2015
2014 On tap at Brass Tao, with Audrie and Zach, pours a dark black , derp mahogany brown with a small head. Nose is cherry fruit and oaky. Taste is fruity with deep bourbon and oak. Rich, velvety and smooth. Finishes on the fruity whiskey notes, with a moderately long ending. Great ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (967) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Dark brown color , thin beige head. Aroma of vanilla , dark fruits , hint of alcohol. Malty taste with moderate sweetness and nice bourbon notes. Warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerconnaiseur (161) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2015
Bottled on 17 september 2013 so aged about 18 months. Dark fruit, figs, raisin, vanilla, holy cow (thatís not an aroma, yet)! Slight booze at first but the booze really kicks in and start to grow on you, after a few sips. I catch some peppery hints, more pronounced in the BCBSís, which is far better. Subtle but poignant! Lots of toffee too. Tastes are omni : fig, vanilla, earth, salty aftertaste with kardamon in the finish. Balance, balance, balance. Do prefer the more condensedly flavoured Sucaba from Firestone, but this one is in my top 5 barley wine list.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndresTM (343) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2014 bottle. A burst of dark fruits comes free once you crack the bottle open: prunes, dates, figs, dried cherries, raisins, milk-chocolate pralines, burnt caramel, molasses, some brandy, honey, and oaky undertones throughout. Sweet Jesus on a pogo stick, itís almost too much. The alcohol becomes a part of the conversation as youíre halfway through the glass. The mouthfeel is good and stiff, with a thick body and prickly fizz. The taste is bitter and sweet, scattering into fruity and woody flavors for a slightly bitter, moderately sweet, woody-tart finish. No other aspect of the beer stands up to the endlessly rich nose; even then, it is a butt-spankingly incredible beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (728) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a short tan head and lacing. The aroma is toasted malt, rich chocolate, some coffee, and lots of bourbon. The flavor is rich malt and chocolate throughout with a sweet malt backbone and bitter finish and nice coffee and chocolate aftertaste, all over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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