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RATINGS: 520   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 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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1285) - 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 can’t just get anywhere. No dirty butt here! Maybe a little prune though?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2692) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2014
On tap at The Old Toad. Pours clear and deep brown with a small off-white head and lace. Aroma of roasted, chocolate, wood,vanilla and bourbon. Very sweet flavor that ends with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, creamy to syrupy textute and not much carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (788) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Aroma- grape, vanilla, fig, leather. Taste- bourbon, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, leather, fig, plum, wet sticky pipe tobacco. finish- long and boozy. A powerful, indulgent, sexy beer the likes of which I have never had before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Dark beer with a thin brown head. Enticing buttery bourbon barrel and over ripe fruit nose. This is a great use of a barrel to enhance a very flavorful Barleywine. Densely layered dried fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, melted caramel, and a hint of leather and charred peat. This is a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressboxjoe (210) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2014
12 oz bottle into snifter. I had this one time this year on tap, served cold. This is more like 60 degrees, and oh! That is such a better temp. Black, oily, ring of head only, a slosh leaves plenty of rapidly dissipating tan bubbles. Typical funky barleywine aromas with charred wood and a hint of vanilla bourbon. Flavor blue-black-raspberry, tart grapes, very cherry, tons of bourbon and plenty of vanilla. Bit hotter than the stout. Delicious. I think I’d drink this beer room temp before I drank it ice cold again. Sweet, with slight bitter coffee aftertaste. I think I’m going to rerate the stout. Both good, but stout better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
On tap at WF, muddy brown with good caramel foam, aroma is sweet caramel and bourbon whiskey, Flavors of malty caramel, chocolate , bourbon, graham crackers, malty finish a little hot

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Dec ’14 Tasting: Poured a brown reddish with a light beige head. Aroma is sticky fruit and bourbon that is very pleasant to the nose. Taste sweet candy malts, bourbon, my teeth chatter and my pants bulge from this goodness in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (402) - - DEC 21, 2014
Really nice. Not like a barleywine. Full, like a porter. Somewhat smokey. Taste is apple, red wine. Nutmeg, spicy. Really nice. In flight with bourbon county stouts, 2013 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdeyoung24 (16) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Not as good as the original or the coffee variant in my opinion. Pours a dark murky brown with a small white head. Nice vanilla and bourbon aroma. A bit heavy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mears (23) - - DEC 20, 2014
Almost better than the original. I had two last year and am trying to find more this year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksoden1186 (2) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014 does not count
For me, this is the perfect ba barleywine. Beautiful in the class. Wonderful aroma. Heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. This might not be quite as great as vanilla rye, but it is still a beautiful incarnation in the BCBS lineup and one of the best you will ever try in the style.

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