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RATINGS: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a darkish brown ruby. Absolutely no head. Smells of fig and prunes. Very subtle hint of bourbon. Palate has more carbonation than I would have expected. Taste is dark fruit and syrupy sweet. Great after dinner drink. Alcohol is present but not terribly so. Well done but not as good as the stout.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1150) - Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Pours murky dark brown with a small tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruits and toffee. Taste is caramel, dark fruit, like figs, and alcohol. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine finishes with a lingering woody, bourbon heat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (3392) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016
Rating 3000, shared at THT. Deep mahogany with short lasting beige head. Strong red wine, sherry, sour red berries, bourbon, vanilla, soft herbs, quite some alcohol. Over medium sweet, under medium sour and bitter. Full bodied. Obviously infected, but it’s not that bad. Could have been sold as red wine barrel aged. Not great though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1290) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016
Sampled at THT June tasting. Possibly infected bottle. Dark ruby pour with no carbonation. Smells like red wine, caramel, chocolate, coffee. The taste is quite sour for a barleywine, with notes of red wine, sherry, port, coffee, chocolate. Not bad for an infected beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4610) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2016
(Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter. Vintage 2013, ABV 12.1% Dark brown colour on the body, hazy and murky. Minimal brown head on top, with low retention. Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, vanilla, light liquorice, molasses, bourbon. Taste has even more bourbon, light caramel, dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, plenty of alcohol, ripe pears. Medium body with soft carbonation, sticky on the palate with a smooth texture. Nice, very easy to drink in spite of its high ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (724) - GERMANY - MAY 23, 2016
Bourbon County Barley Wine 2014 Pours a dark brown color with glowing ember hints, woven into the beers appearance, which comes along with almost no head at all. It produces a small, bubbly ring of lacing, revealing alcohol legs after swirling. Smells of bright, sugar coated malts and boozy, ripe plums. Bakers chocolate blends into molasses and a warming oak quality. Roasted walnut shell compliments dried, scented wood and sun burned earth. Has a pleasantly low carbonation, while featuring a decadent huge, sweet body, defined by sweet malts together with a spicy, oaken dryness. Does not have the thick, creamy mouthfeel the regular version provides, although it offers a pleasant silkness on the tongue. Tastes of soft earth, hazelnuts, toasted malts and melted caramel among dried, sweet plums. Creates a pleasant sweetness of milk chocolate, wild honey, rock sugar and licorice, finding its balance in the dry, spicy Boubon barrel. Finishes with caramel, fudge and more molasses and a pleasant, boozy dryness, with a nice, bubbly refreshment from the carbonation, preventing the beer from becoming cloyingly sweet. Comes very well together, its prominent, taste defining sweeter qualities find their balance in the perfect nuanced Bourbon barrel, which provides enough body to the malts to make this interesting till the last sip.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (391) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2016
On tap at the ChurchKey, DC. A dark Mahogany body with a light tan head. A sumptuous nose includes bourbon, chocolate, berries and some acidity. The taste is intense, again featuring bourbon warmth and dark berries. Other elements include cherries, chocolate, caramel, some bitterness and acidity. The acidity plays well against the rich sweet elements.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours a kind of flat murky brown color. Aromas of malt and tons of bourbon. Flavors of light hops, malt, bourbon with an almost cask like quality.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bnokk (447) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2016
2014 in 2016 - APPEARANCE- Super dark amber color. No head of carbonation. NOSE- originally smelled a bit sweet barleywine, but the longer it’s open, it smells hotter and hotter. FLAVOR- barleywine with Bourbon overtones.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1284) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2016
On tap @ Beer Junction. Pours dark almost opaque mahogany with medium dark cream colored head that fades to a thin oily rim. Aroma is big sweet boozy toasted dark caramel malt, oak, molasses, soy sauce, bourbon, port. Taste is largely similar; vanilla, raisin, and dark fruit notes are more prominent here. Fairly thin mouthfeel, though it does open up into richness as it warms. I found this less boozy than regular BCBS. Great sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (748) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
On tap at Fatpour Chicago (2015 variant I believe). Pours cloudy muddy ruddy brown. Flavor is slightly smoky and dry with some vanilla bourbon flavors. More dry and pronounced than most bourbon beers I’ve had. Good, had high expectations and it was about what I expected.


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