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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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 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.

drewaha's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (675) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (352) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4887) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bnokk (416) - 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 itís open, it smells hotter and hotter. FLAVOR- barleywine with Bourbon overtones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1241) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (736) - 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 Iíve had. Good, had high expectations and it was about what I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dukeandduke (218) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3/4/16 Chicago (Goose Island Tap Room $7 6 oz draft pour into snifter). Thin pitch black pour, thin tan lacing. Bourbon, wine, malt, oak aroma. Sweet taste, wine, bourbon, molasses, cherry. Very smooth texture, extremely easy going down. Excellent offering - Keep them coming Goose Island!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (594) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2016
2015 on draft at Thirty Moose, Portsmouth, NH. Big and boozy, it doesnít really make any attempt at subtlety. But who needs restraint and balance when the end product has so many amplified flavors? The base barleywine is big -- tons of dark fruits and candy with a lot of malty sugar -- and the barrels have that characteristic Bourbon County flavor of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Sure itís overpowering, but thereís something delicious about how decadent this is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. 2015 vintage. Pours a dark brown with almost no head. Aromas of dark woody fruit, leather, roasted malts and dark sugars. Flavors follow same with depth and complexity. Still hot, but wow would like to select this in a couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
2015 bottle poured into a snifter. 3.0 A: Deep deep amber color that looks black unless held to a light. A short fizzy head formed with an aggressive pour and vanished almost immediately leaving no lacing. 4.75 S: Like BCS, the nose is overflowing with bourbon. Leather, brown sugar, molasses, and light smoke. Oak and vanilla. The base offers a thick goopy caramel and toffee backbone. Next comes a bevy of fruits including raisin, fig, date, sugar plums, and black currants (and then more black currants). Despite the strong bourbon, the booze is well hidden. Complex and powerful, everything I want in a Bourbon County beer. 4.5 T: So many potent flavors. Molasses comes out even stronger than the bourbon with black currants and dates almost as powerful. Then caramel, leather, raisin, figs, prunes/plums, toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Woodiness, smoke, and vanilla follow. Itís sticky sweet, perhaps too much so. 4.25 M: Heavy, viscous body. Quite sticky and almost chewy. Moderate carbonation level. Sticky finish with some warming booziness. 4.5 D: Itís insanely complex and powerful, but I feel that itís much stickier than BCS and because of that itís less drinkable. Still, itís a wonderful beer! ★ 1,237 characters DavoleBomb, Dec 19, 2015

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