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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (1045) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2016
17.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours with an oily and syrupy look and a deep, rich, dark brown mahogany hue and very little, thin, tan head that disappears quickly leaving no lace or retention. The aroma is sweet maraschino cherry with a candy raspberry / Chambord aroma. Notes of chocolate and milky, vanilla caramel come through late with a subtle wood, and nutty fudge late. The taste is highly berry sweet with just a medium bitter support. The texture is chewy and viscous with a syrupy feel and a faint, fuzz carbonation. The full body is a blend of warm caramel syrup, maraschino cherry, Chambord, and with an oak touch. A sweet tobacco finish is smooth with molasses and vanilla with a light alcohol warmth. The aftertaste is dry and clean with a resinous and alcohol feel and a hint of sweet dulce de leche.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lownote (427) - USA - JAN 29, 2016
Strong tart red wine aroma. Taste is big and malty. Lots of tart flavor. Thick body. Its... okay? I don’t see the complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3789) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 29, 2016
A deep ruddy brown-black with a bourbon and lactic aroma - a bit of an off aroma. The taste is oaky bourbon tart cherries and chocolate. It reminds me of this chocolate cherry boozy bonbons. Good but not really barleywine like.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (1238) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Tasting at Hackney’s Printers Row. Deep brown with amber highlights. Dried fruits, oxidized sherry, ripe plum, prunes, vanilla, smoke, bourbon. Hot finish with an acidic twang.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3496) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 24 2015; eye: mahogany, semi-opaque, thin sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, molasses, light hops; mouth: roasted barley, molasses, light hops, light alcohol, finale in molasses, medium-full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 24 septembre 2015; œil : acajou, semi-opaque, mince couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, mélasse, léger houblon; bouche : orge torréfiée, mélasse, léger houblon, léger alcool, finale en mélasse, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1483) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Deep brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has wood, vanilla, raisin, some red wine, and bourbon. It has a full body with slick texture and average carbonation. The taste is robust, smokey, and warm with subtle sweetness in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (967) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel and bread. Taste is the same, plus some dark fruits. Really well balanced and delicious. Some nice bourbon barrel character as well. Wow.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Draught at The Blackbird, Vancouver
Brown color, small beige head. Aroma of dark malt and dark fruits, light vanilla. Strong body, sweet; it blends powerful caramel flavor with molasses, toffee, malt, dark fruit, raisins; correct bitterness, comforting alcohol warmth in the final.
Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (2326) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
Donkere roodbruine kleur met een kleine kraag. Ruikt vol zoetig, vanille, crème, spijs. Smaakt vol, vanille zoetig, crème, tikkeltje bitter. Volle smaak.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (2243) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
Donker rood bruin bier met een kleine beige schuim kraag. Ruikt vanille, rood fruit. Smaakt volle bak vanille, rood fruit, erg zoet, lichte alcohol smaak.


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