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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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.


HonusWagner's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bourbon, a light fruity sweetness,some caramel. Basically your stock very good but not yet world beating BBBW.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (741) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Tap at Happy Gnome. Deep brown with a foamy light brown head. Vanilla, fig, natural maple syrup, oatmeal, molasses and a little bourbon. Syrupy sweetness with a woody dry finish. Body is heavier with a syrupy feel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (352) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
2014 on tap at ale mary’s 1 year anniversary. Toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel and strawberry and bug raisin. Appears like coffee with some foam. Tastes of big toffee with raisin and port wine. Palate is ordinary, a little flat. Overall, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (685) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Tap. 2014. Black. Tan foam. Nose is mild raisin and date sweetness tempered by bready malt. Very syrupy body. Bourbon sweetness tempers the usual raisin characteristics of barleywines. A chocolatey sharpness offsets the sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2392) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle at blåbær release 2015. Dark body small head. Barley, dark fruit, raisins, oak, vanilla notes, smokey notes. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (404) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
Bière dégustée en fût. D’un brun très foncé, presque noir et aux reflets roux et caramélisés rappelant un vieux scotch, cette bière illustre bien ce que j’aime appeler ’’un abus de style’’. Il suffit d’imaginer une impériale BarleyWine, vieillie très longtemps en fût de bourbon. Les arômes tirent fortement du côté de l’alcool malgré une belle présence de caramel, de cassonade, de sucre d’orge vanillé. Les arômes sont cependant plus discrètes que les saveurs et le mouthfeel qui sont bien plus saturés (une telle chose est-elle vraiment possible?). Saveurs de bourbon poussées à l’extrême dans un vieux grenier où sont entreposés des milliers de sacs de grain mouillés. Une quantité de malts comme on en rencontre rarement, du tonneau de bois, de l’alcool à profusion (je me répète)... Très longue en bouche, beaucoup trop puissante pour mon palais, à mon avis déséquilibrée (une pointe d’amertume aurait été la bienvenue ici). Peut-on encore appeler ce truc une bière?

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1407) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Dark brown. Woody. "This is pretty solid"....raisens...I want this with pancakes. Maple finish to it. Tasted at chris’ ultimate bottle share.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (106) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Chewy medium heavy mouth feel Light brown shag carlet head over tar black body Poured in a snifter from 2013 Vintage bottle Pays to cellar in the resulting age is ripe with sweet chocolate notes that blend well with the bourbon, molasses, & subdued cherry

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smells heavily of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and sugar. Low carbonation with a natural fizz. Taste is bourbon, alcohol, raisins, sweet caramel, and vanilla with an aftertaste of about 8-14 seconds. There is a bit of an alcohol bite.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, brown sugar and bourbon. Caramel and toffee flavor along with malt and some brown sugar. Light hop flavor with some oak before a bourbon finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Deep, muddy reddish brown pour with a thin light tan head. Full nose of dried fruit and bourbon. Same in the flavor, albeit a bit more boozy. Viscous and rich.


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