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Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 382   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (9430) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. An extra from a trade with BeerBob26. Huge thanks! :) Deep amber/mahogany beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Fruity caramel aroma, figs, raisins, dades, grapes, toffee, licorice, plums, banana notes, creamy, some milk chocolate. Fruity sweetish flavor, caramel, figs, raisins, dades, licorice, creamy notes, candy, toffee notes. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. World class barley wine!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1425) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
Mahogany pour with a thin brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, faint bourbon. Taste is dark fruit, thick, smooth, little creamy. A beer that is just as enjoyable breathing in the aroma as it is tasting it. Little dryness in the finish from the oak. Alcohol noticeable as it warms in both the aroma and in the taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (99) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Clear dark red-brown, tan head. Sweet, molasses notes, some vanilla. Dominated by sweetness, some slight bitter notes. Quite a bit of an alcoholic kick, thick bodied. Really nicely balanced, very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frlrv1020 (64) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2014
Dark maroon color. Lots of dark berries, prunes, dates, and nuts in the smell. Bourbon, wood, leather, and alcohol in the taste. Leaves the palate warm. A spectacular beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ricoslim (65) - - APR 12, 2014
Poured into sniffer. The one bottle I was able to get my hands on last year. Not your normal barleywine. Bourbon like all BC beers is amazing. Color is brown. Very smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (284) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
P: Very dark, black/brown, its murky and carries a thin head. S: Molasses, bourbon, oak, rye, a bit of onion. T: This is where it begins, Chocolate cover nuts, caramel, cherries, fruitcake, figs, a bit of rye and of course fucking bourbon. Carries a load of flavor and is not as boozy as bcbs. M: Medium/heavy body, silky, low carbonation and even a bit sticky. O: What a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2014
@ The Lets do a Chris O tasting. Pours brown with an almost white thin head. Whisky to the fore on the nose but with some vanilla and white chocolate as well. Plums, figs and fruitcake on the taste, wonderful, really nice, loved it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdb288 (342) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2014
2013 bottle opened in Apr-14. Pours boozy black...oily and slick with little head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma is amazing - vanilla, peach, apple, some charred oak. Flavor is sweet, fruity, boozy, and amazing. The vanilla comes through for me quite heavily. I get strong bourbon notes but not overbearing. The oak doesn’t quite come through. I wish I got more of the tobacco but it was only in the background. Amazing BW. Love it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2014
Walnut and molasses nose, bourbon highlights, kind of hot. Cloudy cola, thin tan head with little retention. Intense raisin, fig, and walnut flavor. Tangy, full body, slippery. Bourbon is evident but works remarkably well. I feel like drinking this more often will cause me to start liking bourbon, which I currently do not. Yeah, this beer is worthy of the accolades.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle from Tim - thanks! Black pour with a slick of tan foam. Heavy bourbon, oak, and vanilla up front on the aroma followed by dense dark fruit plum, raisin, and some sweeter malt. Taste is decadent, smooth bourbon with vanilla and marshmallow followed by light alcohol bitterness and dark, sweet malt. Coating mouthfeel. Rich and smooth - a very well done bourbon barrel aged barley wine that is worth seeking out.


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