Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

 
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RATINGS: 748   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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4.1
Marko (9944) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2020 Bottled 7 SEP 2013. Huge thanks Ryan for sharing! Murky brown body, no head. Chocolate, coconut and vanilla fight in the aroma with some caramel, light alcohol and further barrel notes, which don't stand out as much. Soft taste, chocolate and coconut again, more caramel, almost heading towards stout territory, but still firmly grounded in barleywine territory, some oxidised maltiness, smooth, with a light kick in the finish, light herbal bitterness too shows in the finish, fairly well hidden alcohol in the taste. Excellent!

4.1
tfontana (2753) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2020 Bottle (10/18/2016 vintage, 13.6 ABV) courtesy of AirForceHops--thanks, Chris! Appearance is very dark brown, virtually opaque black, with no sparkle, cap of yellow-khaki head quickly fading to a ring with no lacing. Nice viscosity. Aroma is strong bourbon, caramel, wood with a mild almost buttery/creamy quality. Taste is strong bourbon over caramel, raisin, plum, wood, vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth texture, soft, mellow carbonation with late pleasant alcohol heat in the mouth, finish as taste. Overall, an abundance of aromas and flavors all playing nicely. Alcohol well hidden for the most part.

4.4
Brigadier (4490) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2020 On tap in Madison, WI The first of many world class drafts, this pour demonstrates what makes the Goose Island Bourbon County series a top seller. Even at a relatively high price it delivers a fantastic experience from start to finish. I don't know that I would ever go out of my way to track down more but it was well worth the trip across town. AROMA / APPEARANCE A cool creamy caramel base sits placidly in the taster. The four ounce pour feels and looks much denser than it probably is due to the way it soaks up the light. A creamy nose takes the edges off the alcohol but the vanilla, sherry, and warm boozy aspects still present an imposing presence. FLAVOR / PALATE Cool caramel chews soaked in sherry and vanilla beans work their way into the corners of the mouth. The warmth radiates outwards until it finds a path to the back of the throat. The glowing finish mellows with time making this heavy but drinkable. A creaminess definitely marks it as more English style than New World. Overall this excellent release is one I could have happily kept drinking if not for the rest of the line up that evening.

4.4
Rubin77 (6078) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2020 1 American Pint (cca 500ml) bottle (14,4%) as 2017 Release bottled 06OCT17 from trade with petrinoda, many thanks man. F: thin to no real, quick gone. C: dark brown, hazy. A: rich malty, mellow fruity, bit vinous, bit chocolate, dried figs, marmalade, mead, bit red berries. T: full malty base, mellow fruity, vinous, honey, chocolate, bit woody, tobacco traces, bit nutty, light oily mouthfeel, almost no carbonation, perfectly balanced for the style, fully enjoyed, great beer.

4.9
alteregoo (3520) - Kalisz, POLAND - JAN 28, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2020 Lekki gushing przy otwieraniu. Piana niewielka, barwa mahoniowa, zamglona. W aromacie przyjemna wanilina, przypalony karmel, melasa, rodzynki, trochę kokosa i migdałów. W smaku dość słodkie, sporo tu słonego karmelu, ciemnego miodu, daktyli, dużo wanilii, migdałów, orzechów włoskich, nut porto... Goryczka nieduża, tytoniowa, wysycenie niskie, lekko burbonowy finisz, gęste, oleiste i wyklejające w odbiorze. Mistrzostwo w kategorii BW BBA - deserowe, przyjemnie słodowe, kojarzące się z Pedro Ximenezem, z wyraźnym barrel ageingiem i potężnym body. Klasa!

4.6
adster (1124) - HUNGARY - DEC 31, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2019 Bár még csak egy alkalommal volt szerencsém a legendához, a Bourbon County-sorozattal már akkor életre szóló barátságot kötöttem, a sörfőzés ilyen szintű magasfoka mellett egyszerűen nem lehet úgy elmenni, hogy az ember ne arra gondoljon, magát az etalont kóstolgatja éppen, amikor a Goose Island örökbecsű darabjait ízleli meg. Ennek megfelelő hangulatban telik tehát a sörözés, s bár az év utolsó napja számomra egy jó ideje különleges darabokat tartogat, az ehhez fogható karakter még így is igen ritka vendégnek számít a háztartásban. A legnemesebb tölgyes, fahordós, whiskyben ázó dohányleveles, bőrszerű, őszi faleveles aromák, amihez kékvérű test bársonyos, csillogó jegyei társulnak, a maguk ezerszínű palástját felöltve, melyet órákig csodálhatunk, betelni mégsem tudunk vele. Az aromák folyékony halmazállapotba kerülve konyakmeggy, vanília, bourbon, csipkebogyólekvár és füstös eperdzsem varázslatos keverékét adják, melyet angolszász stílusban közvetítenek, teret engedve azonban minden elem vibrálásának, így téve lehetővé végtelennek tetsző részletességű komponenseinek érvényesülését, melyek egyenként is művészi értékkel bírnak. Csodálatos barley wine, valóban nem a mindennapok itala, örömömre szolgál, hogy megfelelő időzítéssel döntöttem az elfogyasztása mellett.

3.9
thorongil2 (5428) - rootless cosmopolitan elite, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2019 (tap) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of wet wood, raisins; thick palate; intense, balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter finish

4.3
piwnanuta (1051) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 10, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2019 pite jakiś czas temu. uzupełnienie profilu. Ocena przepisana z utpd. Miłego dnia. 2016 2017

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tomekk1978 (2414) - Z±bki, POLAND - DEC 7, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2019 Wersja 2016. Aromat wyraźnie alkoholowy, beczkowy. Dużo wanilii, kokosa, chleba, karmelu, orzechów, suszonych owoców. Barwa ciemno czerwona, wydaje się klarowna. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, umiarkowanej wielkości i podobnie trwała. Smak słodki, w zasadzie odzwierciedla aromat tyle, że więcej tu toffi. Goryczka słodowo-alkoholowa, wysoka, nieco zbyt ostra. Pełnia wysoka wysycenie średnio niskie i melanoidynowo- karmelowy finisz z wyraźną nutą alkoholową rozgrzewającą przełyk. W wersji 2017 nieco bardziej beczkowy aromat i mniej ostry alkohol. Więcej natomiast melano.

3.6
wombat23 (3275) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2019 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Stone fruits, raisin, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel notes. Sweet and boozy finish.


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