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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 thats 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Pours black and beautiful, with a full tan head. My first thought was "This isnt barley wine, this is a stout! Bourbon/oak aroma is fairly forward here, with some vanilla and a light smoke. Smells pretty darn sweet. Flavor is, yes, sweet, with yet more vanilla, oak, tobacco, and a very light touch of hops in the finish. Definitely has some alcohol warmth, no doubt about that. Very good. Curious to see what itll be like in 6 months.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2017
Draft @ The Crafty Fox Alehouse, San Francisco, CA. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon caramel dark fruit and weak chocolate aroma. Sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2017
The aroma is sweet and fruity with the booze coming through. The appearance is red brown. The taste is like the aroma with toffee and butterscotch. The palate is thick. Overall a great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1937) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Another great and boozy goose island beer. Pours a beautiful deep red, almost like a wine or a brandy, but no head. Smells of bourbon, cherries, vanilla and salt water taffy. Taste is sharp, with dark fruit upfront , followed by vanilla and lots of bourbon through the finish. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1612) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Type: 16.9-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter From: La Mesa Wine & Spirits in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $14.99 Purchased: Feb. 25, 2017 Consumed: Feb. 25, 2017 Reviewed as: English Barleywine Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 18, 2016; 2016 version is 13.6 pct. alcohol Huge get to see this in the stores earlier today. Said I would come back and did about 10 minutes later. Wasnt mad about the $14.99 price. Seemed fair considering the style and it being the first time I had seen this variant in stores. Super excited for this beer. Poured a dark-to-light black brown color (almost black) with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy tan head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at certain spots. Average watery lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.25) Smelled dueling notes of boozy bourbon, leathery oak and earthy tobacco up front. Also got chewy caramel squares, toffee, smooth milk chocolate, thick molasses, subdued vanilla, and hints of dark fruits. Seemed just a tad hot early, but was smoothing out toward the end. (Smell - 4.25) Tasted much better than the nose initially. Got chewy caramel, tobacco, oaky bourbon, vanilla, toffee, sugary milk chocolate, rich molasses, honey (wishful?), maple syrup, dark plum notes and subtle hints of woody anise. (Taste - 4.75) Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75) Very good. Was all over the place on the ratings. Not as good as I was hoping, but still just an exceptional beer. Would like to see a bottle of this sit for a bit. (Overall - 4.50) 4.48 99 A

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Korcz (2916) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 20, 2017
Genialny aromat, cudowna wanilia, Bourbon, solony karmel, toffi,ciemne owoce. Słodkie, mega beczkowe, alkohol perfekcyjnie ułożony. Wybitne piwo, magia. Jeden z najlepszych Barley Wine jakie piłem.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (2858) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2017
2013 bottle, pours an orange brown with a minimal tan head. The smell is prunes, bourbon, vanilla, caramel. The taste is huge prunes, raisins, bourbon, vanilla ending with rich fruit and dry at the same time. Full in body with average carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DroolYeast (1408) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2017 Bottle thanks to klimaet. 2016 Edition. Aroma of bourbon, coconut, deep caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Dark brown with no head. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter, vanilla, bourbon oak. Full body, oily feel and malty bourbon finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2017
Bottle at Balham Vintage Ale House. Colour is sticky, oily reddish, orangeslick looking beer. Nose is Marmite, sticky barley sugar, caramel. Very sticky caramel. Taste is caramel, barley sugar, malty, yeasty, cereal chaff, cereal grains.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (1440) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 13, 2017
2016, butelka, bottlesharing w Piwotece. Aromat oszałamia, cudownie beczkowe, wanilia, owoce, karmel, melasa. W smaku dosyć słodko i powtrka z aromatu. Świetne, klasa sama w sobie.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Bottles. Amber color. I like this more than boirbon county. Still bourbon in the aroma, medium sweet, and low carbonation. Pretty good budweiser.


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