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RATINGS: 690   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip. A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Practically no head is formed - there isnt even much of a collar. The head is off-white color, I guess. It doesnt look like much at all, but given what this beer is, its a moot point. S: And right before, sweet bourbon character hits the nostrils immediately. Vanilla, coconut, oak; you name it, its here. Here, its backed by a wonderful dark fruit aroma and (slightly) lesser chocolate notes. This smells like it will be one of the best dessert beers ever. T: Holy frig. The opening flavors are heavy in vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. But that finish...dear lord, dat finish - what a vibrant explosion of dark fruit goodness. The finish becomes more caramel-forward as it gradually opens up. Theres a slight booze note post-swallow and its hardly a distraction. Some slight barrel comes through here, too. This brew has a lot to offer in terms of complexity and flavor, with everything easily distinct yet harmonious and well balanced (if rather sweet - hey, its a barleywine). In many ways, its even better than regular BCBS. M: The secret here is how much smoother it is than most in the style. Even with a faint alcoholic bite, its wonderfully soft yet with a cake-like density. It goes down as easily as a 12% barrel-aged monster can go down. O: Ive had a few barrel-aged barleywines before (Sucaba and Insanity spring to mind), but this is so far above those two its not even funny. Everything here is brilliantly defined without being moronic. Best barleywine Ive ever had? More like one of the best beers Ive ever had. Curse you, InBev.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2414) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Aromas of raisin, tawny port, toffee, caramel. Clear bronze with a fully fading head. Boozy, somewhat sweet. Full bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - MAY 14, 2017
2013 bottle. Godamn this is great. I thought it was a hint over oxidized, but after 5 minutes this came in to its own. Low carbonation. Rich as all get out. Big raisin, cherry, ash, bourbon, vanilla, must and faint cocoa nibs, all rolled in together for a harmonious package, complemented by a long, lingering finish. Just ace.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
creppyiceman (776) - POLAND - APR 28, 2017
(bottle) Aroma: huge coconut and vanilla,fudgy caramel. Appearance:copper color,small yellowish head. Taste:sweet,flavour of vanilla, bourbon,hint of coffee,toffee,caramel,looong coconut finish. Palate:full body, ultra thick mouthfeel,low carbonation. Overall:Lovely thick brew filled with vanilla and coconut ,each sip made me happier and happier.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (25809) - 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 (4397) - 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 (1951) - 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 (1639) - 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 (3134) - 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 (2895) - 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 (1438) - 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.


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