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RATINGS: 674   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalumeaux (1321) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Poured from bottle 2014 murky dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of dark fruit toffee caramel brown sugar and oak. Taste is sweet sticky caramel dark fruit rich and creamy with a nice alcohol notes. Wow.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (3392) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2017
Pours a very dark brown with a low tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, oak, muscovado sugar, overripe tropical fruit. Taste is very sweet bucket loads of caramel and csndied fruit. Mouthfeel is sticky and oily with low carbonation and with a medium to full body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (3082) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2017
Pours murky dark brown with low tanned head Aromas of caramel, burned caramel, dried fruits, hints of molasses, leather Taste has notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, muscavado, dried fruits, molasses Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, warming with average carbonation, low bitterness

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2025) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2017
This was the 2014 edition. Subtle aromas and flavors of caramel, whiskey, oak and malt. Complex beer. Nice caramel color with a very thin head and a smooth oily texture.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (485) - - FEB 4, 2017
Aromas of toasted coconut, toffee, dates, bourbon. Taste is caramel, toffee, chocolate, dates, raisin bread, and a bourbon finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meyers1023 (94) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2017
I definitely enjoy this beer and understand the hype behind it. I have a bottle to age longer that will hopefully mellow out some of the bourbon flavor. The smell is all bourbon as well but in both the taste and nose you get hints of vanilla, dark fruits, and burnt caramel. The feel is what youd expect, more a liquor than a beer, from the smell and ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokestereo (343) - SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2017
Pours black withn no head Aroma; Rasins, plums, bourbon cherries and cverriesu. taste; Raisins, plums, cherries and bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1075) - SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2017
A: Deep brown/red/purple coloured with a offwhite head that dissapates fast N: Dried dark berries (apricot?), liqourice, cherries T: Cherry, vanilla, oak, hint of liqourice root O: Deep complex flavours! Heavy malt base and veeeery nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (1291) - Bled, SLOVENIA - JAN 22, 2017
On tap@ pours dark brown color with foamy light brown head. Aroma-flavors: intense malt notes, which takes on toasted toffee, chocolate, coffee, thhen molasses, vanillin, bourbon or sherry-like alcohol note. Body is thick, texture velvetly, carbonation is low. Very imperial stout-ish barley wine.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beton (76) - Lublin, POLAND - JAN 21, 2017
Edycja 2013. Zapach to przede wszystkim kupaż ciemnych słodw, wanilii burbońskiej, słodkich dojrzałych owocw w typie śliwki, kakaowiec. Aromat intensywny, bogaty. Odczucie w ustach pełne, piwo gęste w typie likieru. Smak bourbonu, owocw kandyzowanych, wanilii, melasy, fig. Szlachetny, ułożony alkohol. Genialne piwo, ktre wymyka się klasyfikacji gatunkowej z powodu leżakowania w beczkach po BCS.


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