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RATINGS: 685   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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
You know how you love your Grandpa and he loves you. It is warm and inviting, sweet, special something you cant just get anywhere. No dirty butt here! Maybe a little prune though?


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1926) - 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 (1567) - 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 (2409) - 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 (2844) - 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 (1373) - 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 (2510) - 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 (1334) - 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 (6020) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (1339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2017
On tap at Beer Junction. Pours a very dark redish brown with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, sweet. Taste is slightly boozy, bourbon, sweet, slightly sour, some chocolate and dark fruits notes. Excellent!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdolfoCC (256) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - MAR 7, 2017
APARIENCIA: de color marrn rojizo profundo, con algunos destellos rojizos a contraluz; corona de espuma color beige con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas, de baja retencin la cual rpidamente se disipa a slo un anillo alrededor del liquido y posteriormente desaparece. Tambin se observan algunos alcohol legs AROMA: el carcter de la barrica domina totalmente, el bourbon se percibe de forma intensa, notas a vanilla, madera carbonizada, ligeramente coco tostado, adems azcar morena, caramelo, toffee, frutos oscuros como pasas, ciruelas y dtiles, vinosa, ligeramente algo de tabaco fresco SABOR: muy licorosa y dulce, nuevamente el carcter que aporta la barrica en la que fue aejada es dominante, las notas a bourbon destacan, madera, vainilla y en menor medida coco tostado, lo que le da paso a un dulzor intenso, azcar morena/mascabado, caramelo, toffee adems de dominio intenso de frutos oscuros dulces como pasas, ciruelas y dtiles, nuevamente cierto sabor vinoso y ligeramente algo de tabaco fresco. En el retrogusto queda un amargor ligero alto, dulce y con mucha permanencia de las notas a bourbon, caramelo, toffee, madera, vainilla y frutos oscuros. SENSACIN: cuerpo medio con sensacin pegajosa en boca, baja carbonatacin. El alcohol se percibe en cada trago sin llegar a ser agresivo, adems de una sensacin calurosa en garganta cada que pasa el lquido. RESUMEN: unos de los mejores ejemplos (si no es que el mejor) de como debe ser un english barleywine aejado en barrica de bourbon.


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