Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

Rated 3.714 by BeerPals

Brewed by Goose Island Beer Company

Chicago, IL, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

12.1% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 55313 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank964
Overall Percentile98.1
Style Rank32 of 456
Style Percentile93
Lowest Score4.1
Highest Score4.4
Average Score4.250
Weighted Score3.714
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • FISHINGFAST 684 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I smell bourbon oak maple and malt. I taste bourbon oak and malt. Pours deep dark red black. It's so thick in my mouth it's like drinking sludge. This sucker is got such a high abv it will warm your chest up.

  • CYBERCAT 11385 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the growler an opaque Coca-Cola brown with a very thick tan head. The growler I got fizzed like a bottle of champagne in the locker room of the Seattle Seahawks after Super Bowl XLVIII, so have a big, thirsty towel handy if you get this in a growler or bottle! Malty aroma has a strong sweet overtone with bourbon, oak, caramel and toffee notes - gets the salivary glands a-goin’ like one of Pavlov’s famous pooches. Bold flavor adds caramel, toffee and sweet malty notes to a bourbon-soaked wood core. Sip it slowly - this will hit you like a an 18-wheeler hauling ass down I-75! Smooth texture is quite viscous, if lacking in fizz. Honk honk, another good one from Goose Island. If only they hadn’t sold out to InBev.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Smells almost entirely of bourbon up front but then cigarlike smells of tobacco, vanilla, and leather hint in. The flavor is nearly identical but with a ton of malty sweetness and quite a hot burn. I didn't like how it looked, murky brown with a late wispy head that quickly dissolved into nothing. Other than that, great beer, another wonderful winter warmer in the vast collection out there. $8 for 12 oz though, a bit pricey.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Dark, almost stout like pour. But you can tell its a BW because of the ruby edge, and the khaki head. Aroma and flavor are super sweet as expected. Lots of dark malt and fruit, vanilla and coconut, caramel and toffee. Even a little leather and tobacco. But the sweet warmth does dominate, and the abv shows. Super smooth sipper, though. I'd take this 6 times outta ten over BCS.

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