Monday, December 16, 2013

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

I thoroughly enjoyed Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout last week, so I couldn't wait to try their new Bourbon County Brand Barleywine. This is a barleywine that is aged in bourbon barrels which then were used to age Bourbon County Brand Stout, so a third use barrel. Simple and elegant label, with the name of the beer in gold foil lettering on a plum-colored background. Bottled 17SEP13. 12.1% alcohol.

Very nice aroma: raisins, toffee, cherries, sugary sweetness. Flavors follow the aroma, beginning with a hefty dose of raisin sweetness. Lots of raisins! And there is no mistaking the bourbon influence on this beer either. Vanilla and oak and toffee and maple syrup. Oh, and the alcohol punch and heat too. More fruity cherry and prune nuances come along as well.

Pretty complex beer. Good body to the point of being slightly syrupy. Enough carbonation to get by. Great flavors, though I'd say the beer was a little too sweet. And the alcohol was just a bit too hot. Overall, really nice. But Sucuba still has my vote.

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