May 13, 2015

The Brü Revü – Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

The Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is aged in 3rd use barrels which originally housed Kentucky Bourbon and then aged the Bourbon County Stout. These barrels have soaked up some seriously divine spirits and brews in their lifetime.  The beer poured a deep opaque brown to black with slight ruby hints and an almost imperceptible head.  The pour left some strange whitish oil slick like traces on the top which I found odd but that wasn’t going to stop me from forging through this phenomenal beer.  The aroma was very similar to the Bourbon County Stout that was heavy on the bourbon with slight hints of vanilla but mostly Bourbon.  The taste had those familiar Bourbon County flavors of Bourbon and vanilla with the slight coconut hints coming at the tail end.  Very malty and very bourbon forward the Bourbon County Brand Barelywine is one beast of a beer.  Another barrel-aged masterpiece from Goose Island that takes over your palate as it warms and becomes a divine drinking experience.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

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