It’s a BARLEYWINE!
“Goose struck gold with its first barrel-aged barleywine, King Henry, in 2011. Bourbon County Barleywine is its second. This beer is composed of a 4:1 ratio of second-use barrels (that previously housed BCS) to first use (which only housed bourbon). Compared to the Bourbon County stouts, Barleywine is, of course, thinner and sweeter, but that isn’t a criticism; it’s a welcome change of pace.”
Final Rating: 4.74/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in North Providence, RI. Bottled the 23rd of September 2013.
Appearance- Pours a deep mahogany/deep brown, opaque body with cherry and amber highlights when held up to the light. The head is small and light brown in color, reducing quickly but leaving a ring of foam around the rim.
Smell- Sweet vanilla beans, bourbon, caramel, oak, toffee, butterscotch. Smells absolutely delicious & inviting. Aromas really open up as this beer warms up to a little less than room temperature.
Taste- Starts off intensely rich and sweet, vanilla-caramel notes, toffee and butterscotch, the finish is roasty, bourbon soaked coffee beans, with a lingering char on the aftertaste. Slight warming booze.
Mouthfeel- Heavy, syrupy body but surprisingly easy to drink. Low carbonation.
I was extremely impressed with this offering – it brings this style to a whole new level, a definite one-up from other barrel aged barleywines I’ve tried. Complex, packed full of flavor, and best of all: available in 4 packs, so you can enjoy one without sacrificing an expensive bomber every time you’re craving one.