Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale is new for 2013, this is a review for an un-aged bottle. This English style Barleywine was aged in third use bourbon barrels, both Kentucky bourbon and Bourbon County Brand Stout barrels. The nose is very inviting: bourbon, raisins & burnt caramel and the taste follows suit quite nicely. The bourbon threatens to overwhelm early, but as it warms the luscious caramel and dark fruits emerge. Very smooth and easy to drink for a young barleywine. In fact I rarely say this about the style, but I don’t think this needs any aging at all. Maybe it’s a tad hot at this point but I think that would dull a bit with time. (Thankfully I have another couple of bottles to experiment with!) Over the past couple of years I’ve come to the conclusion that the barleywine is a style that easy to enjoy, but hard to perfect. There are a select few that really blow my mind, and there is clearly a new member in the “elite barleywine club”. Absolutely outstanding.