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Goose Island Barrel Aged A Beer Named Sue

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RATINGS: 1   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Dark mahogany color, bourbon soaked pineapple aromatics, roasted malt & vanilla flavor, medium body

Aged in 18 yr old Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel
Brewed with Chef Chris Pandel of The Bristol


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Draft pour on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky blackish brown hue, more brown with murky glowing edges. Frothy tannish head stays as a nice layer overall, laces ok. Aromas are fairly rich, offering rich barrel, Bourbon spirit, vanilla, and wet citrusy and bitter floral hops. Lemon, touches of toasty malts, vanilla, bourbon and bourbon soaked hops mix well. Initial is lighter end of medium, underbodied a bit. Striking spirit influence up front, spirit and oak flavors, vanilla tannins, mellow biscuit and toast. Vanilla, Bourbon into the middle with a citrusy, pineapple, floral and piney element striking firmly into the backend. Gentle malt, silky feel, toffee a bit. Finish is a touch hot, bitter, and settles down a bit into some more base influence in the hoppy finish. I think I preferred the base beer more, as the barrel seems to influence firmly here, perhaps a bit much. Still, itís not a bad beer. Perhaps itís just an odd style to age in a Bourbon barrel. Overall, the flavors are quite lovely, the balance is a bit off, but itís a pretty fun beer if youíve got time for one.


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