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Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Honest Stout

Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Honest Stout
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Our Honest stout was brewed with Black Barley, Roasted Barley and Caramel malt for a rich, roasty flavor & aroma. We then let it age in a bourbon barrel for 120 days. 8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at Goose Ė Clybourn. Poured black with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up a sweet, very nice blend of vanilla, sweet bourbon, and darker chocolates with increasing sour oak and bourbon as it warmed up.. a bit too much barrel, but it could just be the fact that the stout wasnít big enough for the task. The flavor found sweeter vanilla and dark chocolates with deep caramel, vanilla, and coffee tartness behind.. again, the barrel appeared too heavy for the beer. Medium-bodied and tart on the palate from the barrel treatment.. sharp boozy and oaky tartness.. overall a bit rough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pour is opaque black with no head...smell is fairly roasty with some chocolate and coffee and has some definite barrel characteristics of wood and vanilla and alcohol...taste is sweet at first with vanilla and chocolate, then more bourbon takes over with wood and vanilla and alcohol....then a copperish type flavor comes in toward the finish where cocoa makes another appearance...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On tap @ Goose Island Clybourn. Huge roasty aroma with medium bourbon presence. Pours a deep black color with a disappointing light to medium body. Taste is full of bourbon, oakiness, roasted malts. Slight burn on the palate at the end. Bourbon taste really lingers. Pretty good but would like some more body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
on tap at gi lp. pours black with small tan head around the rim that didnít last long. aroma of bourbon, oak, and coconut. flavor is pretty sour, oak, vanilla, bakerís chocolate, and a touch of soy. fizzy mouth feel. the sourness kills this. iím not sure if captain fantasy is still on at RB yorktown but that blows this away in the BA regular stout style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2008
On tap at the Clybourn location this past weekend. Color was dark brown/black. Aroma was well balanced; roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon and alcohol. Flavor was slightly sweet and again well balanced. The aging seemed to be done with some restraint, which I found worked well. Easy drinking bourbon aged beer; very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bourbon on a stout?? haha. I thought this was very similar to BCS in itís aroma. Though the bourbon flavor wasnít quite as overwhelming as BCS which, to me, was a good thing. Really enjoyed this one, and props to pantanap for clarifying the name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 Tap at GI Clybourn...... very dark pour with brown edges and very little to no head.... nose had a lot of the bourbon barrel, some sour oakiness, soy, as well as a little booze.... flavor had a large bourbon barrel presence upfront, then some coconut comes through as well. lighter bodied, somewhat thin with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bourbon County Light? hahahaha This beer was very nice. It had an aroma of dark malt and tons of oak aromas. The flavours were intensley "Bourbon-Like" There was flavors of oak, smoke, deep roasted malt with plenty of whiskey sweetness.

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