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Goose Island Bourbon Blueberry Imperial Stout

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Goose Island Bourbon Blueberry Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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Our imperial Stout was aged additionally for 25 weeks in a Heaven Hill barrel with real blueberry. Flavorful, complex and intense, nice after meal brew. Served in a snifter.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap at 25th Anniversary Block Party. Pour is pitch black with no head. Aroma is a mix of dark chocolate, sour blueberries, and bourbon. Flavor is a bit... off. It is a mix of sour blueberries and bourbon, with notes of cream, vanilla, and coffee. It doesn’t quite work for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2010
@CBC–on tap-pours a tan head with black color. Aroma is bourbon, dark malt-molasses, soft blueberry. Taste is bourbon/wood/vanilla, dark malt-molasses, soft blueberry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7099) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at FoBAB. Poured deep brown with a short dusting of tan head. The aroma picked up a great blend of sweeter chocolates with tart blueberry skins.. warmth brought out sweet vanilla and lesser bourbon. The flavor had semi-sweet chocolate at the core along with some blueberry meat.. tangy bourbon and oak throughout.. warm, satisfying finish held on to just a little blueberry. OK flow on the palate with some rough spicage/heat right at the back.. overall a very solid brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roguemonk (9) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009 does not count
The Bourbon County is a perennial favorite...I must say that the understated blueberry is a beautiful addition...Exceptional.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Here’s one I forgot to rate from notes. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, malt, chocolate, wood, and blueberries. Taste is of blueberries, bourbon, oak, malt, chocolate, and caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky. Very warming alcohol presence. The blueberry flavor doesn’t overpower and doesn’t taste artificial. Lingering woody flavors. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured an opaque black color with a light brown head. Attractive aroma of berries, light caramel, vanilla, and modest bourbon. Full bodied and semi sweet. Thick and oily. Well balanced flavor palate which included the likes of blueberry, vanilla, bourbon, and milk chocolate. Berries, beer, and bourbon barrel all well proportioned. Best beer at FoBAB 2008, IMO.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger Alehouse. Pitch black beer with no head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Lots of rich berry and soft cocoa/chocolate. There is also a lot of rich blueberry/blackberry sweetness. Quite oaky, sweet and full of flavour. Lingering mix of chocolatey sweetness, roasty cocoa/coffee and a sweet fruity berry flavour. Decent balance for a beer of this size. The fruitiness is pretty good. Tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2008
FoBAB 2008 "Black and Blue": Opaque with a small creamy tan head. The nose detects burnt malts, chocolate covered blueberries, earthy and woody vapours, and some vanilla notes too. The taste is a wonderful blend of Imperial Stout with a level smack of blueberry twang and a bourbon kick upon the finish. Even a touch of molasses appears around the edges, this is very intense and oh so enjoyable. (fyi... BOTTLE THIS PLEASE). The mouth feel is oily, lush, smooth and has a shocking dry tannic finish. I love it when a fruit enchanced stout works and this does a high level. YUMMY!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
FoBAB 2008 offering: #705 - Labeled as "Black and Blue". Pours practically black with a minimal offwhite head. Aromas are oak and bourbon, with some nice biscuity malt and a hint of blueberry muffins. Taste is very overwhelming: Bourbon heavy up front with some darker roasted malts and vanilla shining through. Blueberry notes become very evident, with a touch of bitterness, in the finish. Very interesting! Cheers!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draught @ BTAH. Pours opaque black no head. Nose of bourbon and blueberry, with roasty espresso. Dessert. Flavor - wow. Dark, rich chocolate held in check by the malt’s balancing espresso notes and just a bit of roasty acidity, blueberries peek through beautifully, and the vanilla bourbon notes provide a rich, subtle counter balance. This is fantastically delicious, what an amazing dessert beer - like blueberry-infused chocolate fudge cake dipped in coffee and bourbon. The flavors mesh beautifully together, and the roastiness and acidity keep the whole thing from getting out of hand. One of the best Imperial stouts I’ve had. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, full bodied.


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