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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Chocolate Cherry

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Chocolate Cherry
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 4.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and cherries.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at Stoutfest 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack opaque inky thick pour, with near non-existant head with just a beast of appearance. Initial is thick, dark, chocolatey, with some cherries, with bourbon, vanilla tannins, with tasty rich sweetness, roast, toast, and toffee. Finish leaves some lingering cherry, vanilla, sweet toffee, and roast, full bodied and more complex, some medicinal cherry falls into the fold in my mind, but I admittedly am very sensitive to cough syrup and the like. Not quite a synergistic approach. Tasty, rich, not bad, a nice dose of Bourbon spirit, still quite full bodied, vanilla tannins and oak, some tangy cherry. Finish lingers on.. It just might be the cherry that I don’t personally love. Dark cacao and bourbon works well. I’d love to give this another go down the line with less going on around me and just one focus on it, as it seemed like everyone else loved it. As it stands right now, it was a solid BCS variant, but not at the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
This one poured a very dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma was bourbon, dark fudge and lots of tart cherries. Flavor was the same, pretty intense cherry character, much different than the cherry rye, lmost like sour cherry pie filing drizzled with coffee liquer and dark chocolate syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
On tap at GTMW, posted as Cherry BCBS which is aliased on here at chocolate cherry, but I don’t think this had chocolate. Nice sipper, strong cherry but not as intense as cherry rye as I remember it. Still prefer the standard issue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (1100) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2013
On tap at Historians Ale House in Denver for a special tap takeover. I’m not sure this is exactly the same as it was called BC Cherry Barrel Aged Imp Stout aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels...using Michigan cherries. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of shiskey and dark malts. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of dark chocolate covered cherries, whiskey, sweet malts. Overall very tasty and full bodies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubbleflubber (2167) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2013
On tap at the 1st annual Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting 2013, this pours the deepest mahogany into the glass, with ruby fringes and a light tan head that diminishes to ring lacing. Sweet malty nose upfront. Flavors are just gorgeous, of sweet maltiness, wet tobacco leaf, cherries, cocoa, cereal... just yummy! The sweet finish integrates wonderful cherries and tobacco. The ABV is superbly integrated, so the full body slides down the palate ever-so smoothly. I adore this and could have it anytime.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draft at Craft. Pours deep blackish, turbid, with minimal off-tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, molasses, vanilla, tart bing cherry, cacao. Tastes rich, with roasty malt, molasses, a thick and complex mouthfeel, and the cherry accents without being overpowering. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
monkeychugg55 (1031) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap at Chicago St. Pub, Joliet, IL. Solid black with no head, the aroma was kinda mellow bourbon barrel with light stout notes at first, but as it warmed, more and more cherry came out. The flavor is quite the opposite. First sip was all bourbon stout. Second added a huge blast of sweet cherries and a little more chocolate. Came off like a chocolate covered cherry dipped in coffee then bourbon. Smooth, with a wonderful balance of flavors that were all noticeable but not overwhelming. Another amazing twist on an already great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
On tap at GTMW, yeah, entering old notes during my days off, pours black with a thin light brown head, the aroma actually reminded me of just the normal BCS with nothing really standing out, maybe just a tad bit of cherry, the flavor on the other hand had more of the cherry coming through with the bourbon and oak in the finish, nice mouthfeel, good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW. Oily black pour with almost no head. Light bourbon, chocolate, wood, coffee, and just barely a touch of cherry in the aroma. The flavor is basically parallel to regular BCS but with a hint of cherry sweetness in there, almost like cherry pie. Good, but I was definitely underwhelmed (keep in mind I rate the other BCSes very high).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Tap at GTMW. Dark black pour, no carbonation and an aroma of chocolate, bourbon and a hint of artificial cherry. Flavor is similar to the other variations. Bourbon and some mellow dark cherry and heavy bourbon. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Draft at Stout Fest. Pours a deep black/brown with a brown head. Nose is nice. Lots of pie cherries and chocolate, light vanilla and bourbon. Nice. On tasting, lots of pie cherry flavor mingling with the smooth bourbon county stout base. Loads of chocolate and molasses and booze, but the cherries rise to the top. Pretty damn cool beer here!

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