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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cocoa

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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Cocoa nibs are the raw, unprocessed predacessor to chocolate. These dry roasted beans are steeped in Bourbon County for months to build on the chocolate and roasted flavors from the beer’s malt bill.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
draft at sheffields. p blk no head nose is like bcs just a slight choc bent to it although not much different, fl again very similar to bcs just slightly more chocolate but this could pass for reg bcs and I wouldn’t think of it perhaps a yr old bcs as the cocoa seemed to have really mellowed this out although I did have it after ancho, smooth rich choc bourbon vanilla and some healthy heat nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (1835) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Tasted on draft at Sheffield’s. The pour is oily black with no head. The nose is sweet with vanilla, cinnamon, oak, maple, bourbon, molasses, and milk chocolate. The flavors are bourbon and oak with quite a bit of sweetness up front, moving to charred bitterness and some coffee. The bitterness is not from the coffee flavor, but more from the addition of the cocoa nibs. The body is massive with very light carbonation and a super long and layered finish that starts with charred oak, moves to sweetness, and then bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On tap at Sheffield’s GI invasion. Black pour no head. A little sweeter than the bcs some dusty nestle quick chocolate in the aroma. The richness of bcs really comes out. Sweet chocolate flavors hide the bourbon. Sweet but a good beer. 7/4/8/4/15

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5555) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Draft on tap at Sheffields (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack hue with brownish ruby edges, dark and opaque with a small darker brown head that dies to loose bubbles, no real lacing. Aromas are roasty malts, vanilla tannins and light barrel Bourbon presence, sweeter and darker chocolate mix, some toffee, more vanilla tannins, chocolate chip cookies. Smooth and sweet. Initial is fuller bodied with a nice dose of darker chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla tannins, light spirit influence, a touch of smoky ash, and roasty malts keep popping in and out. Heavier bodied, a heavy dose of dark cacao, roasty malts, sweeter toffee and a big blast of vanilla tannins. The dark chocolate seems to lighten the brunt of the Bourbon onslaught, making the cocoa and vanilla tannins. Smooth and silky, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla extract, decent roastiness. Finish is sweet, silky, cocoa in big amounts, vanilla. Lovely with a fleeting touch of warmth. Sweeter, but tasty. The version of BCS where the barrel falls the most back.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Some chocolate on the nose but very dormant even upon twirling in glass. Some Cajeta aroma. Little to no head. The thinnest of the BCS variations I have had. Lots of notes and flavors of dark bitter chocolate. This is the smoothest of the others. Seems like the Cocoa Nibs smoothened out the Bourbon. Drinks better colder. Some flavors disappeared as it warmed up.


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