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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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Always on the lookout for the next thing they can throw in a barrel, our brewers actually looked no further than their own backyard for this release – literally. Inspired by the berries they remember first eating from the trees in their yards; this Bourbon County release is full of the dark, spicy, and pleasantly sweet flavors of mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. This trio of fruit nicely rounds out the spice and heat of the rye whiskey barrels in which they were aged, resulting in a smooth, jammy stout perfect for sipping on your back porch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (185) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ a friend’s place, thursday may 21. Thanks to Jdizzle1. Pours pitch black With a tiny brown head. Aroma is vinous, fruity, coffee, strawberry and vanilla. Flavour is light bitter and heavy sweet. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is vinous and very sweet. To be enjoyed in small quantities because otherwise this will be too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (395) - GERMANY - APR 13, 2015
Many thanks to Ron for the bottle. Yields a viscous, completely black color, with a very small head, which leaves back a thin, brown lacing, while the beer turns ember at the edges of the glass. Reveals aromas of milk chocolate, toffee, a faint coffee infusion and scorched walnuts. There is also oak, vanilla and a sweet, alcoholic berry fruitiness. Incedibly complex nose, with berries working very well with hot Bourbon, reminding me of pralines, while vanilla accentuates both the barrel and the marmelade fruits. Drinks very, very smooth, with a lower carbonation, revealing the beer’s full body. Sweet, sugar rolled, fruits are recognizable from the very beginning, accompanied by chocolate, molasses and burned, rich malts. Then the barrel not only lends its wooden qualities to the taste, but also its luscious, slightly biting heat. While the fruits are well pronounced, they are perfectly integrated into the beers chocolate maltiness, without overpowering the overall taste. Berries and Bourbon blend together to a hot peak on the palate, which’s aftermath reveals warm wood, earthy chocolate and a flowery dryness. During its finish, the beer develops a syrupy caramel note among the alcoholic berries. Overall this is a fantastic beer. It exhibits a fantastic depth of various flavors, all coming together in great harmony. My biggest concern, too much marmelade, turned out to be false. The fruits are prominent on their own, while they add a sugar glazed liquorice impression, blending flawlessly in the hot Bourbon and character of the brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1249) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2015
22oz bottle pours a dark oily black with a tan head. berry jam vanilla oak and rye barrel taste. great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of blackberry jam with light chocolate notes with some light whiskey notes is very interesting. Taste is a complex mix between sweet blackberry jam with some chocolate notes, some dry roasted malt with vanilla and light whiskey notes. Body is dense with smooth texture and good carbonation with alcohol really not that apparent. Maybe a little too much focus on the blackberry jam notes but a very nice beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Deep black pour with a brown head. Aroma is berries, roasted malt, rye.. Taste is berries on first sip, followed by roasted malt., rye in the finish. The beer clings to the side of the glass. More berry flavor base. Not as thick as other BCS variants. Alc comes out as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (828) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak! Pours a pitch black with a small, short lasting, brown head. Aroma has lots of sweet berries, jam, slightly tart as well. Caramel, sweet, roasty malts, vanilla and some oak. Taste has a cool combination between the sweet and the sour berries, and then this vanilla oaky bourbon. Slight sugary sweetness as well. Not very roasty, but some chocolate going on as well. Very sticky body and low carbonation. Cool beer. well done! I really like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7620) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle, shared by dresden, who brought me half of a freshly opened bottle even though we could not physically sit down and drink it together-- thanks Steve! Bottle is dated Nov 2013. Hearty near black pour, light brown head. Lovely combination of jammy field berries, chocolate, and bourbon, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and yoghurt. Sticky, complex, reminiscent of a ruby port. Loved it-- very much my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1526) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Outstanding imperial stout. High ABV but not boozy. Slightly sweet in flavor. Just good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2015
22 oz. bottle, drank at 14+ months old. Had this fresh, but waited to rate fully from the bottle. Pour looks like all of the Bourbon Counties; viscous, rich, with a small tan head. Nose fresh was huge and jammy, with gigantic dark fruits and bright berries, mixed with the classic rich vanilla, chocolate ganache classic base beer. With the age the nose loses a lot of the fruit apart from deep behind the rich sweet roast character. The flavor, however, is fucking nuts. The fruit is WAY more integrated, and it balances the beer in an absolutely gorgeous manner. Totally unreal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1106) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Thick black nearly still with creamy tan head. Big fruit aroma. Strawberry preserves, fruit jam and vanilla, with strong malt. Big bourbon flavours with jam. Doesn’t totally do it for me but it’s all executed. Thanks Tim, sort of kind of shared with Tony.

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