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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Great blend of berries, red wine, and molasses. A little spice from the rye. Not much roasted malt flavor - a very different type of stout. Probably my favorite bourbon county beer so far. Rich in the palate. ABV is well-hidden. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (3177) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot! Pours a dark purple with no head and thus no lace. Aroma is of black/boysenberries and also roasted malt but this isn’t the center piece, fruits are (quite unusual for an imperial stout, reminescent of Prairie’s Wine Barrel Noir). Taste is sweet but not cloying with again some nice fruit jam/coulis flavors and chocolate. Really decadent. Carbonation is low, mouthfeel not quite sticky and more "juicy" (again, just like the Wine Barrel Noir). This is like a more polished Bramble to me, really great and fun to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (2123) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle at Otooles Chicago. Poured black with diminishing tan red head. Aroma of obvious berries. Light carb med bod. Super berry taste. Choc bourbon in there good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardaxe (293) - - FEB 22, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a snifter. My least favorite of all the BC varieties. It's quite sweet, with a strong berry and sugar flavor. A hint of welcome tartness comes through too but is overshadowed by the sweetness. As I drank it, the sweetness became more and more cloying and was over represented. The base stout was lacking and the bourbon barrel seemed more in the background. Still a very good beer, but can't be held up to the others. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1241) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Mac, 02/21/2014. Pours black, thin fizzy dark tan head fades relatively quickly to a nearly still surface, thin ring of lacing bubbling around the edges. Aroma is moist chocolate brownie, rich caramel undertones, touch of vanilla, spicy barrel with juicy fruit puree. Taste is dark chocolate, more pronounced roast compared to aroma, dark fruit and berries, just short of jammy, spicy barrel finish. Medium thick body, drinks nicely but could actually have used a bit more density to really make this great for me. Still, quite tasty for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leveejr (109) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Excellent beer. Fruit and bourbon flavors with a great balance. Another masterpiece from goose island ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryecatcher (1304) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
600th rating, whoo hoo! Been sitting on this one since Black Friday and I couldn’t wait any longer. Okay, so... Bomber, pours a stouty stout color, not much of a head (looked like an espresso for about a minute before dissipated). Nose is big berries, barrel, chocolate, alcohol booziness (a little too much so, which is why I took off points), smells a lot like a raspberry chocolate candy from one of those fancy chocolatiers you’d buy your girl a box of truffles on Valentines Day. Mouth is a homerun: thick and oily, barrel aged goodness up front, mingling with berries (nice fruity raspberries, and some dark varietals as well), pleasant sweetness, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, the rye lending character rather than overpowering, hints of tartness and bitterness accenting it all. Outstanding brew. I thought last years Cherry was unbeatable, but this one proved otherwise. Too bad the US Women’s hockey team couldn’t get it done today, otherwise this would’ve been the Gold Medal toast. Silver is still commendable though, ladies. Sláinte!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (5865) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle thnx to Bobochamp Pours very black, no foam at all . Smell is sweet, red fruits, and awsome . Good carbo . WAAW . Very nice berrytaste, with an oaky background , Very very fruity, yet still heavy and mature beer . Its the perfect blend between black beer ( imperial stout ) and sweet, red fruits . AWSOME beer ! Nice and thick mouthfeel Good , low carbonation .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ. This was amazing. Nice roast, berry, brandy, oak, caramel, vanilla and Earth notes, all blended to near perfection. The finish was warm and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2948) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a big rich burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is jammy chocolate with nice berry notes, deep roasted chocolate and well integrated bourbon. The palate follows with big chocolate flavors that mingle nicely with the berry jammy jam notes and a lot of bourbon character. A touch thinner than years past but the balance of flavors are there and its very enjoyable.

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