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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (483) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Not as sweet as most bourbon county variants, and perhaps more bitter. Roasty with some notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and bitter bramble berries. Good, but maybe a little unbalanced in my opinion. Needs less bitterness or more sweetness to balance things out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours black, minimal tan head Smell big roasty, sweet vanilla, light fruit and blueberry Taste roasty up front, fruity middle and very fruity tail, finishing with rye. Very fruity but not cloying or unpleasent. Medium body Nice, better than regular Bramble Rye

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdb288 (576) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours oily black with sweet smokey aroma. Taste is sweet, boozy whiskey and berries. The distinction in berries is lost on me. No carbonation, like an oil slick. I prefer the regular BCBS. Still a nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottled on 11/20/2013, 926. 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours the normal BCBS pitch black. The mocha head seems to be tinged red though. Aroma is nondescript berries. Very juicy, tart, and ripe. Chocolate and vanilla afterwards. Little oak and roast, this one in on the sweeter side. Taste is bright berries, very raspberry like. Vanilla and chocolate with a little rye spice on the finish. Jammy goodness and more fruit forward then barrel. Not as daunting or syrupy as the standard beer, but the sweetness of the fruit does tend to catch up after a glass. Not very boozy or warm at all. Overall this is a damn good variant. I preferred Bramble, but this one is really jammy and mild. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2nd of our 3 bottles of GI specialty beers on 12/23/2013. bottled on: 20nov13 1459. Jet black as you would expect for any bottle of GI BCS. Unlike other fruit and coffee flavored BCS beers, the berries were too forward and really overshadowed the rye barrel and base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours very dark with a burnt orange head. The aroma has heavy roast, licorice, soy sauce, rich ripe berries, vanilla, dark caramel, bourbon and cocoa. The body is full, rich and fairly smooth and a has a decent amount of micro carbonation. The flavor starts off with a nice blend of roasty malt, lots of berries, bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate and very dark caramel. The finish has more fruit and some tartnesss. Really nice impy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at PaulUnwin’s birthday party. Pours a deep stout brown with a tan head. Nose is some light roast with some huge bourbon, some earthy berries, some bourbon character, some barrel, some wood, and some lingering booze. Flavor is similar with roast, chocolate, booze, berries, wood, vanilla, earthy berries, and lingering berry and bourbon on the finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2257) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle at Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a black color with tan head. Roasty, oak, sweet berry, vanilla aromas. Sweet berry, oak, roasty flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Bottle in Vail shared with jcnielsen, courtesy of Homer321. Thanks Sean! Pours a deep brown black appearance with a thin dark brown head. Blackberry/cranberry, tangy berry, toffee, chocolate, whiskey aroma. Quite berry fruity, blackberry, raspberry, plum, caramel, chocolate, slightly twangy, whiskey flavor. Kind of boozy and seemingly not as thick as BCS. Pretty good but a slight disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
22oz bottle shared with my wife. Pours jet black with a tiny head. Nose is tart berries, alcohol, and sweet chocolate. Flavor is an interesting mix of tart berries mixed with sweet vanilla and chocolate. Velvety mouthfeel. Very good but definitely hotter and more tart than I remember Bramble being.

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