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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2014
The aroma is chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, spicy, berries, fruity. Thick oily black appearance, thin tan head. The flavor is nice, berries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, light whiskey, light spiciness. Very nice. The finish is spicy, whiskey. Thick in body, oily mouthfeel. Very, very nice. Bit of a slow start with the aroma and appearance, but a strong finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (461) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Poured from a bottle during a Super Bowl party. Pours the typical thick, black BCBS pour. Aroma is immediately sweet, berry like. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate. The taste is very sweet. Almost no bourbon taste in this one. Lots of berries. Too much for me. They over did the berries. This doesn’t hold the character of the BCBS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deekyn (1421) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
A- pours an opaque black with burgundy edges. When agitated, faint head is a medium tan. No lacing to speak of. S- blackberry compote, boysenberry, browned butter, brown sugar, rye, musty wood, light zinc, licorice, marmalade, some chocolate, with an alcohol burning the back of the nose. M- medium to heavy oily body with a sweet heavy palate. Carbonation is mild. T- tangy boysenberry, butter and alcohol up front. Middle turns to fudge brownie, brown sugar and biscuits, baked crust, and light dates. Ending is clean with medicine, grass, rhubarb, and some dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2014
It poured a hazy reddish/brown color with a tan head. The aroma was moderate to heavy dark toasted grain malts, alcohol and vanilla wood. It was medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. The taste was moderate to heavy dark earthiness with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bomber bottle via Hopscotch (yeah I had to get someone from FLA to send me this beer) and served in my BCS snifter: Lovely integration of sweet and sour berries with rye whisky barrels, char and chocolate along with some smoke, tobacco and toffee too. Mikey Likey

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
22oz bottle shared at Brouwer’s cafe. Pours a black color with a slight crimson hue with a light tan head that leaves light lacing. Smells of roasted malt, bourbon, berries, and oak. Tastes of the same things in the smell with slight spice rye notes from the barrel used and a slight tartness from the berries. Mouthfeel is full. Bodied, and creamy with great carbonation. This was very good all around. Nice use of berries in the aging process. The rye whiskey barrel used added a nice flavor as well. Perfectly crafted in my opinion. A little pricey but worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2991) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bomber, shared by Tony I think. Pours black with a small head that fades to a ring. Aroma is dark roasted malt and berries mixed with light coconut, vanilla, and caramel. Taste has an even bigger berry taste than I thought it would. Fairly sweet, which mixes well with the bitter dark roast. Not much bourbon taste, just some wood, vanilla, and very light coconut. Interesting version of BCS. I think I’d like it even more if the berries were a bit more subtle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2014
22oz bottle via trade. pours syrupy, rich, and smooth like all the BCS variants and sits black in the glass capped by a thin, mocha head with great retention that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is fantastic huge notes of rich, spicy rye whiskey, caraway seeds, baker’s chocolate, and deep roast complimented by mashed blackberries, boysenberry jam, subtle blueberries, and hints of coconut. flavor is wonderful as well with tart, semi-sweet berry notes coming the forefront ahead of heavy, rich chocolate, mocha coffee, roast, and spicy rye with just a touch of vanilla, oak, and pralines on the back end. palate is smooth, rich, and dense as all the BCS variants are but the spicy rye and berry notes add lively texture making this one truly unique. overall, another winner in the BCS family and I definitely like this one more that I expected to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is burnt and roasted malts, coffee, dark berries, sweet alcohol burn. Taste is a roasted berry sweetness, with hints of chocolate and coffee bitterness. Big boozy punch. Full body with a lingering burnt berry bitter sweetness. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AHSlowhand (45) - - JAN 25, 2014
Super fruity all around. Amazing how well these berries work with the intense roasty coffee flavors. A little too sweet for me, but still amazing!!

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