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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 319   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Ignace at Hopduvel. Oily black pour. Aroma is quite fruity, nice chocolate, very desserty, black forest cake. Taste is sweet, not too boozy, very fruity and chocolaty. Palate is rich, silky. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (11000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared at Hopduvel, Gent, big thanks to Bobochamp. Pours black with no real head. Aroma of is like a Black Forest gateau, combined with an over grown backyard with berries. Chocolate and caramel. Thick and chewy in the mouthfeel with heavy sweetness and moderate bitterness. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1547) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle. Pour is black, small head. Aroma and flavor of grape jelly with roasted malt and rich toffee notes. Not overly sweet and not overly fruity. A nice balance. My favorite berry BCS berry variant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle at Max’s for his birthday. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head that mostly appears through agitation. Big sweet berries on the nose, a hint of bourbon and vanilla. On the thicker side of medium-bodied, quite sweet, roast, chocolate, warm bourbon. Lingering sweetness and berries on the finish as it warms and gets a touch boozy. Very nice, but I certainly would not want to drink a whole bomber by myself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
25/II/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-210) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, no head. Aroma: lots of chocolate, cherry liquor (Mon Chérie), sweet, lots of red berry candy, more chocolate. MF: no carbon, full body. Taste: very fruity, raspberry jam, nice fruity sourness, some sweet chocolate and caramel underneath, more red fruits jam, nice mix of sweet and sour. Aftertaste: chocolate, vanilla, lots of raspberries, strawberry jam. Wow, this is amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks dude. pours very dark brown, red tint, with a small beige head, some retention and lacing. silky milky and dark chocolate, berry-plenty, juicy fruitiness blend in very well in these dense roasted malts, wood, flowery and just a tad perfumey - never disturbing, some sweetness - molasses and buckwheat honey, spices, pinch of dirt, smoke and grassy resin. moderate to low carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, fruity-oaky-resinous-grassy-spicy finish. moderate drinkability considering its abv - a good sipper. elegant, distinctive and tasty. much enjoyed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle 22oz. Pours black with very low to no (beige) head. Aroma is of flowers, perfume, alcohol, fruits, berries. Taste is of flowers, perfume, roasted malt, sweetness, alcohol, berries, molasses. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Pretty good, but way too heavy on berries, flowers and perfume to be as outstanding as other BCS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is boysenberry and rye. Medium mouthfeel with a strong berry upfront with the rye finish, nice and jammy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Thanks Scott. Dark and roasty; assorted berries underneath show themselves and balance nicely against the barrel, yet the fruit is more subtle than in Bramble. Sweetness at the end, light burn as it descends. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5272) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle (22 oz). Thanks to Rich and Dan who both sent me one! Pitch black with a small tan head and no lacing. Aroma is of blackberries and other berries, perfume, roasted malt, light spiciness, hints of chocolate and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet (fruit sweetness) and very fruity (berries) for an Imperial Stout along with perfume notes, roasted malt, light spiciness and alcohol. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick and somewhat oily. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Good fruity Russian Imperial Stout. One of my least favorite declension of BCS because of the perfume character. Still really good.

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