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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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.


4.4
   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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryecatcher (1163) - 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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (5200) - 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 .

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2702) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2853) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle (thanks to goodbyeohio for this one)... Poured jet black with a thin forming, tan head. Aroma of bourbon soaked wood, dense malted grains, slight roast, and hint of berry ripeness. This was great! Wonderful berry flavor, cocktail-like whiskey characters. Some sweetness with warming alcohol and a nice dark chocolate and cookie-dough flavor to round it out. Quite dense and sweet making it a luscious sipper.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Black pour with no head. Aromas of raspberry, cherry, chocolate, rich toffee. Flavors mimic the aroma with multiplied intensity, tart raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, residual sweetness washes over with whiskey undertones.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 65cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, with mulberries, boysenberries and marionberries, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/fruity and slightly alcoholic/spicy, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7603) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Medium roasted malts, loganberry flavored sugar drink, and hints of chocolate. Lighter bourbon notes as well. This comes pretty close to being to sweet, and has some light boozy notes as well, but as a whole, it works for what it is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (3048) - 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.


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