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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demmbonz (624) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Shared bomber to snifter. Dark and thick. Sweet berry aroma. Sweet and delicious. Super strong berry flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle shared by DalzAle. Pours black with no head. Aroma is raspberry jam, I can almost smell the seeds. Flavor is raspberry bourbon, really excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1879) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle shared by Greg @ Armin’s - thanks!!! Really like this. Dark BCS pour with very little head. Fruity, less sweet and fruity than cherry or bramble, slightly tart. Big bourbon and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour, no carbonation and an aroma of boysenberries and chocolate. Flavor is strong boysenberries, raspberry jam, and then cocoa and your well rounded BCS on the aftertaste. Pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (7271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of raspberry, dark berry, hints of chocolate, roast, coffee, slight molasses, vanilla, hints of earth. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, nice dark berry, raspberry, hints of earth, grain, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1584) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pour is jet black with a light caramel colored head. Nose has rich fudge with notes of charred wood and bourbon. Light tobacco note behind with a hint of the fruity sweet berries as it warms. The taste has a ton of sweetness. The rich malt is an afterthought in the flavor and the nice bourbon and wood notes in BCS struggle to even make an appearance. The sweet fruity berries are incredibly strong, overly sweet, albeit bright. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a hint chewy. The sweetness lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Somehow my rating didn’t show up form when I rated this when it came out. Anyway from my knowledge.....Black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, deep bittersweet chocolate, mild tart dark berries with hints of oak and bourbon. Flavor is thick and similar throughout with tart dark berries in the end. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 22 oz. bottle, sent from chrisrburns (thanks a lot, Chris), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is extremely jammy, with shitloads of berries, followed by bourbon. Flavour is hugely jammy, with all kinds of berry notes, loads of jam, and some light rye notes. Totally different than the base beer - the berries steal the show. The bourbon flavour is not very prominent at all, aside from the heat. This is a jam bomb. Great variant, but nowhere close to one of the best BCS variants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1992) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours oily black brown with a super quick little wispy tan head that leaves a small spot in the middle of the glass. Aroma is really typical Bourbon County with roasted malt little coffee and chocolate subtle vanilla and marsh mellow not really getting much berry notes. Taste has a nice berry flavor good jam taste along with the bourbon vanilla marsh mellow and coffee roasted malt even a slight tart finish. Palate is full slick and sticky. Very Very good! Alcohol is extremely well hidden!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (1025) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Tap at FOBAB. Really nice. BCBS with amazing fruit notes. Way better fresh than Cherry or Bramble ever were.

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