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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 306   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
simont1 (530) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2015
Aroma of blackberries, truffle chocolate, honey, licorice, with fainted butterscotch honey bourbon, very vinous and jam like quality to the berries, which becomes overwhelming the more you drink. The berries are frontiers in the taste completely, quite acidic and a jam like quality to it, a bit like sour blackberries with a vinous bourbon finish with lots of oak tannin. Can’t help but every sip feels like the berries don’t mix in and seems the worsen the beer more than improve. Mouthfeel was quite thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2650) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle shared with dedollewaitor. Black body with a medium offwhite head. Rye, wood, roasted malt, acid, berries, whiskey, great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15325) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle @ Very Warm Random Summer - Whalez Tasting with Hallinghansen. Pours black with a small beige head and lacings. Thanks Jacob. Cherries, Wood, coffee and chocolate. Vinous and smooth. Lovely and sippable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiiruBierBeer (917) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smells of stout and berries. Low carbonation. Tastes like a nice roasty stout up front with a really delicious jammy berry aftertaste that lasted 10-20 seconds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2015 I was expecting just about nothing out of this and I was surprised that this was one of my favorite Bourbon County variants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (883) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
You know what bourbon county looks like, and this is no exception. Aroma is really delicious, with plenty of chocolate, sticky bourbon, barrel, vanilla, caramel, and some jammy jam from the berries. The berries are really well integrated, and adds another layer of complexity to this boss of a stout. Slight roasted malts, slight coffee. Really well made. Taste is quite sweet up front, with faint roasted bitter notes. The berries add some slight acidity to it, but it suits this, pretty sweet and slick stout, pretty well. Mouthfeel seems a little more watery than the original Bourbon County, but is still somewhat oily and semi thick viscous. Slight heat in the throat, but not bad at all. I dig this 4sho.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
Bombe obtained via trade. Bottled 20 nov 2013. Couleur noire huile de moteur, huileux au verre, col café au lait. Bouquet est surprenant, et je ne m’attentais pas à ce que ce stout malgré sa base fort maltée offre autant de caractère de ces nombreuses baies, dont bon nombre sont inconnues pour moi; apparemment des variétés de mûres sauvages. Retrouve en rétro une parfaite balance d’alcool, chocolaté et de barrique Whisky. Palais est également immense, chaleur/booze, chocolaté, caramel, barrique touche de vanille et seigle. Baies-mûres apportent une certaine fraicheur fruitée et ce profil très fruité noir. Fini est sec. Dur à décrire mais le tout est raffiné à souhait, complexe. L’épaisseur des malts se mélange en harmonie avec le côté suret des fruits. Grandiose!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Countbeer (5918) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle: Chouffe glass: Black beer with a small (light) brown head. Aroma of roast, honey, whiskey, beautiful red fruit, hint of soy, delicious sweet ish aroma. Flavour has delicious red fruit with smooth roast and bitters, some wood and whiskey, sweet chocolate, soy, beautiful! Aftertaste is bitter, red fruit, roast, whiskey, malt/rye. Low carbo, soft close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (479) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ a friend’s place, thursday may 21. Thanks to Jdizzle1. Pours pitch black With a tiny brown head. Aroma is vinous, fruity, coffee, strawberry and vanilla. Flavour is light bitter and heavy sweet. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is vinous and very sweet. To be enjoyed in small quantities because otherwise this will be too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (675) - GERMANY - APR 13, 2015
Many thanks to Ron for the bottle. Yields a viscous, completely black color, with a very small head, which leaves back a thin, brown lacing, while the beer turns ember at the edges of the glass. Reveals aromas of milk chocolate, toffee, a faint coffee infusion and scorched walnuts. There is also oak, vanilla and a sweet, alcoholic berry fruitiness. Incedibly complex nose, with berries working very well with hot Bourbon, reminding me of pralines, while vanilla accentuates both the barrel and the marmelade fruits. Drinks very, very smooth, with a lower carbonation, revealing the beer’s full body. Sweet, sugar rolled, fruits are recognizable from the very beginning, accompanied by chocolate, molasses and burned, rich malts. Then the barrel not only lends its wooden qualities to the taste, but also its luscious, slightly biting heat. While the fruits are well pronounced, they are perfectly integrated into the beers chocolate maltiness, without overpowering the overall taste. Berries and Bourbon blend together to a hot peak on the palate, which’s aftermath reveals warm wood, earthy chocolate and a flowery dryness. During its finish, the beer develops a syrupy caramel note among the alcoholic berries. Overall this is a fantastic beer. It exhibits a fantastic depth of various flavors, all coming together in great harmony. My biggest concern, too much marmelade, turned out to be false. The fruits are prominent on their own, while they add a sugar glazed liquorice impression, blending flawlessly in the hot Bourbon and character of the brew.

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