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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 268   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12243) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Paul. Pours black-brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma holds a lovely blend of chocolate and ripe berries, with understated roasted malts. Big sweet flavor, quite juicy, with lots of raspberry, strawberry, balanced chocolate, soft roast, light booze, touches of burnt wood. Full bodied with fine, almost spritzy carbonation, lightly warming to finish with sticky fruit sugars, dark malts, more chocolate, cherry, raspberry, blackberry. Some lingering alcohol heat. Exceedingly drinkable. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (942) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Rate 800. Bottle shared by AirForceHops, thanks Chris! Pours purple brown with a hint of off white head. Aroma is blackberry jam, slight bourbon. Taste is like regular Bourbon County with fresh blackberry / raspberry jam. Very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9151) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle shared by kermis @ Kermis’ birthday party. Many thanks for sharing this one Chris! Big want for me. Opaque pitch black color, small dark brown head. Aroma is malts, huge barrel aging in there, liquor, sweetish alcoholic notes with some dried and overripe fruits. Taste malts, wood, liquor, lightly dried and overripe fruits again. A bit dry finish, thinner texture than I had expected, medium body and carbonation. If it was a little thicker I would have really loved it, now it’s ’just’ very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewMoose (83) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
22oz bomber. Pours black with small tan head. Jelly and marmalade aromas. Slight alcohol taste. Very roast and fruity. Slightly spicy from the rye. Finishes thick and tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9736) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. Malty, toasty and fruity; the aroma shares tons of fudge, rye whiskey and dark berries. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor furnishes sweet chocolate, rye whiskey and dark berries. Boozy, warming finish. World class brew! Better than Bramble.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1774) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
2013 bottle at Eulogy in late 2014. Wow! Tremendous dark berry flavors in a great balanced stout. Pitch black pour. Small beige head quickly retreats to a slim but lasting ring. Super rich black mulberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries cordials. Bit of heady booziness at the top. Solid, though thin, dark molasses malt syrup underneath. Huge wide notes. Spicy rye finish balances things out nicely. The best dark berry Stout I have ever had! Please drink warm!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danyel (1130) - Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is coconut, sweet, lots of caramel, berries, blueberry, raspberry. Taste is full-bodied, smooth, silky, rich, great flavor. This beer is amazing!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1076) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with creamy brown head that settled. Aroma is berries, chocolate, oak, slight ethanol. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with an ethanol Finish. Overall this is a fantastic brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (970) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 4, 2014
22oz bottle thanks to bytemesis! Pours dark rich black brown with small tan head. Nose is rich earthy chocolate, musty fruit and berries, some dusty cocoa and cake and balanced bourbony fruit. Taste is super creamy and silky on the palate, rich decadent dark chocolate cake meets semi sweet mixed berries, bourbony fruit, and oaky vanilla notes with chocolate covered cherries in an incredibly harmonious package. Finish is chocolate dipped strawberries and fruity dark cocoa cake and subtle sticky brownie batter with touches of bourbon spice. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time. Amazing!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Black pour little purple hue to it. No head really. Oily thick. BlackBerry jam hint of oak with bourbon and chocolate. Silky nice barrel presences lots of berry sweetness. So good. Thick body light carbonation.


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