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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 320   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
MarcoDL (4222) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle @ Abijen’s Christmas non-tick tasting. Aroma of strong vanilla, earthy cream and cherry. Rich thick flavor of cherry, vanilla, roasted malt, cream, red fruit, mildly tart fruit core and a long lasting delicious finish. Piece of art this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6682) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle @ Abijen’s Christmas non-tick tasting, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of chcolate, cookie, biscuit, roast, bit vanilla. Bit sweet in taste, chocolate, touch of roast, cookie. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bosbouw (2691) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt vol, vanille, crème, koffie. Smaakt vol herfstfruit, vanille, koffie. Beetje alcohol. Mooie volle afdronk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abijen (2512) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
Donker bruin bier met een kleine beige schuim kraag. Ruikt overrijp fruit, vanille, geroosterd. Smaakt vanille, rood fruit, chocolade, geroosterd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
popway (167) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Ruby red colour, berrilicious, sweet rich aroma, fruity booze Surprised that I didn’t rate this two years ago on New Years. That one had tannins (sigh) Quite a heavyweight

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1374) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle pour @ Noble Fir for Cubs playoff game. Pours thick deep inky black with reddish brown notes and very thin head. Aroma is big chocolatey roasty malt, tons of fresh coffee, then sizable bourbon cut by crisp spicy rye on the finish. Dry oaky notes throughout. Taste is similar - heavy chocolate, coffee, and bourbon; rich syrupy mouthfeel. Tart dark cherries show up here as well and add a nice flavor. Rye and age seem to mellow the sharp boozy notes you sometimes see in younger Bourbon County versions. Layer after layer of rich flavor, this is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, red berries, raw sugar, chocolate, wood, light vanilla, licorice and sweet alcohol. Taste is medi sweet, light sour and light bitter with notes of chocolate, red berries, bourbon and wood. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Lots of berry presence, quite different from the other variants.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2015
Bomber courtesy of Hackobock. Pours viscous black with a small mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace but some legs on the glass. Smell is malty and fruity with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, charred wood, blackberries, raspberries, dark chocolate, coffee, moist soil, dried pine needles and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, slightly sour, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is round, tart, astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and slightly sour with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, sour berries, moist soil, black pepper corns and bourbon alcohol. Sour berries very much run over the bourbon county base. Sour berries and astringent pits. Fun beer but ruined bourbon county version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (455) - DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
Drinking this out in the open, campfire going and cant see how it pours. Bet it looks good... The smell is like dark chocolate with blackberry and cherry filling. Fruity! Clear bcbs backbone in the taste but with candied, jammy qualities. The afteretaste is sweet and ultra rich with even some sour berry notes. Vulgar and charming at the same time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 23, 2015
At a massive tasting in Brussels. Backyard 2013 pitch black with a minimal head and a sweet wine like mulberry and blackberry aroma - wonderfully appetizing fruitiness. Med-light bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Heat, chocolate, berries and whiskey. Delicious.

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