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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (3047) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Pitch black colour, beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and red fruits. Fruity flavour, sweet, light sour, Bourbon, blackberry and raspberry.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZBF, Leuven. Thanks for sharing, Klaas!!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
decaturstevo (5209) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Black/brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma is sweet chocolate, rye, fruity esters, and nice abv. Flavor is same chocolate, fruitiness, abv, and a nice malt bitter finish. Medium body with smooth carbonation. extra nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. I’ve had this sitting around for awhile and figured it was time to open it up. Dark brown pour with a dark brown head. Fruity nose with bits of berry, roasted malt, and chocolate. Rich and smooth on the tongue. A nice blending of wood, berries, roast, chocolate, and rye whiskey. Full bodied with a long finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rodenbach99 (3255) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Bouteille datée du 20 novembre 2013 (1416). Une robe brune foncée avec une mousse brune. Un nez fruité, chocolat, complexe. Une bouche dense, profonde, chocolat, longue en bouche, des notes de bleuets avec du chocolat, profond. Le boisé est bien intégré. Un liquide onctueux. Dure de faire mieux. Superbe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1261) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle 1444 (?) at home, sampled at cellar temperature. Pours deep dark brown with an intense ruby red huie, beautifully coloured head but dissipating very quickly. Little bummer on that part. Aroma is rich molasse and caramel with a nice forest fruit touch to it, especially raspberries and blackberries. Don’t get the spicy notes they refer to, but I do get a little of the alcohol, and as Always, lots of the bourbon heat. Medium body, sweet and some fruity sourness, in the back quite a lot of alcohol heat. The taste is marvelous: loads of the roasty malts, coffee and a long aftertaste of pure forest fruits. I doubt a bit if the fruits are real; I miss the fruit tartness in this beer, it’s a tad too jammy and sticky. A nice beer overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (3347) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Date inscrite sur la bouteille : 20 novembre 2013. Liquide presque noir sur lequel flotte une élégante petite tête brune. Le nez est tout simplement hallucinant avec ses arômes complexes et copieux de schwarzwälder kirschtorte. En bouche, cette bière aux cerises de la Forêt-Noire est une bière montée à partir d’un biscuit à pâte battue aromatisé avec du cacao, parfumé au kirsch et fourré de cerises au sirop et de crème chantilly avec, comme décoration, des copeaux de chocolat. Une pâtisserie liquide! Au palais, un liquide indéniablement texturé et légèrement collant qui fond sur ma langue. En finale, un langoureux chocolat et sa cerise ravissante et gorgée de pur plaisir. Fantastique stout impérial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Fantastic brew, as expected. Even some head on this monster. Jammy quality, like the Bramble Rye, but slightly less in the nose and palate, and a big huge hit of chocolate and berries in the (lingering) aftertaste. Roast, cocoa, vanilla, berry jam, whiskey. Good "balance". Sticky, but ridiculously smooth for nearly 13%. A welcome addition to the BCS line (though for my money, the cheaper BCS coffee is the way to go). Best of 2014!!! So far..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at Brouwer’s for Migration Week. Really interesting twist on this brew. The berries really come through strongly, making it almost like a cordial - the bourbon and vanilla somehow migrate toward chocolate. A little overbearing; I think they actually detract from the brew. Still damn good, just not my favorite variant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mattkorsgaard (24) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at brouwers. Pours black. Sweet berry smell and flavor. Blends well with the bourbon. Good balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottled November 20, 2013.
Glass: Dogfish Head signature glass.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a fizzy/quickly dissipating brown head. It settles into a spotty coating with a dense ring.
Aroma: The aroma is big and complex. I’m getting big barrel notes (bourbon and oak tannins) along with big syrupy fruit. The aroma is a bit hot, even almost a year later. The smell comes off a bit like rubbing alcohol. Not bad, but not good.
Taste: Big raspberry intro with whiskey and cocoa during the mid. The finish is a bit boozy and the fruit is a syrupy from start to finish. Not my favorite variant by a long shot.
Palate: Thinner than I’d like and syrupy, practically no carbonation.
Overall: This comes off as a syrupy and boozy disappointment for me. I’d take many other stouts over this, especially when considering the rarity and price of this.

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