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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 Ė 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (976) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours pitch black, minimal head. Aroma is complex. Mix of bourbon, vanilla, berries, overall sweetness. Taste is sweet up front, lots of berries. It mellows out the normal bourbon flavor, with hint of some chocolate. Nice different take on the bourbon county. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2967) - 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_ (3722) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2015
Bomber courtesy of Hackobock. Pours viscous black with a small mocha head that doesnít 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 (204) - 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 (3433) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Saved this for a special occasion and what day would be more special than when the Blackhawks won! Cracked open the beer while we waited for the Stanley Cup to arrive. Poured thick black, just like regular Bourbon County. Has that bourbon chocolate aroma that BCS has. Was sort of afraid to have a big stout with fruit, but this one is good. Very jammy tasting. Still get tons of chocolate and bourbon, but that berry jam taste is right up there. If you havenít had it, Iíd say try and trade for a bottle. Itís worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zchall23 (12) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
I love all bourbon county, but this is one of the best variants and is reminiscent of the aged Bramble Iíve had in the past with itís more balanced jamminess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1023) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle @ ōlKonsortiet summer shananigans. Loads of berries in the aroma, black currants, raspberries, (yeah, I know these barries arenít in the beer, but who cares) oak, vanilla sweetness, Mon Cheri chocolates, awesome sweetness all around. Tastes like Mon Cheri cherry liquor chocolates, a hint of spicy rye barrel and oak, soooo much barrel and berry character in this beer, and it makes for a very good dessert on its own. What a sipper, and quite a unique beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOLA_DK (376) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle share. Pitch black with a small head. Very fruity aroma. What a fantastic beer! Full bodied, medium bitterness. Fruity taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
simont1 (462) - 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. Canít help but every sip feels like the berries donít 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 (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle shared with dedollewaitor. Black body with a medium offwhite head. Rye, wood, roasted malt, acid, berries, whiskey, great.

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