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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 318   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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - APR 6, 2014
Aroma - berry but awful to me. Mouth - viscous Taste - berry forward with bourbon. Surprised at how much less bourbon flavor than the coffee. Appearance - pours dark with finger head. Overall - not sure. Not sure if I just don't like fruit. Bourbon flavor is good. Berry is bad. Can't drink the whole bomber because it's too sweet. Gets much better with time but I might just be getting drunk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1791) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Sampled from a 2012 bottle. Very smooth and drinkable. Nice fruity-tart berry flavor well balances out the intense sweetness. Good roasty backbone. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (7970) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle@Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2016 - Black pour with tan head. Sweet and roasted malty with notes of sweet chocolate, some caramel, some berry fruits, sweet cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23313) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2016
Bottled at TNOD(U)RBSG2016. Black, small head. Rich vanilla aroma with some blackberry. Sweet with full body and dense, rounded mouthfeel. Licorice, sugar and vanilla, lots of black berries. Peppery warming finish. Rich, but overly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
martin00sr (2692) - Haderslev, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
TNOD(U)RBSG16. Black with small tan head. Aroma has whiskey, syrup, spice. Flavour is boozy with jammy berries and light spice. Thick mouthfeel, stille quite drinkable. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (16416) - Hasborn, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2016
Sampled @ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2016, Saturday, Day 2

65cl bottle. Pours very dark brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt, red berries, vanilla. Taste of very sweet dark malt, red berries, vanilla, some wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (16789) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2016
Malzig kirschige Aromen im Antrunk, zunehmend unsüffig werdend. Dabei steigt die Süße an, die kirschigen Noten sind ganze vorne mit dabei. Weich holzig, Tannennadeln, wenig alkoholisch. Vanille zum Ende. 12/12/12/10/11/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15165) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle, 12.7%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, berries, wood, oak, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, berries, medium sweet, bourbon, vanilla, rye, wood, warming with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (17418) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, red berries, chocolate, wood and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 200816

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16724) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle @ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering, fonefan. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, berries, fruits, chocolate, coffee, wood and hops. Nice and smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pools (28) - - JUL 14, 2016
Literally jam. Easily the best "berry stout" out there. Incredibly complex and a great sipping beer

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