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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
Our brewers love experimenting with their beer almost as much as they love drinking it. This unique blend, aged in rye whiskey barrels with loads of whole Michigan cherries, is the one they are proud to finally let you share with your friends at home – or not. After your first sip, you’ll agree, this beer has some real stones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ Milan-PSV warm up. Trade with Sean9689. Pours black with a very small creamy head - slowly fading. Complex nose. Flavor is Cherries, whiskey, wood, vanilla, coffee, smoke and mild alcohol warmth. Smooth, silky and soft. Overly complex and delicious. Holy scheiss!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2013
From a bomber. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and cherry with some whiskey notes. Taste is whiskey, cherry and chocolate. Another great BCS variant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11175) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2013
22oz bottle. Poured a black color with brown edges and a small sized tan head. Aromas of wood, dark cherries, vanilla, chocolate, and roast. Tastes of cherries (more than the aromas), vanilla, chocolate, roast, woody, and bourbon. Medium alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1286) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. The pour is dark with only a lacing, which holds true of the family. The aroma has faint tart cherry with only a hint of bourbon. The cherry comes through more in the taste. A dark tart cherry taste. Probably my least favorite BCBS, but it is an overall high standard. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Shared bomber with jimmeekrek. Thanks! Spicy rye aroma and some booze. 9 month old bottle. Cherry is subtle. Sweet and a little spicy. Very nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2013
GTMW - Madisons This is a big sweet BCS with a slightly tart lightly sour cherry aroma. The tartness of the cherries cut through the big sweetness of the BCS. There is some light wood and spice notes that are likely from the Rye. The tiny tartness in the finish made this my favorite BCS yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared by rschnake...thanks Rob! - Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. nose is sweet and bourbony with just a hint of cherry--dark, malty and sweet. Taste is real smooth and sweet, with a bit of bourbon and dark malt. Tons of cherries on the finish--pie cherries with vanilla. Yum. Slick and thick in the mouth. THIS is what I want Central Waters Cherry Stout to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3969) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Fobab #17
It seems like so long ago that I took these notes, I was saving this one for my 100th Imperial Stout, which is chill... but I guess I thought I would get to 100 Imperial Stouts faster than I did.

Pours black with a small head, that like always does with bourbon county sort of diminishes into that wispy littleness.

The aroma is chocolate, some fudge, some spicy alcohol, some vanilla, pungent & sweet, remarkable but without a huge cherry character in the nose.

The flavor is sweet, with plenty of nice rich cherry flavor which matches well with the chocolate and roastiness, there is a fairly nice level of warming and spicy alcohol notes, which I would have expected to be terrible with the cherry flavor but it works pretty harmoniously here. Of course bourbon is a big flavor here with lots of woody, vanilla, & whiskey character going on.

This & Coffee have been my clear favorites in the Bourbon County series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2013
22oz bomber pours motor oil black with a thin brown head. Roasted malt bourbon oak aroma. Sweet cherry taste up front that fades to a vanilla oak taste. Great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15593) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle @ home thanks to Jake. Black pour with a tan head. Really strong cherry aroma. Vanilla, rye, and chocolate. Booze, some licorice, roasted malt, molasses, and cherry pie. Really nice flavor. Big cherry pie, vanilla, and rye. Molasses, spices, roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. Some oak, booze, and a light tartness.

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