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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
thick black. Creamy chocolate head. Huge boozy rye bourbon, with a perfect touch of cherry. Thick, complex and fantastic aroma. Chocolate, cherry, rye, bourbon and finishing alcohol heat all blend perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4204) - Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Wow this is awesome, huge cherry and rye flavors are balanced perfectly on the bourbon county standard beer. Way to go st. Lunatics!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrana (526) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 Very unique and interesting. Has the sticky sweet malt backbone that is typical of Bourbon County, but paired with nice flavors of cherry, almond, and rye whiskey. Has hints of cinnamon, brown sugar streusel... Tastes a bit like cherry pie. I’m amazed at how much the rye whiskey shines through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (4321) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of cherries, roasted malts, rye and oak, chocolate and coffee, and a light bitterness. Flavor the same with a little too much cherries for my palate. Thicker texture. A really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle shared with Sparky! Deep ebony/squid ink pour with a mocha head that didn’t leave a spot but stained the inside the glass. Aroma is tart cherry, spicy rye, brownie batter, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor has a weird artificial cherry cola flavor. Aspartame, Luden’s Wild Cherry cough drops, medicinal qualities. Still get some cocoa, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. A lot going on but nothing meshes well. Better as it warmed but individual attributes better than the sum of it’s parts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3431) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan froth. Nose is bourbon, chocolate and black cherry with hints of spicy rye. Almost full body; quite hot. A lingering buzz lightens a bit. Incredibly rich and tasty like a bourbon, dark chocolate covered cherry. Belgian Red meets Chocolate Yeti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4929) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
bottle share at hill farmstead’s post-3rd anniversary. pours black as hell with a minimal beige head. roasted and smoky malts, dark and burnt cherries, tobacco and ash, light vanilla and wood, some sweetness and booze. soft carbonation, medium to full body - oily and sticky. enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1355) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared by John, thanks! Pour is black with a brown head. Aroma loaded with roasted toffee malt, light vanilla, faint fruit, and a touch of booze. Flavor is also loaded with sweet toffee and vanilla malt but with a lightly tart cherry/ fruit flavor poking through. A great beer, but not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a pitch black with minimal brown head and no lacing. Aroma of spicy(rye) chocolate, cherries, vanilla, roasted malts. Taste is roasted, spices from the rye, cherries, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Full body and low to medium carb. My less favorite BCS variant to date but still very enjoyable. I’d like to see what aging would do to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3269) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Thanks to the person who brought this to HF 3rd Anniversary bottle share. Black with reddish reflects, a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of whiskey, cherries, caramel, spices, roasted malt and oak. Taste is moderately sweet with whiskey, tart cherries, spicy notes, caramel, wood, roasted malt and chocolate. Full body. Low to medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy. I didn’t like the cherries and rye combination but this is still a good complex brew. I will need to revisit this beer in a couple of month I think.

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