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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 304   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
demmbonz (702) - 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 (3134) - 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 (3676) - 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 (1418) - 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 (14042) - San Leandro, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ Armin’s apartment, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks Armin! Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Somewhat boozy/warming, rich chocolate, caramel, toffee, light cherry, whiskey aroma. Quite roasty, tart cherry, big boozy dark chocolate, caramel, caramel, tangy, sweet whiskey flavor. Lot of booze but fucken delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle with friends courtesy of Armin. Thanks man!! Pour is deep, viscous black with a small brown head that quickly dissipated. Big rasins, figs, prunes, roasty, light cocoa, dark cherries, a touch of coffee, molasses, and leathery aroma. Taste is big roasty, tart cherry, light bourbon, woody, dark chocolate, dark fruits, leather, earthy, and coconut with a touch of alcohol burn on the backend. Thick/syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Dark chocolate covered cherries and the alcohol is hidden beautifully and the barrel doesn’t dominate. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks nightrider! Thick black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of rye, whiskey, nice bourbon notes, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, hints of roast, touch of oak, slight cherry notes, pretty nice. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, hints of nice bourbon, whiskey, hints of rye, slight cherry, finishing fairly sweet, nice vanilla, coconut notes. Nice beer, but like the regular better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Bottle at EBT2 2013. Shared with Mathieu87 and Joris. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: very sweet, somewhat boozy, little sourness, some bourbon. TASTE: little cinnamon, vanilla, very sweet, bourbon, quite boozy, caramel sweetness, some coffee. AMAZING!

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