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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   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 Ė or not. After your first sip, youíll agree, this beer has some real stones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2013
22oz bottle: pours an oily opaque with a thin spotty-lacing dark brown head. Has a sweet rich dark chocolate caramel and cherry nose with a healthy dose of vanilla and bourbon. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark malts well-balanced with tart cherries and oaky bourbon. Finishes smooth and sweet with some dark cherry notes. Has some unique flavors, but I prefer the regular version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a tan/burnt orange head. The aroma has vanilla, cream, dark chocolate, roasted malt, spice, licorice, hints of cherry and pretty smooth bourbon character. The body is quite full, thick and smooth with a bit of fairly gentle carbonation. Starts with very full and rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, tart cherries and good amount of fruitiness. The finish shows a bit of alcohol, but nowhere near the 13.9% thatís in this. It also shows some spice and more assertive tart with the cherries, but there is a strong enough malt base to maintain a big stout taste against it. Very well done. My favorite of the Bourbon County series.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2755) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Pours pitch black and decadent with a creamy brown head, Aroma is wonderful with dominant chocolate coverted cherries, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits and rasisin. Taste is slightly too sweet which is why I lowered the rating a tad. Still flavor is rich, full and robust with tons of cherry and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5316) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a medium sized foamy dark brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and tart cherries, band aide, bubblegum, yeasty, oak and cocoa. The flavor was rich tart cherry pie, gingerbread, pie crust, honey and whiskey. Long cherry pie and whiskey finish. There was an intense boozy presence throughout. Full bodied. Very interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2013
22oz bottle, dated 11/12/12 via trade. pretty stoked to try this for the first time tonight. pours like the classic bourbon county with a dense, oily, syrupy texture that sits black in the glass capped by a razor thin, mocha head that leaves oily rings of lace. aroma is spectacular with all the things i love about bourbon county, heavy dark chocolate, roasted malts, hints of maple, toasted oak, and subtle coconut all balanced by incredibly unique notes of red wine, black cherries, and just a hint of spice. flavor is simply remarkable with notes of subtly sweet, subtly tart black cherries, pie filling, cherry cordials, and vinous fruits up front followed by the classic flavors of rich whiskey, bakerís chocolate, dense roast, and sweet, dry oak that iíve come to love in the base beer with a hint of maple, dry coffee, and ash on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied while the interplay of the slightly tart cherries with the sweetness of the base beer keep it from being cloying. overall, this is another superbly crafter bourbon county variant. i still prefer the Rare and Vanilla but i put this right up there with Coffee. stellar.

   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 (4415) - 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 (551) - 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. Iím 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 (4508) - 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 (2938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle shared with Sparky! Deep ebony/squid ink pour with a mocha head that didnít 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, Ludenís 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 itís parts.

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