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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 268   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1429) - - APR 26, 2013
Draft. Pours black with a little off white head. Nose is bourbon barrel and tart cherries. Taste showcases the base beer but with huge cherry note. Reminds me of Hostess cherry pies. Not quite as medicinal as some make it out to be. Very sweet but not totally cloying. Pretty nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (725) - - APR 23, 2013
Black, tan head. Nose is medicinal cherry, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is cherry cordial, bourbon, vanilla. Full, silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Cheers to Bruce for providing this. Deep brown pour with a tiny tan head. The nose is very rich cherry jam. Cherry pie. Bakewell tart. Battenberg sweets. Really inviting, sweet profile that has a vivid cherry accents. Hints of earthy cinnamon and spice. The taste is more of the same. Very bright cherries. Loads of chocolate. Intense fruitiness that somehow integrates with the richer flavors. Almond caramels. Full body, smooth and rich. Quite chewy on the palate. Overall, this was way better than I expected it to be. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle for rating #4700.   Black, thin to moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Warming nose, roasty, subtle bourbon, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow.   Very soft rye and cherry emerge as it warms.   Sweet bourbon start on the tongue, vanilla, sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, marshmallow, a touch of coconut.   The cherry is a bit more pronounced on the tongue.   Smooth, sweet, roasty, and full of bourbon and cherry.   A very rich and decadent beer.   Very smooth, rich, roasty, and full of sweet vanilla and cherry, with a bourbon background.   A superb Imperial Stout, one that I am happy to try.   Thanks to BrewtopiaofPJ for this gem!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Bottle at Stout 3 & Freestyle tasting, big thanks to Bruce! It pours darkest brown (near black) with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, almond, caramel, sweet toffee, cherry and earth. The taste is rather fruity, cherry, jam, red grape, tangy fruit, roasted malt, toast, charcoal, Bakewell tart, marzipan, almond, wood and warming alcohol. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Pretty delicious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbaaron (1244) - Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2013
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 Pitch black. Quickly disappearing dark brown head with lasting ring and some swirls. Powerful aroma; balanced and complex; smoke, wood, chocolate, roasty. caramel, dark fruit - like the original but all turned down a notch to seemingly make room for the cherry - which is almost like a dark, rich cherry pie. Flavor does much the same with some of the stronger woody and smokiness mellowing out a bit for some smooth "aged" cherry to make an entrance but all coming together in a beautiful package. Would still consider the original to be superior however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2228) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Oil black pour. Nose holds definite character of the regular Bourbon County, with vanilla, marzipan, chocolate ganache, sweet chocolate and coffee notes. The flavor brings WAY WAY more cherry character, mixing that fantastic fruity sweetness with the aforementioned notes from the nose. Rich, smooth, the usual from BCBS. Stellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2013
Sampled at Craft and Draft beer festival. This is pretty much BCS with a nice sweet cherry and light rye component. The cherry comes through nicely, and you’re left with a chocolate covered cherry like beer. But, it wasn’t done poorly like so many others. A full body helps round out this beer. I’d have it again, easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
22oz bottle. Rating #110. This was pretty awesome, nice spicy rye with all the booze and fruit thrown in there, really good. (2691)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2048) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
Le caractère de la bcbs se manifeste surtout dans le chocolat complètement décadent qui, en se marriant avec la cerise cuite, donne un gâteau forêt noire assez renversant. Une touche de bourbon en finale donne un dimension interessante, belle conception.

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