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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 277   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (10056) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is cherry, roast and chocolate malt with spicy rye. Flavor is sweet malt and cherry with spicy rye and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Draft at Cannery Row Brewing. Nose is chocolate covered cherries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and extra cherries. Pitch black with a virtually nonexistent head. (Did Tommie at Lost Abbey brew this?) Flavor is cherries, chocolate, and light bourbon from the syrupy body. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
17th April 2013
Stouts III Tasting. Thanks to Bruce for this belter! Almost opaque dark brown beer, little tan head. Palate is smooth and slightly viscous with fine carbonation. Sweetish dark chocolate with a little aniseed and spice. Malt cream. Lovely morello cherry, not too sweet. Little rye spice. Touches of marzipan and almond. Finishes sweet and mildly spicy. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3553) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle @ ZeeBra Extreme Beer Festival 2013. Pitch black pour. Aroma is roasty, cherries, fruity, smooth and burnt. Flavor is slightly sour, sweet, quite bitter, roasted, a bit messy. One of the lesser Bourbon County brews, but still great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4031) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle @ ZeeBra. Aroma has big sour cherry and other red fruits, also stout in the background. Flavour is liquorice, roast and slight sour cherry with a faint bready whiskey notes. Awesome combo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle pours very dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma cherry, malts, whiskey. Taste dark fruits, dark cherry with faint rye and strong caramel malts. Rich full thick palate. Finish mainly a continuation of the taste.

I enjoyed this more than the bramble, which was very fruit forward with a BCS behind it. This beer integrates the fruit very well to make a unique taste of it’s own.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3790) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 5, 2013
Pitch black, small head. Cherry, very clearly present, bay leave, raisin, bit of chocolate. Heat of sherry, cherry and sweetness. Nice, special, if you like sweetness of booze. Interesting aromas, must try. (Zeebra)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
(22oz bottle) clearish deep brown, few bubbles. Nose of rich sour real cherry, light spicy rye, milk chocolate, rich barrel. Taste of real cherry juice, light chocolate syrup, complex, well integrated, medium thick body, sweet real cherry linger. No medicinal cherry here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thejosko (5) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013 does not count
I brought this bottle to DLD13 with anticipation of sharing with other beer aficionados. Sadly, the DLD experience has changed over the years as the goal of monetizing the event took an obvious role this year. Oh well. Good on them. An oily black pour with a off-white / tan head. Bursting with wood, roast, dark chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow. Dark fruit at times but with a resounding caramel backbone. Very rich with the full complexity shining as it warmed in my glass. Balanced mouth feel. Not cloying but on the sweet side. Bourbon and sweetness took over as it warmed to room temp. A truly superb imperial stout and one of my favorite BCS variants.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1623) - - 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

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