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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 Ė or not. After your first sip, youíll agree, this beer has some real stones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2013
Virtually inexistant rim around red-shot black beer. Cherry-chocolate, sweet, Bourbon, vanilla; íover the topí and yet somewhere perfectly acceptable. Sweet, cherry and CINNAMON, to the extent that I seriously suspect itís been added. Quite sweet, Belgian buns, cinnamon apples. Rich, alcoholheat, feels more spritzy than it looks. The cinnamon thing disturbs me... Really swet, not really fruity. Decadent, in a homely way. Thanks to the donator!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
My favorite of the three versions that I sampled. A big strong cherry presence. Pie like taste. The rye spice adds a good note to counterbalance that sweetness. Those two flavors are more than the bourbon which prefer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (533) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
P: Jet black with a spotty brown head, and reddish lacing. S: Oak, some spice rye licorice, and just a hint of oak. T: Really sweet cherry, cherry pie, some peppermint candy, some caramel and just a hint of oak. It finally finishes with warm bourbon. M: Full body, low to medium carbonation, syrupy. O: I really enjoyed this one, the cherries stay with you forever. Awsome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Pour is jet black with a small amount of dark caramel head. Nose has whiskey up front, some light malt body with a strong sweetness behind. Overly sugary but a fair amount of cherry. Taste is also overly sweet in the finish, the whiskey is up front, the malt is more pronounced, a bit more rich chocolate fudge but no where near rare and much less than regular bcs. The cherry dominates the finish and seems overly sweet. Body is slightly oily, not as big as I remember other bcs bottles, fairly nicely carbonated, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2013
The 22oz bomber pours with a deep dark brown body that has deep ruby red edges and supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweetness, rich nectar like cherry juice notes and heading into molasses, sweet bourbon and coconut. Dang, there is a sizeable load of heat waiting for your snoot at the end of the draw. The taste is rich and smooth with sweet cherries and almost sweetened dark currants mixing with boozy heat and smooth bourbon. In the background is a pleasing boozy chocolate fudge cake and dark roasted maltiness providing solid footing for this beer. Nice rich cherry forward beer.

   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 (5014) - 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 (2988) - 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 (5768) - 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.

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