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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 284   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1273) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour...dark brown with no head. Nose...crushed cherries, cherry tart, cherry crisp (you get the idea). Palate...sweet and savory with, guess what...cherries! The cherry pie flavour really comes through as does a cherry compote infused with kirschwasser. The cherry (sorry to drone on about the cherry theme) is the key feature here but it is soooooo fabulously done!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Syrupy black pour with almost no head. You can make out a slight reddish tint if you hold it up to the light. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries with a little booze/spice. Flavor is similar. Very intense beer. I almost think I would like this better without the bourbon notes, but still quite good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours a dark black with a thin malty, red tint. Aroma is fantastic. Bourbon, malt, chocolate and tons is cherry. Taste is much the same and excellent! One of the most original tasting beers I’ve had. Palate is similar. As the beer warms it has even more intense flavors. Cherries seem to dominate the flavors. Glad to have had such a rare beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
NYC Trip Beer #10. The bottle list at the Guilty Goose rolled deep. Split the bottle four ways with my wife and some friends we had met for drinks. Poured nearly black with a touch of red. The Cherry flavor permeates and perfectly balances this imperial stout. This beer would be fantastic as a desertif; I would love to use it as such at some future dinner party (if I can ever find it again). Bottle - Guilty Goose - New York, NY

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dctriman (59) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
Actually prefer regular BCBS and BCBCS over this one. I didn’t think the cherry flavor matched well with the rest of the beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
From a 22oz bottle - not sure who brought this based on my notes. Poured a black color, light tan-colored head. Aroma was roasted malts, smooth bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate - lots of tart cherries. Flavor reminds me of canned cherries - syrup notes. Alcohol is there, but for almost 14% - it does get masked more than I expected it would. Pretty tasty!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (1825) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
22oz bottle: huge thanks to brewtopia..Pour is dark with a dark tan head that fades..Nose is sweet and sour cherries,vanilla, fudge,chocolate,wet wood..Taste is amazing nutty fudge,rich,chocolate cake,vanilla,cherry,very balanced sweetness, the flavor gets very bold when it hits your palate. Wow, such and amazing beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (10366) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3905) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (16546) - , 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!


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