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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle shared with Sparky! Deep ebony/squid ink pour with a mocha head that didn’t 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, Luden’s 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 it’s parts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3499) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan froth. Nose is bourbon, chocolate and black cherry with hints of spicy rye. Almost full body; quite hot. A lingering buzz lightens a bit. Incredibly rich and tasty like a bourbon, dark chocolate covered cherry. Belgian Red meets Chocolate Yeti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5392) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
bottle share at hill farmstead’s post-3rd anniversary. pours black as hell with a minimal beige head. roasted and smoky malts, dark and burnt cherries, tobacco and ash, light vanilla and wood, some sweetness and booze. soft carbonation, medium to full body - oily and sticky. enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1372) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared by John, thanks! Pour is black with a brown head. Aroma loaded with roasted toffee malt, light vanilla, faint fruit, and a touch of booze. Flavor is also loaded with sweet toffee and vanilla malt but with a lightly tart cherry/ fruit flavor poking through. A great beer, but not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a pitch black with minimal brown head and no lacing. Aroma of spicy(rye) chocolate, cherries, vanilla, roasted malts. Taste is roasted, spices from the rye, cherries, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Full body and low to medium carb. My less favorite BCS variant to date but still very enjoyable. I’d like to see what aging would do to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Thanks to the person who brought this to HF 3rd Anniversary bottle share. Black with reddish reflects, a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of whiskey, cherries, caramel, spices, roasted malt and oak. Taste is moderately sweet with whiskey, tart cherries, spicy notes, caramel, wood, roasted malt and chocolate. Full body. Low to medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy. I didn’t like the cherries and rye combination but this is still a good complex brew. I will need to revisit this beer in a couple of month I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1308) - 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!

   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.

   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!

   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

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