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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 271   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (1300) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Volle zwarte kleur met een aardige kraag. Ruikt zoet, bourbon, kers. Smaakt vol, kers, vanille en alcohol. Zware nasmaak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (1497) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good tan brown head. Smells bourbon, vanilla, cherry, rye. Tastes about the same. Low carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4135) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Works very well, better than the regular version because the cherry works to balance out the barrel here. Light bit of sourness. Pours black and syrupy like the others. Finishes sour and bitter. Roast malt and chocolate still well evident. Well balanced. Reminds me of Bring out your dead. Tap at Churchkey at Migration Week Goose Island event.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (985) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle pours black minimal head and carb. Aroma is big sweet booze and light dark fruit. Taste is big sweet bourbon minimal roast bitterness with a light tart cherry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (490) - - APR 30, 2014
2012 vintage in bottle at Church Key. Pours a still pitch black with more lacing than legs when swirled. Aroma is a cherry punch to the face, with hint of rye. Flavor is incredible: cherry and char, bourbon and bite, vanilla and dark fruit tang. Truly unique, huhzubendah.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luk_ (191) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Dark Brown-black pour with thin mocha head and nice hue. Aroma is huge dark chocolate and cherry pie. Also flavors of dark chocolate and cherry pie, though I find it artificial similar to cherry syrup and slightly medicinal. Thick oily and sticky mouthfeel. A big boy’s beer, highly flavored. Too bad it feels artificial because the aroma is spot on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle at Hay Merchant. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is booze, faint cherry, oak. Medium mouthfeel with light cherry, oak, and boozey finish. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (320) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2014
Bottle@Gothenburg-tasting Apperance: Black as night with a dark brown head. Aroma: Bourbon, Ripe cherries, Chocolate. Taste: Bourbon, Chocolate, Cherries, Alcohol, Grain. Palate: Smooth as silk with a nice sting of the alcohol in the end. Low carbonation but nowhere near flat. A very good bcbs-series. Up there among the best ones!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle courtesy of madbeerbaron. Not much cherry in the nose. Pours pitch black. No head. Not much booze in the nose. Taste has some cherry but honestly it is quite weird. Very, well, cherry, but not what I was expecting. Kind of tart and kind of astringent like chewing on fruit skin. Definitely some alcohol boost. Good but definitely interesting. Something interesting there. Hmmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrewFace (799) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a deep dark blackish color with no head. Subtle cherry aroma, light bourbon notes, big malty chocolate character. Lots of real cherry flavor, not an artificial cherry like typical beers...Like eating a cherry. Finishes with all the bourbon character you’d expect from regular bourbon county stout followed by more cherries. Tons of yumm.

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