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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 303   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 – or not. After your first sip, you’ll agree, this beer has some real stones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours out black with an almost not there medium sized tan head. Aroma is of cherries, lots of cherries. Chocolate, mild boozy notes, wood and some roast. Taste is very complex with a silky smooth mouthfeel, lots of cherries, chocolate, wood, fruity sweetness, roast and a mild bit of some boozy notes from the whiskey. This was one of the best variants to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (3569) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Last beer of the BCBS variations, completed the list now. Pours a pitch black beer with a small brownish head on top. Aroma of coco, cherries, red fruits, some vineous stuff, slight bourbon. Flavor is sweet and very fruity, like the Bramble Rye, but now less overpowering. A big boozy background and fruity front makes this quite enjoyable to drink. Both the cherries and the whiskey are easily picked out alongside some chocolate notes. Again the base beer is present, but tweaked into something slightly different. Smooth silky finish. Another great example here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (632) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Not as rich and complex as the other fruit-beer (backyard). Just bourbon county beer with some cherry hints. No added layer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (6191) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Sample at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen. Poured a deep mahogany witn a round bubbly tan head. The aroma is rich roasty, alcohol bitter, red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate acid sour light sweet with a rich cherry malt yeast acid palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (550) - GERMANY - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle from Greg, thank you very much! Pours a viscous black color, which turns mahogany at the edge of the glass. In an unusual manner for Bourbon County, this variant produces actually a small, dark brown head immediately after pouring. Has Amarena like cherry aromas, which blend well into the Bourbon qualities, with vanilla, oak, more molasses than cocoa nibs and calming, earthy, toasted malts. I am not yet entirely sure, if the sherries push it a little to far, or if it just adds character to the beer. It certainly confirms the sweet, desert like character of the beer, while at the same time it distracts from the fantastic chocolate and malt qualities of the regular Bourbon County. It certainly goes well with the intriguing rye barrel, while reminding me of a fruit liqueur, which got a decent amount of heat to it, among wooden vanilla notes. First of all, the mouthfeel of this is incredibly smooth, while it ends a bit hotter than expected. The beer leaves the palate with a warming alcohol glow on its way down to the belly. The cherries are noteable from the very beginning, they form an elementary part of the foundation of the brew, instead of acting as a gimmick. They do come along with a ripe, slightly fermented, sticky Amarena sweetness, blending a little bumpy into the chocolate qualities of the beer, as the cherries seem to be a bit too present on the tongue, due to their slightly tart fruit sugar sweetness, which is a bit too much to handle for the malts. The barrel though comes out very well, while its appearance changes into a liqueur, sweeter direction, with vanilla and a gentle amount of wood to it. Bakers chocolate, as well as scorched, earthy malts no longer act actively on their own, but do play the counterpart to the cherries, and are bound to balance the brew. During the finish, due to the enhancing barrel character, the cherries reach their peak. An almost sour, burning hot, fermented fruitiness sets itself above all other flavors, while earthy malts tend to shine still through. This leads to a long, fruity Amarena finish, ending with slightly delayed, earthy cherry-stone hints among creamy bakers chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1517) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle shared by Damien and Lona. Pours an opaque dark black with a ring of tan head. Aroma and taste booze, malts, fruits, and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (850) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
Pour "standard" Bourbon County black, with a big fluffy mocha brown head, that turns into a ring of tan head. Aroma is packed with bourbon, vanilla notes, wet wood, chocolate fudge, bourbon soaked cherries, chocolate covered cherry truffle with some delicious booze in the middle, roasted malts, meaty smoke (a little like bacon, and we all know bacon makes everything better) ... My god this right here is some tasty shiiiit... Taste is pretty sweet, with some slight slight bitterness in the middle.. Quite the balance eh...!! Oily n’ thick bodied, with a somewhat flat carbonation. Just the way I like it yo... Thanks a big bunch to mr. greg for this bad boy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Pours murky dark brown with ruby highlights, low head. Smells amazing, whiskey, cherries, chocolate and roast. Tastes sweet chocolate, juicy cherry, boozy whiskey, spice, wood, some acidity and bitterness from the fruit too. Full body, soft carb. This was the highlight of the night, better than Chocolate Rain, Dark Lord and everything else.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2012 bottle->snifter. Black with small tan head. Wood, cherry, cocoa, booze. Wonderful balance, BCBS with tart up-notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
22oz bottle - 2012 vintage - pours brown with a cloudy red hue . Slightly boozy cherry aroma . Taste is sweet cherry licorice with a sweet bourbon finish . Outstanding ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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