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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 268   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (1406) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Sweet. Cherry. Rye whiskey, notes of the beer that is BCS but just too cherry medicine sweet to really appreciate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluffy (1676) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2014
after over a year of trying to get this, i finally had it at a tasting. and yeah, it was totally worth it. amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1458) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
On tap at Wooly Mammoth.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a dense and creamy tan head.
Aroma: Earthy, oaky, hints of whiskey and smoke.
Taste: Very complex, huge earthy tones with chocolate and a big underlying medicinal cherry flavor. The whiskey flavorsare balanced nicely, adding a hint of spice and caramel along with ethanol. Surprisingly not much booze is shown.
Palate: Thick and lightly carbonated.
Overall: I enjoyed two 8 ounce glasses in an hour and a half. Despite me not being in love with this I find it worth buying twice since I had the opportunity. There’s very little booze burn, which is a surprise for a beer this high in ABV . I wouldn’t recommend seeking this out, but it’s worth a buy if you see it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1935) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Bottle: Pitch black body with a slowly forming, dark-tan head made of fine bubbles that recedes to a collar very quickly. Aroma is heavy barrel; oak, warm bourbon, vanillin, hint of coconut in the back-end. Definitely Bourbon County. Slight cherry notes, a touch of oozing sweetness, although not as strong as I’d like it. Mild burnt brown sugar in the finish. Taste has much more cherry to it... Light tartness, jolting the taste buds; sweet cherries, sticky molasses & brown sugar, overly roasted malts, boozy bourbon soaked oak, dark chocolate fudge, faint vanilla. The cherries leave a chalky hint in the aftertaste; a sweet booziness lingering for days. Probably my least favorite Bourbon County variant to date. Not that it was bad... it wasn’t. It just didn’t tickle my fancy quite like the other ones did (especially the fruited ones).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (1368) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 4/23/13. Bottle dated 11/12/12 poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, cherries, coconut. Tasting notes of chocolate, cherries, dark fruit, coconut, bourbon. Warm finish. Full body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2216) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is cherry cordial slightly medicinal with a nice roasted chocolate background lots of bourbon character. The palate follows the nose but the cherry flavor is a touch weird like in the nose. The booze level is high and the burn is apparent from mid to late palate. Just disjointed... some good parts but the parts never really come together harmoniously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBeer45 (1255) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Sampled from a bottle, this beer had a black-brown pour and gave a thin layer of tan colored bubbles that receded quickly to a few spots of bubbled islands and small ring, there was a few small spots of lacing as I drank, aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey liquor, chocolate, some prune and fig dark fruit with some cherry fruit in the background, a little chocolate cake, molasses and fruit sweetness, it had flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, cherry fruit, whiskey liquor with a little dark fruit, the finish had roasted malt and a liquor bite, the cherry fruit was more evident on the mouth than the nose, the mouth feel was full, it was a little creamy and coated the palate, there was some warming on the mouth and throat, it had soft to average carbonation, this was a nice Impy stout, it had a good mix of impy roasted malt, chocolate and cherry fruit with whiskey liquor, a very nice drink to be enjoyed on a cold Winter evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
On tap at Riverview. Poured pitch black with very thin ring of cream. Sweet cherry aroma but also slight sour. Very light carb med thick bod. Taste is a wonderful tart cherry and choc with bourbon hiding in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2295) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2014
On tap, pours pitch black with a light brown head and some lacing in the glass, looks like all the other bcs variants, aroma is crazy, tons of chocolate mixed in with the bourbon and vanilla from the barrel, the flavor is sweet on the front end with an awesome amount of chocolate with cherry in the finish, doesn’t come across as artificial though, bourbon is there but doesn’t over power it. Sweet, but that’s what you expect from this, nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bytemesis (3201) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to a couple of great Ratebeerians! Pour is inky black with a small dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is wonderful, roast chocolate, cherries, whiskey, desert like. Flavor is even better, hitting all of those notes with medium sweetness. Whiskey notes present, as it a bit of woody tannins, but it blends wonderfully into the chocolate cherry goodness below. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. One of the best I have had.

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