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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 304   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Subtle aroma with a near perfect black pour, incredibly balanced taste and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (5256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2012 bottle pour. Black pour with tan head. Cherry, chocolate, roasted and oak aromas. Chocolate, sweet cherry, touch of oak and rye.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heather_B (152) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2015
On draft at Rare Day 2015. Smell is fruit and whiskey forward. Smells more like a plum than cherries but I digress... Dark brown pour with tan head. Flavor is well balanced between tart cherries and thick, creamy, chocolatey stout. This is delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours viscous and pitch black with mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly fades, settling into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Sweet boozy aroma with a nicely integrated barrel presence that’s countered by dark fruit and sweet and roasted malt notes. Subtle dry oak along with a strong boozy bourbon character. Barrel presence is strong but doesn’t overpower the malt backbone that has notes of silky, fudge-y chocolate cake and subtle roast along with sweet cherry juice and dark berries. Smells very good. Full bodied and viscous with a prominent barrel presence that’s pretty much perfectly integrated into the base beer and the addition of cherries puts it on another level. Strong whiskey/bourbon flavor with plenty of sweet alcohol that’s countered by luscious, silky chocolate malt, fudge/cake sweetness and subtle roast. Some dry, toasted oak, vanilla bean and coconut but the bourbon and cherries really stand out. Dessert like with sweetness and pastry like flavors under the barrel. Also, the addition of cherries is wonderful adding a vinous sweetness that compliments the other flavors without being cloyingly sweet or syrupy. Slightly dry/tart dark fruit presence is most prominent in the finish providing a lingering complex flavor that is really delicious. I usually really dislike cherry stouts or fruit forward dark beers but it works really well here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4282) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Brown black colour, beige head. Aroma of cherry, caramel, berries, soy and vanilla. Sour cherry flavour, vanilla, brown sugar, malts, some coconut and soy sauce. Finish cacao, sour cherry, bourbon and caramel.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, Benzai!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (6194) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
#6000. Thanks! to Benzai. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT XIII. Deep black with a light Bordeaux hue & no head. Nose is sour red fruits, varnish, wood, barrel, molasses with sour fruit. Taste is molasses, sour red fruits, maple, mocha, light varnish barrel, chocolate,… Thick body. A tad too sour, possibly not at its prime, happy to have tried this one. It is still a very good beer, the others are just even better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (11360) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Opaque black color, very small brown head that diminishes almost instantly. Aroma is malts, sweet, whiskey, wood. Taste malts, wood, whiskey, red fruits, a slight hint of red fruit tart in the aftertaste. Love the aroma but the flavor is too much fruit tart for me. Still nice though. Heavy but nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5109) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT12. Dark brown to black colour with no head. Smells roasty, chocolate, fruity, very sweet. Tastes sweet, roasty, coconut, bounty, chocolate. Full body, soft carbo. Too sweet for now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (1381) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! The pour on this baby is just like the other variants of BCBS. Thick, black, chewy, with a dark khaki/medium brown head and no lace. The aroma is full of cherry. This is like a cherry syrup mixed with the regular BCBS. There is a good oak, rye spiciness, vanilla, molasses. and chocolate. The cherry almost seems a little forced here. The flavor is even more forced than the aroma. The cherry is there, but not the tart sharp that I was hoping to see. The chocolate, molasses, and rye are beautiful. It’s so good. There is a little alcohol burn on this one. The mouth feel is viscous and chewy with a soft carbonation and a lovely lingering finish. Aftertaste is all molasses and a sweet cherry with a little bit of alcohol burn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GlasgowTAD (840) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at all killer no filler. Pours jet black. Aroma is cherry, cocoa and vanilla. Taste is cinnamon, slight cherry tart, cocoa, milk chocolate and a nice balance of oak. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (738) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Stouty smell. Taste is a nice barrel aged stout with the addition of a significant amount of great cherry flavor. Thick with a slight booze bite.

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