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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 309   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
My mom surprised me with this beer. (Great job Mom). It has a pleasant aroma much like the original. I did not detect the cherries in the aroma. It had a beautiful color. It has a wonderful complex flavor of well aged bourbon, with a slight sour cherry finish. It has a strong coffee finish. It is great, maybe not my favorite variant, but its great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (1418) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2016
Merci à Marc-André pour le partage de cette bouteille pour laquelle nous avons travaillé fort! Beau liquide qui me paraît présenter des reflets rouges. Est-ce une simple illusion attribuable à ma grande hâte de déguster ce mythique produit? Peu de mousse, beaucoup d’attentes. La cerise se fait discrète au nez et ça me plaît. J’eus été très dérangé par une abondance de cerises trop sucrées ou trop acidifiantes. Il n’en est rien ici. La cerise est perceptible mais demeure très en retrait. Toute la place est laissée à la chaleur de ce stout et à Père Rye. Une pointe de ce fruit en arrière-scène me plaît toutefois beaucoup. Le liquide me ravit cependant moins en bouche. Non pas que la cerise soit mal intégrée au produit, mais je la trouve lourde et fatiguante. Trop de sucre résiduel. La cerise me semble tout à coup sirupeuse et même artificielle. Je crois que c’est trop. Le vieillissement en fût de Rye apporte toutefois une note épicée qui atténue l’effet confituré de la cerise, mais je peine à imaginer affronter un verre de plus de 3 onces de cette bière.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2016 Bottle - pours black tan head - nose/taste of rye, bourbon, cherry, chocolate roast, oak and alcohol in finish - full body

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle sampled at a tasting. No head. Clear black pour. Whiskey aftertaste with subtle cherries

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxodom (47) - - JAN 6, 2016
going from memory. Bottle in July. Not as much Cherry as i was hoping based on all the reviews, but definitely had the cherry flavor. base was classic with little head. Overall very good, but not worth what is trading for in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3 years old. Deep heavy dark brown with no head. Big Oaked whiskey barrel nose with lots of rye and coconut and deep earthy cherry. Deep sumptuous flavor with rye barrel whiskey and oak and coconut and oak, deep cherry, sweet chocolaty roast, booze heat, and roast. Lots of whiskey and rye and cherry and earthy roasty chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (6731) - 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 (249) - 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 (2804) - 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 (4538) - 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 (8211) - 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.

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