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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 Ė or not. After your first sip, youíll agree, this beer has some real stones.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
People hate me for giving perfect score but I just cant help it with a select few beers. There isnít anything to dislike about this beer. Rich and full. Sweet and roasted. Not as boozy as regular BCS. Pours dark with the slightest hue of ruby in there when held thin against a light. jammy sweet almost yet not overbearing. Cherry with just the right amount of bourbon notes. Love it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2013
Dessert in a bottle. This is definitely one of the best beers Iíve ever drank. Itís insanely drinkable fresh at 13.7 abv. I can only see age doing this well as it will surely get smoother with time, and be even more drinkable, if thatís possible. Without a doubt, Iíd have to put this personally in front of regular BCBS and BCBCS.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (766) - USA - SEP 13, 2013
on tap @ localoptionbier @ Second Annual Fuckiní Catalina Wine Mixer. the best of the bunch, the cherry perfectly balancing the BCS-ness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HeadyDE (507) - Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bomber pour shared at porter/stout fest..eagerly anticipating popping this open and sampling the goods..black as night pour typical of all bourbon county offerings..aroma is sublime..the bourbon is there..cherry is on the periphery..vanilla..oak..sort of like a cross of bourbon county infused with cherry Garcia..wow is all one has to say when tasting this beer..everyone who sampled was blown away by how complex this was..tastes of slight espresso..cold pressed coffee..quality chocolate covered cherries..bourbon backbone..mouthfeel is super intense and produces wave after wave of flavor that really is hard to describe..I thought that 2012 bcbcs was hard to beat but I think the cherry has that little extra sumpin sumpin to put this ahead..really amazed by how good this beer was and it had no medicinal overly done cherry action..the cherry was amazingly well done and intertwined into the already great base of bourbon county stout..really hard to find anything wrong here..booze does hit slightly on last finish after being led on the cherry bourbon coaster of tastes that gets better..leaves a great coating on the palate..oh so good..glad to share this rare treat and even happier to have another bottle to hang on and see what happens with a bit more cellaring..first perfect rating...fantastic offering..well done GI..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PBAndJ (2) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013 does not count
Poured from a mini growler into a water glass. Amazing aroma of dark cherry, spice, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Taste is of bourbon, fruit, roastiness, and alcohol. This beer drinks a bit like a smooth manhattan.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbaaron (1278) - Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2013
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 Pitch black. Quickly disappearing dark brown head with lasting ring and some swirls. Powerful aroma; balanced and complex; smoke, wood, chocolate, roasty. caramel, dark fruit - like the original but all turned down a notch to seemingly make room for the cherry - which is almost like a dark, rich cherry pie. Flavor does much the same with some of the stronger woody and smokiness mellowing out a bit for some smooth "aged" cherry to make an entrance but all coming together in a beautiful package. Would still consider the original to be superior however.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
pours like oil. minimal head that is gone in 2 seconds. Aroma of dark chocolate syrup, vanilla, oak, and a very subtle sweet tartness. The taste is incredible. Dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and a very well integrated sweet tartness from the cherry. The cherry is perfectly balanced into the beer. There is no alcohol in the flavor; this is incredibly smooth. Between normal bourbon county, the coffee and this, this is my favorite by a slight margin. All three are great, but this one gets the edge for me. Incredible beer. Iím sad I only got one bottle of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnmike (1033) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Scored a limited bar release of this highly sought after beer. Iíve had regular BCBS before and really like that, this is the first variant Iíve had. Overall I really think the cherry aspect adds positively to the base BCBS. Not as overpowering cherry as some other beers, like New Glarus - but well worth it. I acknowledge that my high rating may be somewhat influenced by the rarity - but I do put this one notch above regular BCBS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle - thanks Jeff! This might be the first BCS variant I like as much or more than the regular version. Cherry is there, very well proportioned to the rest of the beer. Unbelievable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2013
2012. 1 yr of age. Pours pitch black with a mocha quickly receding head. Aroma is fresh cherries dark chocolate and subtle whiskey/oak. Taste is dark chocolate covered cherries, hint of tart/sour, with whiskey, vanilla, oak, and pleasant heat in the finish.Mouthfeel nice and thick/creamy as all bourbon county is. A close to perfect beer.

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