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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Chocolate Cherry

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Chocolate Cherry
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 4.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and cherries.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draft at Craft. Pours deep blackish, turbid, with minimal off-tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, molasses, vanilla, tart bing cherry, cacao. Tastes rich, with roasty malt, molasses, a thick and complex mouthfeel, and the cherry accents without being overpowering. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN on 5/13/2011. Very dark pour - not quite as dark as regular BCS (held both up to sunlight), but close. The woody bourbon nose of BCS is somewhat replaced/trumped by mild tart cherry. Similar effect on the taste - it isnít bourbon-forward like BCS, but that sweet tart cherry is more dominant. Not overly sweet, but slightly so. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW. Oily black pour with almost no head. Light bourbon, chocolate, wood, coffee, and just barely a touch of cherry in the aroma. The flavor is basically parallel to regular BCS but with a hint of cherry sweetness in there, almost like cherry pie. Good, but I was definitely underwhelmed (keep in mind I rate the other BCSes very high).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at Stoutfest 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack opaque inky thick pour, with near non-existant head with just a beast of appearance. Initial is thick, dark, chocolatey, with some cherries, with bourbon, vanilla tannins, with tasty rich sweetness, roast, toast, and toffee. Finish leaves some lingering cherry, vanilla, sweet toffee, and roast, full bodied and more complex, some medicinal cherry falls into the fold in my mind, but I admittedly am very sensitive to cough syrup and the like. Not quite a synergistic approach. Tasty, rich, not bad, a nice dose of Bourbon spirit, still quite full bodied, vanilla tannins and oak, some tangy cherry. Finish lingers on.. It just might be the cherry that I donít personally love. Dark cacao and bourbon works well. Iíd love to give this another go down the line with less going on around me and just one focus on it, as it seemed like everyone else loved it. As it stands right now, it was a solid BCS variant, but not at the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6329) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
This one poured a very dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma was bourbon, dark fudge and lots of tart cherries. Flavor was the same, pretty intense cherry character, much different than the cherry rye, lmost like sour cherry pie filing drizzled with coffee liquer and dark chocolate syrup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle. Black and very very powerful. Immediate impact of vanilla followed by lots of complex full bodied flavours. A but overpowering for my own taste but still one to go for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
draft at Stoutfest í11. pours black with small tan head. nose has sweet chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and bourbon. flavor has cherry pits, chocolatey bourbon goodness. cherry and chocolate executed very nicely. good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Looks like any bcs... Any awesome nose that reminds me a sweet ba barleywine, bourbon, malts, cherries... The cherries come across more as vanilla than cherry in the taste, but tastes awesome. I hope to see this again soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Draft at Stout Fest. Pours a deep black/brown with a brown head. Nose is nice. Lots of pie cherries and chocolate, light vanilla and bourbon. Nice. On tasting, lots of pie cherry flavor mingling with the smooth bourbon county stout base. Loads of chocolate and molasses and booze, but the cherries rise to the top. Pretty damn cool beer here!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Cherry BCS sampled on tap at Goose Island Stoutfest 2011... Pours the same as the rest of the BCS incarnations, generally good... Flavors are nice and smooth with sweet cherry flavor with a milder bourbon presence. Sweet through the middle and lastingly beyond. Nice with a sweet cherry flavor. Enjoyed a touch more so than the Mexican chocolate and didnít find it as medicinal as i would with other ba cherry brews (behemoth comes to mind).

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