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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at GI Stoutfest 2011. Pours oil black with no head, maybe a tiny little bit of a deep mocha froth. Aroma is fantastic, tons of bittersweet chocolate, some nice fresh cherry notes balancing with the chocolate, nice woody barrel notes with the vanilla. Flavor is even better, the standard bourbon county is there, tons of vanilla, wood and bourbon notes, even bigger chocolate and the cherries, man they work perfectly, the cherries are a little sharp, a little tart behind the sweet cocoa. Finishes with a slight alcohol note and a lot of the bourbon and wood and cherry lasting on the tongue. Full thick body and a soft carbonation. One of my favorite variations of bbs

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10000) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
monkeychugg55 (1031) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap at Chicago St. Pub, Joliet, IL. Solid black with no head, the aroma was kinda mellow bourbon barrel with light stout notes at first, but as it warmed, more and more cherry came out. The flavor is quite the opposite. First sip was all bourbon stout. Second added a huge blast of sweet cherries and a little more chocolate. Came off like a chocolate covered cherry dipped in coffee then bourbon. Smooth, with a wonderful balance of flavors that were all noticeable but not overwhelming. Another amazing twist on an already great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Luckily I made my way up to Minnesota for craft beer week and got to try this rare piece of goose! A: Dark black no head just like the other Bourbon County beers. S: Really nice. I could smell the cherry in it but not overpowering or nasty/cheap smelling like a maraschino cherry is. Getting strong bourbon notes, I wonder if this was made with the 2010 version because it smells like a fresh BCBS. T: Damn that is good! Like a chocolate covered cherry. Very sweet and bourbony but I love both those things in stouts so yeah this is doing it for me. It is a fresh Bourbon County but the cherry flavor seems to balance that "hotness" a bit. O: Yet another grand slam in my eyes for the bourbon county style. I am really lucky to have tried this and I have to admit I drank about 4-5 of these that night. Spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubbleflubber (2167) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2013
On tap at the 1st annual Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting 2013, this pours the deepest mahogany into the glass, with ruby fringes and a light tan head that diminishes to ring lacing. Sweet malty nose upfront. Flavors are just gorgeous, of sweet maltiness, wet tobacco leaf, cherries, cocoa, cereal... just yummy! The sweet finish integrates wonderful cherries and tobacco. The ABV is superbly integrated, so the full body slides down the palate ever-so smoothly. I adore this and could have it anytime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (1101) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2013
On tap at Historians Ale House in Denver for a special tap takeover. Iím not sure this is exactly the same as it was called BC Cherry Barrel Aged Imp Stout aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels...using Michigan cherries. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of shiskey and dark malts. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of dark chocolate covered cherries, whiskey, sweet malts. Overall very tasty and full bodies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
On tap at GTMW, posted as Cherry BCBS which is aliased on here at chocolate cherry, but I donít think this had chocolate. Nice sipper, strong cherry but not as intense as cherry rye as I remember it. Still prefer the standard issue.

   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.

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