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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Manhattan Barrel

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Manhattan Barrel
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Imperial Stout aged in a 2nd use Heaven Hill bourbon barrel (10-16 years) that was previously used to aged barrel-aged Manhattan cocktails (composed of Weller 107 Bourbon, Punt e Mes Italian Vermouth and Angostura bitters) for The Violet Hour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9148) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Draft at FoBAB 2011 from backlog notes. I ran into a guy from Goose Island that brought me behind the scenes to sample a little bit of everything. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have all the wonderful stuff of BCS with enhanced fruity character I guess from the Vermouth and bitters, some booze, I just like pretty much everything BCS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2630) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
On tap at the 2014 312 block party. Sweet bourbon, fruity, olive, boozy. Good, but one of my least favorite BCS variants.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (2179) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2014
On tap at GI 312 Block Party under name of Violet Hour. Poured black with dark brown head. Aroma of sweet cherries bourbon vanilla booze mint. Light carb med thick bod. Sweet roasted fruit bourbon taste. Kind of charred.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5799) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at GTWM 2013. Opaque black body. Red grape tinges. Really nice, though perhaps a little too boozy. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
GTMW. I thought this was a bit of an odd one. The barrel character was muted compared to standard BCBS. I didnít get much from the vermouth or bitters, just muted bcbs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Thrilled to see this one available. I was a big fan of the Violet Hour when I lived in Chicago. Taking a date there will get you laid unless she sucks, in which case you should not date her anymore. That oneís for free, fellas. This one pours a deep, opaque brown, near black, with a very small brown ring around the top. The aroma doesnít quite match the flavor, which is pretty much perfect. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, cocoa, molasses, vanilla, dark fruits (different than what I get in other imperial stouts, probably because of the bitters and vermouth)- I canít tell if itís sweeter than regular BCS or just a somewhat different brand of sweetness. Definitely seems a little more boozy, even though itís about the same. Full-bodied, with a rich, decadent, warming, coating mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Delicious. This made me happy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
On tap at 2013 GTMW, pours jet black with a thick brown head, I enjoyed several glasses of this thanks to the brewer handing out pitchers of this around their tent, thanks! Aroma was of typical BCCS with a ton of chocolate fudge and vanilla, the flavor is much of the same with a little bit of spice mixed in with the chocolate and vanilla sweetness, Iím a sucker for this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Huge hype for this one. Luckily Iím cool and obtained it very easily. Some interesting spcie flavors, mabe a bit tart, mostly jsut a stout that is thick and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Sampled at Fobab 2011. Black with a beige head. Rich aromas bourbon some fruit. I could see it as marchino cherries. Bitter roast and chocolate sweetness with cherries. Booze in the finish. The cherries arenít overwhelming but the booze is a little more. Decent but Iíd rather do other versions over this one. 8/3/8/3/15

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW. Oily black pour with a small tan head, less of a head than usual BCS. In general, in all aspects, this mostly strikes me as sweeter than regular/most BCS. The aroma shows some of the usual BCS aspects - chocolate, fudge, bourbon, wood, coffee, etc. - but with more sweetness, perhaps the vermouth, extra whiskey, etc. The flavor is much the same and the sweetness comes through to me even more. Still pretty tasty and definitely unique. Props to GI.

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