Goose Island Candy Cane Bourbon Stout
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Coal black color, bourbon aroma, peppermint and chocolate flavor, full body

*Holiday Toy Drive Beer - 2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2014
[Tap] Opaque black pour with very little head. Tons of peppermint in the aroma. Lighter vanilla and bourbon notes. The taste is of peppermint, Frango mints, chocolate, mocha, vanilla, heavy roast, licorice and booze. Thick body with a coating mouthfeel. Sweet and decadent, but not cloying. Really good stuff. Tasting notes from 12/2011.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Really nice mint, chocolate, and bourbon aromas. Flavor isn’t quite as good. Still really nice though. Wish they’d do growlers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Aroma is nice with a strong whiskey nose and mild pepermint. Appearance is dark brown with small head. Taste is mildly malty with caramel overtones and the peppermint comes through on the finish. Palate is lighter than I would like but is satisfying. Overall, nice concept I enjoy it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Goose island peppermint stout. Snifter pour at the brewpub in clybourn... Pours a seeped shade if silky black, mire mahogony at its sides and topped with a mostly thin khaki head that quicky reduces to a ring around the edges... Aroma is assertive with peppermint and a semi-warm boozy bourbonness. Almost nails the Andes mint profile on the nose which I am a very big fan off... Flavors are big on semi-dark chocolate and mint, again with the andes. Smooth chocolate flavors that pairs well with a thicker bodied stout. The booze factor comes into play slightly with a lightly added heat profile but not overpowering by any means. Sweetness lasts throughout and may be a bit much. The residual sugars compound that a bit more actually. Although I detest spearmint on its own (yes, totally different), chocolate and peppermint for me is a workable combination. This beer works for me and very suitable for the time of year. 8/4/8/4/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
tap at clybourn. dark brown with no head. med body - thinner than the bcs lineup. chocolate is faint. mint has more presence but still mild. Decent but I had high expectations and this left me a little dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft a Clybourn. Pours a deep brown black with thin head. Nose is dark fruits and caramel. Some cocoa and faint vanilla as well. Mint is more anise-like in the nose. On taste, quite roasty with a residual caramel sweetness. The mint isn’t really a participating piece here. I like the big roasty finish here. Pretty mellow overall with some light booze notes and really restrained barrel. Some butterscotch on the finish. Not too shabby but not really as advertised either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Flight on tap at the Clybourn brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich blackish dark pour, opaque with the darkest brown of the heads, medium with frothy thick layer of head, laces ok. Aromas are fairly rich on the nose, offering doses of dark fruit and mint, pairing into dark chocolate, barrel and vanilla, tannins, gentle spirit. More minty qualities but nothing overbearing. Some more toffee. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering toast and toffee, caramel and Bourbon, oak and vanilla, more cocoa into the fold, dark chocolate takes the reigns. Into the middle the mint explodes into a sufficient strength, giving some complexity and coolness on the palate. Touches of cocoa, some memories of Frango mints briefly come into view. Into the back, more toast, cocoa, and sweeter malts. Gentle roast, and some barrel. Surprised that the barrel falls back here.. As I assume this is Kentucky Oats with a mint treatment. The mint transforms the beer, cooling it down (But not giving it a touch more body). Finish is lingering mint, toffee, roast and toast, and dark chocolate. Plays well. I liked it. The mint does not become overbearing or overwhelm.

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