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Goose Island Chocolate Mint Julep (Derby) Stout

Goose Island Chocolate Mint Julep (Derby) Stout
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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A sweet stout infused with dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and peppermint. Aged in a Heaven Hill 18-year old Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
at FOBAB. pours black with off head. n of juniper berries. flavor taste like gin a rising booze finish. not a fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Tasted on draft at FoBAB. Pours nearly black with no head whatsoever. The nose is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, mint, coconut, vanilla, along with an interesting tar aroma that I get from some super dense Syrah. The flavor follows suit with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and bourbon with a bit of mint in the background all the way through. The body is full with just a bit of carbonation and a long finish with mint, chocolate, and coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
FoBAB. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and mint. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, with touch of mint. Decent, but not amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6707) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a near black with a yellowish brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a nice bourbon note with sweet chocolate, vanilla and a hint of mint. Flavor began with smooth bourbon and sweet chocolate with a slight mint bite in the finish. Extremely smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3362) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
sampled at FOBAB 2010. thanks to bbb for sharing some of his pour with me... thin cola browb pour with lighter edges and practically no head by the time it got to me.... aroma of bourbon vanilla, and a pinch of mint. not totally non-existent but perhaps my nose and tastebuds were already expecting it... flavors were much of the same with more of a bourbon and vanilla presence with a modicum of peppermint thin bodied. not that great but i would have this one again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. I had this one early, as when I saw it in the program I was very excited to try it. Pours an inky opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, lime citrus, oak, dark chocolate, and just a hint of mint. However, the flavor really picks up the peppermint, which complements the bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa beans, and roasted malts really nicely. The bourbon gets hot at the end, maybe as a result of the mint. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, minty mouthfeel. Thinner than I wanted, but because of the complexity I’ll still give palate a 5/5. I loved this beer, one of my tops from FOBAB 2010.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1831) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. Poured a thin oily dark brown, not thick like BCS. Scent is faint vanilla, chocolate and malts, not so clean. Taste is vanilla, red wine, malts, chocolate. Where’s the mint? Did not pick up any mint taste. Finish is light. Just an o.k. brew.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010: Basically opaque with a small but lasting frothy tan head. The aroma has notes of charred oak, moderate bourbon and vanilla beans, a bit grapey and some lime, roasted and oxidized malts, but am I left asking where is the mint? The taste is sweet chocolate and fresh vanilla, nutty and roasty with just a brief moment of minty happiness. The finish displays a snappy bourbon and boozy kick. The mouth feel is aggressive and warming, slick but a tad thin. It is okay but was really hoping for a more minty brew here.


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