hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft pour. Apricot color. Light to no head. Nice funk. Smooth. A little rough at the end. Refreshing.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/4/2011. Served on tap at Fountainhead in an oversized wine glass.
Dominique pours a transparent cherry amber color with a small floating white cap that manages to retain nicely and leave a few specks of lace on the glass.
Sweet and tart cherries pop into my nose at first, then Belgian yeast spiciness, Brett, and the BCS barrels in the back - bourbon, oak, and viscous stout lurking.
The first sip of this beer was one of the best I have had, the flavors somehow just compliment each other so well. Cherry, sweet but mostly tart, along with tart apple leads the pale malt into the spicy yeast. A little bit of funk and mild alcohol, then a little bourbon, oak, and a miniature version of all of the BCS flavors - smoke, caramel, coffee, and vanilla. The vanilla is what really ties the flavor in with the base beer.
Smooth, tart, fruity, moderately dry, and a bit creamy toward the end. A bit sticky on the lips.
Just an awesome beer. I really enjoyed the complexity and could drink this all night.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
goose island dominique mild hazy minimal head. aroma of skunky funk and big tartness. sour and great. flavor is similar with some malt from the bcs barrels and some cheese rind. very nice. 848416
madvike (2408) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Swing-top growler shared by Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours orange amber with a thin foamy white head. Light peppery funk with a bit of milky toffee sweetness. Sweet with just a bit of oaky sharpness. Taste is light sweet malt--really smooth, with just a bit of citrusy tartness on the finish and a bit of sharp oakiness. Got better as it warmed up, but it’s sweet enough where drinking a lot of this would be tough. Light, feathery carbonation--really fluffs up in the mouth.
nuplastikk (3839) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Draft at Dexters. Unfiltered orange-brown-tan. Thin, oily head. Bourbon and sour combine leaving an awkward white wine flavor. Malt backbone smooths it out a touch. No hop tones apparent. Drinkable, but below par for a sour. OK at best....
Rerate..from a half growler...comes off a lot more balanced..nice sour nuances..
czar (3367) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at hill farmstead harvest festival. orange-pinkish with a nice white head, some retention. nose of bourbon and tart notes, cherries and tropicalness. taste is lightly tart - lacking to my sense, oak, vanilla-layered and tart fruits. lively, light to medium body, short herbal finish. still a nice effort.
Reynolds314 (1887) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. I really enjoyed this one. The bourbon was very present but not overly so. The flavors were all there with light tartness and nice herbal spicyness and a finish of vanilla and bourbon from the barrels. Tasty and very unique.
Ernesto987 (3043) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Goose island bourbon county really shines, tastes saisony, sour is slightly muted awesome brew
ElGaucho (2121) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 Re-rate: 2009 vintage at New Bohemia Mnpls- Goose Island tap takeover. wonderful sour aroma. both sweet and sour. Dark hazy gold with nice lace. Phenomenal. 9/29/11- Draft at MacKenzie, Mnpls. Honestly can’t remember a sour brew with more richness and complexity than this. Oak aged quality contributes nicely. Love it! 7, 3, 9, 5, 18
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: clear orange with amber edges. Pithy head fades to collar while a puddle of foam sits pretty smack dab in the middle like an inside out donut.
Nose: OMG! Massively sour and tannic. Sour cherries, maraschino cherries. Has the essence of a single-malt, lowlands. Bourbon with spicy heat and crunchy sweetness. Apple skins and plum skins steeped in good moonshine. Bourbon and sour work together harmoniously. Sun drenched grains both sweet and dry. Pomace and grappa. Brushed leather and saddles, dry, then covered in orange oils.
Palate: wow! Sweet up front, then bourbon, than white oak, then vanilla. Plums and grapes. Mouth and tongue coating, then dries with leather and grape/plum skins for some pomace ala grappa. Vanilla soaked bourbon oozing barrels. Sour cherries along edges, underneath, and in breath. Essence of rye and lowland single malt.
Final Thoughts: I would love to have this beer as a year-round staple in my fridge. Amazing. I feel like I have in one hand, the proud American heritage of bourbon, in another the rich history of Scotland, and in another the oldest beverage of humankind – beer. Separate and yet one – an amazing sensorial experience. Divine. Nectar of the goddesses and gods.