Goose Island Laura
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bourbon Barrel Aged Wild Ale with Blackberries. For this beer, we took our Juliet (wild ale with blackberries in wine barrels) and threw it into a Bourbon barrel for a short period of time before racking it out. The final flavors combine the tannic wood structure from the wine barrel, the Brettanomyces and acid notes from fermentation with the bourbon heat from the finishing Heaven Hill barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Tap from GTMW, backlog, pours a dark amberish brown with an off white head, the aroma has a ton of berry and funk mixed in with a good amount of barrel and sweetness at the same time, the flavor has a sharp bourbon front end with a lot of funk and berry in the finish, quite enjoyable and different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
P pink no head nose vinager berry acid fl acid berry cough syrup, sharp good. Blah

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Draft at GTMW 12. Pours a more tarnished golden than regular Juliet. Nose is distinctly Juliet underneath a healthy dose of oak. Vanilla is pretty prominent, creating an illusion of sweetness. On tasting, the oak is a bit oppressive, bringing in more astringency and that vanilla quality that is a bit much for the base beer. This is such a delicate beer to begin with, though interesting with the new finish on it. A bit warm and just not the same. Still, an okay beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW. Rich amber pour with a small khaki head. Light bourbon and wood on the aroma with a nice vanilla creaminess and a solid jolt of tartness and berries. Lightly funky flavor with a light smooch of bourbon and oak with some more nice tart berry. For more information, see TheAlum below, but know that I really dug this stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2012 (Madison, WI). Pours a richer deep brownish copper pour. Aromas are richer sour blackberry and lactic, yogurt, toffee, and gentle toast. Richer oak, vanilla, tannins, a kiss of spirit. Initial is a good sour blast. Sour blackberries and lactic, sour funk, vanilla, and oak. Bready malts, a kiss of rye. Middle is sour, funk, blackberry skin tannins. Oak. Some spirit, richer sdour blackberry. Sour, some rich lactic and funky elements splash around, as that Bourbon and oak element come on a bit more firmly into the finish. Good flavors, a bit more rounded than Juliet, but I certainly enjoy regular Juliet more as the Bourbon and extra oak time kinda covers up some ofthe intensity, stronger Blackberry element that make me love that beer. Nose has some of that spirity oak. Flavors are still good.

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