Goose Island Southern Belle
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   ABV: -
Oatmeal Stout with mint, tart fruit, and the "Southern Love" if a Kentucky Elijah Craig 13 year old Bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2011
Tasted on draft on 3/12/11 at Goose Island Stoutfest. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head that recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is dusty mint with a weird tartness, chocolate, and a ton of dark malt. The flavor is exactly the same as the nose. Very dry with dusty mint, that same tartness, bitter chocolate, and roasted coffee malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long, earthy mint finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled on tap at Stoutfest 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a thicker pour, blackish brown roast with oatmeal, touches of Bourbon and vanilla tannins, caramel, toffee, sweeter slanted overall with some crisp mint. Initial is sweeter, thin bodied with coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, with some tart fruity essence, with soda bread, touches of sweet toffee, caramel, and some green mint. Solid, sweet and roasty finish, the barrel is minimal with a fairly sweet lingering finish and touches of dry cool mint. Really strange beer in my book, with some decent barrel elements that gets muddled in itself a bit, too much going on for me that it loses focus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
draft at stoutfest ’11. pours brown with tan head, nose of mint, vanilla, and bourbon. flavors have Mint, citrus orange, and bourbon. med body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
On tap at Stoutfest 2011. Pours deep brown with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma is mostly just sweet chocolate malts, a touch of woodiness and bourbon, not much by way of fruitiness or mint, just a lot of different sweet candyish chocolate. Flavor is so very strange. Very muddled with the hints of mint, which clash with the "tart fruit" and the bourbon woodiness. It’s really all over the place from start to finish, everything fighting each other. I think if they’d take one or two components out of this beer, like the fruit, it might have made it much better

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