Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 4.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bourbon County Stout aged in Koval Apple Brandy barrels.

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3.9
Cunningham (8163) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2017
Black color with a fine beige head. Good lacing. Looks ok. Good intensity in the aroma. Full body and a smooth carbonation level. Decent sweetness. Good lasting flavor with chocolate, roast, fruity and oak. Tasty nice evening sipper.
[Bottle at The Blåbær Lambik 2017 Release queue outside Himmeriget in Copenhagen, Denmark]

4.8
boxgeo (9) - Minsk, BELARUS - DEC 22, 2016 does not count
The strong aroma of bourbon, oil color, very dense and full-bodied. In the taste of bourbon barrel, very tart, soft.

4
kidmartinek (5001) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
Dark plum/black. Thin head reduces to a ring. Oaky almost charcoal aroma. No alcohol on the nose though. Flavor is ri h cocoa malt overshadowed by the complex apple and fruit flavors. Its smootb on the palate, tingles the tounge and.warms a lot going down. Nice winter beer. Too bad they waited ’til Spring to tap it.

4.1
rxeight (3156) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
From Notes - Sample at FOBAB 2012, part of the special BC Flight. Said it was Apple Koval. Look and Mouthfeel of bourbon county, but instead of the whiskey it was sweet apples and booze. Tasty stuff.

3.3
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Draft at Stoutfest. Pours a very lowly carbonated, nearly still black with minimal head overall. Nose is probably the worst BCS nose I’ve smelled. A bit solventy and some buttery notes in the background. Booze and brandy as well. On tasting, it shows similar solventy notes but they fade pretty quick. Nice apple/calvados type notes. Pomme fruit and chocolate, well integrated overall but that initial barrel hit sticks with you. Meh, interesting.

4.1
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich dark deep opaque brown black hue, good aromas offer apple brandy, toffee, toast, and cocoa. Some coffee, gentle vanilla. Richer Apple Brandy, touches of oak, apple, spirit. Initial is apple brandy, roast, toast, gentle fudge. Middle is sweet, thick, toasty and fudgy. Backend shows some tannic vanilla, apple, and gentle spirit. Brandy, vanilla, and toast. Gentle vanilla, toasty marshmellow, and apple. Oak. Finish shows some gentle heat, some toast, vanilla. Solid offering, the Apple Brandy really brings a fun level, a touch of fruit and mellow acidity from the spirit. Good flavors, balance, still a firm thicker body. Nice.. really nice.

4.1
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Fobab. Dark brown thick pour. Smooth chocolate, hints of brandy, a touch of sweetness. Well balanced bcs. This treatment works well. Loved it.

3.8
crossovert (13413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
I was happy the apple brandy didn’t overpower the beer. Not too boozy, very nice.

4.3
Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Keg from 08’ is what the menu said. Pours a deep brown/close to black with a thin but noticeable tan head. Leaves a nice mahogany lacing on the glass when swirled. Aroma is almost as sweet as the BCVS with notes of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and oak. Flavor is more boozy than the aroma but not overpowering in any way with a nice oak and chocolate finish. Some sweet dark fruit flavors are also present. Fantastic beer.

4.4
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
’08 Vintage at Rattle N Hum. Of all of them which I’ve had I liked this one the best. By far the best nose, next the vanilla, its very sweet. Taste is very smooth with hints of molasses and brown sugar., with some vanilla and oak hints.


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