Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
Always on the lookout for the next thing they can throw in a barrel, our brewers actually looked no further than their own backyard for this release literally. Inspired by the berries they remember first eating from the trees in their yards; this Bourbon County release is full of the dark, spicy, and pleasantly sweet flavors of mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. This trio of fruit nicely rounds out the spice and heat of the rye whiskey barrels in which they were aged, resulting in a smooth, jammy stout perfect for sipping on your back porch.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shaunmaloney (42) - Kasson, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle, pours black into tulip with tan head. Rye is present, not over powering. Chocolate and berries throughout. Finish is awesome, cherry, light. I have two more bottles to age. One of the best beers of the year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3591) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at family dog. Thick viscous rich drink. Rye whiskey aroma comes through a bit in the flavor. Soy sauce and rich creamy stout after that. Roasty chocolate and bittersweet coffee lasts for a while. Well done base beer enhanced with the barrel. Very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap @ The Family Dog. Thick black pour with minimal head and certainly a lack carbonation. Taste is thick molasses, spicy dark bourbon, some tobacco and leather. Very nice, wish there was a tad more carbonation. Boozy, thick, big flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (4056) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle from Colonial Spirits muled by Hoppasaurus Rex, thanks. I decided to open this tonight after a bizarre bottle stacking cap denting incident in my basement. Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that quickly dissipates to some fuzz on top. Aromas of molasses and brown sugar with bits of rye whiskey, oak tannin, and bits of tart fruit. The flavor follows the aroma but the tart berry is much more pronounced. Thick sugary molasses base with hints of chocolate atop a pile of tart berries. Light oak and vanilla with a touch of ethanol round thing out quite nicely. Thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Great variation, I really enjoyed this beer, wish I had another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Black pour with a tan head. The aroma is very fruity. I get some nice chocolate notes in there as well, but the fruit is what really stands out. The flavor is similar. There is some big red fruit notes (strawberries, raspberries and cherries) as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. The fruit tastes very fresh and seedy. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice variation of a delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (5739) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Ignace at Hopduvel. Oily black pour. Aroma is quite fruity, nice chocolate, very desserty, black forest cake. Taste is sweet, not too boozy, very fruity and chocolaty. Palate is rich, silky. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (12400) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared at Hopduvel, Gent, big thanks to Bobochamp. Pours black with no real head. Aroma of is like a Black Forest gateau, combined with an over grown backyard with berries. Chocolate and caramel. Thick and chewy in the mouthfeel with heavy sweetness and moderate bitterness. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1582) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle. Pour is black, small head. Aroma and flavor of grape jelly with roasted malt and rich toffee notes. Not overly sweet and not overly fruity. A nice balance. My favorite berry BCS berry variant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle at Maxs for his birthday. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head that mostly appears through agitation. Big sweet berries on the nose, a hint of bourbon and vanilla. On the thicker side of medium-bodied, quite sweet, roast, chocolate, warm bourbon. Lingering sweetness and berries on the finish as it warms and gets a touch boozy. Very nice, but I certainly would not want to drink a whole bomber by myself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (9055) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
25/II/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-210) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, no head. Aroma: lots of chocolate, cherry liquor (Mon Chrie), sweet, lots of red berry candy, more chocolate. MF: no carbon, full body. Taste: very fruity, raspberry jam, nice fruity sourness, some sweet chocolate and caramel underneath, more red fruits jam, nice mix of sweet and sour. Aftertaste: chocolate, vanilla, lots of raspberries, strawberry jam. Wow, this is amazing!

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