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%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerZombies1 (37) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2014
American double / Imperial stout 12.7 % ABV APPEARANCE: Poured out a deep dark night sky black, with reddish hues around the rim. No head at all and no lacing. Very small tan halo. AROMA: Right away I am blown away by the nose on this. Intense chocolate covered berries, jammy, sweet malts. The rye barrel hits hard, vanilla, oaky. Nice espresso in there also. TASTE: Blown away. Intense velvety chocolate and a ripe berries. Very flamboyant. No hiding the layers of flavors. Dark, deep, roasted coffee little spice and heat on the backend I'm assuming from the Templeton barrels. MOUTHFEEL: Thick and syrupy like I expect form Bourbon County. Very little carbonation, coats the mouth in an oily slick feel. OVERALL: I for one loved this beer! Very balanced for being so complex. My favorite Bourbon County to date. RATING: 5/5 Zombie Heads! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pools (28) - - JUL 14, 2016
Literally jam. Easily the best "berry stout" out there. Incredibly complex and a great sipping beer

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfp13jr (152) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Excellent barrel aged stout. The rye adds a spiciness that most cant touch. Warm alcohol and dark cherries fill the nose. Alcohol and dark fruit, plums, raisins, cherries, force their way on your tongue. Finish is long and warming with a lasting alcohol.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (5105) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
Vintage bottle at Barts Bourbon County tasting in Bruges. BCBS aged on rye barrels (like several other variants) and fruited with rather unlikely fruits: marionberries (an American bramble species), boysenberries (a hybrid of bramble and raspberry) and mulberries (a completely different and delicate kind of fruit with superficial resemblances to brambleberries). Thin, yellowish beige, quickly dissolving head, black robe with mahogany edges. Wonderful bouquet of bitter chocolate, wet wood, vanilla-like oak, whisky, toasted brown bread, old dry sherry (maderisation effect - stunningly beautiful in this case), lots of berries but indistinguishable from each other (could just as well be blueberries or blackcurrant, though a blackberry juice aspect is certainly there), cooked dark fruit or even forest fruit jam, old raisins. Intense fruitiness in the onset, a ton of dark berries providing a soft, fruit jam-like sweetness alongside a crisp but soft, vivid sourishness surrounding a more deeply situated dried fruit sweetness and meaty umami aspects; thick, oily, softly carbonated body. A multi-layered, deliciously thick caramelly, nutty and eventually deeply chocolatey maltiness ensues, providing a mouth-filling bittersweetness in which this lush dark fruit sweet-and-sourishness unabatedly persists, cutting through the whole and refreshing it at the same time; drying wood tannins, spicy and perfectly dosed hops and a lot of warming, but non-astringent, old port- or sherry-like alcohol bring the finish to utmost perfection. I had great tasting experiences with this world famous brand of beautiful beers, but this one stands a good chance at being the most perfect, delicate, complex and wondrous Bourbon County I ever had the pleasure to taste. Absolute genius at work here.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2014
Thanks! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ ZBF 2014. Pours an oily black with zero head. Nose is astonishing, thick molasses, bourbon goo mixed with gelatine candy and berries, warming, high quality alcohol. Tastes of berry-flavoured gummy bears, molasses, very strong, excellent warming whiskey, thick molasses, candy, vanilla, faint coconut and very thick brown sugar. Very warming, drinks like motor sludge in a good way. I <3 BCBS.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (3272) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
On tap at Heidelberg for a Goose Island migration week tap takeover. The pour is a beautiful black like the others. There isnt any head, just the beautiful black fluid of the gods. The aroma is nicely fruity, with a strong malt and roast backbone. The licorice and rye whiskey come through nicely and I just love the heated fruits. The flavor is blasting with fruit! Holy hell. I didnt expect that. The roastiness and little bourbon come back on the end. But I love the fruits. It maintains a great fruitiness without compromising the lack of over-sweetness that shouldnt be present. The mouth feel is a little thinner than the others but still thick and oily. I just it. The aftertaste is a little sweet and nicely roasty with a great, coating lingering beautifulness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (1761) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Aroma is wonderful, barrel, roasted malt, licorice, sweet, booze, boysenberries, wonderful. Appearance is black, not much head left but wonderful. Taste is fruity, barrel, booze, tart, then like regular Bourbon County, just great. Mouthfeel is thick, soft carbonation, tons of berries in the aftertaste. Overall, my god. This is wonderful.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
aroma is very sweet, malty, and fruity (berry). Sort of like a very rich berry pie. Nice dark brown/black color, small head rim. A little alcohol in the aroma as well. Wooh, flavor stands up to the beautiful aroma. Very strong berry, some bourbon, malty, sweet, creamy, delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
To follow up the barrel aged Hunahpus with this "surprise" bottle shared with Damico is to simply be in beer nirvana. Pours a dark black color with a thin caramel colored head that breaks down to an oil slick. Aroma of chocolate and berry, with some vanilla underneath. Sweet chocolate taste with notes of berry, spice, and vanilla. The berry is at a perfect level, and works amazingly well with complexity of a barrel aged stout. Its sort of like Dark Horse Tres on steroids. Really quite divine.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Art (3212) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle shared at DLD. This one pours a dark brown black with a purple brown head. The aroma is of vanilla, fudge, jam, big berries. The taste is sweet with an alcohol burn. The flavor is like a black raspberry chip ice cream. Wow this stuff is amazing!


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