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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Cherry Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
Our brewers love experimenting with their beer almost as much as they love drinking it. This unique blend, aged in rye whiskey barrels with loads of whole Michigan cherries, is the one they are proud to finally let you share with your friends at home or not. After your first sip, youll agree, this beer has some real stones.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14481) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Opaque black color, very small brown head that diminishes almost instantly. Aroma is malts, sweet, whiskey, wood. Taste malts, wood, whiskey, red fruits, a slight hint of red fruit tart in the aftertaste. Love the aroma but the flavor is too much fruit tart for me. Still nice though. Heavy but nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5633) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT12. Dark brown to black colour with no head. Smells roasty, chocolate, fruity, very sweet. Tastes sweet, roasty, coconut, bounty, chocolate. Full body, soft carbo. Too sweet for now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! The pour on this baby is just like the other variants of BCBS. Thick, black, chewy, with a dark khaki/medium brown head and no lace. The aroma is full of cherry. This is like a cherry syrup mixed with the regular BCBS. There is a good oak, rye spiciness, vanilla, molasses. and chocolate. The cherry almost seems a little forced here. The flavor is even more forced than the aroma. The cherry is there, but not the tart sharp that I was hoping to see. The chocolate, molasses, and rye are beautiful. Its so good. There is a little alcohol burn on this one. The mouth feel is viscous and chewy with a soft carbonation and a lovely lingering finish. Aftertaste is all molasses and a sweet cherry with a little bit of alcohol burn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GlasgowTAD (1392) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at all killer no filler. Pours jet black. Aroma is cherry, cocoa and vanilla. Taste is cinnamon, slight cherry tart, cocoa, milk chocolate and a nice balance of oak. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (997) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Stouty smell. Taste is a nice barrel aged stout with the addition of a significant amount of great cherry flavor. Thick with a slight booze bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Per usual, Bourbon County is good and this doesnt disappoint. It is probably my least favorite one I have had though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (748) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Okay, I know this stout is extremely well made. So I was generous with some of the rating categories. But man, this stuff is just TOO SWEET. People really enjoy sipping this stuff?? It has the gravity and mouthfeel and taste of cough syrup. Why?? You cant escape the sweetness, it is off the charts. Its there in the beginning, then towards the middle when the sweet and sour cherry explosion-- assertive yet still ethereal in nature-- appears. Then at the end there is this candy sugar candy like sweetness. Too much. Last note is one of a nice subtle, low-humming roastiness that trails off gently. But it is not enough to help one forget of the sugary sweetness. Almost-- almost-- a drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1492) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
22oz bottle pours oily dark brown black with small dark head. Nose has dark chocolate cherry, bourbon spice, dark fruit, berry. Taste has creamy nice mouthfeel, rounded soft cherry juice sweetness, dark fruity bourbon chocolate, some wood spice, roast. Finishes with sweet chocolate berry, roast, charred cacao, light vanilla, bourbon. Still very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Thanks John for sharing. This was pretty much gold. One of the best stouts I have ever had. Period. Goddamn, this stuff was amazing. The cherry melded so well with the rye whiskey barrel and base stout it was truly out of this world good. I was not prepared for how much I would like this one. I am a fruit beer guy for sure, but damn, this stuff really brought the heat. My favorite stout that I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (4207) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an brownish head. Chocolate licorice fruity cherries caramell coffee vanilla woody aroma. Roasted chocolate cherries caramell coffee raisins vanilla and woody flavour. Lovely beer :-)

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