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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (831) - GERMANY - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle from Greg, thank you very much! Pours a viscous black color, which turns mahogany at the edge of the glass. In an unusual manner for Bourbon County, this variant produces actually a small, dark brown head immediately after pouring. Has Amarena like cherry aromas, which blend well into the Bourbon qualities, with vanilla, oak, more molasses than cocoa nibs and calming, earthy, toasted malts. I am not yet entirely sure, if the sherries push it a little to far, or if it just adds character to the beer. It certainly confirms the sweet, desert like character of the beer, while at the same time it distracts from the fantastic chocolate and malt qualities of the regular Bourbon County. It certainly goes well with the intriguing rye barrel, while reminding me of a fruit liqueur, which got a decent amount of heat to it, among wooden vanilla notes. First of all, the mouthfeel of this is incredibly smooth, while it ends a bit hotter than expected. The beer leaves the palate with a warming alcohol glow on its way down to the belly. The cherries are noteable from the very beginning, they form an elementary part of the foundation of the brew, instead of acting as a gimmick. They do come along with a ripe, slightly fermented, sticky Amarena sweetness, blending a little bumpy into the chocolate qualities of the beer, as the cherries seem to be a bit too present on the tongue, due to their slightly tart fruit sugar sweetness, which is a bit too much to handle for the malts. The barrel though comes out very well, while its appearance changes into a liqueur, sweeter direction, with vanilla and a gentle amount of wood to it. Bakers chocolate, as well as scorched, earthy malts no longer act actively on their own, but do play the counterpart to the cherries, and are bound to balance the brew. During the finish, due to the enhancing barrel character, the cherries reach their peak. An almost sour, burning hot, fermented fruitiness sets itself above all other flavors, while earthy malts tend to shine still through. This leads to a long, fruity Amarena finish, ending with slightly delayed, earthy cherry-stone hints among creamy bakers chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle shared by Damien and Lona. Pours an opaque dark black with a ring of tan head. Aroma and taste booze, malts, fruits, and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (927) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
Pour "standard" Bourbon County black, with a big fluffy mocha brown head, that turns into a ring of tan head. Aroma is packed with bourbon, vanilla notes, wet wood, chocolate fudge, bourbon soaked cherries, chocolate covered cherry truffle with some delicious booze in the middle, roasted malts, meaty smoke (a little like bacon, and we all know bacon makes everything better) ... My god this right here is some tasty shiiiit... Taste is pretty sweet, with some slight slight bitterness in the middle.. Quite the balance eh...!! Oily n thick bodied, with a somewhat flat carbonation. Just the way I like it yo... Thanks a big bunch to mr. greg for this bad boy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (202) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle shared at RichTheVillans, 27/11/13. Pours murky dark brown with ruby highlights, low head. Smells amazing, whiskey, cherries, chocolate and roast. Tastes sweet chocolate, juicy cherry, boozy whiskey, spice, wood, some acidity and bitterness from the fruit too. Full body, soft carb. This was the highlight of the night, better than Chocolate Rain, Dark Lord and everything else.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2012 bottle->snifter. Black with small tan head. Wood, cherry, cocoa, booze. Wonderful balance, BCBS with tart up-notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
22oz bottle - 2012 vintage - pours brown with a cloudy red hue . Slightly boozy cherry aroma . Taste is sweet cherry licorice with a sweet bourbon finish . Outstanding ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
emacgee (4634) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Another homer from GI. Inky black pour with one finger of tan head. Incredible aroma with notes of blackstrap molasses, dark fruit skins, tart cherry, cured tobacco, vanilla, toasted coconut, and spicy alcohol. Very dense and rich flavor with notes of toasted coconut and burnt wood with cherry and fruit skins. Molasses and chocolate with notes of coffee. No heat or bitterness in the mouthfeel or finish. Viscous body with a low carrbonation and coating finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5717) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Dean during the 4000 tasting. Poured a deep brown/blackish body under a smaller beige head. Aroma of cherry, chocolate fudge, alcohol, dark berries, wet wood, jelly and dark cherries. Medium to fuller body, stronger carbonation for a BA beer, smooth despite the stronger carbonation, lingering taste. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Great beer all around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6238) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle: 2012 vintge: Thanks Preismj: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black beer with a somewhat lively small brown head. Aroma is brilliantly mixed. Everything is perfectly present in the aroma. Its almost if its equaly divided: the cherries, the roast, coffee and more dark chocolate, the whiskey notes and some soft sweet hints of marzipan and cream. Awesome aroma! The flavour is still a bit spicy with alcohol, but also quite well balanced and close to a subtle but strong complexity. Maybe aging it a year would have soften it out a bit, but I couldnt resist the call of Cherry Rye. From the moment this beer enters your mouth your tastebuds sense a certain sensation: thick mix of spices, whiskey notes, cherries, roast, light peppery (alcohol), dark chocolate, some coffee roast, wood roast, hint of mocha, hint of malt roast, some raspberry, hint of bay leaf and a marzipan sprinkle. God damn this is delicious. Comes close to Narke Kaggen Raspberry but is not yet there... As somebody at Borefts told me to open this because of the taste conection it should have with the Narke Kaggen Raspberry. Maybe its this that also tickled my mind to open this beer. Lets call it a mix of this and the important fact that I truely love an Imperial Stout with red fruit! Not to talk about the fact that this beer has also been treated with a Whiskey barrel aging treatment. Aftertaste is strong and complex: bitters, roast, warm, whiskey, some cherries, malts, a hint of bay leaf/herbs and a fizzy/spiced touch to finish it all. Low carbo, spicy close to silky and thicker mouthfeel, full bodied and a viscous light sticky warm texture. This beer nails it pretty much. A great balance and complexity. Delicious in every way! Very happy that I had a bomber instead of a small bottle (if they even excist). Anyways awesome stuff! To talk about in decades to come!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle at Jester King. Black pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of cherry, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor has a ton of cherries in it with some milk chocolate and roasted malt. The cherry notes are very juicy. The beer is very sweet overall. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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