Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Napa County

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 4.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Bourbon County Stout aged in merlot barrels with Brettanomyces Brux

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (3016) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Deep chocolate-brown in color. Boozy aroma; chocolate and coconut notes. Extrememly boozy in flavor; sticky sweet coconut and chocolate with light wine and wood notes. This beer still had surprisingly strong bourbon-like notes. Notes: Denver Rare Beer Tasting 13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (6096) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at GTWM 2013. Pitch black body. Deep brown oily head. Oily, flat carbonation. Big and brutal chocolate booze. Not as enjoyable as most variations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, big barrel and red wine notes, no head, taste was nice and drying, great bcs variety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
On tap at the GTMW 2013
I stumbled across this one and am very glad I did not have to wait in a long line. A mediocre BCS variant has some of the hallmarks of a great base beer. Somehow though the outcome after aging is meh. If youre trying to score as many as possible save this one for last.

Aroma / Appearance - Slick, black, and oily it looks like a standard BCS. A creamy presence fills the glass. Coffee, thick red wine, and cocoa stand out. The depth is almost there yet somehow this feels like a shadow of its better cousins.

Flavor / Palate - Viscous and chewy the mouthfeel is like a red wine or sherry. Cloying, sticky, and a trace sweet it goes down smoothly enough. Sadly the finish lacks a big punch. This is so-so and I would drink more yet it is not among even my Top 50 imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1124) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
At GTMW. Really tannic version of BCBS and a lot more tart than expected. I think its really good as is, but I wouldnt want to give the brett much more time to work.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9923) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Looks like the other Bourbon County Stouts- deep, opaque midnight brown, with a brown head that settles into a lasting ring. A little funkiness is immediately apparent here, thanks to the Brett Brux, as is the presence of the merlot and oak. Also roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, tannins, grapes, cocoa, and caramel. Medium-full bodied, with a funky, tart, roasty, sweet mouthfeel and modest carbonation. I know its a different treatment but this one beat Bramble and Cherry for me. Really unique and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (4151) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2013
A healthy sample at the GI 25th Anniv. block party as a guest in barrel storage heaven. Viscously dispensed to plastic with a thick, black/brown color, a light layer of reddish brown foam, and negligible lacing. With a full nose of roastiness, barrel hints, cocoa, sweetness, vinous/grape essence, and some tartness. Brett was barely noticed. The flavor was similar, syrupy, bold but smooth, with highlighted wine notes. Loved the variation!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2013
On tap at Goose Island 25th Anniversary Event. Really excellent red wine notes mixed with heavy chocolate and mild roast. Simply fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Pour is deep black with a thin brown head. Aroma is of light bourbon, chocolate, burnt wood, and dry red wine. Flavor is sweet at first and transitions into a boozy and sour finish. Notes of oak, yeast, sour grapes, and roasted chocolate. Surprisingly well balanced, good carbonation. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2521) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
May 11, 2013 - tap at GI 25th anniversary party. Black pour with a nice brown head. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate, wood and red wine. Taste was consistent with aroma, this was thick and had a nice woody and red wine finish. Did a side by side with the regular BCS and this held its own. Would love to see this bottled!

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