Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2011
On draft at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. I really enjoyed this one. The bourbon was very present but not overly so. The flavors were all there with light tartness and nice herbal spicyness and a finish of vanilla and bourbon from the barrels. Tasty and very unique. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Goose island bourbon county really shines, tastes saisony, sour is slightly muted awesome brew ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 Re-rate: 2009 vintage at New Bohemia Mnpls- Goose Island tap takeover. wonderful sour aroma. both sweet and sour. Dark hazy gold with nice lace. Phenomenal. 9/29/11- Draft at MacKenzie, Mnpls. Honestly can’t remember a sour brew with more richness and complexity than this. Oak aged quality contributes nicely. Love it! 7, 3, 9, 5, 18 otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Appearance: clear orange with amber edges. Pithy head fades to collar while a puddle of foam sits pretty smack dab in the middle like an inside out donut.
KyotoLefty (10531) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2011
Nose: OMG! Massively sour and tannic. Sour cherries, maraschino cherries. Has the essence of a single-malt, lowlands. Bourbon with spicy heat and crunchy sweetness. Apple skins and plum skins steeped in good moonshine. Bourbon and sour work together harmoniously. Sun drenched grains both sweet and dry. Pomace and grappa. Brushed leather and saddles, dry, then covered in orange oils.
Palate: wow! Sweet up front, then bourbon, than white oak, then vanilla. Plums and grapes. Mouth and tongue coating, then dries with leather and grape/plum skins for some pomace ala grappa. Vanilla soaked bourbon oozing barrels. Sour cherries along edges, underneath, and in breath. Essence of rye and lowland single malt.
Final Thoughts: I would love to have this beer as a year-round staple in my fridge. Amazing. I feel like I have in one hand, the proud American heritage of bourbon, in another the rich history of Scotland, and in another the oldest beverage of humankind – beer. Separate and yet one – an amazing sensorial experience. Divine. Nectar of the goddesses and gods.
Draught at MacGregors. Cloudy dark brown-orange, flat. Not pretty. Fruity, estery aroma with peach, cream, fusels, and sweet orange. Creamy vanilla flavor with tangy lemon, honey, alcohol. Light to medium sourness, very lactic, slightly acetic. Decent, though not great.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Draft @ MacGregor’s Penfield. All I smell is acedic acid...in the red wine vinegar vain....this coming from a slightly hazed amber with thin head. Diactyl and acedic acid great the mouth and lead it on a journey of flabby, grainy, acedic vinegar stained unfocused nonsense...buttery from the diactyl, thin bodied, way way way too many off flavors here to even know how to comment, but since they’re owned by inbev now, I don’t give a fuck who’s fault it was, my shitty rating will stand just like this shitty beer will stay on tap. Leighton (21879) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
Tap at The Pony Bar, NYC. Pours clear gold with a soft, white head. Sour fruit nose. Very, very sweet flavor, cherry liquor, candied fruits, medium and understated tartness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Big warming finish, some bread, sugary fruits, alcohol, light sourness. A little boozy at points but otherwise very nice. Terminus (3702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Tap at old chicago in Rockford, IL (my hometown!) WOW, this was quite a suprise to see on tap at a bar in my hometown while on vacation. pours lite orange with a small fizzy white head. nose of sour cherries, wood, vanilla and very slight bourbon. this barrel they used must have been pretty dried out because there is not much bourbon flavors here. If it had alot, i would have this beer. Flavors are lite sourness and cherries with a lovely vanilla/wood finish. this is truely a lovely beer! I wish i could have more of this! I drank 3 glasses of this stuff! ryanfolty (2584) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Date: August 19, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Busters, Minneapolis, MN Appearance: Translucent golden and slight amount of head. Aroma: Sour cherry. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, slight carbonation, thin bodied and bourbon/whiskey and dry finish. Other: Really enjoyed this one, kind of finished like a mildly dry champagne.
GRM (4108) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle, at Blue Tusk, savoured on June 30 2011; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of tan head, average lacing; nose: woody, alcohol, malt, light sourness; mouth: light, refreshing, woody, malt, alcohol, alcohol warmth, woody finale with light presence of alcohol, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille, bue chez Blue Tusk, savourée le 30 juin 2011; œil : cuivrée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse fauve, dentelle moyenne; nez : boisé, alcool, malt, légère aigreur; bouche : léger, rafraîchissante, boisé, malt, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, finale en boisé avec légère présence d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon