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Tasting order help - Goose Island beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ckobes, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. ckobes

    ckobes Initiate (0) Illinois Jul 11, 2012

    Put together a sampling of Goose Island beers for a tasting and I would appreciate everyone's input on what order they should be drank in. The list includes:

    2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 BCBS
    2011, 2012 BCBCS
    Bramble Rye
    Cherry Rye
    Big John
    2011, 2012 Night Stalker
    Madame Rose,
    2011, 2012 Matilda
    2010, 2012 Pere Jacques

    Thanks for the help!
  2. incubuscience

    incubuscience Savant (425) Illinois Jul 26, 2012

    Personally, I'd do these on two separate days.

    Depending on the group size, you'll likely be schnuckered by the time you finish all that BCS. And if you do the BCS first, in addition to being three sheets, your palate will be wrecked for the lighter, fruitier beers. If you do the Ladies/Lighters first, you may be too schnuckered to really appreciate the subtle variances of the regular years of BCS, or even the complexities of the flavored BCSes.

    That's just me, though.
  3. SteelersX

    SteelersX Advocate (570) New York Jan 30, 2011 Beer Trader

    How many people?
    I think no matter how you go, your palate is going to be destroyed halfway through. A good problem I guess.
    If it were me I would break this up into 2 tastings. stouts and non stouts. Night Stalker is the kicker.
    sorry I wasnt any help.
  4. Jonnyhiggs

    Jonnyhiggs Savant (315) Illinois Dec 7, 2012

    Am I invited?
  5. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Sounds awful. Why not stay away from the macros and have a tasting with some craft beers?
  6. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Savant (445) Indiana Jun 5, 2012

    While I agree with everyone here who says that it should be two days, ill offer a tasting order anyways.

    Day/Part 1:

    BCBS Vertical.
    BC Varient Horizontal
    Big John
    Night Stalker Mini Vertical

    Day/Part 2:
    Pere Jacques
    3 Sisters.

    This allows for the Bourbon Counties to be compared to one another fairly as possible, while looking at the difference of Cook County Stout when you hop it versus when you throw cocoa nibs into. Day 2 is a lot easier, Pere Jacques doesnt really fit with the rest, so you could put it on either end, I just chose the beginning. Matilda has a little bit of Brett, so its a good stepping stone to the sours.