Cooper Project Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Cooper Project Barrel Aged Scotch AleCooper Project Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #65
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,231
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 8.84%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
184
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
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Very Good
Cooper Project Barrel Aged Scotch AleCooper Project Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
Notes: Formerly Cooper Project No. 1 : Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 184 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bshiban:
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of jbendtsen
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first review on BA, so it's going to be "unrefined".

This is the closest I've come to springing for Goose Island's BBCS without actually pulling the trigger. I've had plenty of other lower-price-tag bourbon barrel porters and stouts, and even amongst the well-regarded ones, this is on another level. Perfect balance of malts and carmel up front with just a slight touch of booze as it goes down. The finish is incredibly smooth - the best aspects of scotch and bourbon linger on the palate for several seconds. Almost can't call this a beer - it should be sipped slowly out of your favorite scotch glass. By far the best "buzz" of 2017.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2/1/17 12:09, 8.7% ABV. Pours transparent amber with a medium sized off white head. Smells of bready malt, oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and peat. The taste follows exactly with oak, bourbon, bready malt, caramel, vanilla, and some peat. Slightly less flavor intensity than the smell would suggest. Mild sweetness and bitterness. Average body and above average carbonation for the style. Overall, the smell/taste is pretty good for a BA Scotch Ale, but it could use a little more intensity.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really mild barrel character. Overall pretty tasty, I just wish it would’ve been aged longer in the barrels. It’s still worth trying, especially for the price.

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Photo of porters4life
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xiaoxiong623
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rebrown221
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was excited for this one, but unfortunately it was underwhelming. Based on Bourbon County, Goose's reputation for barrel aged is very high. It got better as it warmed, but it's just average. I suggest buying a single bottle if you can, like I did, because it's not worth buying the 4 pack.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper with a white head. Smells of caramel, toffee, and oak. Tastes of light bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, light fruits, and malt. Medium creamy body and medium carbonation. Overall it’s a pretty mediocre scotch ale, nothing I would get again.

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Photo of Dharmelink
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amb3do
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled on date of '01FEB17'.
Somewhat cloudy, brown colored body. Any head settles to thin ring and very scattered island. No lacing.
Toffee, butterscotch, oak barrel, and bourbon are the aromas.
Tastes are toffee, butterscotch, dark fruit, oak barrel, and bourbon.
Medium mouth feel, with mild burn tongue, somewhat smooth.
Tasty beer with barrel notes and sweetness.

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Photo of Diura
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LucMcD17
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersampler6
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Outstanding scotch ale, very surprisingly smooth and easy-to-drink. Nice dark brown color with some tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of bourbon, malt and some dark cherries. Tastes of great bourbon and wood, caramel, malt, dark stone fruit and a hint of vanilla. Goes down extremely smooth, very little alcohol burn and no lingering bitterness or sour aftertaste. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of restrained carbonation. Alcohol taste is very well hidden. Will have to try their other projects!

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Photo of WiCowboy79
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jay94
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dennsmigl54
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Came in a stemmed glass an Auburn/tawny color with a thinner light beige head atop,a nice rich color.Aromas of the vanilla tinged bourbon and caramel in the nose,a slight toastiness was detected as well.Very easy to drink for the style and size but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack flavor,vanilla,roasted nuts,caramel,and earth all come together well but it never gets heavy and/or cloying.A nice bourbon barrel aged Heavy but I would give it to novice'ss to try as well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Beer Co. "Cooper Project Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 02APR18 09:42 8.75% ALC/VOL"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've had this on tap at the Philadelphia location but I feel that you can never really get to know a beer in 4 ounces so here we go. It's poured a mostly clear, just slightly hazy, reddish chestnut brown body beneath a full head of tight-bubbled and yellowed off-white foam. The aroma clearly expresses oak and Bourbon over a gently caramelish malt base. Just smelling it is pretty nice. The flavor follows, as usual, and the Bourbon and oak are really nicely smooth. They've still got enough strength to be quite clear but they're not brash or bold or too far forward - very nicely balanced; and the maltiness follows as well, bready, caramelish, and even a bit toffee-ish. Sometimes a Scotch ale can be a little too malty and almost syrupy but that's not the case here, nor is it too caramelish; I'm mostly finding golden and medium caramel notes. The bitterness is there but beneath the malt, balancing it, and helping it to finish mostly dry. It's really quite pleasant. Due to the oak I'm finding an occasional note of coconut but I don't expect everyone to find that, it seems some people get it and others don't. The alcohol is nicely balanced, but then again at just 8.75% it should be. I'm really curious now as to what this might taste like prior to barrel aging. In the mouth it's medium bodied with just a bit of a dextrinous edge, and a light, smooth carbonation.
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Cooper Project Barrel Aged Scotch Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 184 ratings