Bourbon Barrel Aged Maduro | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kajerm on 05-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of GbVDave
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet at Goose Island Clybourn 5/31/07. Listed on the beer menu as 7.3% abv.

A: Served a murky, opaque brown with a tiny tan head that left virtually no lace to speak of.

S: Large nose full of vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and tropical fruit.

T: The taste follows the nose closely with some minor modifications. Vanilla, coconut, molassas, bourbon, and an interesting tart fruit finish.

M: Sort of on the thin side of things, but satisfying none the less.

D: Myriad complex interplay between the aromas and flavors make for a very rewarding experiance.

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Photo of Lexx
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub.
So, I was starting to get pretty tired of this whole bourbon barrel thing. After a while, everything was kind of tasting the same. Until this.
This... was magical. Clear, dark cocoa color with a thin, tight, light beige head.
The scent was exquisite. This bourbon barrel version managed to maintain the molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, fruit and nuttiness of the original maduro, but added so very much more. Along with those scents, there were some excellent notes of amaretto and cherry cordial. It was just a wonder of chocolate, fruit and nuttiness, with some major coffee and, of course, bourbon.
The cherry cordial followed into the taste... and I just can't get it out of my head. A beautiful combination of warm coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark cherry... I think I'm in love.

On a sidenote, a ghost resembling the fantome made an appearance on the veil of my bourbon barrel aged maduro. I don't know if it was a sign of something, but it was kind of nifty.

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Photo of kajerm
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Goblet at the Clybourn brewpub. Once upon a time, apparently, the Maduro was an American Brown Ale. Then barrel-aging turned it into a black, tan-headed monster. The color is nearly completely black, with a small, tan head.

The aroma is all barrel-aging-- oak, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon. Alcholic heat is absent, but so is any character from the actual beer; this is one of those sad cases where the beer was no match for the barrel.

Tastes like it smells, with the addition of some slight mid-palate maltiness that constitutes the only contribution of the original beer to the flavor profile. It's interesting to taste a beer that's so completely dominated by the barrels-- the vanilla flavor really comes out. I'm conflicted, because I actually sort of like this beer, but it's not very well-crafted.

Mouthfeel is thick and moderately chewy.

This is really too heavy and too bourbony to be very drinkable.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Maduro from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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