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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutCherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ChugginOil on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of joeseppy
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark as nite.

Smell is BCS with cherries.

Taste is tart black sweetened cherries in Bourbon County Stout. A lot of vanilla going on.

Creamy and velvety. And this thang is sticky. All night sipper.

Finally get on tap at the Local Option in Chicago. This mother trucker is balls on!! One of the best brews I've ever had---ever!!!

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Photo of socon67
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm finally giving a 5 rating. This 2012 offering pours a thick black color and coats the snifter with a thin slickness, underscoring a richness and depth of what it will taste like. There is a slight reddish hue. Scents of bourbon, maraschino cherries, and chocolate notes hit the nose immediately.

Beer is splendidly complex. Rich cherry notes perfectly align with the bourbon flavors that GI consistently churns out in their BCBS line. The addition of rye notes gives a bite that plays off the warming burn in the finish just right. I really cannot find anything I don't like in this beer. The bottle was split 4 ways, and I could have had more.

I think the aging and the liquid itself worked out perfect, and thus the score. This is as good as it gets for me. I enjoy complexity in my imperial stouts. I have now seen the top of the mountain and all that left is to find another peak. Cheers!

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super deep brown with absolutely no opacity. Super thin lace of brown head even with a vigorous pour.

Wow! This baby smells like dark chocolate covered black cherries with all the essence of bourbon county as well. Smells absolutely decadent. Touches of bourbon and oak.

Wow again. Turn bourbon county into a sweet dessert and you have this. Really tastes like sweet, chocolate lava cake covered in sweet cherries. A touch of tart cherry flavor, chocolate, creamy vanilla, light oak. The cherries really take control of the beer but in a good way. The giant malt base is cooled a bit by the big fruity cherry flavors. Not a touch of detectable alcohol unlike BCBS. Little bit of a tootsie roll like finish. I'm not getting any of the rye though. Despite that, this beer is delicious, it turns BCBS into a totally new monster, a delicious dessert one. I love it.

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Photo of RacerX5k
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The familiar gorgeous thick black liquid. Smells of chocolate fudge cake and whiskey barrel. Vanilla and coconut, big bright cherry pie, delicious graham cracker crust. Thick, rich, melt in your mouth chocolate covered cherries dipped in alcohol, but no alcohol is present. Spicy notes of the rye barrel treatment. The best mouthfeel in the industry. Perfect. I dont see how this could be improved. Absolutely the best beer Ive had.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

One of the best of the best.
From Tap. Poured into a Pint Glass (unfortunately was all we had).
The nose is sweet. Cherries.
Pours dark, almost black, well pretty much black. Lil to no head.
The flavors of the bourbon stout mixed with cherries creates a luscious dense sweetness. Chocolate and Cherries.

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Photo of EdwardFortyHands
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer, tried it out of the bottle and let it mellow to room temp for a little bit.

The cherries were prominent and were a sweet and welcome addition to a great vintage BCBS.

Aging did this beer well.

Felt like a perfectly balanced BCBS, not overly boozy.

Would love this beer anytime.

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Photo of winningwes91
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the next best thing to prop 14. Pours typical bc motor oil. Smells like a cherry fudge with spirit and a nice spice character. The taste is a cherry cordial soaked in whiskey and coffee. Delicious.

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Photo of alerivers
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!! This is good! 8 oz draft pour into sniffer.

First in the nose is cherries, then some dark chocolate with vanilla, bourbon, & oak rounding it out. Almost no lacing but did coat glass. Appearance was dark, almost allowed no light to pass. Taste; Mmm! A little bitterness from chocolate mixed well with tart and sweetness of cherries. Oak and vanilla from bourbon with slight warming from bourbon also.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DLD bottle share. WOW! What a perfect complimentary duo of cherry and bourbon. This works so well for me, variants seemed slightly thicker from the cherries and slight but not overpowering sweetness marries so well with bourbon and stout.

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Photo of 4amepiphany
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap and from a bomber.

On tap a few months ago:

A: Dark. Really dark. Legs along the side, slight head that dissipated quite quickly.

S: BCS with very prominent cherries. I love cherries. I love BCS. Thank you GI

T: Tart. Not overly tart. Perfect blend of flavors, and the sweetness I wanted from the cherries!

M: Sticky, chewy, coating. Yes.

Out a bomber last night:

A: Dark, but it was also in a dimly lit restaurant.

S: More subdued cherry scent, but it's calling me to bring the glass to my lips with no hesitation.

T: WOW. Better out the bottle. The cherry has blended nicely with BCS. Balanced. That's all I have to say.

M: Sticky, chewy, coating, even better than on tap.

So far, my favorite variety of BCS, Bramble coming in second, only because I have an affinity for cherries. I hope this comes back. Please.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect across the board, just like every Bourbon County stout I've had the pleasure of trying. This one was aged for a little over two years, only adding to the excellence.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV and date of bottling clearly marked on the label.

Absolutely pitch black in color with a thin tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is lush and alluring; lots of chocolate and cherries upfront, more like chocolate covered cherries soaked in alcohol. I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of cherries, but this smells very good.

Wowzers...this is one lush, rich, thick, creamy, full-bodied stout. The smooth, silky mouthfeel is perhaps a tad more than the regular BCBS. Bittersweet goodness upfront, the cherries are evident from the middle all the way to the finish. Hints of rye compliment and cut the cherry sourness in the finish. The finish is almost sharp and dry, wow. The alcohol is masked really well making this beer very, very easy to drink.

This version of the BCBS is perhaps the best in my opinion. The balance throughout is just hard to describe in words, suffice to say it is near perfect (IMHO). I don't want to sound too dramatic, but this is a phenomenal brew. One of the best beers I have ever had....period!.

Absolutely worth a try and worth every dollar. I would recommend this version highly and if you happen to come across a bottle, don't hesitate to get it. Cheers !!!

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Photo of jokemon
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a tap takeover at Blues-bar in Mount Prospect. Served in a 12 oz snifter.

Color is dark as night, what else would you really expect! It pours with a very minimal head but it is there with some hazy brown bubbles.

The smell gives me very high hopes. I do not get a powerful booze smell but instead something resembling maraschino cherry juice.

The taste is out of this world. Perfectly balanced between the cherry, boozy bourbon flavor and chocolate.

Mouth-feel is equally as good, definitely a chewy beer.

Overall this is my favorite of he bourbon counties with a close second being the coffee. IF you like stouts and you have the opportunity GET THIS BEER and you will no be disappointed.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this beer? Starts with prominent bourbon notes, then moves to more of a cherry forward flavor. While the cherry is more forward and artificial that anticipated, it is still phenomenal. Pour is thick and viscous, with a small head and just a little bit of lacing, but some alcohol legs. Hides the alcohol well, and is a terrific beer to sip or drink all night.

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Photo of Marguerite
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer that I have ever had. Everything about it is spot on. It's still got the bourbon taste but the cherry flavor adds just the right amount of sweetness. If you ever see this bottle available for trade do it.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Bottle

Appearance: Pours black as expected with little to no head.

Smell: Sour cherries, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, pear, apples, figs, brown sugar, delicious.

Taste: Chocolate covered cherries with whiskey. This is nothing short of amazing! Cherries punch you in the face, followed by a chocolate/slight vanilla middle with a Rye Whiskey aftertaste. The booze at the end is very subdued, and is very impressively masked, considering the abv. The ending is cherry sweet with some slight bitterness from the booze. I'm getting warm inside quite quickly...

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not too thick, which is making me realize that this fact is aiding my fast pace of drinking this. It's not quite as thick as regular BCBS, but nowhere near as thin as World Wide Stout. Pretty similar mouthfeel to KBS.

Overall: Dessert in a bottle. This is definitely one of the best beers I've ever drank. It's insanely drinkable fresh at 13.7 abv. I can only see age doing this well as it will surely get smoother with time, and be even more drinkable, if that's possible. Without a doubt, I'd have to put this personally in front of regular BCBS and BCBCS.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 bottle from a trade split with a buddy. Got the Cherry Rye + lots of super extras for some New Glarus Very Sour Blackberry. Sampled at a cabin during one of our personal beer tests.

From bomber to Spiegelau tulip. Was out in the cool temp so probably 55-60 degrees.

A: Jet black, opaque, tan head that falls to a ring. No sediment.

S: Here's where the magic starts. Huge bourbon, cherry, grainy smell. Cocoa too. Like a cherry chocolate granola bar.

T: More of the same greatness. Smooth bourbon, barrel char, coffee from the roast, and of course cherries! Words do it no justice.

M: Thick, rich, heavy, but clean.

O: I've had BCBS, BCBS Coffee, KBS, Angel's Share, and now this. This one just might be my favorite of the (fantastic) heap. Goose Island knows how to make a huge, rich beer that is velvety smooth. Seek it out. Glad I have another one from the trade to hide away.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Goose Island Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice viscous dark oily liquid with a thin ring of light tan foam that forms even with a vigorous pour. A nice swirl gets a nice quarter inch head going that stays for a little bit. (5.0)

Aroma is delicious. Amazing. Very nice bourbon notes. This is perfection in the nose. Starts off with some nice molasses and caramel sweetness mixed in with some slight vanilla. Underlain cherry sweetness is present in the nose. The whiskey is mixed in with this very well and is slightly spicier; probably because of the rye. As it warms the cherry really opens up. Smells like cherry pie with some caramel and bourbon drizzled upon it. Amazing. There is some nice tartness form the cherry as wells that in the nose makes the beer not be as sweet as some other bourbon stouts. The rye notes are so nice because they have the typical sweetness of caramel and vanilla but also have a nice spice and woody note to it. (5.0)

Flavor starts off with amazing cherry pie notes. Fruit cherry sweetness starts things off with some slight tartness that comes up after the sweetness. There is some nice caramel and molasses notes that mix in with the cherry tartness and balance each other very well. Every sip seems different with the whiskey sweetness and cherry tartness battling it out for dominance. The whiskey notes also bring in some slight spice to it and more of an earthy almost woody note that is slightly perceived on the back end. Very nice heat is perceived as the brew warms mixed in with the sweetness and there is a nice slightly tart cherry finish to the brew. As this brew warms it really turns into something wonderful. Nice sweet/tart cherry pie notes with some good molasses and whiskey sweetness, slight vanilla and even some fudge notes and then some nice rye spice. The brew is chewy full and rich but its not syrupy or overwhelming. Definitely keeps you coming back for more. (5.0) (5.0)

Overall, this brew is amazing. Flavors are well crafted and then blended perfectly together. The cherry tartness and sweetness could’ve been overwhelming but it’s nice and balances the possibly syrupy sweetness out. Such a well crafted brew. Cheers GI. (5.0)

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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this a couple times now and have enjoyed it more each time. My initial review probably would've had this beer around a 4.35. This review is from a bottle opened up by kapkenobi this past Wednesday night. Thanks, Paul!

Poured into a 12oz Voodoo snifter at ~50 degrees.

A: Pours like Bourbon County. Pitch black with a minimal, quickly receding, khaki head. Looks like a 15% stout should look. Also, after drinking this, the bottom of the glass looked discolored because of the residual thickness of the beer holding on in the glass. Awesome.

S: Black cherry, slight, slight tartness (NOT infection in any way), mellow whiskey, and dark fruits. Smell opened up even more as it warmed and all the things above just got more pronounced.

T: I didn't love this the first time I had it. I thought the rye and cherry didn't quite mesh in right, and I thought it was hot. All those problems are gone. The most recent bottle was blended perfectly, with lots of cherry flavor up front, then mellowing out in the finish and leaving the rye barrel and base maltiness of the stout behind. Really excellent.

M: Thick. All 15% stouts should have the mouthfeel of Bourbon County. GI knows what they're doing here.

O: Really a fantastic beer, and at this exact point in time, probably my favorite variant (I'd go this, coffee, rare, vanilla, bramble). This is just drinking fantastic right now, so if you were holding onto a bottle and weren't sure when to have it, I don't think this beer is going to improve greatly over where it is right now.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark chocolate with a nice deep red hue on the edges that almost gives the beer a maroon color. No head as expected for bourbon county

S - Tart, thick cherries that smell like cherry pie fill the nose first. In the back, more subtlety, are the bourbon county trademarks of chocolate, vanilla, and a whiskey kick. The rye is there but more subtle than you may expect - think Templeton, not Rittenhouse. The subtlety is nice because it allows everything to blend together well into a great nose

T - Okay, this is really great. Let's just start off with that. First is vanilla slightly and then you are hit with a chocolate covered cherry that wells up from the inside with a slight sweetness from rye. As the beers goes on, the rye has a slight alcoholic kick but just slightly. The finish is light oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and slight cherry tartness. Every sip is so flavorful and complex that you just want more and more

MF - Thick and velvety smooth. It comes in and leaves a nice thick coating on the tongue. The finish has a slight tingle that remains on the tongue as well as slight warmth from the whiskey and oak

O - This was more than I expected by far. They learned from Bramble and integrated the cherry perfectly. It is tart without being too tart and it feels like it has even more chocolate and vanilla than in normal BCBS. It also lacks the strong punch you can get from BCBS but the subtlety and blending of flavors in this is what makes it great

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

X-Mas Eve 2012

A- Pours jet black into my Bruery tulip! A kahki head that seems to grow to almost two fingers fades rather quickly and leaves just tiny traces of foam clutching the glass. A little more grabs on with each sniff and sip.

S- Smells like BCBS with a touch less vanilla, and alot more dark fruit. Not necessarily cherry dominant, but figs, prunes, black raisins, dried cherries (of course), and dates. Sweet dark chocolate, mild coffee and licorice. Really gets intense as it comes up to room temp! Fresh cherries shine thru as it warms.

T- WOW! Tart cherries, deep, dark chocolate, hints of freshly pressed coffee, vanilla beans, marshmallow, licorice whips, heavy cream sweetness, dried figs dipped in balsemic glaze, dates... and more CHERRY!!! I'm really not picking up the alcohol at all. Feeling the warming sensation, but no alcohol burn at all! Brilliant!

M- Not as thick as BCBS or RARE or Vanilla, but it really coats the tongue and palate nicely. Has a nice syrupy coating that reminds me of cough medicine, but only in the way that it grabs your throat going down, not the taste. Nice tartness that blends with the cocoa, coffee and vanilla.

O- Such a wonderful blend of dark dried fruit, BBA, dark chocolate, coffee, and love! This is absolutely brilliant! About to pour a second glass and pondering how this could get any better? It's almost like a blend of the perfect BBA RIS and a brilliant Quad! It's crazy! I can't wait to see if this gets better over time. I can't imagine that it could!

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Photo of Resuin
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a Goblet. This was bottled on 11/12/12 so is about 6 months "old" as of this date.

Appearance: Pours a jet-black and leaves a half finger of dark brown/tan head which fades quickly to just a brown rim around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Delicious bourbon, chocolate, figs, light coffee, cherry - awesome smelling BA stout right here. The smells are quite pronounced and are very pleasant.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate covered cherries, plums, figs, raisins. The cherry comes out very nicely and really adds to this beer. Exceptionally balanced and also quite sweet (in a good way). Tremendous.

Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated and full bodied - this body is perfectly in line with the flavors that are presented in this beer. The alcohol is expertly hidden and this is very smooth, especially considering the amount of flavor.

Overall: I was hugely impressed with this beer. The cherries really balance this one out and add to the complexity of the flavors. I could drink a lot of this, considering how smooth and delicious it is, but that would be dangerous because of all the hidden alcohol! This beer has all the best characteristics of a barrel-aged stout and none of the worst. Highly recommended.

Update: I've had this since (in June 2014) and the cherry has faded a bit - still fantastic though.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I split this with my dad at home in Wisconsin a few days before I had to drive back down to college. This was the first Bourbon County variant that I had tried, and I was really stoked.

A - Looks pretty similar to the regular Bourbon County, but with a slight reddish-brown tinge to the few bubbles that form upon the initial pour. The body has an unambiguously jet-black opacity.

S - Plenty of bourbon and chocolate roasted malts, with some vanilla on the nose as well. Cherry and fruity sweetness is detectable, but I found it playing second fiddle to the traditional nose of the BCS.

T - Wow, exceeded my already high expectations. When I was little, I used to get a small box of chocolate covered cherries from a local chocolate shop from my parents on holidays like Easter or Valentine's Day. In my mind, this is like a grown-up version of those candies. Cherry was very prominent, intensely sweet even. The bourbon and chocolate flavors provide a much-needed balance.

M - Coats the mouth with a silky mouthfeel and leaves a light stickiness on the lips. Thick, thick, thick. Definitely a sipper. It took me over an hour to finish my half of the bomber.

O - Remarkable. I was admittedly expecting a lot with this being my first Bourbon County variant, but I was blown away.

I'm excited to see how this one ages. I thought it was tremendous fresh, but I think it will be interesting to see how the taste changes once the cherry mellows a bit. This was the perfect beer for some father / son bonding.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz split with a friend.

Pours used motor oil black with pretty much no head

Smells of cherries, choclate and booze

Taste is big on the cherry upfront with a huge amount of chocolate and a litte bit of coffee, fades to a great whiskey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pure velvet super thick with low carbonation

Overall very good beer and I'm not usually a fan of the fruit stout but this is very nice

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was enjoyed with family and friends outside around a campfire in Vermont on Halloween.
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a thick jet black with barely any head. What head there is a deep caramel color.
Aromas are deep dark roasted malt, whiskey and zing of cherries.
Taste is huge and incredible. Chocolate, whiskey, cherries and deep roasted malts abound. Incredible cherry flavor without being cloying.
Mouthfeel is perfect as with all BCBS. Silky and thick. Just right.
Overall this bee is incredible. Perfectly crafted with complex, deep flavors.
Only thing that could have helped with rating would be more head and maybe a touch more intense aromas.
It's damn near a perfect beer.

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Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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