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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, I’m excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels I’ve come across in 18 years of barrel aging beer. Barrels were originally filled with spirit in 1985. We have 50 bourbon barrels aging, it will be a one time bottling, it will not be repeated."


iamqueensblvd's rating

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Fortunately this beer lived up to its hype. Gorgeous and bountiful nose of bourbon and sweet vanilla upon opening. Pours a gorgeous black with nice tan head. Thick but not off-putting mouthfeel. Initial hints of bourbon transitioning into a slightly burnt coffee taste finally ending with those sweet hints of vanilla. pleasant flavors linger for a minute on the palate. Very delicious beer.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (172) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bourbon pappy smell. Taste is a nice smooth balance of bourbon, oak, and caramelly stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Super beer. Great Bourbon flavor perfect finish this was a near perfect beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZacM612 (141) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Dark brown, almost black, almost looks like used motor oil. Minimal tan head. Chocolate and alcohol aroma. Strong alcohol presence with an infusion of bourbon flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle #4909 traded and drank in PCB. Pours like motor oil and has a big brown head that lasts forever. Huge aroma of bourbon, molasses and sweet grain. Wow, huge flavor of bourbon, a sweetness like roasted marshmallows and a hint of coffee and espresso. Way too smooth at 13 ABV. Very well made.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Bottle 4358 in a trade from mwbrady12. Drank in celebration of PM promotion. Pours a dark brown that is near black and oil like in consistency. Medium brown foam head. Aromas of alcohol, big vanilla, maple, light cocoa, some nuttiness. Taste still has some heat after all these years. Sweetness and heat but very well incorporated. Thick and oily. Carbonation is still there too. Delicious treat. As a side note: the bourbon I am tasting in this beer is as old as I am. That is awesome.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3455) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour and a bottle a while ago. Black pour with tan head. Sweet dark malts. Dark chocolate, sweet, roasted and a hint of alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. This was the end cap of a full FiftyFifty Eclipse Vertical. This and the PVW stole the show. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is bourbon, oaky vanilla, burnt malt, ashy cocoa. The taste is oak, molasses, bourbon, chocolate and roasty coffee beans. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle share. Thanks Dustin! Pours black with a small reddish tan head. Big aroma of bourbon, chocolate, malt, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and barrel. Glad to have tried this delicious BCBS version.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (298) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle - Pours very dark black w/ a brown head. Lots and lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose. The taste is very boozy but smooth. Rich bourbon and chocolate taste. Bourbon and Beer = Peanut Butter and Chocolate!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Sampled at a STL tasting - Pours dark brown with a burnt orange head. The aroma has cocoa, barrel, bourbon, roast, oak and vanilla. It has a full rich body with soft carbonation. The flavor begins with cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, smooth roast, raw barrel notes that are grainy and oaky. The finish has warm alcohol, raisins, roast and bourbon. Great imperial stout.


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