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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, Iím excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Iíve 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."

beerisgoodforu's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 100th Imperial Stout rating. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is super complex, I get lots of barrel character, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, roasted malt, prunes, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, molasses and fudge. The flavor follows the nose with tons of barrel character, the bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, prunes, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, fudge, molasses and dark chocolate. Wow this is soooooo complex!! The body is full with a sticky and creamy mouth feel. By far the best Imperial Stout I have had, and probably one of my all time favorite beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Countbeer (5608) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
Bomber: Vintage 2010: #1496: Thank you Rene: Taster: Black beer, brown lacing Mighty bourbon, roast and chocolate. Flavour is so soft and smooth: roast, chocolate, bourbon, wood, bitters, vanilla, fudge... Aftertaste is fudgy smooth, bourbon, chocolate, mocha, sweet roast... Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full bodied. Superb! Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5109) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle @ joes. Dark brown colour with almost no head. Smells wine, alcohol apple syrup, sweet, boozy, red fruits. Tastes red fruits, oak, whisky, chocolate, roasty. Full body, soft carbo, sick taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abijen (2191) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
Thanks Benzai. Donker bruin bier met een goede getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt alcohol, peated, geroosterd, vanille, overrijp fruit. Smaakt heerlijk. Vanille, overrijp fruit, chocolade.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle #1448 Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately disappears. No lacing left behind but it does have lasting legs that coat the glass in a muddy film. Barrel character is really strong in the nose but it seems nicely integrated into aroma. Lots of spicy bourbon but itís not overpowering with dry oak, toasted coconut and vanilla bean notes. Sweet, slightly roasted malt backbone with sweet and dark chocolate, molasses, coffee bean, bakerís chocolate and subtle roast/burnt malt. On the fuller end of medium bodied with subtle viscosity and an excellent barrel character thatís perfectly integrated into the base beer. Spicy bourbon barrel with toasted coconut, marshmallow, vanilla and a wonderful spicy PVW flavor. Subtle boozy heat but not fiery, harsh or overpowering. Tastes just like the spirit without obliterating the base beer. Sure, thereís some sweet booze and heat lingering throughout but the other barrel notes and malt backbone counter things nicely. Fudge-y chocolate goodness with fudge, caramel, molasses and toffee give it a sweet and dessert like quality but itís not one-note. Thereís some roast with hints of dark chocolate, roasted gourmet coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. The high ABV is extremely well masked making this delicious, complex beer dangerously drinkable. The flavor of this beer is close to perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! I didnít get the bottle number on this baby, but oh man. The pour is a thick, viscous, oily black with a medium brown collar of head. The aroma is phenomenal. Heavy roasted malts and chocolate to go along with a wonderful bourbon complexity. This is probably the best smelling bourbon barrel character Iíve ever picked up in a beer. There is a lot of dark fruit and a little toffee in there. The flavors mimic it as well. The only thing that pails is there is a light lack of vanilla in the aroma. This is detectable in the flavor, and I love it. The malts and dark fruits are killer, and there is just a great bourbon presence. The mouth feel is viscous and chewy with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly boozy, caramel, malty finish. I love it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2015
22oz bottle. Been Waiting years to drink this. Pours black with a small an head. Aroma is strong on the bourbon. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit in the nose. Smells absolutely fantastic. Taste is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Has a very strong, underlying bourbon taste. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Body is thick and sticky. The alcohol is definitely warming on this one. It goes down very easy. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Incredible blend of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits fill your nose and palate. Deep brown pour with a dark tight bubbled head. Thick, viscous mouthfeel and a surprisingly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2441) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
cocoa beery with flavor of bourbon. malt and licorice behind it. powerful enough with moderate body and mouthfeel. for me the vanilla is unwelcome in the bourbon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigtaster (847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2015
From the bottle into snifter. Black viscous poor, small tan head. Nose is incredible, small hints of cardboard but mostly tons of incredible Bourbon and chocolate, some raisins, scotch. Oily body, soft carbonation, incredible mouth feel, a bit of heat in the finish. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon. Wow, really great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
Sample at Epic Bourbon County Tasting, thx to Bart and Thijs! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: lots of bourbon, alcohol, very sweet, boozy, some coffee. TASTE: bourbon, sweet, lots of alcohol, boozy, alcohol warming, caramel, oak, bourbon overload actually. Was looking forward to this one quite a bit, but was disappointed quite a lot...

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