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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3580) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
May 28, 2016. Bottle, received in a trade, thanks!
Black with a tiny brown head. Aroma is sweet, slight boozy, with toffee, vanilla, bourbon with a very light boozy touch, dark chocolate, light coffee notes, milk chocolate. sherry, dark fruits and prunes. Taste is sweet, warming alcohol, light bitterness. Finish is warming alcohol, smooth bourbon, some vanilla notes, sweet caramel, prunes, figs. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, oily texture.
Glad to finally try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle courtesy of hackobock. Pours blackish dark brown with a small creamy mocha head that leaves some very sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and slightly fruity with roasted malts, caramel, cereal, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, leather, moist soil, prunes, raisins, dried cherries and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is viscous, round, tiny roasted astringent, very tiny fruity tart, slightly boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with dark chocolate malts, oxidized dried dark fruits, coffee and bourbon. Clearly past its prime but still holds up well with it’s rather intriguing dried dark fruit oxidation character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (913) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
A: Deep dark brown/black! Thin brown lacing. N: Boozy, oak, green peppers T: Milk chocolate, liqourice, coffee, bitter chocolate O: Very nice and complex flavours! A bit boozy, but extremly nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (8219) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2016
20/II/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG V (Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, 2010 vintage (2016-228) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small to no head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: wow, that’s a lot of bourbon, vanilla, bit of green banana, sweet touch. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, lots of bourbon, sugary, caramel, lots of dark chocolate. Aftertaste: very sweet, lots of vanilla, malty, crème brûlée, bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel. It is lovely shizzle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (2270) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle at RBBWG 2016 in Antwerpen, bottled in November 2015, courtesy of Martinus, thanks a lot! Pitch black. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, warming and moderately alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, creamy to oily mouthfeel. Great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
THANK YOU Martinus! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG V. Pours a sludgy motor-oil black, only a very thin layer of mocha bubbles on the sides, close to zero head. Nose is warming molasses, syrup, thick chocolate bourbon, vanilla, brambleberries, blueberries, chocolate, astonishing. Taste is rich thick molasses, coated in chocolate, blueberries, brambleberries, molasses, sugar, bourbon, dates, vanilla, sweet chocolate, thick sludge, coffee. Very thick & chewy body. Wow this is good, ridiculous. The thing that kept the regular one from reaching perfection was that it was a small touch too boozy, this one isn’t, it has more elegance, more nuances. Not sure if age is the reason here, I have never had the regular one 5 years old or whether this beer had these qualities back when it was young. Either way, this is close to 5 with a bigger pour I might have upped it to a 5. This is astonishing, I feel like I might need to try more in order to fully explore it but I am happy surprised that I even managed to try it at all. Thanks a lot. The price of this one is another discussion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (1925) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle at RBBWG, thanks for sharing Martinus. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, this is the perfect bourbon imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onceblind (7529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Black and deep with a fast fading tan head. Huge nose with big thick rich bourbonny chocolate, brown sugar, lots of oak and char, syrupy roasted malt, more cocoa, and rich sweet caramelly/chocolaty booze. Amazing body and flavor that just touches every part of the pleasure center of the brain. Loads of chocolate, bourbonny brown sugar, lots of oak, lots of coffee, a bit of caramel, and more coffee. Loads of roast and chocolate and bourbon barrel, but nothing too much out of line. Just simply amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2702) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Vintage 2010 enjoyed tonight with wife and family, dont @ me. Pours like all other aged bcbs varroe t. Dark, little head. Solid smokey bourbon nose, tadge is full of bourbon goodness, vanilla, oak, smoke, cocoa. Full body, smooth. Somewhat lingering booze burn finish. I said dont @ me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Countbeer (6222) - 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!

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