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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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."


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
bottle 4097 on 12/19/10. this seems to be more of the same... only amplified. oddly sweeter than the regular version.8/5/8/3/15

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
bottle shared by Ryan at his 5000 tasting - rich, creamy chocolate. vanilla bean, thick bourbon and dark malts. Tasty, but not substantially different that the regular or vanilla versions.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours black with a little tan head. Aroma is tons of vanilla, some coconut, chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows the nose. Lots of vanilla, some coconut and a little bourbon kick at the end. Really drinkable. Pretty phenomenal. I will lay the second one down for a bit to see how it ages.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22 oz bottle thanks to Hamilton 23 for sharing on poker night. Pitch black pour with very little head that us quickly gone. The nose on this beet is absolutely phenomenal and is just full of vanilla, bourbon, light coffee, light coconut, and some dark fruit. Taste follows the nose and too is phenomenal. Lots of vanilla and sweet malty goodness. The bourbon kick has a little wood to it as well. Simply a fabulous beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2860) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Black as night poor. Thin layer of tan bubbles sit atop the oily mess below. No lacing, and the head doesnít stick around after having to force it. Smells of bourbon and coffee, vanilla, caramel, a slight sourness, and raisins. Big sweet vanilla taste right up front. Delicious. Seriously. Peppery, alcohol-y. Caramel mixed into coffee. Very good. Not as complex in the mouth as it was in the nose. But the first taste is simply awesome. The only gripe I have is the huge alcohol warmth and burn on the back end. Slightly bitter finish as well. Other than that this beer is almost perfect.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
A: The pour is thick and black with a finger of tan head. S: Wonderful bourbon and vanilla aromas with lots of rich, dark chocolate. Solid amounts of roasted malts with more chocolate and bourbon. A bit of molasses, caramel, and maple syrup, and oak. T: Decadent is a good way to describe this beer. Fantastic bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate flavors throughout. Wood and roasted malts with a bit of caramel and molasses. Nowhere near as boozy as regular Bourbon County, which is a big plus. M: Full in body with a smooth, silky feel on the tongue. O: I had put off looking to try this beer due to the cost (still donít think itís worth $45), but it is a really great one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14725) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2011
Thank you, yespr. The aroma is alcoholic and roasted. Has some port and vanilla. Black colour, looks oily. The flavour is sweet and sugary with a distinct vanilla flavour and an equally distinct alcohol afterburn. A bit much, but good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonkeyBra (3956) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2011
22 oz. Bottle. Ok. I waited forever to crack this. Glad to crush this with Carythedude and Jakebra right before jakebraís wedding. Pours like a precious oil with a dark tan head. Aroma is amazing. Basically, like sticking your head in the perfect bourbon barrel and taking a whiff. Dark chocolate, chocolate mousse. This is rich and decadent. And absolutely delicious. Full mouthfeel, lazy carbonation. Itís quite amazing this is absolutely worth the 50 dollar price tag. What an amazing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2011
22 oz. bottle - Pours a black color with a one finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is oak/bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and oak/bourbon. The malt and barrel lingers in the finish. Full body. A fantastic beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emacgee (4549) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Pours inky black with a mild tint to the edges and wisps of a chestnut brown head. Rich nose with a lots of dark grain and coffee with some tannic oak and light vanilla. Slightly oxidized and the barrel doesnít come through a ton. Amazing flavor however, vanilla and chocolate all day. Some coffee comes in with notes of molasses and dark fruit. Very portish. Full and velvety body with a warming alcoholic finish.


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