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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

Serve in Snifter


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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - 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 jakebra’s 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. It’s quite amazing this is absolutely worth the 50 dollar price tag. What an amazing beer.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emacgee (4611) - 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 doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
@RBWG-22oz-thanks to Dschiller/Dave–pours a disappearing light brown head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, some alcohol. So now I can cellar the bottle hbmason got for me!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 Bottle @ home, courtesy of TheAlum. He is such a generous dude to trade me this brew for a six pack of Bud Ice and a case of Bud Dry. Hell of a deal! Thanks again, Adam!!!!! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome, sweet, smooth, oaky goodness with dark roasty malts in the nose. Sweet, creamy, chocolatey, very nice bourbon beginning. Unbelievable, roasty, awesome flavor. So smooth, so very nice! I thought this beer was probably all hype but this is legendary!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle 11939. Near black pour. WOW. Abv is there. sweet, soy sauce, chocolate, roast, very good. But not worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4047) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Ethan! This beer was very tasty. I enjoyed the flavor much more than the aroma. Aroma has some wood, light vanilla, and cocoa, but seems very muted when compared to the flavor. It blasts the bourbon but also holds the chocolate and coffee notes in the base beer very well. A little sweet, but not in a cloying sort of way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Crushed with Honkeybra and Jakebra. Dark, oily pour. Aroma is a rush of bourbon, heavy roasted malts, and dark chocolate. The flavor is like eating a piece of dark chocolate that has been soaked in bourbon. One of the silkiest mouthfeels of all time. One amazing thing about this beer, though, is the drinkability. Just a pleasure to sit back and drink this beer. Top fucking notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5406) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Very thick pitch black pour, with a thin, dense, tan head. Very oily and thick. Huge chewy dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, very very nice bourbon flavor, oak, boozy but it compliments the bourbon, dark sweet sugary malts, and molasses. Warming and enjoyable in every sip. A great BA imperial stout, if you are into that sort thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
bottle at RBWG-thanks to whoever let us have this beer. pours pitch black with very little head or carbonation. nose is big oxidization-wood, chocoloate, bourbon. the beer seems really old (well it is 3 yrs to be exact!). big rasins, brown sugar, chocolate, this is crazy! however, this beer tends to be a bit too big for my liking. big tannens from the barrel aging woody alcoholic finish. good but seems to be a bit over the top and tends to the top 50 "mob mentality"

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