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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, 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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luttonm (4722) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2011
The treat of the year, thanks to Trevor211 and all the friends who got to share this. Wow. Still blackest pour, some bubbles but no head. Huge sweet bourbon, complex roast-oak nose. Incredible subtlety, smooth oak-caramel. Really great bourbon, can tell it is something special. Bourbon-alc on nose and bit of sweet-smooth burn. Head-rush, very smooth and little stickiness. Some grapiness, vinous and tart tannin. Juicy-tart, dry finish. Really special, takes BCS up a bit with a definitively better bourbon note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (25464) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2011
Bottled@Yesprís blindtasting. Extremely black colour with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, smoked wet wood, quite much liquorice and sweet as well. Flavour is bigtime liquorice along with some nuttyness, alcohol and some wooden and vanillaish notes. Strong, balanced and rather complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2011
22oz. Bomber courtesy of PeteinSD. This one may lay a legitimate claim to the best Bourbon barreled stout of all time. I didnít think the regular Bourbon County could be topped and figured this one would be more hype than substance, but the truth is that this one is clearly a cut above. Pours like an oil slick with a few toffee colored bubbles floating around. Aroma must be inhaled to be believed with notes of wood, burnt caramel, rich vanilla and dark chocolate permeating the nose. Flavor was similar to the nose with layers of overly ripe prunes, lightly roasted malt, soft cocoa and inescapable bourbon overtones throughout. The palate of this beer is ridiculously luscious like a well layered chocolate cake. No trace of alcohol heat anywhere and finishes as well as it starts. Opened this next to an 09 version of the regular Bourbon County and was surprised how much it dominated its predecessor in every aspect. Just a bigger badder more finely crafted version of the original. Thank you sir may I have another!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Slick black pour with a slight ring of molasses colored bubbles on the edge of glass. Aroma is obscenely rich bourbon, marshmallow, vanilla, coconut, oak, and slight underlying roast. No noticeable alcohol on the aroma. Taste is a decadent, velvety feel of bourbon, vanilla, flash flamed molasses, some slight raisin/malt on the final third, and non-stop perfectly integrated bourbon with oak. The flavors ebb and flow in soft, cloud like perfection. We did the Rare side-by-side with an í09 regular BCS and the Rare made the regular BCS look like BCS-light: the difference was plain as day. Absofuckinglutely amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerman6686 (6379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2011
This poured a black as night color with basically no head at all. Aroma was just incredible, lots of dark chocolate, loads of vanillay bourbon, some dark fruits and medium roasted malts. Flavor was just a tad bit less impressive than the aroma, lots of sweet bourbony notes, very smooth, with lots of chocolate and fig too. Had this ones side by side with KBS and Darklord and it blew both of them away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from MaltOMeal. Thanks!
Pours a deep onyx with a nose of old oak, sweet scotch, and musty chocolate. Flavor is scotch-infused chocolate, bourbon, and oaked candy. Thick on the tongue. Pleasant; would be a great cold weather sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle shared by maltomeal at the Houston 2011 tasting. Dark black-opaque. Nose of barrel, chocolates, and alcohol. Taste is thick, chewy, chocolate, and very dry on the end-almost chalky. A thick, cough syrup beer that is best shared and sipped-I need one for a cold night. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 (22oz bomber bottled 11/19/10) jet black pour with a nice coasting of the glass and a dark tan head. Nose of bourbon, very rich, vanilla, alcohol, brandy, prunes, amazingly complex and delicious smelling. Taste of big sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, smooth, velvety almost, so flavorful. Itís excellent, and one of the very best iterations of Bourbon County Stout, but it wasnít worth $50. Iíd rather have 3-4 bombers of the coffee version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Blind tasting. Courtesy of Theis. Pours an opaque black with a brownish head. Sweet hard roast aroma, vanilla and Bourbon in the licorice allsorts fashion. Very full-bodied, sweet roast, a little sweet licorice, raisins and other dark dried fruits - again lots of vanilla and Bourbon. Lovely in small quantities - a meal in a bottle. 260511

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ yespr blindtasting. [ Bottle #13. ]

Clear dark dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocoalte, dark malt, bourbon, licorice notes. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20110526]

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