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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 413   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5914) - 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. It’s excellent, and one of the very best iterations of Bourbon County Stout, but it wasn’t worth $50. I’d 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 (25068) - 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 (41314) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14796) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle (#5253) at Yespr - Blind Tasting #13. Pitch black - brown head. Bourbon - lots of bourbon, sweetness, high sweetness, toffee, vanilla, licorice, light hoppy, boozy, sharpness, dark chocolate, nice complexity. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinball (11739) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
bottle #13 at yespr blind tasting very dark black, small brown head. nice aroma, storng, wood, boozy, roasted stuff, toffee. heavy. flavor is wood, roasted stuff, loads of bourbon, vanilla, very complex and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11166) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Bottled. Blind no 13 @ Yesprs. Pitch black coloured. Light brown dense head. Aroma of cocoa, sweetness, coconut, roast, vanilla. Flavour of vanilla, coconut, roast, caramel, cocoa, liqourice, Full bodied. Rosty smooth bitter end with a light alcohol touch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottles from the always generous phaseslu and BBB. Thanks pals! Consumed with family and friends at a little graduation bbq in south bend. Taste of molasses doughy figs and tangy plums. Dark chocolate and bourbon. Touch of vanilla. The rare really comes forth as it warms. Some nice throat warming heat kicks in. Tasty. Like. Would buy again for 20 bucks. Thanks again beer friends!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (32202) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
A black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, bourbon, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of bourbon, malt, alcohol, and wood, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle at yesprs blindtasting. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and soy sauce with notes of bourbon. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, vanilla and soy sauce with notes of bourbon. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2011
22 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Theis. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, caramelish and thick malty. Thick dark malty, liqourice and caramelish toffee. Smooth bourbon and sweet malty, light vanilla wooden note. Ends smooth and caramelish. Wooden.

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