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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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."


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle. Brought back from Happy Harry’s bottleshop in Grand Forks, ND. Pours opaque black, thin but persistent dark tan head, spotty to poor lacing. Nose is MASSIVE coconut, huge vanilla, so MUCH Bourbon character! Really, this is as intimidating now as when I first had Bourbon County Original all those years ago Big berryish dark fruit lurks under the toffee/vanilla/butterscotch/coconut layers. Goddamn but this smells like a punch in the balls! Flavours of bourbon, vanilla, creamy toast, butter, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, big oak. Phenomenal beer. Really in a class of itself!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2011
Pours black with a thin brown head. Looks great. Aroma is amazing! Huge bourbon aroma mingling with classic stout aroma. Oh, my god that tastes amazing. Oak. Chocolate bourbon. Roasted malt. It jargon and burly and woody. Vanilla comes through as well. The flavour never stops. It lingers for ever and is amazing. I love it. This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever had. Its pushing the flavour envelope and blowing my mind.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
5 oz pour. It pours a dense black with a fizzy head that dissipates before I even get it. The smell here is richer and smoother than the average BCS. This is partially due to the extra aging, but also the bourbon barrels used. It has all of the traditional BCS traits: thick bourbon, barrel, chocolate, and roast. However, there is an added almost woodsy-spiciness that is unique to this version. The flavor follows. It has that hint of spiciness that takes regular BCS to a different level. It is smoother, and richer. The aging has allowed it to mature to perfection. The drinkability here is much greater than the average BCS. This one is overpriced, but it is a great experience. An outstanding beer. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-01-2010 05:38:35 @ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottled sample via Savvy1982, shared with him and oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Intense aromas of cereal grain, bourbon, and roasted malts. Flavours are of vanilla, milk chocoalte, high quality bourbon, muslix cereal, caramel, and black licorice. Slick and slightly boozy on the palate. An intense yet somehow balanced brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3886) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle shared at the 5,000 party. Poured a viscous black body underneath a small deep beige foamy head. Aroma was awesome, although boozy, with notes of vanilla, bourbon, choclate, wood, tobacco a touch of smoke. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, fudge, chocolate, wood and tobacco. Awesomely perfect body with a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel along with a touch of alochol heat that brings just enough to liven up the palate along with soft carbonation that dances on your tongue. Simply exquisite but I feel this one might actually get even better with time.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2011
(shared at RBWG 2011-Phoenix! and courtesy of Alpar). Pours black and thick like oil. Aroma is a rich bourbony goodness. Sweet wlit a little hot taste and some chocolate notes. Full bodied with slick texture. Had side by side with the 5050 Eclipse PVW and Rare was a bit better, imo.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
WOW! Worth the price. Oily veryt dark brown pour with a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma. The taste was Alcohol, roast , coffee, nut and wood. Blended perfectly. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3070) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Pour is pitch black syrup. Zero head. Zero lacing. Aroma and taste is insanely complex. Toffee biscuit, dark mocha chocolate, ultra fine whiskey, coconut, molasses, roasted malts. Much hotter then the vanilla but when it warms up it gets less boozey. Sick beer. Thanks for sharing Simon. Had again in July of ’12, unreal, the heat has faded and the beer has become more rich and layered then anything I have tried. Had to move it up to a 4.9.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours dark, frothy tan head. Nose is taking over my mind...boozy as satan and satan is cool. Chocolate and vanilla and cream, blessed by the lord underneath...it opens the nostrils...its beatifully cleansing...brown sugar and booze, but in the most sensual way. Time to stop smelling and start drinking. Lucious dessert beer...sweet, vanilla, booze, chocolate, candy..its sweet but the sweetness is accentuating flavors that are mind bendingly good...who cares if its under attentuated, that malt has created the most beautiful dessert flavors on the planet. Soooo good.


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