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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 402   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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. This was the end cap of a full FiftyFifty Eclipse Vertical. This and the PVW stole the show. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is bourbon, oaky vanilla, burnt malt, ashy cocoa. The taste is oak, molasses, bourbon, chocolate and roasty coffee beans. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3913) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle share. Thanks Dustin! Pours black with a small reddish tan head. Big aroma of bourbon, chocolate, malt, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and barrel. Glad to have tried this delicious BCBS version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (435) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle - Pours very dark black w/ a brown head. Lots and lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose. The taste is very boozy but smooth. Rich bourbon and chocolate taste. Bourbon and Beer = Peanut Butter and Chocolate!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Sampled at a STL tasting - Pours dark brown with a burnt orange head. The aroma has cocoa, barrel, bourbon, roast, oak and vanilla. It has a full rich body with soft carbonation. The flavor begins with cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, smooth roast, raw barrel notes that are grainy and oaky. The finish has warm alcohol, raisins, roast and bourbon. Great imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle #6554, 4 oz pour into tulip tasting glass. Appearance: Black with a light dark brown foam. Foam dissipated rather quickly after pour. Aroma: Tons of chocolate on the nose followed by powerful scent of bourbon. Taste: What I picked up on the nose gets amplified on the palate. Starts with big chocolate and then the rich bourbon flavor starts to build and come into its own. This is such an excellent fusion of flavor. Palate: Medium body. Beer leaves its mark on your palate and the flavors persist long after a sip. Overall: This was one of the finest imp. stouts I have ever had. I wish I had a more sophisticated bourbon palate to better detect the intricacies of the barrel aging. Regardless, this was like eating a box of chocolates, all of which were filled with pappy!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
olr1984 (1205) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2014
My 1000 rating. 22oz bomber pours a dark black with a thin tan head. As soon as I cracked the cap I immediately smelled bourbon aroma. Taste was amazing. After so many years the bourbon taste is still there with a caramel vanilla and sweet malt. Very enjoyable, couldn’t taste the alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (804) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle, thick black viscous pour, very little head. Aroma, oh its bourbon county all right, huge notes of vanilla, chocolate, oak, just a ton of in your face bourbon. Taste, sticky mouthfeel, nice hit of bourbon, some maple sweetness, clean smooth finish, not a big bourbon bomb like the aroma would suggest. Overall, a big sticky barrel aged imperial stout and a fantastic one at that, really glad I finally got to try this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2757) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
650ml brown bottle - bottleshare at Ferris’. Bottle #1407, dated 11/19/2010. Black pour witha light ring of caramel foam. Big nose with bourbon and rich chocolate and roast. In the mouth there is bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, wood. Finish has vanilla and bourbon. Full bodied, sticky, soft carbonation. An awesome stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (6521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Lots of boozy bourbon with a maple sweetness. Jet black with almost no head. Bourbon, sticky toffee and maple, with a nice toffee chocolate finish. Sticky, sweet and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ataraxia (406) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Opaque black, thin cappuccino lacing. A bit subdued, but complex aroma of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, old oak, roasted coffee beans, figs, and rich earth. The bourbon barrel character has melded very well with the other elements, giving a smooth light sweetness. Bitter chocolate roasted malts in the back. Silky but viscous, a full-body and average carbonation. Lingering bourbon aftertaste in the finish with moderate booziness.

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