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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, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (3990) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Bold black body. Thin creamy khaki cap. S: Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. A lot going on, but not distinguishable from other big, complex stouts. T: Wow-moment complexity. The bourbon is assertive in flavor, but not heat. Lots of chocolate to go with the bourbon notes and maybe even a little cola flavors. M: Hearty, but smooth and not burdensome. Nice bold finish-no heat. O: Top notch. Really puts the Vanilla and Regular to shame (both of which were way too hot and noxious for my liking). Right there with the Coffee in terms of sheer enjoyment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle pours black and oily with thin tan head. Aroma bourbon and vanilla. Taste with strong bourbon with vanilla, chocolate, tiny bit of roast. Prolonged alcohol finish. Palate thick and smooth, a touch sticky. Alcohol very evident. Basically this is aged Bourbon County Stout with a better and smoother bourbon. Liked the Coffee Stout better but itís really a matter of taste at this level. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
vanilla,booze, molasses, tobacco, ash. black color with tan head. heat, molasses, vanilla, booze, toffee. heat and well bodied

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
22. Thanks, ebay. I appreciate the opportunity to hemorrhage cash into you. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that doesnít stick around for too awfully long. Big sweet chocolate and vanilla nose. Sweet, creamy, and roasty. Very bourbony. Smells like BBQ. Sticky thick fairly lively body, given the style, but very thick and rich. Roast, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, maple, and bbq on the mid-palate. Sweet, roasty finish. Nice big thick BA impy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2011
Pours a dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is complex vanilla, bourbon, licorice, chocolate. Taste is sweet caramel. Chocolate, vanilla and mild booze. Very good palate, lots of heat. Overall an excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2011
Pours black, almost more like a super-rich brown with a small but stubborn head. Strong bourbon scent but within it are deep, rich malt scents. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, and black licorice. Taste is so smooth! Immensely rich taste but allowing for big sips too. Mellow caramel with raisins, figs, and dark chocolate, all imbued with bourbon. And the bourbon is smooth too. No bitter, no smacking, only ever so slightly boozy. Rich, mellow, smooth, and huge. What a unique and special treat to enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1322) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Tasted at the mikes gi vertical. Nose is high sharp alcohol. Smooth bourbon. Taste massive alcohol bomb with oak and hints of cherries waaaaay in the top and back. Massive alcohol. Lots of movement but lords hotness. Super glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Sampled @ RBWG...not sure who brought this but THANKS!!! Had this side-by-side with all of the Eclipses including PVW and it did more than hold its own. Squid ink with a small chestnut film that quickly slides to the sides forming a ring around the inside of the glass. Smooth and silky bourbon, vanilla, fudge, pudding, bakerís chocolate, dark fruit and oak. You can definitely tell that this has been aged for 2-years and using high caliber bourbon...all of the rich flavors are present without harsh, off, or hot qualities. Extremely complex. Liquid velvet in terms of consistency. World Class!!! BUMP!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1551) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Thanks to the Chicago crew for sending this one my way. Pours black as night with just a few bubbles. Aromas of rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of booze. Flavors are nice and rich roast and fudge. The barrel really comes out nicely with flavors of vanilla and smooth bourbon. Thick and still on the tongue. Could use a bit more carbonation. Real nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (2257) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pour is oily black with a tan kahki head that fades to a tiny thin collar. Aroma is bourbon coco and vanilla with a solid roasted malt scent, and a boozy scent. Taste is awesome smooth bourbon roasted malt and chocolate vanilla and coffee, and some cream, and alcohol. palate is full and subtle fizz with a awesome slick coating and finishes dry. Really happy I tried this one, because this may never be avilable again!

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