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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2152) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4735) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2614) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11356) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (4067) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blipp (7070) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Bottle I shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting, Ryan also brought a bottle so there was plenty to go around. Pours near black with a tan head. Awesome sweet bourbon aroma with roasted malts and some coffee. The flavor has sweet delicious bourbon up front, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Awesome, a bit on the hot side, I guess it could sit around awhile and mellow, but still really good and really drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Thanks to Huhzubendah for providing this at his recent tasting. Served in a snifter. Pour brings the typical Bourbon County look--motor-oil black with a thin mocha head, a bit of a collar, and some legs on the side of the glass. The nose brought some really great Pappy character. At this point, I am beyond convinced that using Pappy barrels will certainly make a better-tasting beer than using most other barrels. Good chocolate notes and a hint of vanilla and oak in the background. The taste brings lots of Pappy character plus some roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of booze. Really smooth and lovely. Quite drinkable. Love it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-29-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8334) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Paul and Ryan’s 5000 celebration, thanks! Poured black with a dark brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was slightly hot with bourbon backed by dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla and caramel. Flavor was similar with a bourbon note that mellowed that allowed the dark chocolate and roasted malts to come through with some vanilla and caramel in the finish. Nice and thick on the tongue.

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