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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 420   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 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 (8178) - La Mesa, 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 (9997) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2010 Bottle number 12021 thanks to alen. Pours with a fading mocha colored head over a pitch black body. Huge alcohol legs! Aromas of marshmallow, boozy, cocoa, vanilla, wood, caramel, brown sugar, bacon. Very complex. Oh my lord, the flavor is amazing! Vanilla, huge, complex, oak, maple syrup, caramel, molasses, malted milk, bacon and tannins. Huge, creamy, velvety, oily mouthfeel. Thick and rich. Really an amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle shared by thirdeye and mora. Black color with tan foamage. Dry dark chocolate, dry wood aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Very nice sweet dark chocolate flavors with dark roast malt, candi sugar, sweet vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2011
22oz. Bottle (Bottled: 11/19/10. #1532.): I got this in a trade from phaleslu; THANKS Peter for this rare hook-up! Complex aroma of malt, Bourbon, light roasting, alcohol, vanilla, light cocoa, slight cherry, slight coconut, light dark ripe fruit, light oak, a hint of soy sauce, and light wood. Poured pitch black in color with a small, loose, dark brown head that disappeared except for around the edges. Opaque. Sparkling. No lacing. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, light chocolate, light alcohol, coconut, wood, maple syrup, old Bourbon barrel, light molasses, cookie, fig, date, and some roasting. Full body. Slick, viscous, creamy, texture becomes dry. Light to average carbonation. Malt, Bourbon, vanilla, fig, date, maple syrup, oak, finish is lightly dry. 13%ABV is well hidden throughout, though noticeable in the aroma and flavor, and is rather warming.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2011
#2100 -- Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks for sharing this gem, Brad! Black, tan creamy head. Rich bourbon and old oak aromas ride a deep backbone of a warm vanilla raisin cake, fig, and touches of coconut coffee throughout. Bourbon dipped roasted marshmallow and caramel coffee cream flavors round to perfection with a softer backend dried dark fruit and maple-cocoa component. Extreme layers of complexity throughout. Full bodied with pillow soft carbonation. If ever there was the perfect cigar beer…

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Thanks to Pantanap for sharing! I wanted to hate this beer b/c of $$ and hype. I can no longer hate. Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of bourbon , vanilla, roast and chocolate. Sweet malts, & chocolate upfront. Big blast of PVW on the backside. OAky tannins, coffee and cream among the subtle teases. These guys know how to make a BA stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle shared by ygtsbm94. Pours opaque with a spare, fizzy tan head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, vanilla, raisin, and fig. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toffee), light hops (earthy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, vanilla, raisin, and fig. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a sweet finish.

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