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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94: Pours an oily opaque with a thin ring of dark tan head. Has an intense sweet roasted dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with some dark fruits and vanilla bourbon complexity. Starts with a smooth, yet rich dark malty sweetness with a nice dark fruity complexity and vanilla flavor before a slightly warming, but balanced finish. A very complex and enjoyable beer, but I think it’s probably at its peak now as far as aging goes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, Bourbon, cocoa, some raisin. Smooth full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4183) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Dark brown, almost black gorgeous nose! coconut and bourbon. very rich. Full body and moderately fizzy actually might be a bit too sweet & bourbony. alcohol balances pretty well but not as much as possible. taste is a gorgeous, sweet dark chocolate, rich bourbon and raisins, maple syrup. if this was a tad less sweet it would be amazing! I couldn’t drink very much of this, much less a whole bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2011
[22oz bottle courtesy of Jason @cgarvieuk tasting] Totally black with a very thin lacing that reduces to nothing quickly. Big-hitting bourbon aromas with rich stone fruit, coffee and a touch of coconut. Massive whisky taste - dark, roasty and sweet on the aftertaste. Long and rich - there’s a punch at the moment of swallow - it really gets you in the back of the throat. A really well crafted beer - albeit bourbon aged beers not really my thing [28012011]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
22 oz. bomber. Poured pitch black with little tan head. Very smooth and sweet compared to the regular bourbon county stout. Nice bourbon flavor. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
22oz bottle courtesy of Joe and Marc. Rating #75. Dark pour with a nice head. Big vanilla aroma to me, light chocolate. Flavor was more vanilla and bourbon, very smooth and quit delicious. (1477)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by pantanap, thanks Kan and good to see you. pour is black with tan head. Aroma is soooo smooth with notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is also very smooth with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and roasted malt. It just drinks so easily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2011
Bottled @ tasting cgarvieuk. Thanks for bring this on. Black colour, tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, salty, umami. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, oak, bourbon. Sweet and long roasted finish. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 2724, shared 4 ways. Thick, oily black pour, thin to no head with nice legs on the glass. Aroma had decadent notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, touch of roast, coffee, and some other sugar sweet notes of molasses. Taste is thick dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, sweet smooth bourbon, and a nice sweet finish. Dense flavors, creamy and full-bodied. Excellent beer, really wish it wasn’t $50.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Trade from phaleslu. Thanks so much. Pours black as night with some hints of red in certain light. Head was a small, fast diminishing light brown. The aroma of this beer was amazing. Had with A 2009 GIBCS and this beer had alot more bourbon in the nose. Behind the bourbon there were hints of vanilla, dark fruits and licorice. Full bodied with some wonderful soft carbonation. Started sweet and finished with a pleasant alcohol burn. A beautiful beer.

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