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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1598) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Considering my feelings about the original BCS, this is a pretty big improvement. The bourbon is definitely very noticeable, but it melds much better with the chocolate and roast characteristics of the base beer than the downright boozy BCS. The mouth feel is on-point, viscous and full-bodied and exactly what Iíd expect out of the style. Definitely more enjoyable than I was expecting, but I still prefer Coffee BCS.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle, courtesy degarth. Pours dark brown with some red highlights, lacing and head are both minimal. Nose is strong on smooth bourbon with chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is so damn smooth with the bourbon. It turns the base beer into something incredibly drinkable and delicious. Loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle provided by AgentZero at our post-Christmas tasting, thanks Mike! Poured from 22oz bomber into 3F wine glass. A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, some nice lacing and a thin cap on top which eventually dissipates to some random bubbles and some thin whisps. S - Chocolate, oak, bourbon, toffee, burnt sugars, roasted nuts. The alcohol is a little hot, but hey, itís still not overpowering by any means. The sweetness is not overdone like I find in some other big -bal aged stouts. T - A very nice smooth and rich oaky bourbon character, chocolate, roasted nuts, burnt sugars, caramel. Very rich and big, but nothing in this beer is too much for me. All balanced out nicely and very enjoyable. M - Full body, rich and viscous, creamy finish. D - Goose really made an awesome beer here. It wasnít as good as the PVW Eclipse that we had in our blind tasting but it was very very close, which is impressive. Highly recommend.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bomber. World-class imperial stout like its unrare parent. Only this is better. Black body with a short tan head. The aroma isnít powerful but it is full of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, mild coffee, caramel, molasses and oak. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter with a light acidity. Medium to full body, creamy, thick texture with soft carbonation. Alcoholic finish without too much heat. The smooth, bourbon flavor starts at the front of the tongue and continues to the back and down the throat. One of the smoothest, nicest sipping beers Iíve had. The two years in Pappy barrels apparently mellowed this beer, smoothing off the rough edges of bcs. On first sip, youíre greeted with flavors of bourbon, roasted malts, molasses, but by the finish, flavors of dark fruits, including raisin, emerge. Thanks for sharing wnoble.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4995) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle #612 shared by a friend on New Yearís Eve. Black pour with a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and lots of oak. Vanilla and woody oak flavors with some chocolate and roast at the end to round it out.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
benpearson (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2011 does not count
Quite simply the most complicated and delicious beer I have ever had. Is it worth the $45? Yes. Thick like motor oil, pitch black, with a bourbon brown foam head coats the glass with little oily bubbles of wonder . I think every taste bud that I posses was firing...to many wonderful flavors to describe. Aging another bottle for comparison.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle # 11,838 Dark black pour with a dark brown pour. Bourbon aroma and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, creamy. A damn fine beer. Coats the mouth, esophagus and stomache as well as the glass. Flavor intensifies as it warms. The alcohol becomes more noticable. The beer clings to the glass like motor oil. I canít wait to see how it ages in 1 year time, and in 2 years time. That is if I donít drink the other bottles sooner.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zach8270 (3582) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) This is it. The pinnacle of the Bourbon County series. Weíve tried the others and now are trying the big daddy. Dark black pour with a mound of puffy tan foam. Huge bourbon aroma with a nice roasted note underneath it that lets you know thereís tons of chocolate and roasted malts just waiting for you. When you take your first sip you immediately get the bourbon flavor. Lots of oak and vanilla mixing with that wonderful bourbon flavor that combines with the chocolate and roasted malts to give it almost a creamy flavor and texture. Reminiscent of the original Bourbon County, but worlds smoother. So incredibly smooth and rich. Probably the best barrel aged beer Iíve ever had.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8911) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle shared at Mikeyís tasting. Pours pitch black. Nose and taste of whiskey barrel, bouquet of chocolate roses, vanilla, plum and raisin.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
651mL courtesy of ygtbsm94. The pour is your typical BCS- jet black ink into the snifter with really no head. But holy crap this stout leaves some incredible legs on the snifter as you swirl it. Huge, cascading legs. The aroma at first is not what I was expecting: all raisins and dark fruit and not much bourbon and much less PVW23. But as it warms and you give it some time to open up you are rewarded with gigantic coconut oil, coconut rum, buttery coconut cake, cinnamon and dark chocolate mousse. There is just no way this beer smells this good. You could sit here for hours. Taste is gorgeous: so smooth, coconut oil abounding, warming but soft bourbon. No heat. Palate is your typical BCS perfection- slick, oily, massive.

So is it worth it? Yes.


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