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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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."


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle shared at Mikey’s 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 (8742) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
Bouteille #5250 partagée avec Joe, Degarth. Noire, col est fin et doré laissant un léger filament huileux sur le verre. Arôme est plein d’alcool, tonneau et bourbon qui sont bien présents, malt et café. Au palais, malt, tonneau est bien rendu avec un fini moka, caramel, le tout est réchauffant en bouche. Des notes de vanille venant du tonneau ajoutent une douceur en bouche qui se mélange parfaitement avec les notes de café. Vu le prix de la bouteille à 45$ je trouve que cette dernière se démarque peu de la qualité des autres bières de la série BCS si ce n’est pas la rareté du tonneau utilisé pour ce mélange.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thick black pour with little carbonation. Light tan head. Bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Very creamy with a hint of roast underneath. Very creamy flavor. Easy bourbon flavor throughout. Lightly roast flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Slightly fruity. Hides the alcohol very well.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekoerper (590) - Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Tasted side by side with a ’08 bottle of BCS. Pours pitch black opaque with vanishing tan head. Bourbon is very up-front in the aroma, as well as roast and vanilla. Mouthfeel is viscous, smooth, creamy, and warming; the alcoholic bite is subdued compared to the 2yr old BCS. Flavor is flawless perfection; bourbon and oak come in strong, but well balanced, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Definitely the best barrel-aged stout I’ve tried to date.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Big thanks to Degarth for sharing this one. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Nose is huge bourbon presence, chocolate, and more booze with slight vanilla. Flavor is same: like a glass of bourbon with some chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of roast. The flavor is a bit messy, but after some time this will probably be a thing of beauty, like all Bourbon County Stouts. There is noticeable chocolate and vanilla, but I am sure this will become more pronounced after time. This beer has a medium to light body, and lingers with a very nice bourbon flavor. Very nice beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cbfobes (2348) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 Rating #500! Bottle #2533 shared with family over the holidays. Pours jet black with a thin brown head that lingered in the glass the entire I was drinking it, aroma smacks you in the face with bourbon, vanilla, molasses and oak, the flavor is so smooth with touches of chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The bourbon is very noticeable but is so much smoother than BCS. The wood notes really come through in the finish. This is by far the best beer drinking experience I have ever had.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phaleslu (6837) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Bottled 11/19/10, and I didn’t pay attention to the number on the bottle (but it was high enough to indicate this isn’t completely rare). Pours a dark, oily, opaque brown color- basically black- with a tiny tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla immediately emerges from the glass, then backed up with notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, oak, and coconut. The flavor delivers the same vanilla and bourbon immediately, along with caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, molasses, and just a hint of earth and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with minimal carbonation and an oily-smooth mouthfeel. I’m surprised at how full and rich this was after spending so long in the barrels. The alcohol is present, but more muted than in new BCS, which can be hot in fresh bottles or on tap. Everything here is so balanced and so smooth. My feeling is that this beer is not going to get any better with age, and that you should open it sooner than later if you have one; I’d be surprised to see it still drinking this well beyond a year from now. I promised myself I’d be honest in my assessment after spending so much on a single beer, and I feel that I am: this is absolutely amazing, and exactly what I want in a barrel-aged imperial stout (which is pretty much my favorite style to drink as it is). It was fun to watch the reactions of everyone I tried it with last night- the consensus was that this is a special beer that lives up to its billing and is clearly better than the regular BCS. Is it worth $38-$50? Probably not, and it’s hard to say that any beer is. But this is certainly great enough to seek out any way you can.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Pours jet black with minimal tan head that disappears almost immediately. Amazing nose of bourbon barrel, chocolate, caramel, dried dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, coconut and sweet, hot, boozy 23 year old Pappy. Boozy edge quickly mellows as the beer opens up. Tastes like perfection in a bottle with tons of lovely whiskey and wood with a great balance of chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, coffee, coconut and dark roasted malt with the slightest hint of banana bread. Palate is absolutely awesome with a nice amount of heat up front settling into a wonderful smooth tongue coat and silky finish that is elegant without losing the bourbon barrel edge. I drank this beer with a glass of 23 year old Pappy from the same barrel vintage and it was nearly life changing. Bourbon barrel stout does not get any better than this, sadly the cost and availability is a bit prohibitive to regular consumption. Can’t wait to try this over the next several year as it will most definitely get better with time. Cheers to you Goose Island you have outdone yourselves with this one!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Did this in a vertical along with BCS03-10, Vanilla & Coffee. Bottle pours deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is jam packed full of bourbon, toasted coconut, chocolate, roasted malt,light smoke, and touch of soy. Flavor holds steady with the same underlying vanilla, molasses, and toffee as the regular bc. Hmm whatdya know, this seems a lot like the 06. Overall body is full, viscous, and has that same warming alc I know and love.


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