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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Near black pour with a creamy tan head that lasts a while. Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood and bourbon. Flavor is a bit sweet and very roasty, with all of the aromas and then some. A truly great brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle # 2724. The beer was split 4 ways. Pours to a pitch black body with no head. BUT, it has significant legs capability. This beer has a ton of residual sugars in it. Sweet chocolates, divine bourbon that blended really well, rich vanilla and marshmallows, chocolate chips. The flavor is sweet and chocolatey with marshmallows, vanilla, perfectly balanced bourbon. Very complex, but oh so balanced. Super thick palate, creamy, balanced palate. This is a really good beer, but not worth $50 a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bomber, Bottle #2,724. Poured midnight black with very little head and some fine legs. The aroma was decadent.. sweeter, smooth-as-can-be bourbon, vanilla, and coffee upfront, with sweet chocolates and a hint of honey behind.. excellent stuff! The flavor opened with sweet vanilla and bourbon tartness, followed by more vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.. sweeter chocolates and smooth bourbon rode out the finish.. some greener coffee and earthy bitterness around.. everything worked well together. Heavier-bodied with light carbonation on the palate.. sweet overall, and remarkably smooth. Excellent stuff, but not $40 better than the regular one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle at home ... Thanks to Jason for this ... Deep black ... thinist lacing ... big roast ... big bourbon ... light vanilla ... little coconut nose ... huge bourbon ... rich dark malts ... little coconut bourbon ... dark roast ... nice but tooo much bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2011 dark brown, thin brown ring for a head. Very light cocoa, woody nose, some licorice and coconut. Huge chocolate cake flavor, delicate heat, thick body, bit of wood through finish. Surly and delicate at the same time. Yes, this is worth the hype. Ultra smooth, coating, creamy body, not inky, some barrel sweetness but with almost no heat. Unbelievable control with the aging, no "youngness" at all.

This is everything that the two year craze of bourbon barrel aging (bal-ing if you must) has failed to achieve. A ridiculously dry, bitter, hefty stout that takes the characteristics of the barrel itself, including the heat and brash pappy qualities. So far ahead of typical "oak, vanilla, chocolate" type ratings you get from 50-50, Bruery, CCB, even good Midnight Sun stouts. This is Batch 7000 all over, except I think it’s even better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle from fear025. Took to a big IMP stout tasting at Hophead22’s house. Poured a pitch black with the tiniest brown hea. Aroma was booze, dark fruits, and some coffee grinds. Taste was bourbon, booze, roast, but was very balanced. This was less hot than the regular bourbon county and was quite the treat. So glad I got to try this amazing beer. Thanks Jay!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Huge thanks to Nick3 on BA for opening this "rarity." I’ve found people named Nick to be extremely generous and knowledgeable about beer, with few exceptions. Pours pretty much jet black with a one finger brown head that lasts and fades to thick foam. Awesome rich aroma. The Pappy is evident and well-integrated. Oak, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, and roast back it up. Very complex flavor with seamless Pappy -bal aging. Roast, anise, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a little alcohol. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, like silk, with soft carbonation and a great long finish. Damn, I wanted to hate this because of the shameless "rare" naming (with 11,000 bottles LOL) and tipoff price point of $45, it just hurts so good. I’m going to trade for more of this now, even though I’ll hate myself for it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy of JRedmond, bless him. Nose is ridiculously intense... bourbon, vanilla, espresso, heavy malts, woody. Taste is so rich and satisfying... it makes Weasel Beer Geek Brunch look like childsplay. 5.05

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” TastingThis beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The only real difference between this one’s bouquet and that of the traditional Bourbon County Stout is that I am picking up a boatload of toasted oak here… oak-o-fucking-rama. Although coconut is not as heavily featured in this one, there is plenty of opulent, ancient bourbon. Full-bodied and oily with soothing carbonation. Loads of bourbon flavor – a good bit more than the traditional version – but surprisingly, there may be less alcohol heat in this treatment. I would have to do a horizontal to be certain. Finishes sticky, sweet and chocolaty with a healthy splash of bourbon. World class imperial stout shared by Degarth. Thanks, Joey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours a rich black. Nose is heavy bourbon, wood, molasses, toffee, vanilla. Flavors is a smooth malt backbone with mild bourbon presence, warming alcohol, vanilla bean, rich cocoa and thick molasses. Nice beer.

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