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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.39   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."


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Jet black pour with a vivacious tan head. The nose is unbelievable- massive vanilla bourbon, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa nib, oak, nutty roast, and booze. The flavor is also otherworldly- huge vanilla bourbon, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and angel dust. The palate is rich, thick, oily, and silken with a super roasty dry hot finish. One of the best ever.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4014) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Shared 22 from Uprise thanks to Jarrett’s generosity. Pitch black. Intense smell of alcohol and bourbon. Taste is warming and slight burn in throat. BCS plus some. Very taste. Excellent. Served at room temperature.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11 and Mora2000) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted coconut. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, toffee, and oak. A bit hot now, but should age nicely.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle #2,516. Pours an oily black with a very thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, wood, molasses, chocolate and slight alcohol. Flavor is much the same. The bourbon flavor shines through, but is not as sharp as the original BCS...all of the flavors here are much more well-rounded and balanced. Also, it seems as if the beer has picked up alot more of the tanin from the barrels. Was a little reluctant to spend so much on one bottle, but glad I did! This is truly an amazing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle shared with my coworkers. Pours an oily and viscous deep black with a thin tan head. Huge fat bourbon and wood, some amazing bourbon on here. I was a bit skeptical initially, but there really is a lot of complexity going on with this. A light isopropyl note which is quickly engulfed by vanilla and wood. Big chocolate, roast, and dense fudgy pudding. Long chewy and lingering chocolate and woody bourbon. Fantastic. I wonder if I’d be able to pick this out somewhat consistently from the regular BCS, but regardless it’s a delicious beer. Really glad I got to try this one.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle #1797. Pours black, with a small, brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, and slightly burned or charred oak. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Heavy body and a really long finish. The flavors linger for a long time. Incredible. Worth the very high price...it just might be.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Fortunately this beer lived up to its hype. Gorgeous and bountiful nose of bourbon and sweet vanilla upon opening. Pours a gorgeous black with nice tan head. Thick but not off-putting mouthfeel. Initial hints of bourbon transitioning into a slightly burnt coffee taste finally ending with those sweet hints of vanilla. pleasant flavors linger for a minute on the palate. Very delicious beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hombrepalo (1829) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Milestone #1000. What better way to cross into beer god status but with my favorite brewery, home town beer, and now my #1 beer. An honor to have made it this far into craft beer appreciation. The Rare beer bottled # 8,252... Dark thick creamy pour into a snifter glass, with some brown thin head like the original BCS. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is phenomenal, outstanding chocolate & bourbon taste well balanced and long lasting (10-20 seconds after taste). Mouthfeel is the richest beer I’ve ever had, twice as much as the original BCS. Finish is smooth and lasting. Overall well balance and a gem. Earns the title of the best beer I’ve ever had and worth the hype. The quality of this piece of work doesn’t have a price tag, well worth it for me and deserving of the $42 price.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Rating number 1,800. Bottle number 8,455. The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The beer smells fairly boozy. The flavor is heavy on the barrel-aged notes. I get a lot of maple and oak, as well as quite a bit of bourbon. There is also a good amount of chocolate and roasted malt in the flavor. The flavor is just as boozy as the aroma. Full mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good imperial stout that I am very happy I got to try. That being said, I don’t feel it is worth near what I paid for it. I think the Bourbon County Coffee Stout is a better beer at a fraction of the price, while the regular Bourbon County Stout has much more bang for your buck. If the beer was $15 it would be a great beer and a good deal, at the $53 price tag on this bottle, it is overpriced for what it delivers - although I am not sure any stout could be a good deal at that cost.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
This better be the best damn beer ever, because it costs a fortune. Think bourbon county stout, but thicker, and better bourbon flavor. Very smooth - amazing.


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