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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6167) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
bottle, thanks to mora2000 and thirdeye11, black pour with thin tan ring, choclatey vanilla and oak aroma, flavor of smooth vanilla, oaky oily coffee, thick syrupy body with smooth finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz. bomber, #3,760, with thanks to dgugliuzza from over on BA, and selfishly shared with no one on my own little New Years Eve Eve party by myself. Pours a nice dark black with a minimal brown head that quickly disappears leaving a still surface. Aroma is lovely, with lots of barrel notes, oak, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, chocolate, and ripe dark fruits. There is a definite initial note of alcohol that dissipates as it has a chance to breathe, and other than needing a little time found this quickly went away. Flavor is equally up to the task, with more rich vanilla, oak, molasses, chocolate and a blend of ripe dark fruits. The carbonation is just a touch higher than I’d hope, with some prickliness, but retains a smooth and coating finish. A fine beer, but not quite at the level of something like FiftyFifty’s PVW Eclipse. Embarrassed at how much this costs, but for a one bottle, one time kind of thing there are no regrets. Thanks again Danny!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz bottle. #3163. Absolutely pitch black pour with a thin ring of dark khaki around the edge of the glass. Plenty of wet wood in the aroma. A touch of smoke, coffee, bitter chocolate, isovaleric acid (sweaty sock) and fusel alchol. The iso tones down and the fusel comes up as the beer opens. Molasses, vanilla and maple syrup appear as well. Massively sweet and oaked flavor profile. Grain alcohol soaked plums and raisins. Bitter coffee, bitter chocolate. Spicy vanilla. Lots of oak. Lots of fusel burn. Tastes every bit of 13.5%. Thick, chewy and syrupy texture leading to a hot, sweet and slightly burning finish. I can taste the rarity for sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Monster thanks to oteyj for this one. Pours a motor oil black with a decent sized brown head. This beer actually has legs. Aroma is absolutely loaded with vanilla, bourbon, chocolate covered cherry, roast, sweet wood, almond, and chestnut; divine. Flavor is completely insane! Tons of bourbon, wood, nut, dark fruit, boozy heat, and a touch of dark chocolate bitterness. The oak character starts, then moves to the alcohol presence (which some people knock but I think is awesome), and the chocolate and dark fruit hit at the finish for me. The palate is out of control; perfect amount of carbonation that supply massage the tongue. Rich and massive, but so smooth. World class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black Brown viscous pour into a glass. Brown head. Aroma is a blast of barrel, vanilla, bourbon, chalk, cocoa, almond, bakers chocolate. Mouth feel is a perfect blend of carbonation, viscosity, and smoothness. Flavor is hot, boozy, vanilla, bourbon wood, chocolate bar, hot chocolate. The bourbon is featured, but the base beer is apparent as well. damn good. believe the hype.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4651) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12112) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7456) - 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.

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