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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, 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."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Did this side by side with the 03-10 BCS, Coffee, and Vanilla. Pours super dark with a nice brown head. Rich aroma of fudge, bourbon, toffee, burned sugar(in a good way), oak. Flavor is rich, oily, sweet, heavenly. Damn fine brew. Rare? NO! Delicious as shit? HELL YES!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2012 Second tasting: Bottle 2,917 Re-Rate. Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark roasted malts, coffee, dried dark fruits and rich chocolate. Small fully diminishing brown head over a black hue with no lace. Flavor is very sweet and a little hot. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with a slightly noticeable alcohol burn on the finish. Overall a very sexy Imp Stout. Very smooth, complex, rich and delicious. Very very good. 1st tasting: Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Black with a tan head. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is incredibly smooth and buttery. Very full bodied and oily soft. Overall just an incredibly smooth and very balanced bourbon impy. Simply an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4856) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
big thanks to thirdeye11 and mora2000 for bottle #8455. poured black with no head. nose is vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, and more bourbon. thick on the palate, flavor is alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, hot finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3797) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle with big thanks to thirdeye11 and Mora2000. He almost sold his naming rights to this beer but no one took him up on it. Poor Bill. Iíll enjoy your beer though! Pours a sticky brown color with a slight bit of carbonation. Aroma is huge vanilla with stinging bourbon, wood, cocoa, heavy dark malts. Wow, nice. Flavor is very sweet with a sharp touch of tart wood. Bourbon finishes out the flavor with a nice punch of roasted malt. Wow fantastic. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1182) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
This beer pours a black with a medium tan head. The aromas are soy, roasted coffee, chocolate. The mouthfeel is stick, bitter and heavy like motor oil. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle shared with my brother, cousin, and some chick. Pours a viscous black with a faint brown head that disappears. Full bodied with a slick, velvety mouthfeel. Outstanding aroma- and you smell this thing 6 feet away- bourbon, coffee lacquer, and port wine. Flavor of espresso, plummy red wine, bourbon, and cherry. Oaky and warming finish, but not hot or peppery. A slow sipper for sure and nice melding of flavors. Excellent. Worth the price? If you split with four people...yes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6043) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 22 ounce bottle thanks to Dunt. What a nice brew, despite the price and the somewhat uninteresting name of írareí it holds up as a great brew. Pours a pure black color with a medium deep brown head. The aroma is heavenly; massive rich bourbon just explodes out of the glass, some dark fruits, cocoa, and wood later as it warms. A wonderful flavor; hot, just inhaling warms you up, massive bourbon, but not just bourbon, perfect bourbon, vanilla, wood, rich dark fruits and chocolates mix, this is no one trick pony, in fact it is very complex. Lovely. A great example of craft beer. Yes, this is massively a bourbon beer. But it is also a great Imperial Stout. I could rate this even higher.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (4690) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22oz bottle, #4265, generously shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Poured thick black with a medium sized dark tan head, it left a nice brown coating on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate
Taste: Smooth and full mouthfeel. Dark malts, chocolate and bourbon
This was an awesome beer. I enjoyed and savored every drop.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
urnes011 (16) - Minneapolis, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle to snifter. In the middle of a Minnesota blizzard I am happy to say this beer completes me. Pours black and doesnít let any light through with no head. Viscous as hell. The aroma is out of this world and far beyond any beer I have ever had with huge bourbon and caramel notes. There is a sweetness that I canít get over. Taste is smooth, extra smooth and you can really taste the barrel in this one with a vanilla finish. Being a bourbon county lover I can say this is leaps and bounds better than the original and anyone who says itís not worth the price should reconsider...worth every bit of the 42.99 plus tax.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
After spending the last 2 hours trying to push my buddyís car through the snow, and in the freezing minnesota cold, I finally get to pop this beer open. Big thanks to my buddy and his friends for bringing bottles up from chicago. Pour is black with an almost non-existent dark tan head. Excellent aroma here. Actually like the aroma more than the flavor. Quite sweet. Big chocolate and cream notes. Nice warming sensation with every sip, and lingering aftertaste is of chocolate chip cookie dough. Really just a great barrel aged beer to sip on during the great minnesota blizzard. Now just to find a hotel room because Iím stuck.

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