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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle #612 shared by a friend on New Year’s Eve. Black pour with a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and lots of oak. Vanilla and woody oak flavors with some chocolate and roast at the end to round it out.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
benpearson (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2011 does not count
Quite simply the most complicated and delicious beer I have ever had. Is it worth the $45? Yes. Thick like motor oil, pitch black, with a bourbon brown foam head coats the glass with little oily bubbles of wonder . I think every taste bud that I posses was firing...to many wonderful flavors to describe. Aging another bottle for comparison.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle # 11,838 Dark black pour with a dark brown pour. Bourbon aroma and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, creamy. A damn fine beer. Coats the mouth, esophagus and stomache as well as the glass. Flavor intensifies as it warms. The alcohol becomes more noticable. The beer clings to the glass like motor oil. I can’t wait to see how it ages in 1 year time, and in 2 years time. That is if I don’t drink the other bottles sooner.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) This is it. The pinnacle of the Bourbon County series. We’ve tried the others and now are trying the big daddy. Dark black pour with a mound of puffy tan foam. Huge bourbon aroma with a nice roasted note underneath it that lets you know there’s tons of chocolate and roasted malts just waiting for you. When you take your first sip you immediately get the bourbon flavor. Lots of oak and vanilla mixing with that wonderful bourbon flavor that combines with the chocolate and roasted malts to give it almost a creamy flavor and texture. Reminiscent of the original Bourbon County, but worlds smoother. So incredibly smooth and rich. Probably the best barrel aged beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekoerper (599) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - 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.

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