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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BMMillsy (1512) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bomber in trade from zathrus. Huge thanks goes out. Bottle hand numbered 4,554 with a hand written bottle date of 11/19/2010, poured into a Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku glass on 3/15/14. Pours viscous black with a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma is big vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coconut, wood, graham crackers, toffee, caramel. Kind of smells like vanilla bourbon rolos. Pretty awesome. Flavor is so smooth with chocolate bourbon, graham crackers, vanilla, coconut, caramel, oak. Finish is long with strong notes of vanilla, coconut, graham crackers, and caramel. Viscous and lucious mouthfeel, low medium carbonation. Extremely smooth and while the bourbon notes are there, this isn't super boozy at all. Just awesome. The main difference I see with this relative to regular BCS is the heightened coconut and graham cracker flavors. Definitely lives up to the hype, but not sure there's a reason to seek this out again when I can find BCS each year for much less. With that said, so glad I tried it once. A world class beer that deserves its reputation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2290) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Bottle: Wow, Mike... can’t thank you enough! Bottle #1485. Deep, sludgy black with barely any head, only a flimsy, slowly rising, deep-mocha skin that grazes the top. Amazing aroma of dark fudge, smooth warming bourbon & oak, roasted malts & barley, decadent chocolate & vanilla drizzle, scorched brown sugar... Both boozy & sweet but so well refined. Taste is full-out chocolate up front; dark cocoa nibs, rich fudge, moist chocolate cake wrapped in brown sugar, dipped in bourbon, drizzled with vanilla, then served on wet oak. The background holds more intricate notes of molasses, bruised dates & prunes, light mallow, roasted malt, & barrel-induced coconut. Very low carbonation, huge palate presence, coating your mouth with bourbon, fudge cake, & brown sugar. Sweet, boozy, but executed admirably. This is like a polished version of BCS... Mike & I did a side-by-side with a 2012 BCS & both agreed that Rare was much more mellow & well integrated. However, I’ve had both 2008 & 2009 bottles of BCS, aged appropriately, that were nearly this good & equally as refined. Is this a great barrel aged stout? Absolutely. Is it worth the price increase or difficulty to acquire as compared to regular BCS? Probably not completely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2360) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Huge thanks to daknole ! Pours a rich burnt umber color with some caramel edges and a thin khaki foam. The nose is complex and layered with beautiful fruity bourbon undertones, silky dark chocolate, wet spicy oak presence... yum. On the palate this beer stands up to its hype. The bourbon character is a thing of beauty with layers of flavors similar to the nose the fruit forward almost apple brandy roundness compliments the deep rich chocolate and melds into a slow meandering sweetness that is accentuated by the bourbon heat and there is a layer of spiciness to the barrel character that is pretty distinct. Pleasure to try and share !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zer0 (1133) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle shared with and massive thanks to kermis. Pours absolutely pitch black. Aroma is huge vanilla, lots of bourbon, boozey, molasses, big chocolate, some cinnamon and caramel. Taste is huge vanilla, quite sweet but not sickly. Wood, bourbon and chocolate again. Very tasty. Great balance and just smells incredible. Full bodied, some carbonation and oily texture. Very very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (5686) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to trade with BoostIPA. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma has massive vanilla and bourbon, the Pappy coming out strong along with molasses, fudge and milk chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet. Thick oily mouthfeel with wood and raisins also coming out in the palate. Full bodied and still with soft carbonation and a warming finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
deanso (5685) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
66cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis, big thanks! No head. No carbonation. Lovely taste. Lots of raisins. An amazing beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
allesmetkaas (168) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle shared by @kermis. Pours black with a tan head. Really strong vanilla aroma. Taste of dark molasses, vanilla. Amazing mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnmike (1038) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Fortunate enough to try this from a coworker’s bottle. Comparing to the original BCBS, this has a bit more bite, flavors are more smoothed together.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
Pulsen stiger. Trodde inte jag skulle få uppleva detta. (Thanks biggsbowler!). Lite av kvällen höjdpunkt och stora överraskning. Känslan att få dricka den bästa bärs som ett av de bryggerier som betytt mest för mig har gjort är tungt. Doft av vanilj, bourbon och nostalgi. Känner att den troligen inte har att vinna på längre lagring. Balanserad, len och fin. Svag känsla av oxidation som är lätt att bortse från och bara njuta och känna sig nostalgisk och minnas tillbaka till sin första bourbonfatade imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Atom (1436) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bomber shared by mtjoesph, pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma is a nice balance of bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, smooth... Taste is lively and bright, cherry, bourbon, molasses, caramel, chocolate, and mild coffee. So well balanced every flavor is integrated together very well. Delicious and rather easy drinking. Maybe not on par with the outrageous hype, but this is stellar! Glad I got to try it.

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