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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 417   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2014
My 1000 rating. 22oz bomber pours a dark black with a thin tan head. As soon as I cracked the cap I immediately smelled bourbon aroma. Taste was amazing. After so many years the bourbon taste is still there with a caramel vanilla and sweet malt. Very enjoyable, couldn’t taste the alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (972) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle, thick black viscous pour, very little head. Aroma, oh its bourbon county all right, huge notes of vanilla, chocolate, oak, just a ton of in your face bourbon. Taste, sticky mouthfeel, nice hit of bourbon, some maple sweetness, clean smooth finish, not a big bourbon bomb like the aroma would suggest. Overall, a big sticky barrel aged imperial stout and a fantastic one at that, really glad I finally got to try this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3222) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
650ml brown bottle - bottleshare at Ferris’. Bottle #1407, dated 11/19/2010. Black pour witha light ring of caramel foam. Big nose with bourbon and rich chocolate and roast. In the mouth there is bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, wood. Finish has vanilla and bourbon. Full bodied, sticky, soft carbonation. An awesome stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (10509) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Lots of boozy bourbon with a maple sweetness. Jet black with almost no head. Bourbon, sticky toffee and maple, with a nice toffee chocolate finish. Sticky, sweet and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ataraxia (449) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Opaque black, thin cappuccino lacing. A bit subdued, but complex aroma of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, old oak, roasted coffee beans, figs, and rich earth. The bourbon barrel character has melded very well with the other elements, giving a smooth light sweetness. Bitter chocolate roasted malts in the back. Silky but viscous, a full-body and average carbonation. Lingering bourbon aftertaste in the finish with moderate booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (3752) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Nose full of vanilla with moderate alcohol. Minimal dark brown head. Taste is silky smooth vanilla with light coffee and dark chocolate. Minimal carbonation, sticky on the lips. Very smooth alcohol warming, but not hot. Very enjoyable, but not sure I would go crazy to get another

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (993) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer, he never lets you down! Pours black, almost no head. Aroma is boozy, chocolate, maybe some fruity notes? Certainty get the bourbon notes. Taste is smooth, lots of chocolate. really smooth. Again, I get fruity notes, really tasty. I bit of warmth as it goes down, but not significant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a deep dark thick, black, color with minimal light brown head. Smooth, sweet bourbon aroma up front, barrel notes - oak and vanilla, big caramel, toffee malt character follows. Huge malty toffee flavor, lots toasty melanoidans, big bourbon character follows and carries through to the finish. Overall, very smooth, huge flavor, lots of boost and xo tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share. Smells like pappy. Some chocolate. Taste is smooth and dry. Pretty awesome. Smooth for a 13 and how old it is. Glad I got to try it after so long.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6173) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
Sampled at dld eve. Wow, just wow. Amazingly smooth. The stout is amazing on its own but the whiskey barrel takes it yo a different level. The wood is just so nice. Ma relly nice feel. A superior beer in so many ways.

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