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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Staffan47 (890) - 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 (1818) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyit (3610) - Vadum, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
Black of color with a small brown head. An aroma of sweets, liqurice, vanilla, candy and french nougat. A flavor of liqurice, sweets, vanilla, french nougat and a oily texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JStax (3822) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
200th Imperial Stout Rating. I’m pretty excited that I got to have this in conjunction with that landmark as it was an astounding beer. Bottle pour into a mini-snifter. Pours a thick black with a thin bead of beige foam around the edge of the glass. The aroma has thick, rich bourbon, creme brûlée, and molasses. The taste is of rich, sweet, dark complex caramel notes. Thick sugary mouth coating mouthfeel. Not much in the way of carbonation. Lived up to the hype for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChinoSkillzian (181) - The LBC, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle at Andrew’s House Warming Tasting. Pours a deep black with reddish streaks at the rim. Huge nose of molasses/syrup, oxidized Sauternes, fig reduction, thick bourbon sauce, caramel, wonderfully complex. The palate is viscous, with flavors of bourbon maple reduction, vanilla, soft barrel notes, dried stone fruit. Still one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft at TH’s summer 2013. I liked this one a hair more than the vanilla and King Henry. Jet black pour with brown head. Nose was oaky bourbon, a lot of spirit notes, roasty dark malt, cacao, molasses. Tasted complex, rich, with big flavors of malt oak, bourbon, molasses, and cacao.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (4684) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2014
22 oz. bottle, number 11439. sampled during AdamJacksons huge vertical. Thanks for the chance! Nose is really smooth bourbon with a nice amount of toasted wood. The flavor reflects the oak barrel a bit more then all the other BCBS variants. The complexity is just as fantastic as any BCBS. Great slick, oily texture that just slides down the muzzle. Bourbon flavor is real smooth leaning on subdued. I would say if you have any of this now is the time to drink it. Still wonderful flavor but I feel like it is leaning on the ledge of falling off real soon. I was really happy to have gotten to sample this. No time like the present if you still have a bottle squirreled away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours black, light tan head, quick dissipation. Smell is rich. Roast, tobacco, strong bourbon and oak Taste smooth rich caramel and fudge, still lots of heat, oak and bourbon, smooth, red fruit and charred wood, wonderfully complex Strong but smooth Very good, but not earth shattering

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mmount2013 (7) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
Absolutely without a doubt my favorite stout of all time and in my top 10 of beers. Incredible beer. Pours thick black with chocolate, molasses and bourbon aromas. Perfect on a cold fall/winter day. Phenomenal beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle 9314 bottled on 11/19/2010 and shared by Nimrod & Buckles, thanks!!! Inky black pour with minimal head and minimal carbonation. Aroma of smooth bourbon, molasses, chocolate and some leather. Taste is smooth bourbon, chocolate, tobacco and sweet molasses, not as aggressive as I was hoping for or expecting. An excellent beer, but might have been better a couple of years ago.

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