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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeychugg55 (941) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2013
On tap!! Black with a small ring of light brown head. The aroma is huge on bourbon barrel, with lots of smooth chocolate and vanilla, some alcohol, and faint dark fruit. The flavor is super smooth, with lots of chocolate and residual sugar. Nice mellow whiskey and vanilla, with a bit of cherry on the finish. Incredibly smooth, viscous body reminds me of melted ice cream. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
pours motor oil with thin tan head from 22oz bottle. Nose is of vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Palate is thick and full, with not much of a linger. Perfect. Sweet coffee, mocha, boubon taste. Little to no burn but there is warmth. Probably the most well blended beer I’ve had. There is no dount that this beer is special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bnielsen13 (256) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2013
In line @ Darkness Day 2013. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, roasted malts. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. This is one excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Marheb (2900) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Une version plus onctueuse avec un bourbon plus complexe et mieux intégré que la régulière. Je suis vraiment surpris par leur différence, pas la distance qui les sépare mais plutôt la nature de leur spécificité. Les notes de chocolat sont beaucoup plus profondes, comme si je buvais un mi-cuit de chocolat noir. Je suis encore ému par ce nectar, même quelques semaines plus tard. La bouteille dans mon cellier va couler pour une occasion très spéciale, ai-je vraiment le choix.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
seymour (1623) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Tasted from a numbered bottle at Three Kings Public House during the Goose Island Migration Week St. Louis. It poured an opaque, nearly black color, reddish at the corners when held to the light, with thin but lasting tan foam, Belgian lace and alcoholic legs when swirled. Irresistibly rich bourbon barrel aromas: toasted hardwood, vanilla, buttery booze. Standard imperial stout characteristics too: caramel, brown bread, toast, roasted barley, dark chocolate, nuts, toffee, coffee and cream, plums and sour cherries, faint black pepper and bright acidity. Faintly tangy hops bitterness made it all the way through. Medium heavy body, full chewy mouthfeel, smooth alcoholic warmth. Exquisite multi-layered aftertastes: fruity, tart, toasty, bourbon-y. As with other versions of BCS, the syrupy thickness and dark tannins actually stained the glass. Insanely delicious. I didn’t think I’d ever get to try this sought-after beer. It’s seldom that something so hyped and highly anticipated actually IS as good as they say. This is undoubtedly one of those times. A near perfect beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2903) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled with a generous BA person at Pig Minds. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark fermented fruits...wow. One of the most complex beers Ive had. Absolutely awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
merc7186 (2486) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
I had this beer poured from a bomber (#3554) into a snifter glass. A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Mild Head Ring, No Lacing S: Vanilla, Bourbon T: Smoothe Bourbon, Vanilla M: Mild Carbonation, Full Bodied, Smooth Mild Booziness Overall, yep, the real deal.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to Daknole! This pours a deep dark black with a thin minimal mocha head. Aroma of this is big barrel char, raisins, plums, brown sugar, chocolate, and vanilla, oak and faint roasted coffee. Taste is the same as aroma but defiantly gets better once it warms up a bit. Well balanced, smooth and little to no carbonation. A big, rich, complex stout that changes flavors when drinking and finishes very nicely!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
Tasted blind at a horizontal including Vanilla, Rare, Cherry Rye, Bramble Rye, Coffee ’12 and an ’09 Bomber. Poured into a snifter at approx 55 degrees. Reviewed from blind tasting notes. 5/6 in the lineup. A- The lowest carbonation of the bunch, essentially no head formation whatsoever upon pouring. Thick, blackest of black, motor oil appearance. S- Tons of barrel on the nose as well as bourbon. Some sweetness, almost like a port-like oxidation. In addition, some vanilla. T- Tons of vanilla, barrel and bourbon. The vanilla is very rich and the most apparent note. Tastes absolutely fantastic. M- Thick, rich, and lingering. Not much more to be said. Simply fantastic from start to finish. Minimal carb. O- We actually misidentified this as the ’09 bomber, and the ’09 bomber as this. To be honest, we all enjoyed the ’09 more, although this was the close second out of our ratings by just 1 or 2 total points. We should have been able to guess by the very low levels of carbonation. Either way, this is a fantastic beer, but I think it may have peaked. When I had this back in May, it definitely had a bit more oomph than this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle at home shared with family. Looks: pours black with a small mocha head that disappears quickly. Alcohol legs and looks viscous. Aroma: rich barrel character with vanilla, oak and bourbon, Sweet dark fruits, raisins, Rich dark chocolate. Taste. rich chocolate with a complex and luxurious barrel character with vanilla oak and bourbon. Some nice roasted coffee in there.Body is really smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Really complex and rich imperial stout. One of the best!

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