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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, Iím excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Iíve 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2013
bottle shared by Cory, HUGE THANKS! Really glad to try it, a little oxidized, cardboardy and mild, the barrel is fairly faded, tasty stuff though, very mild for its strength

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

Bottled on 11/19/2010 ~ Bottle Number 2975 ~ 1986-2009 Pappy Van Winkle Barrel

7/28/2011: Goose Island RARE Bourbon County Stout... Aroma: AWESOME! (but difficult to describe)... Vanilla, raisin, plum, high-end bourbon, black licorice, tobacco. Appearance: Deep, dark ruby-brown color, OPAQUE; fleeting dark brown-colored brown; oozing golden bubbles. Flavor: F-ing A! WOW! This beer is truly light years beyond the "regular" BCS... rich, deep, robust caramel tobacco; chewy, but muted black licorice; smooth, subtle VANILLA, a splash of red wine/port; roasted almond; really great refined bourbon alcohol and slight burn through the finish. Palate: Full body; silky SMOOTH and mellow; milky texture. Overall: Insanely good! #1 or #2 overall for me! Is there any more I need to say?! Yes, yes I do... This beer is WAY beyond what I expected. There was a lot of talk that this wasnít overly distinguishable from the regular BCS, but there is no comparison. This is a PHENOMENAL beer.

1 pint fl. oz. bottle (13% Alcohol by Volume) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks a lot, Brad. I appreciate it! Rating #318 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TooManyBeers (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013 does not count
Aroma of vanilla, bourbon (a tad boozy), roasted malt, very dark chocolate. Pours an ink jet black like used motor oil with a small dissipating dark mocha head. Taste is the base BCBS but much more rounded with a wonderful bourbon flavor and hardly any booze. Got some liquorice on the finish and it was a little warming as it went down. Overall a great beer (no surprise) but I was hoping for a little more barrel characteristics. Anyhow I waited a long time before rating my first beer so it doesnít count for shit. "it will be my one and only rating, it will not be repeated." LOL

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Aroma of vanilla, charred oak, bourbon, smoke, chocolate and coconut. Taste is warm and inviting with vanilla on the finish. Chocolate, soy, vanilla, coconut and toasted almond. Legs go forever. If I had no one sitting at the table with me, this one would have been all mine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2041) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle no 8025... shared with Halling hansen and wife... It pours very dark with a small brown head... the aroma is molasses, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruits and dark fruits.... the flavor is dark fruits, caramel, light booze and light molasses ...... very nice ... but not what I expected ... sorry! .... but I feel very lucky to have tried this .... :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (1854) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle no 8,025 shared by kingcecil, thanks a bunch my friend. Black body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is marcipan, sweet, bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavour is sweet, dark fruit, bourbon, boozy, caramel, roast. I expected more from this, way to hyped. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottles broken out for the Beer Belly stop of Migration Week. Quite a treat. Just a big delicious aroma here. A true smell it more than drinking beer. Smooth and not as sweet as the coffee or cherry rye. Heat is there but it is not an overpowering presence. Love the hand numbered bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (322) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
S: The bourbon is nicely plesant, licorice, oak, and plums the sad part is there is also a sharp soy smell. P: Black with 1 finger reddish brown head that leaves a nic residue. T: Mellow bourbon, lots of oak, hints of mollasses, and chocolate. M: Full bodied, silky, with low to medium carbonation. O: Finally got a chance to try this, I hate small pours but I dont think Im gonna be able to try this again. Nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Cpetrone84 graciously shared this bottle with me on his way home after visiting Hill Farmstead. We had a few other special treats.

A - Pours pitch black, not quite as oily as I thought it would be, minimal head with almost no lacing. Appeared mostly flat

S - Licorice, Vanilla, Plums, Coconut and charred oak were the biggest notes. Smell was something bigger though, something I couldnít quite place my finger on but it smells fantastic.

T - Very little sweetness, Lots of flavors going on, very big but yet well integrated bourbon notes. After drinking a lot of Pappy and other wheated bourbons lately, this tastes just like Pappy 20 at least as far as the bourbon notes go. Not too oaky, loaded with vanilla, some plums, brown sugar, candy corns, not too sweet at the finish and NOT boozy.

M - Oily, slick and heavy. Not fudge-like or thick but smooth and just a bit thinner than í10 BCBS in a 12oz format

O - Itís amazing how drinking half of this bomber was so easy not because it was tasteless but because it was so refined and not boozy at all. BCBS Rare is not the king any more though. There are a lot of great beers that have taken itís place but, for a 2010 stout, itís fantastic and lovely. Really something special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle 5901 -- Opaque beer with a this wisp of tiny bubbles for a head. Magical nose of wood, bourbon, vanilla and roasted malts. This is one of those beers that I could just smell for half an hour. Huge taste of chocolate, cocoa nibs, bourbon, vanilla, plum, raisin and prune, wood and alcohol. Sweet and sticky on the lips. So rich and so good.

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