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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 386   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (696) - - AUG 25, 2013
Black pour, minimal tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, some chocolate. Taste is bourbon, dark fruits, some chocolate, some prunes. Everything meshes together flawlessly. The only thing I wasn’t too crazy about was the prune notes--would have much preferred more prominent rich chocolate raspberry notes. Rich thick mouthfeel. As excellent as advertised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (679) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
With a whale like this, I guess I should be excited to get a 2.5 oz pour. Damn wish I had more. Scent is roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweet, sweet bourbon. Flavor follows the scent. Pours nice and black with tannish head. Thick like molasses. This is a damn good beer, but I think the Pappy hype overflows to this beer. Bottle - Square Pub - Decatur, GA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
bottle at Coles. Deep syrupy black pour. Huge chocolatety aroma, vanilla notes, rolo, smooth bourbon. SOOOOOOOO smooth. Wonderfully delicious, chocolate, bourbon really picks up as it warms. full mouthfeel. Outstanding

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Amazing beer! I did not think that Rare could be that much better than the regular bourbon county stout. Boy was I wrong. It was like having super smooth bourbon, the best chocolate cake you’ve ever had, a couple candy rootbeer barrels, and a regular bourbon county stout somehow transformed into this one amazing beer.. Wow. Thanks Tim!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Finally found the notes from ebf! 2 bottles sampled. Pour has a black color with a thin coating of dark tan head. Aroma has perfect bourbon barrels, molasses, complex malts, and light chocolate. Mouth feel is medium full and the carbonation low but enough. Flavor is incredibly smooth, rich barrels, bourbon, mild roast, and such smooth malts. I can still taste this one and having tried it against an aged regular version it was incredible what the barrels did to this version. The 50$ price tag was a bit over the top even for this but the beer was impressive and memorable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Smells of bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, of course, with a hint of chocolate and caramel. It's leaves a residual flavor of root beer. Almost the perfect beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle from a T25 trade last year. Aroma of sweet bourbon, root beer barrels, plum, molasses, and caramel. Flavor really capture the exquisite Pappy bourbon and the root beer barrels. Some might say a hint of licorice. Appearance shows flat, but this one definitely has some hidden carbonation. Palate is wonderful. It's dancing on my tongue. I want to make ice blocks and skate on it, then thaw it in the Winter and drink it. Incredible beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3687) - 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 (3006) - 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 wasn’t 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 doesn’t count for shit. "it will be my one and only rating, it will not be repeated." LOL

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