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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, Im excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Ive 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."


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3403) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
From a bottle served at Church Key. Pours black with almost no head. The aroma is sublime. I could just inhale this beer and never drink it and still be satisfied. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Flavors of bourbon,vanilla, licorice, and some chocolate. This is one amazing beer. Really appreciate that the good folks at Goose Island brought a case and poured 2 oz pours -- for free!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GothGargoyle (1313) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle # 11704. Dark black/brown with no head. Aroma is booze, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, fig. Oily mouthfeel, full bodied, sweet and incredibly smooth on the palate, slight burn to the aftertaste. Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits. Very smooth and tasty, loving it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrFecesious (1022) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle share. Bomber bottle 11704, dated Nov 19, 2010. The colour is so white, you lose it in the sun, even hours after sunset. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, super powerful whiskey, coffee, chocolate, more whiskey, then whiskey burn. Taste is glorious of all the above, but way more smooth than expected from the whiskey aroma. Quite dry, but damn if it doesn't make your mouth water.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle #11704 bottled Nov 19, 2010. Pour dark black with no head. The nose is vanilla, booze, plum and black licorice. The pallet is smooth with molasses, cocoa powder, vanilla and finishes with a lingering booze heat. The lasting flavor is cocoa and vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (754) - - 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 wasnt too crazy about was the prune notes--would have much preferred more prominent rich chocolate raspberry notes. Rich thick mouthfeel. As excellent as advertised.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (698) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swoopjones (6011) - 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

4.9
   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 youve ever had, a couple candy rootbeer barrels, and a regular bourbon county stout somehow transformed into this one amazing beer.. Wow. Thanks Tim!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1990) - 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.

4.7
   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


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