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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."


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle (#5253) at Yespr - Blind Tasting #13. Pitch black - brown head. Bourbon - lots of bourbon, sweetness, high sweetness, toffee, vanilla, licorice, light hoppy, boozy, sharpness, dark chocolate, nice complexity. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14046) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2011
Thank you, yespr. The aroma is alcoholic and roasted. Has some port and vanilla. Black colour, looks oily. The flavour is sweet and sugary with a distinct vanilla flavour and an equally distinct alcohol afterburn. A bit much, but good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (13535) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle at The Stout Tasting Part I, London - big thanks to Bruce. Vintage 2010, bottle #1118. Pours rich, brown-black with a tight, beige cream head. Big dark malt nose with ripe and dark fruits, cake and bread. Big sweet flavor with heavy dark malts, creamy chocolate, rich bread, some bitter earth, torched wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Hot finish with rich, dark bread, light bitter earth, prunes, big alcohol, raisins. Very robust. Quite nuanced but still powerful. I like it pretty much the same as regular BCS.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Oily whisky aroma, malty, oaky, vanilla, milky notes, figs and raisins, some blanced smoke notes, hops, almond, chocolate and cocoa powder, Malty flavor, oily, roasted, some smoke, chocolate, whiskty, oak, figs, raisins, dades, some hops, some fruits. Some alcohol showing, but in a good way, hay notes, licorice and almond. A beer with a long lovely warming feeling and then it turns into a smooth balanced chocolate finish with whisky oak, and some figs. Huge body and with a perfect mouthfeel. Absolutley wonderful!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (12478) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
A: The pour is thick and black with a finger of tan head. S: Wonderful bourbon and vanilla aromas with lots of rich, dark chocolate. Solid amounts of roasted malts with more chocolate and bourbon. A bit of molasses, caramel, and maple syrup, and oak. T: Decadent is a good way to describe this beer. Fantastic bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate flavors throughout. Wood and roasted malts with a bit of caramel and molasses. Nowhere near as boozy as regular Bourbon County, which is a big plus. M: Full in body with a smooth, silky feel on the tongue. O: I had put off looking to try this beer due to the cost (still don’t think it’s worth $45), but it is a really great one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11 and Mora2000) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted coconut. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, toffee, and oak. A bit hot now, but should age nicely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11958) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, Bourbon, cocoa, some raisin. Smooth full body, some stickiness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark reddish brown hue with a minmal fizzy light brown head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody bourbon. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex toasted malt, vanilla and bourbon flavor and a heavy complex sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
@RBWG-22oz-thanks to Dschiller/Dave–pours a disappearing light brown head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, some alcohol. So now I can cellar the bottle hbmason got for me!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinball (11096) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
bottle #13 at yespr blind tasting very dark black, small brown head. nice aroma, storng, wood, boozy, roasted stuff, toffee. heavy. flavor is wood, roasted stuff, loads of bourbon, vanilla, very complex and balanced.


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