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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 395   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnmike (1047) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Fortunate enough to try this from a coworkerís bottle. Comparing to the original BCBS, this has a bit more bite, flavors are more smoothed together.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
500th rating! Legit, I didnít plan this it was an accident. At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours jet black with no head whatsoever. Aroma is beautiful fig some soft roasted malt notes. Complex, and nuanced caramel and brandy barrel notes(I know what it is actually aged in though), rounded subtle burnt sugar. Taste is rounded mellow bold flavors. Beautiful. Fuck yeah! Burn sugar coconut, dark fruits, figs, fuck yeah. Thank you to kevin for generously trading this to me; F2Brewers is a stand up guy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle pours thick jet black with tan head. Aroma is nice. Strong chocolate and bourbon. I could smell this all day and night. Just wonderful. Flavor is what you expect from bourbon county. The chocolate, coffee notes, and that wonderful bourbon note. A touch of soy in there as well. The bourbon is smoother than the regular version. Just outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle, courtesy degarth. Pours dark brown with some red highlights, lacing and head are both minimal. Nose is strong on smooth bourbon with chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is so damn smooth with the bourbon. It turns the base beer into something incredibly drinkable and delicious. Loved it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
finally. this beautiful nectar marks my ascendancy the status of beer god. i must say, itís been a glorious journey. so without further ado...here is rating #1000. 22oz bottle, #2378, bottled 11/19/10 courtesy of myself. pours an absolutely gorgeous, velvety black with a smooth, decadent yet delicate mocha brown head that leaves beautiful slivers of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely stunning, this is a true bourbon drinkers beer, with the most elegant, rich, smooth notes of charred oak, vanilla, toast, and peppery spice that iíve ever experienced backed by dark chocolate, roasty espresso, and lovely earthy notes that are complimented by subtle molasses, graham cracker, and figs with a unique touch of cinnamon-raisin bread as it warms. flavor damn near rendered me thoughtless after the first sip. as i collected myself, one simple word came to my mind...sublime. up front this marvel of a beer presents decadent notes of toasted oak, coconut, vanilla nougat, and the worldís finest bourbon that makes itís presence felt with a spirit-warming heat that is quickly tamed by notes of a world class imperial stout in the form of bittersweet dark chocolate, molasses, and espresso with rich dark fruit notes of fig, date, and plum emerging just ahead of the subtle complexity offered by hints of leather, toffee, maple, and wet earth. palate is smooth as silk, as i imagine the PVW bourbon is, with elegant carbonation and a rich, woody, and slightly dry finish that lasts an eternity and offers a perfect balance of sweetness and heat. overall, iíve had some pretty incredible beers on my journey to #1000, and iíve rated quite a few a perfect 5, but iím not sure that any of them can match the perfect balance of complexity, elegance, and masterful barrel aging of this one. thank you, goose island and cheers to Ratebeer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle at tasting, courtesy of Enjoyit - thanks! Inky black pour, no head to speak of. This beauty has a huge bourbon aroma - lots of coconut and vanilla, lush chocolate, vanilla iced cream, wood, french nougat, sweet figs and dark berries, some alcohol. Basically pretty much like regular BCS, but the bourbon notes are out of this world. The epitome of Bourbon barrel aging. The taste reveals all that I love about BCS. Has the basic BCS things going on malt wise, but again the barrel qualities are through the roof. Coconut, vanilla, wet wood, slightly spicy woody. Everything comes together beautifully. There is quite some alcohol presence, but it doesnít make it any lesser of a masterpiece. I love this. I love BCS. Fucken hell.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ICEatALAMO (994) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle. Finally a beer that has lived up to the hype. The pour is dark with some head. The aroma is blissful, not overpowering bourbon, but enough to warm your nose. The taste is the smoothest beer I have ever had. Never had it fresh, but the bourbon is mellow, but has tons of flavor. Finishes perfectly smooth. Canít say enough about this beer, finally a 5.0!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 100th Imperial Stout rating. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is super complex, I get lots of barrel character, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, roasted malt, prunes, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, molasses and fudge. The flavor follows the nose with tons of barrel character, the bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, prunes, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, fudge, molasses and dark chocolate. Wow this is soooooo complex!! The body is full with a sticky and creamy mouth feel. By far the best Imperial Stout I have had, and probably one of my all time favorite beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2011
Pours black with a thin brown head. Looks great. Aroma is amazing! Huge bourbon aroma mingling with classic stout aroma. Oh, my god that tastes amazing. Oak. Chocolate bourbon. Roasted malt. It jargon and burly and woody. Vanilla comes through as well. The flavour never stops. It lingers for ever and is amazing. I love it. This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever had. Its pushing the flavour envelope and blowing my mind.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sarlacc83 (948) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
22oz bottle brought to a tasting by me, via trade from Tweety. In my cellar since 2010. Consumed 6-16, reviewed from notes. A: Iím shocked. This is deep black. I great a really nice mocha head from my pour, though, and the legs stick to the glass. Perfect presentation. N: We drank this after running through an 06-11 vertical, and the nose is definitely PvW. It has a deep oakiness which Iíve only experienced when drinking the bourbon straight. The caramel, vanilla, and coconut also have some extra heft. Chocolate, espresso. T: Dark fruits (prunes and raisins) Chocolate. Dismayed by the lack of roast/coffee. Caramel/vanilla. Some residual heat, but itís gotten to the point of being a nice touch. M: Smooth, silky and viscous. O: This is really very good when viewed outside of the ridiculous value-inflation of the beer. However, I dare say Iíd take the 2009 BCS and the BCS Vanilla over it. The PvW 23 is great to taste in the blend, and it is a deeper flavor, but itís not a religious experience, either.

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