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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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."


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1167) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle from fear025. Took to a big IMP stout tasting at Hophead22ís house. Poured a pitch black with the tiniest brown hea. Aroma was booze, dark fruits, and some coffee grinds. Taste was bourbon, booze, roast, but was very balanced. This was less hot than the regular bourbon county and was quite the treat. So glad I got to try this amazing beer. Thanks Jay!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zer0 (1166) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle shared with and massive thanks to kermis. Pours absolutely pitch black. Aroma is huge vanilla, lots of bourbon, boozey, molasses, big chocolate, some cinnamon and caramel. Taste is huge vanilla, quite sweet but not sickly. Wood, bourbon and chocolate again. Very tasty. Great balance and just smells incredible. Full bodied, some carbonation and oily texture. Very very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Feeling hot hot hot. Thatís what this beer is. $45 for an intensely hot, over the top beer. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Go figure. Again, for $45 you would expect complexity and brashness, but a hot mess of alcohol? No thanks.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle 9314 bottled on 11/19/2010 and shared by Nimrod & Buckles, thanks!!! Inky black pour with minimal head and minimal carbonation. Aroma of smooth bourbon, molasses, chocolate and some leather. Taste is smooth bourbon, chocolate, tobacco and sweet molasses, not as aggressive as I was hoping for or expecting. An excellent beer, but might have been better a couple of years ago.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ICEatALAMO (1132) - 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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2011
The boldest, yet smoothest example of an imperial stout Iíve ever had. Tons of chocolate, some vanilla, not boozy at all, smooth and sweet. Itís HUGE flavor and yet completely easy to drink. Pours black slighty brown coffee head, no bubbles. To sip and savor, get some if you can!

4.9
   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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
bottle shared at the May Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with light-brown bubbles for head. Nose is of molasses, chocolate, licorice and bourbon. Very complex and potent stuff. Taste is delicious chocolate, molasses, bourbon and molasses. Incredibly tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with alcohol noticeable. Top-notch brew.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1088) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
22 oz. bomber. Poured pitch black with little tan head. Very smooth and sweet compared to the regular bourbon county stout. Nice bourbon flavor. Great beer.


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