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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
This beer was all I expected it to be. The body is a rich, oily black with light signs of carbonation. One whiff revealed soft vanilla and coffee with traces of oak and bourbon among dried fruit. The taste is beyond satisfying; smooth chocolate and overly-roasted coffee beans with undertones of vanilla and cherries. So smooth was the finish and left the mouth with a pleasant, almost bitter cocoa finish with a hint of caramel. This is one of the very few beers actually worth the hype, and I thank Jordan for the share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
At a tasting , 3 bottles brought 1 Rare by gEUS, 1 coffee and 1 Vanilla by me

Head: none
Colour: black
Smell: lots of bourbon, vanilla and sweetness , very balanced tough
Taste: flavour was awesome perfectly balanced a very very good beer altough the vanilla was more of my liking ;-)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2012
RBAG 2012. Holy fawking Vishnu what bit of awesomeness just appeared in my glass. Dark blackish brown with a ring of brown bubbles circling my glass. My glass smells like heaven, deep thick milk chocolate, massive vanilla notes, bourbon, smoke, oak. I truly don’t think a beer can smell better than this one this has blown my mind. So thick and viscous tasting this almost has the mouth feel of melted chocolate ice cream. Ash, vanilla, cherry, mild coffee the list goes on…………The chocolate is bitter but never harsh bitter. The bourbon is perfectly plate in the beer. This must be what gods cum taste like. Oily brown film is completely coating my empty glass. Best beer of the night by far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
XaenDovet (1281) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2011
22oz bottle, split with friends. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak. Heavy on palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, with a smooth bourbon finish. Noticeably better then the regular BCBS. Absolutely excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Notes from a 6 oz pour at a tasting with jcr. Yes, black pour. Thick brown sticky that lends black oil leaking down through the dense bubbles. Nose is intense and complex - cherries, sweet pleasant vanilla, mellow bourbon, caramel complexities, oaky, raisins, dried dates, and pleasant rich bourbon. Flavor lends smooth bourbon, cherries, vanilla, mellow bourbons. Smooth, rich, and oily. Viscous. Wonderful. We had this with the 2009 regular and 2010 Vanilla and Rare was a huge standout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Thanks to whomever brought this to Seabass’s going away party. Hot! Super hot. Flavors are solid, though. It just needs some time. Lots of booze but it is good booze. Good beer, but needs some more balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ICEatALAMO (1243) - 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. Can’t say enough about this beer, finally a 5.0!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Shared by Kan at the hotel tasting of the last Jackie O’s release. I was completely expecting this to be some over-hyped piece of shit, but it was incredibly good. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, and molasses. The taste follows the aroma, is well balanced and unbelievably easy to drink for such a big beer. Well done!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2012 Second tasting: Bottle 2,917 Re-Rate. Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark roasted malts, coffee, dried dark fruits and rich chocolate. Small fully diminishing brown head over a black hue with no lace. Flavor is very sweet and a little hot. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with a slightly noticeable alcohol burn on the finish. Overall a very sexy Imp Stout. Very smooth, complex, rich and delicious. Very very good. 1st tasting: Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Black with a tan head. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is incredibly smooth and buttery. Very full bodied and oily soft. Overall just an incredibly smooth and very balanced bourbon impy. Simply an amazing beer.

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