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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

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RATINGS: 420   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thick black pour with little carbonation. Light tan head. Bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Very creamy with a hint of roast underneath. Very creamy flavor. Easy bourbon flavor throughout. Lightly roast flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Slightly fruity. Hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black Brown viscous pour into a glass. Brown head. Aroma is a blast of barrel, vanilla, bourbon, chalk, cocoa, almond, bakers chocolate. Mouth feel is a perfect blend of carbonation, viscosity, and smoothness. Flavor is hot, boozy, vanilla, bourbon wood, chocolate bar, hot chocolate. The bourbon is featured, but the base beer is apparent as well. damn good. believe the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Tasted at the mikes gi vertical. Nose is high sharp alcohol. Smooth bourbon. Taste massive alcohol bomb with oak and hints of cherries waaaaay in the top and back. Massive alcohol. Lots of movement but lords hotness. Super glad I got to try this one.

   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ICEatALAMO (1301) - 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 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 (1282) - 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.

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