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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   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."


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere (11955) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a rich and musky chocolate, warming alcohol, smooth powdery Bourbon, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with nice mocha coffee, with smooth vanilla and alcohol, well balanced. Bottle from Boutip, shared with GRM, Probstk and Ian, Dec. 2 2011.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (11869) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Bottle [no. 11341] shared by kermis. HUGE HUGE THANKS MAN! INSANE! Opaque black color, small dark brown head that diminishes quite quickly. Aroma is malts, loads of liquor, lightly vanilla. Taste malts, whisky, vanilla, a hint of liquorice, softly bitter. Full flavored, full body, oily texture, soft suitable carbonation. Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

Bottle 1496 of bottling 19/11/2010 @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Countbeer, Abijen and Judyvv. Opaque black color, average sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, some alcohol, a hint of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Tastes about the same: malts, bourbon, vanilla, lightly an alcohol burn. Intense. [Score not altered]

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11768) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
@RBWG-22oz-thanks to Dschiller/DaveĖpours 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 (11740) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11476) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle shared by ygtsbm94. Pours opaque with a spare, fizzy tan head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, vanilla, raisin, and fig. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate, toffee), light hops (earthy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, vanilla, raisin, and fig. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a sweet finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (11218) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a small ring of light brown head. Aroma is uber-complex and decadent, with the finest bourbon barrel presence Iíve detected on a BA-stout nose, underlain with vanilla and molasses - uber-complex. Flavour is incredibly complex, rich, deep, decadent... wow. Perhaps never tasted a BA-stout so complex and so finely affected by the barrels. Listing off flavours wonít do this justice, but it contains uber-complex bourbon barrels, light vanilla, molasses and a quite noticeable alcohol sting - slightly more so than the regular BCS. Finishes with vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Masterpiece of a BA-stout, (though I actually still prefer the coffee version of the BCS) - surely a treat.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11170) - SÝborg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Bottled. Blind no 13 @ Yesprs. Pitch black coloured. Light brown dense head. Aroma of cocoa, sweetness, coconut, roast, vanilla. Flavour of vanilla, coconut, roast, caramel, cocoa, liqourice, Full bodied. Rosty smooth bitter end with a light alcohol touch.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Rare
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: January 01, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Appearance: black, scant tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma, caramel and vanilla, dose of roasted malt
Flavor: rich chocolate and roasted flavor, lots of sweet Bourbon, caramel and vanilla

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Rare
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: more of the sweet vanilla coming theough in the aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, lots of caramel and vanilla, light roast
Overall: one of the best pappy beers out there

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Did this side by side with the 03-10 BCS, Coffee, and Vanilla. Pours super dark with a nice brown head. Rich aroma of fudge, bourbon, toffee, burned sugar(in a good way), oak. Flavor is rich, oily, sweet, heavenly. Damn fine brew. Rare? NO! Delicious as shit? HELL YES!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (10705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to deeblo at THE stout tasting - part 1. It pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is dark caramel, roasted malt, big on the bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, earth and fudge. The taste is roasted malt, boozy, bourbon, oak, some bitterness, ash, earth, hint of soy sauce, oak, caramel, some spice and toasted coconut with a warming, bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel (a bit cloying actually). Big, sweet, hot and ballsy! Flavoursome, but I just donít find it that drinkable.


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