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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 367   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
With a whale like this, I guess I should be excited to get a 2.5 oz pour. Damn wish I had more. Scent is roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweet, sweet bourbon. Flavor follows the scent. Pours nice and black with tannish head. Thick like molasses. This is a damn good beer, but I think the Pappy hype overflows to this beer. Bottle - Square Pub - Decatur, GA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (627) - - AUG 25, 2013
Black pour, minimal tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, some chocolate. Taste is bourbon, dark fruits, some chocolate, some prunes. Everything meshes together flawlessly. The only thing I wasnít too crazy about was the prune notes--would have much preferred more prominent rich chocolate raspberry notes. Rich thick mouthfeel. As excellent as advertised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Saved for two years for my sonís graduation from law school. Oh the malt, oh the chocolate malt, oh the chocolate malt with toasted marshmallows. Oh the smooth warmth, the silky finish. I am divided between being thrilled and honored to have tasted this beer, and crestfallen that I will never taste it again. I am not divided in saying this is the best beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Big thanks to Ben aka Hojaminbag for busting this one out at 3:30am the other night to compare to the í07 DL. Bottle poured into a taster glass. A - Pours opaque black with a nice half finger tall deep tan head leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass. The pour was just ok. S - Smells of rich bourbon heat, sweet chocolate, vanilla, espresso, and wood offer some contrast to all the dark roast hidden within this beers core. The bourbon heat was a little overpowering toward the end. Based on the smell this one could use a bit more time to mellow out. It actually kinda smells like the DL at this point. T - This one tastes just like you think it would. Tons of dark roast blends in well with the chocolate sweetness, vanilla, wood, and warming bourbon heat. This one is a bit more earthy than the DL. The finish is mostly roasted heat lingering for some time. I like how this one isnít overly sweet like the DL is, more of a well rounded barrel aged stout. The pappy barrels really did their magic on this one. Glad I finally go to try this one. M - Very heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. This is one heavy beer on the pallet with a mix of deep roast and bourbon heat in the finish. O - I thought this one was pretty good. I think it is still kinda rough around the edges but it should mature beautifully over the next few years. I look forward to having it again in the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle at Justinís apartment, except not, because he had to move due to a water pipe bursting. Looks like a standard imperial stout, but the aroma is all booze,leather and dirt. Taste is leather, dark fruit, dirt, and BOOZE!!! Absolutely full of greatness. Cherries, dark fruit, booze, and earth. Amazing. Thanks Justin. Love, Chris

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davey101 (615) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Quick notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle #2209, bottled on 11/19/2010. Huge thanks to Doug for slaying my number one want by sharing a pour with me! Appearance wise it is identical to BCBS, no surprise there. Having never had the 2008 vintage which this beer is using, I can say its awfully similar to how the 2009 vintage is drinking now. There is a stronger vanilla presence and it is smoother and mellower than the standard beer. Just loads of chocolate, charred malt, and rich and decadent bourbon. It drinks far too easily, which is sad considering how elusive it is now. A marginal improvement over standard BCBS, but when that is your favorite beer it truly does matter. Such a beautiful beer that Iím glad to have finally tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours black with a little tan head. Aroma is tons of vanilla, some coconut, chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows the nose. Lots of vanilla, some coconut and a little bourbon kick at the end. Really drinkable. Pretty phenomenal. I will lay the second one down for a bit to see how it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Barrelbelly (596) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2012
Black, no head. Taste raisin, wood, candy sugar, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey. Taste chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, strong alcohol finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle poured jet black with a thin layer of head, and no retention. Flavor of chocolate, soy and barrel. Can really taste the char from the pappy 23 barrels which gives Rare a distinct flavor over the other variants. Mouthfeel was oily and thick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Tasted side by side with a í08 bottle of BCS. Pours pitch black opaque with vanishing tan head. Bourbon is very up-front in the aroma, as well as roast and vanilla. Mouthfeel is viscous, smooth, creamy, and warming; the alcoholic bite is subdued compared to the 2yr old BCS. Flavor is flawless perfection; bourbon and oak come in strong, but well balanced, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Definitely the best barrel-aged stout Iíve tried to date.

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