Sean9689 (257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by AgentZero at our post-Christmas tasting, thanks Mike! Poured from 22oz bomber into 3F wine glass.
A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, some nice lacing and a thin cap on top which eventually dissipates to some random bubbles and some thin whisps.
S - Chocolate, oak, bourbon, toffee, burnt sugars, roasted nuts. The alcohol is a little hot, but hey, itís still not overpowering by any means. The sweetness is not overdone like I find in some other big -bal aged stouts.
T - A very nice smooth and rich oaky bourbon character, chocolate, roasted nuts, burnt sugars, caramel. Very rich and big, but nothing in this beer is too much for me. All balanced out nicely and very enjoyable.
M - Full body, rich and viscous, creamy finish.
D - Goose really made an awesome beer here. It wasnít as good as the PVW Eclipse that we had in our blind tasting but it was very very close, which is impressive. Highly recommend.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Amazing beer! I did not think that Rare could be that much better than the regular bourbon county stout. Boy was I wrong. It was like having super smooth bourbon, the best chocolate cake youíve ever had, a couple candy rootbeer barrels, and a regular bourbon county stout somehow transformed into this one amazing beer.. Wow. Thanks Tim!!!
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is charred cured pork, molasses dipped vanilla yellow cake, ruby port that somehow crept out from musty sherry casks and doughy eyed children singing. The flavor comes from the depths of Vesuvius and even a year later is strongly represented by bourbon characteristics of vanilla and clean singed oak, the middle is highly concentrated toffee candy and the finish burns slow and smokey like a open mesquite fire. The slick oily mouthfeel accentuates the experience and highlights the richness and feeling of true privilege to taste this liquid expression. Incredible. Truly fortunate to be a part of the history of bottle# 2795. Thank You Goose Island. 22oz. bottle.
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fortunately this beer lived up to its hype. Gorgeous and bountiful nose of bourbon and sweet vanilla upon opening. Pours a gorgeous black with nice tan head. Thick but not off-putting mouthfeel. Initial hints of bourbon transitioning into a slightly burnt coffee taste finally ending with those sweet hints of vanilla. pleasant flavors linger for a minute on the palate. Very delicious beer.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Paul for sharing this fine beer! Pours black and sticks to the glass with a nice tan head. Smell is of fine bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, oak, raisins and tabacco. Taste is much of the same! Bourbon barrel notes vanilla, coffee, tabacco, chocolate, licorice, some booze and a touch of raisins. Coats the palate well and finish with a smooth bourbon and roasted bitterness! Great Beer!
toxichop (242) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
S: The bourbon is nicely plesant, licorice, oak, and plums the sad part is there is also a sharp soy smell. P: Black with 1 finger reddish brown head that leaves a nic residue. T: Mellow bourbon, lots of oak, hints of mollasses, and chocolate. M: Full bodied, silky, with low to medium carbonation. O: Finally got a chance to try this, I hate small pours but I dont think Im gonna be able to try this again. Nice brew.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz. Bomber courtesy of PeteinSD. This one may lay a legitimate claim to the best Bourbon barreled stout of all time. I didnít think the regular Bourbon County could be topped and figured this one would be more hype than substance, but the truth is that this one is clearly a cut above. Pours like an oil slick with a few toffee colored bubbles floating around. Aroma must be inhaled to be believed with notes of wood, burnt caramel, rich vanilla and dark chocolate permeating the nose. Flavor was similar to the nose with layers of overly ripe prunes, lightly roasted malt, soft cocoa and inescapable bourbon overtones throughout. The palate of this beer is ridiculously luscious like a well layered chocolate cake. No trace of alcohol heat anywhere and finishes as well as it starts. Opened this next to an 09 version of the regular Bourbon County and was surprised how much it dominated its predecessor in every aspect. Just a bigger badder more finely crafted version of the original. Thank you sir may I have another!
stumpyiliz (209) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of vanilla, charred oak, bourbon, smoke, chocolate and coconut. Taste is warm and inviting with vanilla on the finish. Chocolate, soy, vanilla, coconut and toasted almond. Legs go forever. If I had no one sitting at the table with me, this one would have been all mine.
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #11704 bottled Nov 19, 2010. Pour dark black with no head. The nose is vanilla, booze, plum and black licorice. The pallet is smooth with molasses, cocoa powder, vanilla and finishes with a lingering booze heat. The lasting flavor is cocoa and vanilla.
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drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by the other Matt the other day at the other house. This is the other Bourbon county, the green one, served in a Russian River wine glass. Thanks Matt! This beer was also drank close to the same time the Bourbon County Brand Stout (regular) vertical was drank. Iíll review that later.
Beer looks exactly like BCBS, itís black, thin head of small tan bubbles, minimal lacing, low carbonation, the swirl leaves a coating on the glass, legs appear, looks really nice.
Aroma is great, it has this sweetness from the malt, hints of roast with a strong but not overpowering woodsy and liquor character. The liquor is smooth and flavorful on the nose.
Beer is medium in body and lowly carbonated on the palate. Beer is sweet at lead off the way a syrup is sweet, giving way to a huge, flavorful midpalate experience of strong liquor and alcohol. The finish is a little dry with minimal bitterness, somehow accenting the flavor of the oak and the bourbon, it tastes really nice. For such a big and aggressive beer it drinks wonderfully. I am very curious to see how this ages. Very excited about this beer in general. I am not a scotch or single malt expert but all of these nuanced flavors from the different barrels definitely makes me curious.
Serving type: bottle