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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Massive aromas of chocolate, roast and vanilla. Oooo lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate! Lingers impressively on the palate. Overall Wow! Thanks to Dave for sharing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (922) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer, he never lets you down! Pours black, almost no head. Aroma is boozy, chocolate, maybe some fruity notes? Certainty get the bourbon notes. Taste is smooth, lots of chocolate. really smooth. Again, I get fruity notes, really tasty. I bit of warmth as it goes down, but not significant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoePeesie (917) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2012 Not enough o’s in smooth to describe it! Definitely the crown jewel in the BCBS line up. I generally like this line with a bit more age on it, but this is drinking great right now. So glad I got to try it, made my decision to pop my bottle at my sis wedding later this minute a lock!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
bottle courtesy of a great trader, thank you! bottle 11,993, to celebrate trader of the year 2011! thanks everyone! great stuff here, of course. nicde pour, lower carb, but consistent, not flat half way through. strange ever bubbling effervesence like champagne. the pappy barrel is obviously the show stealer here, its so nice. complex, smooth, subtle, no bite at all. nice and warming,the mouthfeel is the same as jagermeister .just tastes so nice the entire way through, nice and complex, big and bold but subtle as well. excellence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
$45 bottle - I just had to go for it. Shared it with my bro and two cousins. Poured in small snifters, it poured an oil-slick black color with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate, burnt coffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same but a bit hotter than I expected in terms of alcohol but good flavors going on. A couple years would do this some justice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (908) - - 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 wasn’t 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
Staffan47 (890) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
Pulsen stiger. Trodde inte jag skulle få uppleva detta. (Thanks biggsbowler!). Lite av kvällen höjdpunkt och stora överraskning. Känslan att få dricka den bästa bärs som ett av de bryggerier som betytt mest för mig har gjort är tungt. Doft av vanilj, bourbon och nostalgi. Känner att den troligen inte har att vinna på längre lagring. Balanserad, len och fin. Svag känsla av oxidation som är lätt att bortse från och bara njuta och känna sig nostalgisk och minnas tillbaka till sin första bourbonfatade imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (885) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle, thick black viscous pour, very little head. Aroma, oh its bourbon county all right, huge notes of vanilla, chocolate, oak, just a ton of in your face bourbon. Taste, sticky mouthfeel, nice hit of bourbon, some maple sweetness, clean smooth finish, not a big bourbon bomb like the aroma would suggest. Overall, a big sticky barrel aged imperial stout and a fantastic one at that, really glad I finally got to try this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Review #400 Pulled this guy out of the cellar. Bottle #574 split with friends at my engagement party. Bottled 11/19/2010. 22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark wood head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring and leaves some splotchy and sticky lace down the glass. S: Wonderful sweet bourbon, roasted malts and dark fruits are harmoniously all wafting out of the glass. Some light oak and chocolate come up as the beer warms. It’s a very smooth and delicious smell. T: Just simply divine. Deliciously smooth bourbon, this Pappy 23 is so smooth and sweet. Nice dark fruit malts with a little dried, salted plum flavor. A nice mix of savory and sweet. Once the bourbon flavors die down a little the actual barrel comes out with nice mild, woody oak and a bit of char. Sweet caramel and smooth vanilla. Nice brownie flavors with some bittersweet chocolate and great roasted malts. M: Smooth and creamy with medium to low carbonation, but it is a tad thin even for a barrel aged beer. I would have liked a bit more chew, but it just goes down so smooth with a mild warmth it’s really a nitpicking complaint. O: Basically perfect. There is no overt alcohol flavors that are offputting, just the deliciously smooth and sweet PVW barrel. Decadent flavors with an awesome combination of sweet and savory this is a must try for any stout fan. It was my only one, but I couldn’t imagine sharing it with anyone but my friends on a really special occasion. Hopefully I can try this beauty again some day! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-07-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/28/2010. Served on tap in a Black Friday commemorative tasting glass at the GI brewpub. 5 oz. pour. I think the pours were a bit cold, so I allowed it to warm before getting into the glass. The pour is a midnight black, with a small coffee colored thick creamy foam head on top. Some retention, but no real lacing to speak of. The roasted malt, oakiness, and bourbon from the Pappy barrels come through really nicely. The aroma is more pleasant than the regular bourbon county. It is smoother and the difference in the quality of the bourbon barrels is apparent. The dark roasted malt and Pappy-soaked oak flavors really blend well, especially with two years of age on it. The smoothness of the taste over time is what really impresses me about this family of beers. Molasses, some smoked tobacco, coffee, and figs come in after it warms up a little bit. These flavors all combine effortlessly in a tasty aged stout. The feel of the bourbon county stouts is always nice, and this is no exception. It is very thick and creamy, with the body practically squeezing the carbonation out of it. The alcohol is pretty much hidden, quite a feat at 13%. I liked this a little bit more than the regular bourbon county (accounting for age differential as well), but the price tag is a bit steep.

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