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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.39   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
48FanInCali (725) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22 oz bottle thanks to Hamilton 23 for sharing on poker night. Pitch black pour with very little head that us quickly gone. The nose on this beet is absolutely phenomenal and is just full of vanilla, bourbon, light coffee, light coconut, and some dark fruit. Taste follows the nose and too is phenomenal. Lots of vanilla and sweet malty goodness. The bourbon kick has a little wood to it as well. Simply a fabulous beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Thanks Paul! This one pours black with little to no head formation. Lovely aroma on the nose with vanilla, coffee, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, chocolate, bourbon, oak, earth, a bit of booze as well. Extremely complex aroma that is typical of well done bourbon beers but with a bit more of an earthy edge to it than whatís usual. On the palate, the beer is immediately sweet and rich with flavors of copious amounts of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, anise, bourbon, and oak. Dark fruits of raisins and dates on the tongue give this a rich decadent quality but this quickly disappears as there is an interesting raw edge in the finish. Not quite as smooth as whatís usual in these types of beers but adds a nice quality to this and reinforces that this is indeed a beer. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MotherBrother (694) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2012
Huge thanks to Peter and Jacob for sharing this gem with me. Bottle # 434. Pour really black, with a small nut-brown head, and good amount of lacing. Aroma is sooo packed of bourbon, lots of vanilla insanity, bourbon soacked raisins and plums, chocolate, cocao nips, maple syrup, caramel, tart, tobacco, slight coffee, wood, toffee, brownie dough, chocolate fudge... Jeez. Once again stop me... This is some tasty shit!!! The taste is pretty sweet, with some faint roasted and bitter notes. The complexity of this is simply mindblowing!! Semi-full bodied, with a semi-flat carb. This really is some tasty stuff. Hell to the yes, and once again, huge thanks to Peter and Jacob for sharing this with me!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davey101 (693) - 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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2011
Pours black as black can be. The aroma just explodes with oak, chocolate, toast, sour mash corn, and spice. The flavor is amazing. Toasted oak, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, white pepper, and a hint of of dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbastard (689) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle # 10,044. This is a rare treat, thanks Dave! Wow! Pitch black. Aromas of a perfect mixture of Burbons, vanillas, chocolate, with roasty coffee. A thick pour that klings to the sides of my glass. A perfect blend of huge flavors, Burbons, vanillas, followed by barrel flavors, and dark fruits in the background. Just the right amount of sweetness. Very rich and velvet smooth. Damn that was good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (687) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigguns22 (682) - Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2012
This is a truly rare gem.My Good friend gave me it for a gift in 2009 and I drank it with him last week.One of the most full body beer I have ever had.Pours deep brown to black with a dark small head that vanishes quickly.Aroma is big and full of coffee,malt,caramel,raisins and of course bourbon.The flavors and the same as aroma but you get a cool salty and woody flavor that I did not get from the aroma.A real same it will not be made again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (669) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (669) - 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.

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