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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (999) - - 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 20/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 100th Imperial Stout rating. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is super complex, I get lots of barrel character, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, roasted malt, prunes, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, molasses and fudge. The flavor follows the nose with tons of barrel character, the bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, prunes, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, fudge, molasses and dark chocolate. Wow this is soooooo complex!! The body is full with a sticky and creamy mouth feel. By far the best Imperial Stout I have had, and probably one of my all time favorite beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (984) - 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 ’07 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 isn’t 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle to glass. Thanks bj! Pours a thick syrupy black color with no head. Aroma is a huge molasses, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Thick creamy body. Big smooth bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits. Out of this world! So glad I got to experience this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (978) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeychugg55 (972) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2013
On tap!! Black with a small ring of light brown head. The aroma is huge on bourbon barrel, with lots of smooth chocolate and vanilla, some alcohol, and faint dark fruit. The flavor is super smooth, with lots of chocolate and residual sugar. Nice mellow whiskey and vanilla, with a bit of cherry on the finish. Incredibly smooth, viscous body reminds me of melted ice cream. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2011
Pours black with a thin brown head. Looks great. Aroma is amazing! Huge bourbon aroma mingling with classic stout aroma. Oh, my god that tastes amazing. Oak. Chocolate bourbon. Roasted malt. It jargon and burly and woody. Vanilla comes through as well. The flavour never stops. It lingers for ever and is amazing. I love it. This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever had. Its pushing the flavour envelope and blowing my mind.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (960) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a deep dark thick, black, color with minimal light brown head. Smooth, sweet bourbon aroma up front, barrel notes - oak and vanilla, big caramel, toffee malt character follows. Huge malty toffee flavor, lots toasty melanoidans, big bourbon character follows and carries through to the finish. Overall, very smooth, huge flavor, lots of boost and xo tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2015
22oz bottle. Been Waiting years to drink this. Pours black with a small an head. Aroma is strong on the bourbon. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit in the nose. Smells absolutely fantastic. Taste is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Has a very strong, underlying bourbon taste. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Body is thick and sticky. The alcohol is definitely warming on this one. It goes down very easy. Delicious.

   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!

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