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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

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RATINGS: 420   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11406) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
5 oz pour. It pours a dense black with a fizzy head that dissipates before I even get it. The smell here is richer and smoother than the average BCS. This is partially due to the extra aging, but also the bourbon barrels used. It has all of the traditional BCS traits: thick bourbon, barrel, chocolate, and roast. However, there is an added almost woodsy-spiciness that is unique to this version. The flavor follows. It has that hint of spiciness that takes regular BCS to a different level. It is smoother, and richer. The aging has allowed it to mature to perfection. The drinkability here is much greater than the average BCS. This one is overpriced, but it is a great experience. An outstanding beer. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-01-2010 05:38:35 @ Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11405) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Bottled. Blind no 13 @ Yesprs. Pitch black coloured. Light brown dense head. Aroma of cocoa, sweetness, coconut, roast, vanilla. Flavour of vanilla, coconut, roast, caramel, cocoa, liqourice, Full bodied. Rosty smooth bitter end with a light alcohol touch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (11222) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to trade with BoostIPA. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma has massive vanilla and bourbon, the Pappy coming out strong along with molasses, fudge and milk chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet. Thick oily mouthfeel with wood and raisins also coming out in the palate. Full bodied and still with soft carbonation and a warming finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Rare
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: January 01, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Appearance: black, scant tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma, caramel and vanilla, dose of roasted malt
Flavor: rich chocolate and roasted flavor, lots of sweet Bourbon, caramel and vanilla

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Rare
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: more of the sweet vanilla coming theough in the aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, lots of caramel and vanilla, light roast
Overall: one of the best pappy beers out there

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Did this side by side with the 03-10 BCS, Coffee, and Vanilla. Pours super dark with a nice brown head. Rich aroma of fudge, bourbon, toffee, burned sugar(in a good way), oak. Flavor is rich, oily, sweet, heavenly. Damn fine brew. Rare? NO! Delicious as shit? HELL YES!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” TastingThis beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The only real difference between this one’s bouquet and that of the traditional Bourbon County Stout is that I am picking up a boatload of toasted oak here… oak-o-fucking-rama. Although coconut is not as heavily featured in this one, there is plenty of opulent, ancient bourbon. Full-bodied and oily with soothing carbonation. Loads of bourbon flavor – a good bit more than the traditional version – but surprisingly, there may be less alcohol heat in this treatment. I would have to do a horizontal to be certain. Finishes sticky, sweet and chocolaty with a healthy splash of bourbon. World class imperial stout shared by Degarth. Thanks, Joey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle shared by maltomeal at the Houston 2011 tasting, Pours a very dark brown almost black with a small tan head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is oak whiskey and dark chocolate. Thich mouthfeel with a vanilla oak and chocolate flavor. Hides the alcohol extremely well making it very easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one, a very impressive Imperial stout from Goose Island.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 Bottle @ home, courtesy of TheAlum. He is such a generous dude to trade me this brew for a six pack of Bud Ice and a case of Bud Dry. Hell of a deal! Thanks again, Adam!!!!! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome, sweet, smooth, oaky goodness with dark roasty malts in the nose. Sweet, creamy, chocolatey, very nice bourbon beginning. Unbelievable, roasty, awesome flavor. So smooth, so very nice! I thought this beer was probably all hype but this is legendary!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10238) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"been waiting for this one and it did not disappoint. immediately upon opening the aroma burst through my congestion! i gotta try some 23 year old pappy van winkle (the barrels this was aged in). i think with a year or two on it, this could be near perfection. as it is, the bourbon is a little hot on the palate and overpowering in the flavor (it’s a month old) but it’s so damn tasty, you don’t mind. chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a ton of gooood bourbon. if this mellows a little, it could be one of my favorites. as it is now...still elite. 10/11 still a little hot, but it hurts so good :) "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Paul and Ryan’s 5000 celebration, thanks! Poured black with a dark brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was slightly hot with bourbon backed by dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla and caramel. Flavor was similar with a bourbon note that mellowed that allowed the dark chocolate and roasted malts to come through with some vanilla and caramel in the finish. Nice and thick on the tongue.

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