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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   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."


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
651mL courtesy of ygtbsm94. The pour is your typical BCS- jet black ink into the snifter with really no head. But holy crap this stout leaves some incredible legs on the snifter as you swirl it. Huge, cascading legs. The aroma at first is not what I was expecting: all raisins and dark fruit and not much bourbon and much less PVW23. But as it warms and you give it some time to open up you are rewarded with gigantic coconut oil, coconut rum, buttery coconut cake, cinnamon and dark chocolate mousse. There is just no way this beer smells this good. You could sit here for hours. Taste is gorgeous: so smooth, coconut oil abounding, warming but soft bourbon. No heat. Palate is your typical BCS perfection- slick, oily, massive.

So is it worth it? Yes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Sample at Kurtís 49th birthday party. Going from Strela to this has to be one of the biggest quality leaps in the course of two beers that I have ever experienced. The beer pours completely black with a medium thin tan head that diminishes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is dark fruits, roasted malt, toffee and chocolate. Full-bodied with a nice oaky character and notes of burnt malt, chocolate, figs and even some licorice. The finish is lingering bourbon and chocolate covered raisins. Excellent beer all around.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft at THís summer 2013. I liked this one a hair more than the vanilla and King Henry. Jet black pour with brown head. Nose was oaky bourbon, a lot of spirit notes, roasty dark malt, cacao, molasses. Tasted complex, rich, with big flavors of malt oak, bourbon, molasses, and cacao.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
Smallest rim possible over brown-black beer. Alcohol, old cookies, chocolate, Bourbon. Wine, incense, alcohol and fusels, banana. Retronasal a distinct flavour of guimauve. Amongst the most complex beers Iíve ever tasted. Heated, viscous, oily, slick and filthily voluptuous. Even the carbonation is there in the MF. OMG. And this is AB-InBev...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7961) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2010 Bottle number 12021 thanks to alen. Pours with a fading mocha colored head over a pitch black body. Huge alcohol legs! Aromas of marshmallow, boozy, cocoa, vanilla, wood, caramel, brown sugar, bacon. Very complex. Oh my lord, the flavor is amazing! Vanilla, huge, complex, oak, maple syrup, caramel, molasses, malted milk, bacon and tannins. Huge, creamy, velvety, oily mouthfeel. Thick and rich. Really an amazing beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7446) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to deeblo at THE stout tasting - part 1. It pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is dark caramel, roasted malt, big on the bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, earth and fudge. The taste is roasted malt, boozy, bourbon, oak, some bitterness, ash, earth, hint of soy sauce, oak, caramel, some spice and toasted coconut with a warming, bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel (a bit cloying actually). Big, sweet, hot and ballsy! Flavoursome, but I just donít find it that drinkable.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a small ring of light brown head. Aroma is uber-complex and decadent, with the finest bourbon barrel presence Iíve detected on a BA-stout nose, underlain with vanilla and molasses - uber-complex. Flavour is incredibly complex, rich, deep, decadent... wow. Perhaps never tasted a BA-stout so complex and so finely affected by the barrels. Listing off flavours wonít do this justice, but it contains uber-complex bourbon barrels, light vanilla, molasses and a quite noticeable alcohol sting - slightly more so than the regular BCS. Finishes with vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Masterpiece of a BA-stout, (though I actually still prefer the coffee version of the BCS) - surely a treat.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7184) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bomber, Bottle #2,724. Poured midnight black with very little head and some fine legs. The aroma was decadent.. sweeter, smooth-as-can-be bourbon, vanilla, and coffee upfront, with sweet chocolates and a hint of honey behind.. excellent stuff! The flavor opened with sweet vanilla and bourbon tartness, followed by more vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.. sweeter chocolates and smooth bourbon rode out the finish.. some greener coffee and earthy bitterness around.. everything worked well together. Heavier-bodied with light carbonation on the palate.. sweet overall, and remarkably smooth. Excellent stuff, but not $40 better than the regular one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94: Pours an oily opaque with a thin ring of dark tan head. Has an intense sweet roasted dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with some dark fruits and vanilla bourbon complexity. Starts with a smooth, yet rich dark malty sweetness with a nice dark fruity complexity and vanilla flavor before a slightly warming, but balanced finish. A very complex and enjoyable beer, but I think itís probably at its peak now as far as aging goes.


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