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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 402   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."


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 21, 2013
The beer pours jet black with a dense tan foamy residue left around the inside of thr glass. There is little to no head and very little carbonation. The nose is big on vanilla, caramel, with a touch of wood on the back end. It drinks exceptionally smooth with bourbony vanilla/caramel, trace alcohol, and oak. The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety with a touch of alcohol. It almost drinks like chocolate dessert, but isnít too extremely cloying; it definitely would be better served at room temp. Overall the beer is quite good, but not worth the price/hype paid.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2422) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
Sample at Epic Bourbon County Tasting, thx to Bart and Thijs! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: lots of bourbon, alcohol, very sweet, boozy, some coffee. TASTE: bourbon, sweet, lots of alcohol, boozy, alcohol warming, caramel, oak, bourbon overload actually. Was looking forward to this one quite a bit, but was disappointed quite a lot...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
22oz bottle. Bottle 2425. Poured a black color with a smaller sized head. Roast, wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrHangover (2994) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Really proud to be this beers 400th rater! Pours another pitch black beer with a slight brownish hue around the edges. Aroma has massive bourbon, sugary touches, caramel, molasses, licorice, oaky influences. Iíve never tried Pappy van Winkle bourbon, but Iíve had several PvW BA beers and this one has the PvW influences in there for sure. Flavor has epic bourbon touches with a mellowed out, sweet alcoholic background. Very malty, roasty, woody and incredibly sticky and sweet. Lots of layers here, but the bourbon is strong in this one. Great complexity, base beer has faded to background but is still showing his greatness. Awesome beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (421) - - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Really good. Very rich and comprehensive taste. Bourbon county core with lots of complex extra layers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (5320) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen, January 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a rich roasty, molasses aroma. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a rich roast malt molasses, chocolate, alcoholic bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_Fellini (702) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (1027) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 23, 2014
22oz bottle pours oily black with a paper thin tan head. Nose is deep inviting rich fudgey bourbon, nutty vanilla, marshmallow, coconut, roast chocolate, touch of spice, peanut, subtle wood. Taste is heavenly silky layered boozy fudge spice, coconut, some vanilla oak, semi sweet dark fruits, marshmallow, bourbon. Finish is mouth coating semi sweet dark boozy chocolate sauce with round dark fruit, vanilla, light woody spice and layered bourbony soaked dark chocolate. Simply amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3791) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Dec í14 Tasting: Poured rich brown with light brown head. Aroma was strong bourbon and alcohol burn, very inviting. Taste huge vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, and sipping alcohol burn.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1871) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle..Pour is brown with a fading head..Nose is oak, vanilla, maple, chocolate, some oxidation..Tatse vanilla, maple, roast, oak, cream,

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
A top-3 beer! A great stout. I can hardly wait for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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