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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, Im excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Ive 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle with big thanks to thirdeye11 and Mora2000. He almost sold his naming rights to this beer but no one took him up on it. Poor Bill. Ill enjoy your beer though! Pours a sticky brown color with a slight bit of carbonation. Aroma is huge vanilla with stinging bourbon, wood, cocoa, heavy dark malts. Wow, nice. Flavor is very sweet with a sharp touch of tart wood. Bourbon finishes out the flavor with a nice punch of roasted malt. Wow fantastic. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle shared with my coworkers. Pours an oily and viscous deep black with a thin tan head. Huge fat bourbon and wood, some amazing bourbon on here. I was a bit skeptical initially, but there really is a lot of complexity going on with this. A light isopropyl note which is quickly engulfed by vanilla and wood. Big chocolate, roast, and dense fudgy pudding. Long chewy and lingering chocolate and woody bourbon. Fantastic. I wonder if Id be able to pick this out somewhat consistently from the regular BCS, but regardless its a delicious beer. Really glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thick black pour with little carbonation. Light tan head. Bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Very creamy with a hint of roast underneath. Very creamy flavor. Easy bourbon flavor throughout. Lightly roast flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Slightly fruity. Hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2011
Bottled @ tasting cgarvieuk. Thanks for bring this on. Black colour, tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, salty, umami. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, oak, bourbon. Sweet and long roasted finish. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1426) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by pantanap, thanks Kan and good to see you. pour is black with tan head. Aroma is soooo smooth with notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is also very smooth with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and roasted malt. It just drinks so easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
22oz bottle courtesy of Joe and Marc. Rating #75. Dark pour with a nice head. Big vanilla aroma to me, light chocolate. Flavor was more vanilla and bourbon, very smooth and quit delicious. (1477)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
22 oz. bomber. Poured pitch black with little tan head. Very smooth and sweet compared to the regular bourbon county stout. Nice bourbon flavor. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Thanks to Pantanap for sharing! I wanted to hate this beer b/c of $$ and hype. I can no longer hate. Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of bourbon , vanilla, roast and chocolate. Sweet malts, & chocolate upfront. Big blast of PVW on the backside. OAky tannins, coffee and cream among the subtle teases. These guys know how to make a BA stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2011
22oz. Bottle (Bottled: 11/19/10. #1532.): I got this in a trade from phaleslu; THANKS Peter for this rare hook-up! Complex aroma of malt, Bourbon, light roasting, alcohol, vanilla, light cocoa, slight cherry, slight coconut, light dark ripe fruit, light oak, a hint of soy sauce, and light wood. Poured pitch black in color with a small, loose, dark brown head that disappeared except for around the edges. Opaque. Sparkling. No lacing. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, light chocolate, light alcohol, coconut, wood, maple syrup, old Bourbon barrel, light molasses, cookie, fig, date, and some roasting. Full body. Slick, viscous, creamy, texture becomes dry. Light to average carbonation. Malt, Bourbon, vanilla, fig, date, maple syrup, oak, finish is lightly dry. 13%ABV is well hidden throughout, though noticeable in the aroma and flavor, and is rather warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
WOW! Worth the price. Oily veryt dark brown pour with a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma. The taste was Alcohol, roast , coffee, nut and wood. Blended perfectly. Very enjoyable.

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