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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, 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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 Rating #500! Bottle #2533 shared with family over the holidays. Pours jet black with a thin brown head that lingered in the glass the entire I was drinking it, aroma smacks you in the face with bourbon, vanilla, molasses and oak, the flavor is so smooth with touches of chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The bourbon is very noticeable but is so much smoother than BCS. The wood notes really come through in the finish. This is by far the best beer drinking experience I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2011
Bomber from a trade. Pours thick pitch black no head, inviting. Aroma is fullbodied alcohol, sweet, dark fruits, vinous, raisins, fidges, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor is fantastic good, alcohol, fullbodied fruity, raisins, fidges, malty, canít find the words, just enjoying. Finishes with an aftertaste just like flavor. What a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rlgk (18323) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Oily whisky aroma, malty, oaky, vanilla, milky notes, figs and raisins, some blanced smoke notes, hops, almond, chocolate and cocoa powder, Malty flavor, oily, roasted, some smoke, chocolate, whiskty, oak, figs, raisins, dades, some hops, some fruits. Some alcohol showing, but in a good way, hay notes, licorice and almond. A beer with a long lovely warming feeling and then it turns into a smooth balanced chocolate finish with whisky oak, and some figs. Huge body and with a perfect mouthfeel. Absolutley wonderful!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2012
As good as advertised. From notes at BBL Stout tasting in Centennial CO. Tons of vanilla and coconut bourbon notes in the nose with sweet molasses and toffee. Taste is much like the nose, very well integrated notes of caramel, vanilla, boozy bourbon and oak play with the fudge-y base beer. Thick and chewy, coats the mouth. Amazing beer, the best of the night and one of the best Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Finally cracked open this legendary brew! 22 oz. bottle #2942 opened on 02/02/13, poured into a snifter. Pours black as night with a thin, tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Thereís not as much bourbon in the nose as Iíd expected, but itís definitely there, mixed with sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, and molasses notes. Taste is boozy upfront, but not over-powering. Bourbon, roasty, chocolatey, sweet vanilla notes. Full bodied and rich texture, low-to-medium carbonation. Perfect blend of bite and smoothness. Overall, this beer was great right when it was released. Two years in the cellar really rounded it out into a damn-near perfect beer. Each sip was better than the last, and when it finally got down to the last few drops, I didnít want it to end. Thatís the definition of a great beer, and Goose Island nailed it. This is the best barrel-aged stout Iíve had or ever will have, probably.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Quick notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle #2209, bottled on 11/19/2010. Huge thanks to Doug for slaying my number one want by sharing a pour with me! Appearance wise it is identical to BCBS, no surprise there. Having never had the 2008 vintage which this beer is using, I can say its awfully similar to how the 2009 vintage is drinking now. There is a stronger vanilla presence and it is smoother and mellower than the standard beer. Just loads of chocolate, charred malt, and rich and decadent bourbon. It drinks far too easily, which is sad considering how elusive it is now. A marginal improvement over standard BCBS, but when that is your favorite beer it truly does matter. Such a beautiful beer that Iím glad to have finally tried.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle from a T25 trade last year. Aroma of sweet bourbon, root beer barrels, plum, molasses, and caramel. Flavor really capture the exquisite Pappy bourbon and the root beer barrels. Some might say a hint of licorice. Appearance shows flat, but this one definitely has some hidden carbonation. Palate is wonderful. It's dancing on my tongue. I want to make ice blocks and skate on it, then thaw it in the Winter and drink it. Incredible beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Amazing beer! I did not think that Rare could be that much better than the regular bourbon county stout. Boy was I wrong. It was like having super smooth bourbon, the best chocolate cake youíve ever had, a couple candy rootbeer barrels, and a regular bourbon county stout somehow transformed into this one amazing beer.. Wow. Thanks Tim!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (1151) - - 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 wasnít too crazy about was the prune notes--would have much preferred more prominent rich chocolate raspberry notes. Rich thick mouthfeel. As excellent as advertised.

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