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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.39   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."


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4010) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle shared at the 5,000 party. Poured a viscous black body underneath a small deep beige foamy head. Aroma was awesome, although boozy, with notes of vanilla, bourbon, choclate, wood, tobacco a touch of smoke. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, fudge, chocolate, wood and tobacco. Awesomely perfect body with a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel along with a touch of alochol heat that brings just enough to liven up the palate along with soft carbonation that dances on your tongue. Simply exquisite but I feel this one might actually get even better with time.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1305) - Riverview, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2011
Thanks to the Chicago crew for sending this one my way. Pours black as night with just a few bubbles. Aromas of rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of booze. Flavors are nice and rich roast and fudge. The barrel really comes out nicely with flavors of vanilla and smooth bourbon. Thick and still on the tongue. Could use a bit more carbonation. Real nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Tasted at the mikes gi vertical. Nose is high sharp alcohol. Smooth bourbon. Taste massive alcohol bomb with oak and hints of cherries waaaaay in the top and back. Massive alcohol. Lots of movement but lords hotness. Super glad I got to try this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
vanilla,booze, molasses, tobacco, ash. black color with tan head. heat, molasses, vanilla, booze, toffee. heat and well bodied

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
A: The pour is thick and black with a finger of tan head. S: Wonderful bourbon and vanilla aromas with lots of rich, dark chocolate. Solid amounts of roasted malts with more chocolate and bourbon. A bit of molasses, caramel, and maple syrup, and oak. T: Decadent is a good way to describe this beer. Fantastic bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate flavors throughout. Wood and roasted malts with a bit of caramel and molasses. Nowhere near as boozy as regular Bourbon County, which is a big plus. M: Full in body with a smooth, silky feel on the tongue. O: I had put off looking to try this beer due to the cost (still donít think itís worth $45), but it is a really great one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1360) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Bottle; pour is murky dark brown with amber highlights; modest beige head in this glass. Syrupy pour ; the nose is booze, chocolates, dark fruits, and caramel. The flavor profile is bitter out of the gate, sweet and syrupy, bourbon, chocolate, caramel - with some vanilla present. Is this a better beer than dark lord de muerte? Not quite. Having them side by side. But an excellent brew from goose island, obviously. I enjoyed it immensely, but I think some age would be beneficial

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3244) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
From the bottle. Tasted along side the vanilla version. It pours dark brown with a disappearing dark brown head. Similar to vanilla. The aroma is molasses, nuts, cocoa, some wood, and vanilla. Huge bourbon notes. The flavor is sweet caramel, nuts, fudge, vanilla, and a little wood in the finish. Super thick and syrupy on the palate. The alcohol is massively strong, but the beer is such a tasty dessert-like pleasure that it doesnít matter. This should be the poster boy for bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts (I guess it kind of is!) A little símores in there as well. Overall, itís super rich with a beautiful barrel character, but only in smaller doses.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured black with a copper head and legs that stained the glass. aroma and flavor were fudge, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. body was so velvety thick with low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3005) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2011
(Bottle) Pours super black and oily with almost no head. The aroma holds fancy bourbon and fat, yet round roast up front with notes of woodshop, fiery whisky, light vanilla, whisper of cocoanut, new baked cocoa-flavored sponge cake, and molasses. Undertones of earth, dark fruits like resins, prunes and dry figs, cigar, light resinous hops, blue- and blackberries. The flavor is medium to heavily sweet, medium bitter and light acidic. Tones of wood, vanilla, butter, cocoa, dark chocolate, molasses/brown sugar, dark fruits, dark bread, cigar/tobacco and earth. The mouthfeel is sticky, yet creamy, round and oily with light carbonation. The finish holds alcohol, molasses, tomato purťe and something almost floral. Full bodied. Tasty but quite uncomplex Ė just like Expedition Stout. Still, Expedition makes a better job.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2012
RBAG 2012. Blackness. Awesome goodness - bourbon, tobacco, molasses, chocolate, coconut, brown sugar, roasty toasty goodness, smells absolutely awesome. I could be saying much more but so many beers.. damn. Tastes awesome. good spice hit, some alcohol, tobacco, chocolate very dark chocolate, dark cherries and dark berries, and some harshness, slick. Another great impy BA stout.


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