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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, I’m excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels I’ve 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3924) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10645) - 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 don’t think it’s worth $45), but it is a really great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1323) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3121) - 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 doesn’t matter. This should be the poster boy for bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts (I guess it kind of is!) A little s’mores in there as well. Overall, it’s super rich with a beautiful barrel character, but only in smaller doses.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, 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 purée and something almost floral. Full bodied. Tasty but quite uncomplex – just like Expedition Stout. Still, Expedition makes a better job.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2063) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bomber to oversized snifter, sampled side-by-side BCS ’08. Looks good; pitch black with razor-thin lacing. Smells great; bourbony and sweeter than the BCS. Tastes good, but definitely a smoother, milder barrel flavor than other BB imperial stouts out there. Nice on the palate too. Great beer, but not worth the hunt at this point IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1001) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2013 660 ml bottle shared at the epic beer tasting - pours pitch black with almost no head. Aroma is full of bourbon but with sweet notes of dark forest fruits, chocolate and roasted malts. Full full full body with an overwhelming mouthfeel and great aftertaste. Worth the hype, one of my best impies ever tasted but perhaps a tad one-sided.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 25, 2013
22 oz bottle from one of the best traders on RB. Black pour with a tiny head from a hard pour that quickly fades. Aroma is lots of boozy bourbon, bitter-sweet-chocolate, molasses, vanilla and oak. Flavor is hot bourbon up front with some chocolate sweetness and roasty bitterness, also some vanilla and coconut barrel taste. Full body with mild carbonation and a creamy thick mouth feel. I love this beer but it’s so similar to the regular version, still lots of bourbon/alcohol heat after a few years and showing no signs of age.

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