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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
big thanks to thirdeye11 and mora2000 for bottle #8455. poured black with no head. nose is vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, and more bourbon. thick on the palate, flavor is alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, hot finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Rating number 1,800. Bottle number 8,455. The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The beer smells fairly boozy. The flavor is heavy on the barrel-aged notes. I get a lot of maple and oak, as well as quite a bit of bourbon. There is also a good amount of chocolate and roasted malt in the flavor. The flavor is just as boozy as the aroma. Full mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good imperial stout that I am very happy I got to try. That being said, I dont feel it is worth near what I paid for it. I think the Bourbon County Coffee Stout is a better beer at a fraction of the price, while the regular Bourbon County Stout has much more bang for your buck. If the beer was $15 it would be a great beer and a good deal, at the $53 price tag on this bottle, it is overpriced for what it delivers - although I am not sure any stout could be a good deal at that cost.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11 and Mora2000) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, bourbon, vanilla, and toasted coconut. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, toffee, and oak. A bit hot now, but should age nicely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Shared 22 from Uprise thanks to Jarretts generosity. Pitch black. Intense smell of alcohol and bourbon. Taste is warming and slight burn in throat. BCS plus some. Very taste. Excellent. Served at room temperature.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
bottle, thanks to mora2000 and thirdeye11, black pour with thin tan ring, choclatey vanilla and oak aroma, flavor of smooth vanilla, oaky oily coffee, thick syrupy body with smooth finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1227) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Considering my feelings about the original BCS, this is a pretty big improvement. The bourbon is definitely very noticeable, but it melds much better with the chocolate and roast characteristics of the base beer than the downright boozy BCS. The mouth feel is on-point, viscous and full-bodied and exactly what Id expect out of the style. Definitely more enjoyable than I was expecting, but I still prefer Coffee BCS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours a rich black. Nose is heavy bourbon, wood, molasses, toffee, vanilla. Flavors is a smooth malt backbone with mild bourbon presence, warming alcohol, vanilla bean, rich cocoa and thick molasses. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, Bourbon, cocoa, some raisin. Smooth full body, some stickiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottled sample via Savvy1982, shared with him and oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Intense aromas of cereal grain, bourbon, and roasted malts. Flavours are of vanilla, milk chocoalte, high quality bourbon, muslix cereal, caramel, and black licorice. Slick and slightly boozy on the palate. An intense yet somehow balanced brew.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2093) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle at friday night hotel tasting at EBF 2011.
Aroma : Bourbon vanilla with wood. Nice bourbon. Some roasted malt and chocolate. Very rich.
Taste : Roasted malt with bourbon and vanilla. Light alcohol and light coffee. Very rich. Finish is a bit warm with nice bourbon. Nice roasted malt and chocolate too.
Overall : I thought this was really well balanced and very rich. Nice bourbon presence but not overwhelming.


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