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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10808) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1351) - 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 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 itís so similar to the regular version, still lots of bourbon/alcohol heat after a few years and showing no signs of age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2564) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours thick and dark unclear black without much of a head. Aroma brings smooth bourbon and some nutty malts with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is so smooth, especially next to a bunch of different years of BCS. The flavor brings sweet and roasted malts and then smooth sweet and boozy bourbon shortly thereafter to settle so nicely on the palate. The smoothness of the beer is the incredulous part, not a richness you might expect, it is barrel aged, and Pappy brings the rare smoothness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1296) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Draft at GI 25th block party. Pour is midnight black, no head. Aroma of very easy bourbon. Taste is very similar to the standard bourbon county. Not on the bourbon as the í12 i had the other night. I guess the real difference is that this is much smoother, possibly the smoothest bourbon stout ive tried. However, the beer had zero carbonation. Not sure if it was due to the age or the keg. Overall ths was a very fine bourbon stout, just doesnt have much to seperate it from the regular bourbon county or justify the insane price it commands on the secondary market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottles broken out for the Beer Belly stop of Migration Week. Quite a treat. Just a big delicious aroma here. A true smell it more than drinking beer. Smooth and not as sweet as the coffee or cherry rye. Heat is there but it is not an overpowering presence. Love the hand numbered bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TooManyBeers (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013 does not count
Aroma of vanilla, bourbon (a tad boozy), roasted malt, very dark chocolate. Pours an ink jet black like used motor oil with a small dissipating dark mocha head. Taste is the base BCBS but much more rounded with a wonderful bourbon flavor and hardly any booze. Got some liquorice on the finish and it was a little warming as it went down. Overall a great beer (no surprise) but I was hoping for a little more barrel characteristics. Anyhow I waited a long time before rating my first beer so it doesnít count for shit. "it will be my one and only rating, it will not be repeated." LOL

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Finally found the notes from ebf! 2 bottles sampled. Pour has a black color with a thin coating of dark tan head. Aroma has perfect bourbon barrels, molasses, complex malts, and light chocolate. Mouth feel is medium full and the carbonation low but enough. Flavor is incredibly smooth, rich barrels, bourbon, mild roast, and such smooth malts. I can still taste this one and having tried it against an aged regular version it was incredible what the barrels did to this version. The 50$ price tag was a bit over the top even for this but the beer was impressive and memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyit (3455) - Vadum, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
Black of color with a small brown head. An aroma of sweets, liqurice, vanilla, candy and french nougat. A flavor of liqurice, sweets, vanilla, french nougat and a oily texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1725) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Bottle: Wow, Mike... canít thank you enough! Bottle #1485. Deep, sludgy black with barely any head, only a flimsy, slowly rising, deep-mocha skin that grazes the top. Amazing aroma of dark fudge, smooth warming bourbon & oak, roasted malts & barley, decadent chocolate & vanilla drizzle, scorched brown sugar... Both boozy & sweet but so well refined. Taste is full-out chocolate up front; dark cocoa nibs, rich fudge, moist chocolate cake wrapped in brown sugar, dipped in bourbon, drizzled with vanilla, then served on wet oak. The background holds more intricate notes of molasses, bruised dates & prunes, light mallow, roasted malt, & barrel-induced coconut. Very low carbonation, huge palate presence, coating your mouth with bourbon, fudge cake, & brown sugar. Sweet, boozy, but executed admirably. This is like a polished version of BCS... Mike & I did a side-by-side with a 2012 BCS & both agreed that Rare was much more mellow & well integrated. However, Iíve had both 2008 & 2009 bottles of BCS, aged appropriately, that were nearly this good & equally as refined. Is this a great barrel aged stout? Absolutely. Is it worth the price increase or difficulty to acquire as compared to regular BCS? Probably not completely.

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