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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 393   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour and a bottle a while ago. Black pour with tan head. Sweet dark malts. Dark chocolate, sweet, roasted and a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Super beer. Great Bourbon flavor perfect finish this was a near perfect beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (221) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bourbon pappy smell. Taste is a nice smooth balance of bourbon, oak, and caramelly stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Big thanks to Degarth for sharing this one. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Nose is huge bourbon presence, chocolate, and more booze with slight vanilla. Flavor is same: like a glass of bourbon with some chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of roast. The flavor is a bit messy, but after some time this will probably be a thing of beauty, like all Bourbon County Stouts. There is noticeable chocolate and vanilla, but I am sure this will become more pronounced after time. This beer has a medium to light body, and lingers with a very nice bourbon flavor. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
Bouteille #5250 partagée avec Joe, Degarth. Noire, col est fin et doré laissant un léger filament huileux sur le verre. Arôme est plein d’alcool, tonneau et bourbon qui sont bien présents, malt et café. Au palais, malt, tonneau est bien rendu avec un fini moka, caramel, le tout est réchauffant en bouche. Des notes de vanille venant du tonneau ajoutent une douceur en bouche qui se mélange parfaitement avec les notes de café. Vu le prix de la bouteille à 45$ je trouve que cette dernière se démarque peu de la qualité des autres bières de la série BCS si ce n’est pas la rareté du tonneau utilisé pour ce mélange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Thanks to whomever brought this to Seabass’s going away party. Hot! Super hot. Flavors are solid, though. It just needs some time. Lots of booze but it is good booze. Good beer, but needs some more balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours deep darkness with weak tan head. The aroma is an even mix of molasses, chocolate and a mild level of vanilla then quickly getting toward firm near abrasive booziness. The taste has pleasing molasses, rich sweet malts, some vanilla, toffee and then chocolate – Wow! It then begins pulling up booziness that is kind of rough and raw and at odds with the non booze notes. Awesomely good until the booze kicks in about midway to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2011
[22oz bottle courtesy of Jason @cgarvieuk tasting] Totally black with a very thin lacing that reduces to nothing quickly. Big-hitting bourbon aromas with rich stone fruit, coffee and a touch of coconut. Massive whisky taste - dark, roasty and sweet on the aftertaste. Long and rich - there’s a punch at the moment of swallow - it really gets you in the back of the throat. A really well crafted beer - albeit bourbon aged beers not really my thing [28012011]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Paul and Ryan’s 5000 celebration, thanks! Poured black with a dark brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was slightly hot with bourbon backed by dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla and caramel. Flavor was similar with a bourbon note that mellowed that allowed the dark chocolate and roasted malts to come through with some vanilla and caramel in the finish. Nice and thick on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.

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