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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5064) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (6101) - 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 donít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedWingsRool (4) - USA - JAN 3, 2011 does not count
Good, i didnít expect such a bourbon kick but I guess the label says it all. Very good if you like a super strong, almost hard liquor style beer. It was too much for me although I did appreciate the quality and flavor. It was very black and oily with a strong caramel taste that is followed by the bourbon kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
$45 bottle - I just had to go for it. Shared it with my bro and two cousins. Poured in small snifters, it poured an oil-slick black color with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate, burnt coffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same but a bit hotter than I expected in terms of alcohol but good flavors going on. A couple years would do this some justice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle provided by Mike for our tasting tonight...Black pour with light carbonation, typical bcs...The aroma is pretty light, especially for a bcs, Iím shocked. Its not hot at all where is rare for a bcs beer, even one of the older aged ones. While I donít love the heat, I miss it a little. The aroma of vanilla and bourbon is nice, just not enough of it to get me really excited...The taste is really smooth, lightly creamy. Lots of vanilla is really nice, makes this really easy to drink. Light bourbon and alcohol, flavor palate just doesnít have a ton going on. An aged BCS, smooth, but the aging makes its loses a lot of its character. Worth trying, but not worth the price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Blind tasting. Courtesy of Theis. Pours an opaque black with a brownish head. Sweet hard roast aroma, vanilla and Bourbon in the licorice allsorts fashion. Very full-bodied, sweet roast, a little sweet licorice, raisins and other dark dried fruits - again lots of vanilla and Bourbon. Lovely in small quantities - a meal in a bottle. 260511

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
bottle at RBWG-thanks to whoever let us have this beer. pours pitch black with very little head or carbonation. nose is big oxidization-wood, chocoloate, bourbon. the beer seems really old (well it is 3 yrs to be exact!). big rasins, brown sugar, chocolate, this is crazy! however, this beer tends to be a bit too big for my liking. big tannens from the barrel aging woody alcoholic finish. good but seems to be a bit over the top and tends to the top 50 "mob mentality"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
2010 bomber, from bauermj. Black with a ruby hue, no head. Very smooth bourbon, wood, light vanilla, sweet malts, some soy, anise. Full body, average carbonation, slightly sweet with some alcohol bitterness, coffee, vanilla, oak, very fresh. Finish just keeps on going and going, lots of bourbon, vanilla, coffe and dried fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
At a tasting , 3 bottles brought 1 Rare by gEUS, 1 coffee and 1 Vanilla by me

Head: none
Colour: black
Smell: lots of bourbon, vanilla and sweetness , very balanced tough
Taste: flavour was awesome perfectly balanced a very very good beer altough the vanilla was more of my liking ;-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4961) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
oooooooooooooow yeah! ZEBF 13 pours black, no foam. very much bourbon in the smell, as well as a íswimming pool scentí ( water-ish ??? ) soft carbo. just like the regular, but the bourbon tastes better, iíd admit that. so better than i thought, but for me, its just overkill again ..

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