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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3497) - 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
Terminus (3371) - 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 (2272) - 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 (4592) - 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 ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle @ ZeeBra. Aroma is huge bourbon, banilla, wood, liquorice and more bourbon. Flavour is big boozy nourbon, liquorice, roast vanilla and more. Too boozy imho, prefer the other versions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Cpetrone84 graciously shared this bottle with me on his way home after visiting Hill Farmstead. We had a few other special treats.

A - Pours pitch black, not quite as oily as I thought it would be, minimal head with almost no lacing. Appeared mostly flat

S - Licorice, Vanilla, Plums, Coconut and charred oak were the biggest notes. Smell was something bigger though, something I couldnít quite place my finger on but it smells fantastic.

T - Very little sweetness, Lots of flavors going on, very big but yet well integrated bourbon notes. After drinking a lot of Pappy and other wheated bourbons lately, this tastes just like Pappy 20 at least as far as the bourbon notes go. Not too oaky, loaded with vanilla, some plums, brown sugar, candy corns, not too sweet at the finish and NOT boozy.

M - Oily, slick and heavy. Not fudge-like or thick but smooth and just a bit thinner than í10 BCBS in a 12oz format

O - Itís amazing how drinking half of this bomber was so easy not because it was tasteless but because it was so refined and not boozy at all. BCBS Rare is not the king any more though. There are a lot of great beers that have taken itís place but, for a 2010 stout, itís fantastic and lovely. Really something special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (501) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
S: The bourbon is nicely plesant, licorice, oak, and plums the sad part is there is also a sharp soy smell. P: Black with 1 finger reddish brown head that leaves a nic residue. T: Mellow bourbon, lots of oak, hints of mollasses, and chocolate. M: Full bodied, silky, with low to medium carbonation. O: Finally got a chance to try this, I hate small pours but I dont think Im gonna be able to try this again. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2418) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle no 8,025 shared by kingcecil, thanks a bunch my friend. Black body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is marcipan, sweet, bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavour is sweet, dark fruit, bourbon, boozy, caramel, roast. I expected more from this, way to hyped. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (705) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
With a whale like this, I guess I should be excited to get a 2.5 oz pour. Damn wish I had more. Scent is roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweet, sweet bourbon. Flavor follows the scent. Pours nice and black with tannish head. Thick like molasses. This is a damn good beer, but I think the Pappy hype overflows to this beer. Bottle - Square Pub - Decatur, GA

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