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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   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."


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dctriman (59) - USA - SEP 12, 2013
Really lucky to try this one at the Meridian Pint Goose Island migration week in Washington, D.C. Very tasty. Great flavor. This and King Hengry were the best of the night.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Marheb (4501) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Une version plus onctueuse avec un bourbon plus complexe et mieux intégré que la régulière. Je suis vraiment surpris par leur différence, pas la distance qui les sépare mais plutôt la nature de leur spécificité. Les notes de chocolat sont beaucoup plus profondes, comme si je buvais un mi-cuit de chocolat noir. Je suis encore ému par ce nectar, même quelques semaines plus tard. La bouteille dans mon cellier va couler pour une occasion très spéciale, ai-je vraiment le choix.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigtaster (896) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2015
From the bottle into snifter. Black viscous poor, small tan head. Nose is incredible, small hints of cardboard but mostly tons of incredible Bourbon and chocolate, some raisins, scotch. Oily body, soft carbonation, incredible mouth feel, a bit of heat in the finish. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon. Wow, really great.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onceblind (6743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Black and deep with a fast fading tan head. Huge nose with big thick rich bourbonny chocolate, brown sugar, lots of oak and char, syrupy roasted malt, more cocoa, and rich sweet caramelly/chocolaty booze. Amazing body and flavor that just touches every part of the pleasure center of the brain. Loads of chocolate, bourbonny brown sugar, lots of oak, lots of coffee, a bit of caramel, and more coffee. Loads of roast and chocolate and bourbon barrel, but nothing too much out of line. Just simply amazing.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
THANK YOU Martinus! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG V. Pours a sludgy motor-oil black, only a very thin layer of mocha bubbles on the sides, close to zero head. Nose is warming molasses, syrup, thick chocolate bourbon, vanilla, brambleberries, blueberries, chocolate, astonishing. Taste is rich thick molasses, coated in chocolate, blueberries, brambleberries, molasses, sugar, bourbon, dates, vanilla, sweet chocolate, thick sludge, coffee. Very thick & chewy body. Wow this is good, ridiculous. The thing that kept the regular one from reaching perfection was that it was a small touch too boozy, this one isn’t, it has more elegance, more nuances. Not sure if age is the reason here, I have never had the regular one 5 years old or whether this beer had these qualities back when it was young. Either way, this is close to 5 with a bigger pour I might have upped it to a 5. This is astonishing, I feel like I might need to try more in order to fully explore it but I am happy surprised that I even managed to try it at all. Thanks a lot. The price of this one is another discussion.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (6839) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22oz bottle, #4265, generously shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Poured thick black with a medium sized dark tan head, it left a nice brown coating on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate
Taste: Smooth and full mouthfeel. Dark malts, chocolate and bourbon
This was an awesome beer. I enjoyed and savored every drop.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2012 Second tasting: Bottle 2,917 Re-Rate. Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark roasted malts, coffee, dried dark fruits and rich chocolate. Small fully diminishing brown head over a black hue with no lace. Flavor is very sweet and a little hot. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with a slightly noticeable alcohol burn on the finish. Overall a very sexy Imp Stout. Very smooth, complex, rich and delicious. Very very good. 1st tasting: Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Black with a tan head. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is incredibly smooth and buttery. Very full bodied and oily soft. Overall just an incredibly smooth and very balanced bourbon impy. Simply an amazing beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10829) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Did this side by side with the 03-10 BCS, Coffee, and Vanilla. Pours super dark with a nice brown head. Rich aroma of fudge, bourbon, toffee, burned sugar(in a good way), oak. Flavor is rich, oily, sweet, heavenly. Damn fine brew. Rare? NO! Delicious as shit? HELL YES!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle #1797. Pours black, with a small, brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, and slightly burned or charred oak. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Heavy body and a really long finish. The flavors linger for a long time. Incredible. Worth the very high price...it just might be.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Jet black pour with a vivacious tan head. The nose is unbelievable- massive vanilla bourbon, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa nib, oak, nutty roast, and booze. The flavor is also otherworldly- huge vanilla bourbon, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and angel dust. The palate is rich, thick, oily, and silken with a super roasty dry hot finish. One of the best ever.


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