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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Marheb (3534) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigtaster (843) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (6248) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10350) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zathrus13 (1740) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Pours jet black with minimal tan head that disappears almost immediately. Amazing nose of bourbon barrel, chocolate, caramel, dried dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, coconut and sweet, hot, boozy 23 year old Pappy. Boozy edge quickly mellows as the beer opens up. Tastes like perfection in a bottle with tons of lovely whiskey and wood with a great balance of chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, coffee, coconut and dark roasted malt with the slightest hint of banana bread. Palate is absolutely awesome with a nice amount of heat up front settling into a wonderful smooth tongue coat and silky finish that is elegant without losing the bourbon barrel edge. I drank this beer with a glass of 23 year old Pappy from the same barrel vintage and it was nearly life changing. Bourbon barrel stout does not get any better than this, sadly the cost and availability is a bit prohibitive to regular consumption. Can’t wait to try this over the next several year as it will most definitely get better with time. Cheers to you Goose Island you have outdone yourselves with this one!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Bottled 11/19/10, and I didn’t pay attention to the number on the bottle (but it was high enough to indicate this isn’t completely rare). Pours a dark, oily, opaque brown color- basically black- with a tiny tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla immediately emerges from the glass, then backed up with notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, oak, and coconut. The flavor delivers the same vanilla and bourbon immediately, along with caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, molasses, and just a hint of earth and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with minimal carbonation and an oily-smooth mouthfeel. I’m surprised at how full and rich this was after spending so long in the barrels. The alcohol is present, but more muted than in new BCS, which can be hot in fresh bottles or on tap. Everything here is so balanced and so smooth. My feeling is that this beer is not going to get any better with age, and that you should open it sooner than later if you have one; I’d be surprised to see it still drinking this well beyond a year from now. I promised myself I’d be honest in my assessment after spending so much on a single beer, and I feel that I am: this is absolutely amazing, and exactly what I want in a barrel-aged imperial stout (which is pretty much my favorite style to drink as it is). It was fun to watch the reactions of everyone I tried it with last night- the consensus was that this is a special beer that lives up to its billing and is clearly better than the regular BCS. Is it worth $38-$50? Probably not, and it’s hard to say that any beer is. But this is certainly great enough to seek out any way you can.

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