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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%
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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."


thebaldwizard's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Shared by Kan at the hotel tasting of the last Jackie O’s release. I was completely expecting this to be some over-hyped piece of shit, but it was incredibly good. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, and molasses. The taste follows the aroma, is well balanced and unbelievably easy to drink for such a big beer. Well done!


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (943) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2015
22oz bottle. Been Waiting years to drink this. Pours black with a small an head. Aroma is strong on the bourbon. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit in the nose. Smells absolutely fantastic. Taste is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Has a very strong, underlying bourbon taste. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick, and almost oily. Body is thick and sticky. The alcohol is definitely warming on this one. It goes down very easy. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Incredible blend of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits fill your nose and palate. Deep brown pour with a dark tight bubbled head. Thick, viscous mouthfeel and a surprisingly dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2403) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
cocoa beery with flavor of bourbon. malt and licorice behind it. powerful enough with moderate body and mouthfeel. for me the vanilla is unwelcome in the bourbon.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bigtaster (817) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2784) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
Sample at Epic Bourbon County Tasting, thx to Bart and Thijs! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: lots of bourbon, alcohol, very sweet, boozy, some coffee. TASTE: bourbon, sweet, lots of alcohol, boozy, alcohol warming, caramel, oak, bourbon overload actually. Was looking forward to this one quite a bit, but was disappointed quite a lot...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
22oz bottle. Bottle 2425. Poured a black color with a smaller sized head. Roast, wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrHangover (3308) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Really proud to be this beers 400th rater! Pours another pitch black beer with a slight brownish hue around the edges. Aroma has massive bourbon, sugary touches, caramel, molasses, licorice, oaky influences. I’ve never tried Pappy van Winkle bourbon, but I’ve had several PvW BA beers and this one has the PvW influences in there for sure. Flavor has epic bourbon touches with a mellowed out, sweet alcoholic background. Very malty, roasty, woody and incredibly sticky and sweet. Lots of layers here, but the bourbon is strong in this one. Great complexity, base beer has faded to background but is still showing his greatness. Awesome beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (513) - - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Really good. Very rich and comprehensive taste. Bourbon county core with lots of complex extra layers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (5845) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen, January 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a rich roasty, molasses aroma. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a rich roast malt molasses, chocolate, alcoholic bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_Fellini (900) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle to glass. Thanks bj! Pours a thick syrupy black color with no head. Aroma is a huge molasses, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Thick creamy body. Big smooth bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits. Out of this world! So glad I got to experience this.


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