emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an amazain barrel aged stout. I have never had any thing that has smelled so much like burbon before having this beer. The color is so dark and there is no head at all. The aroma is extreamly strong filled with burbon,wood,and chocolate. As it warmed up and i took a sip my mought was filled with chocolate burbon bitterness which was so awesome. I realy like the creamy smooth texture on the tounge as i sip on it. Also the cherry vanilla in the after taste is amazing followed by the chocolate woodyness. If beers could be in te 110 percentile then this one would definitly be there.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Poured from a 12oz bottle (2007 vintage) and served in a snifter. This beer poured a pitch black with a few red highlights around the edges of the glass and a short-lived tan head. A small amount of oily, slippery lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of smooth bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, French roast coffee beans, and charred malts. The flavor consisted of rich, bittersweet chocolate, aged bourbon, vanilla/oak, light caramel, and burnt malts. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied, but it seemed a bit thin for the style, perhaps a byproduct of the barrel-aging. The carbonation was minimal. An amazingly balanced and flavorful imperial stout. Not the best of the best, but definately first class. Well done Goose.
illidurit (2199) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. As close to black as it can be without actually being black. 1 finger of espresso head.
Extremely aromatic. The roasted malts are huge here, evoking coffee, chocolate, and a slight nuttiness.
One of the most intensely chocolatey beers Iíve ever had, or that I could even imagine. Fierce dark chocolate and bourbon, coffee and maybe vanilla.
Really smooth despite the slight booziness. Great carbonation and full body.
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle with a lot of thanks to golubj. Poured an extremely black color with not much head despite a pretty vigorous pour. Aroma was delicious with chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Palate was nice and mellow, with not a lot of carbonation. Flavor was initially very roasted; almost charred. However, as it warms up more, the complexity begins to show. Not quite as good tasting as I had hoped, but still very good. Roasted malt, bourbon, with some vanilla and caramel. Some alcohol, although pretty well hidden. A little bit of chocolate and wood as well.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The í07 Bourbon County Stout pours black as a moonless night. Not a shred of light can fight itís way through the blackness. An aggressive pour yields only a small crown of tan foam which is to be expected with the massive abv. The head settles to a ring and leaves patches of lace after each sip.
As you take your first whiff youíre hit with a big dose of vanilla from the barrel aging. Traces of bourbon come next followed by a mellow oakiness. The barrel aging runs throughout but is greeted and embraced by a big roastiness, caramel maltiness, and a smattering of dark fruit. Thereís even a ghost-like smokiness floating around in there.
There is a great stout in here but the barrel aging makes it world class. All the qualities from the aroma are right here in the flavor with the bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of woodiness working throughout. If this beer was aged any longer the bourbon would overpower everything else, if it was aged any less the bourbon wouldnít have been able to stand up to such a big robust stout. A slice of heaven in a glass.
Thick and rich mouthfeel but exquisitly smooth. The carbonation is on the sluggish side which lets this silky body glide through slowly and coats every tastebud. The alcohol warms the throat on the swallow.
I canít give a stout this big abv wise a perfect score for drinkability but this is as close as it could get. A sipper without a doubt but one to sip and savor all night long.
One of my favorites from Goose Island and one of my favorite stouts. The barrel aging sets this beer apart from the other great stouts. Absolutely delicious.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle, I donít remember who sent me this, but whoever you are, thanks! Good aroma of bourbon, wood, chocolate and roasted malt. Very good flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, wood with strong, lingering sweetness. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and moderate carbonation.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a opaque black with a very thin light brown head. Beautiful lacing into my snifter. Aroma is amazing. Roasted and caramel malts compliment the vanilla, licorice and tawny port wonderfully. Alcohol is alway present, but not at all offending. The flavors match the aroma. Body is full and the texture is oily. Very similar to Dogfishís World Wide Stout. Amazing stout. Wish it was available in Mass.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Liquid Sex in my mouth. Creamy, with wood, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roast. Just a hint of smoke and grain. Bliss.
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this Stout. It is full bodied with a lot of charcoal, coffee & chocolate. I bought a case and am planning on trying a bottle every few months to see how it ages. Also had it at Clybourn, and felt it was better bottled.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was rich and complex with charred oak, roast, coffee, and mocha notes, including hints of dark fruit. The beer poured a very dense black to opaque with slight head and almost no lacing. The flavor was roasty, coffee, slight mocha, brown sugar, and bourbon notes. The mouthfeel was full bodied and creamy. Not bad!