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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 417   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 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (7663) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2016
20/II/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG V (Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, 2010 vintage (2016-228) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small to no head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: wow, that’s a lot of bourbon, vanilla, bit of green banana, sweet touch. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, lots of bourbon, sugary, caramel, lots of dark chocolate. Aftertaste: very sweet, lots of vanilla, malty, crčme brűlée, bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel. It is lovely shizzle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (1323) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle at RBBWG 2016 in Antwerpen, bottled in November 2015, courtesy of Martinus, thanks a lot! Pitch black. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, warming and moderately alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, creamy to oily mouthfeel. Great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7023) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (1672) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle at RBBWG, thanks for sharing Martinus. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, this is the perfect bourbon imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onceblind (6671) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2518) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Vintage 2010 enjoyed tonight with wife and family, dont @ me. Pours like all other aged bcbs varroe t. Dark, little head. Solid smokey bourbon nose, tadge is full of bourbon goodness, vanilla, oak, smoke, cocoa. Full body, smooth. Somewhat lingering booze burn finish. I said dont @ me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Countbeer (5907) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
Bomber: Vintage 2010: #1496: Thank you Rene: Taster: Black beer, brown lacing Mighty bourbon, roast and chocolate. Flavour is so soft and smooth: roast, chocolate, bourbon, wood, bitters, vanilla, fudge... Aftertaste is fudgy smooth, bourbon, chocolate, mocha, sweet roast... Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full bodied. Superb! Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5469) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 Bottle @ joes. Dark brown colour with almost no head. Smells wine, alcohol apple syrup, sweet, boozy, red fruits. Tastes red fruits, oak, whisky, chocolate, roasty. Full body, soft carbo, sick taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abijen (2379) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
Thanks Benzai. Donker bruin bier met een goede getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt alcohol, peated, geroosterd, vanille, overrijp fruit. Smaakt heerlijk. Vanille, overrijp fruit, chocolade.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle #1448 Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately disappears. No lacing left behind but it does have lasting legs that coat the glass in a muddy film. Barrel character is really strong in the nose but it seems nicely integrated into aroma. Lots of spicy bourbon but it’s not overpowering with dry oak, toasted coconut and vanilla bean notes. Sweet, slightly roasted malt backbone with sweet and dark chocolate, molasses, coffee bean, baker’s chocolate and subtle roast/burnt malt. On the fuller end of medium bodied with subtle viscosity and an excellent barrel character that’s perfectly integrated into the base beer. Spicy bourbon barrel with toasted coconut, marshmallow, vanilla and a wonderful spicy PVW flavor. Subtle boozy heat but not fiery, harsh or overpowering. Tastes just like the spirit without obliterating the base beer. Sure, there’s some sweet booze and heat lingering throughout but the other barrel notes and malt backbone counter things nicely. Fudge-y chocolate goodness with fudge, caramel, molasses and toffee give it a sweet and dessert like quality but it’s not one-note. There’s some roast with hints of dark chocolate, roasted gourmet coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. The high ABV is extremely well masked making this delicious, complex beer dangerously drinkable. The flavor of this beer is close to perfect.

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