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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 413   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 20/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
A top-3 beer! A great stout. I can hardly wait for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (11857) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Bottle [no. 11341] shared by kermis. HUGE HUGE THANKS MAN! INSANE! Opaque black color, small dark brown head that diminishes quite quickly. Aroma is malts, loads of liquor, lightly vanilla. Taste malts, whisky, vanilla, a hint of liquorice, softly bitter. Full flavored, full body, oily texture, soft suitable carbonation. Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

Bottle 1496 of bottling 19/11/2010 @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Countbeer, Abijen and Judyvv. Opaque black color, average sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, some alcohol, a hint of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Tastes about the same: malts, bourbon, vanilla, lightly an alcohol burn. Intense. [Score not altered]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2772) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2014
bottle in a trade HUGE thanks to jeff for hooking me up with this one together with the vanilla!! perfectly cellared ever since. shared with my good friend. poured a pitch black colour with just a small non lasting mocha ring on top. some lacing on the side. just one great looking stout!! the aroma puts a smile on our face in 0,5 sec! wow! there is still so much bourbon nose! pappy!! smell is basic BCBS but more smooth and more complexity. big dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, some toasted coconut, sweet caramel, a bourbon soaked marshmallow, sweet complex roasted malt flavour, bit of a small fruit tone in the back covered in chocolate (could also be of the age). some figs, a spicy alcohol feeling under the tongue. i’ve been dying to try this bad boy. and t’s just living up it’s hype. pappy barrels are just something unique. it was an incredible experience to try this one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (8399) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"been waiting for this one and it did not disappoint. immediately upon opening the aroma burst through my congestion! i gotta try some 23 year old pappy van winkle (the barrels this was aged in). i think with a year or two on it, this could be near perfection. as it is, the bourbon is a little hot on the palate and overpowering in the flavor (it’s a month old) but it’s so damn tasty, you don’t mind. chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a ton of gooood bourbon. if this mellows a little, it could be one of my favorites. as it is now...still elite. 10/11 still a little hot, but it hurts so good :) "

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 28, 2014
I know it's not the best thing to do to overrate beers, but that was the best beer I've had so far. So complex and so simple at the same time. Black colour with dark tanned head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, wood and bourbon. Taste pretty much the same. Can't really describe it. Wish I had another one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bourbon pappy smell. Taste is a nice smooth balance of bourbon, oak, and caramelly stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5274) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Super beer. Great Bourbon flavor perfect finish this was a near perfect beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZacM612 (440) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Dark brown, almost black, almost looks like used motor oil. Minimal tan head. Chocolate and alcohol aroma. Strong alcohol presence with an infusion of bourbon flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3583) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle #4909 traded and drank in PCB. Pours like motor oil and has a big brown head that lasts forever. Huge aroma of bourbon, molasses and sweet grain. Wow, huge flavor of bourbon, a sweetness like roasted marshmallows and a hint of coffee and espresso. Way too smooth at 13 ABV. Very well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Art (2703) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Bottle 4358 in a trade from mwbrady12. Drank in celebration of PM promotion. Pours a dark brown that is near black and oil like in consistency. Medium brown foam head. Aromas of alcohol, big vanilla, maple, light cocoa, some nuttiness. Taste still has some heat after all these years. Sweetness and heat but very well incorporated. Thick and oily. Carbonation is still there too. Delicious treat. As a side note: the bourbon I am tasting in this beer is as old as I am. That is awesome.

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