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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, Iím excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Iíve 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."


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (4958) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Lots of boozy bourbon with a maple sweetness. Jet black with almost no head. Bourbon, sticky toffee and maple, with a nice toffee chocolate finish. Sticky, sweet and nice.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ataraxia (388) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Opaque black, thin cappuccino lacing. A bit subdued, but complex aroma of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, old oak, roasted coffee beans, figs, and rich earth. The bourbon barrel character has melded very well with the other elements, giving a smooth light sweetness. Bitter chocolate roasted malts in the back. Silky but viscous, a full-body and average carbonation. Lingering bourbon aftertaste in the finish with moderate booziness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2112) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Nose full of vanilla with moderate alcohol. Minimal dark brown head. Taste is silky smooth vanilla with light coffee and dark chocolate. Minimal carbonation, sticky on the lips. Very smooth alcohol warming, but not hot. Very enjoyable, but not sure I would go crazy to get another

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (761) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer, he never lets you down! Pours black, almost no head. Aroma is boozy, chocolate, maybe some fruity notes? Certainty get the bourbon notes. Taste is smooth, lots of chocolate. really smooth. Again, I get fruity notes, really tasty. I bit of warmth as it goes down, but not significant.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (881) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a deep dark thick, black, color with minimal light brown head. Smooth, sweet bourbon aroma up front, barrel notes - oak and vanilla, big caramel, toffee malt character follows. Huge malty toffee flavor, lots toasty melanoidans, big bourbon character follows and carries through to the finish. Overall, very smooth, huge flavor, lots of boost and xo tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle share. Smells like pappy. Some chocolate. Taste is smooth and dry. Pretty awesome. Smooth for a 13 and how old it is. Glad I got to try it after so long.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5062) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
Sampled at dld eve. Wow, just wow. Amazingly smooth. The stout is amazing on its own but the whiskey barrel takes it yo a different level. The wood is just so nice. Ma relly nice feel. A superior beer in so many ways.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1241) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle from my first ever trade a few years back via jrallen. Huge thanks-Iíve been saving this one for a while! Viscous pour, deep black, but some translucency at the edges, not motor oil, but thick. Terrific bourbon nose, with dark and milk chocolate, and dark malts and vanilla. Plush mouthfeel, almost creamy. Bourbon, dried figs, vanilla, touch of coffee and dark malts. Terrific balance, not hot at all, super smooth and velvety. Wonder if the bourbon would have been more nuanced if I had drank this sooner, but overall it has held up wonderfully.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
500th rating! Legit, I didnít plan this it was an accident. At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours jet black with no head whatsoever. Aroma is beautiful fig some soft roasted malt notes. Complex, and nuanced caramel and brandy barrel notes(I know what it is actually aged in though), rounded subtle burnt sugar. Taste is rounded mellow bold flavors. Beautiful. Fuck yeah! Burn sugar coconut, dark fruits, figs, fuck yeah. Thank you to kevin for generously trading this to me; F2Brewers is a stand up guy.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Eric. Huge thanks for this one man!!! Pour is pitch black with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Big coconut, rich dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, bourbon notes, oaky, light soy sauce, caramelized sugar, raisins, and nutty aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted dates, coconut, vanilla, roasted pecans, oak, brown sugar, and espresso with a semi-sweet finish. Slick mouthfeel soft carbonation. Very mellow at this point and no signs of alcohol. Such a fun beer to try and truly appreciative of the opportunity. Thanks again man!


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