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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare

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RATINGS: 395   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."

hobbersr's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, - MAR 14, 2011
Pours black as black can be. The aroma just explodes with oak, chocolate, toast, sour mash corn, and spice. The flavor is amazing. Toasted oak, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, white pepper, and a hint of of dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Dec í14 Tasting: Poured rich brown with light brown head. Aroma was strong bourbon and alcohol burn, very inviting. Taste huge vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, and sipping alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1732) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle..Pour is brown with a fading head..Nose is oak, vanilla, maple, chocolate, some oxidation..Tatse vanilla, maple, roast, oak, cream,

   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 (8983) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (1318) - 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. iíve been dying to try this bad boy. and tís just living up itís 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 (6084) - 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 (itís a month old) but itís so damn tasty, you donít 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 (65) - 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 (246) - 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 (5025) - 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 (213) - 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.

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