Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 2010

 
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100
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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."

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4.5
GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
651mL courtesy of ygtbsm94. The pour is your typical BCS- jet black ink into the snifter with really no head. But holy crap this stout leaves some incredible legs on the snifter as you swirl it. Huge, cascading legs. The aroma at first is not what I was expecting: all raisins and dark fruit and not much bourbon and much less PVW23. But as it warms and you give it some time to open up you are rewarded with gigantic coconut oil, coconut rum, buttery coconut cake, cinnamon and dark chocolate mousse. There is just no way this beer smells this good. You could sit here for hours. Taste is gorgeous: so smooth, coconut oil abounding, warming but soft bourbon. No heat. Palate is your typical BCS perfection- slick, oily, massive.

So is it worth it? Yes.

4.7
tderoeck (10002) - 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, crème brûlée, bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel. It is lovely shizzle.

4
jmgreenuk (9864) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen, January 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a rich roasty, molasses aroma. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a rich roast malt molasses, chocolate, alcoholic bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.5
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 2724, shared 4 ways. Thick, oily black pour, thin to no head with nice legs on the glass. Aroma had decadent notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, touch of roast, coffee, and some other sugar sweet notes of molasses. Taste is thick dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, sweet smooth bourbon, and a nice sweet finish. Dense flavors, creamy and full-bodied. Excellent beer, really wish it wasn’t $50.

4.4
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Sample from a bottle, thanks a ton to Mike (from Zip’s). Nice pitch black color, little brown head. Very nice aromatic rich bourbon and dark malt nose - smell. Just sniffing it is enjoyable on it’s own, even before taking a taste. Excellent rich, sweet and bitter taste. It’s like a booze-infused chocolate cake, very decadent. Big body, very light carbonation. Dry texture. Nice, long aftertaste to savor all the complexities with. Rich dark chocolate cake aromas. The perfect amount of bourbon barrel. Very smooth. Bit of alcohol warmth, but it’s hidden very nicely. Excellent stout.

4.4
blipp (9598) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Bottle I shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting, Ryan also brought a bottle so there was plenty to go around. Pours near black with a tan head. Awesome sweet bourbon aroma with roasted malts and some coffee. The flavor has sweet delicious bourbon up front, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Awesome, a bit on the hot side, I guess it could sit around awhile and mellow, but still really good and really drinkable.

4.4
douglas88 (9571) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 22 ounce bottle thanks to Dunt. What a nice brew, despite the price and the somewhat uninteresting name of ’rare’ it holds up as a great brew. Pours a pure black color with a medium deep brown head. The aroma is heavenly; massive rich bourbon just explodes out of the glass, some dark fruits, cocoa, and wood later as it warms. A wonderful flavor; hot, just inhaling warms you up, massive bourbon, but not just bourbon, perfect bourbon, vanilla, wood, rich dark fruits and chocolates mix, this is no one trick pony, in fact it is very complex. Lovely. A great example of craft beer. Yes, this is massively a bourbon beer. But it is also a great Imperial Stout. I could rate this even higher.

4.2
b3shine (9072) - Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bomber to oversized snifter, sampled side-by-side BCS ’08. Looks good; pitch black with razor-thin lacing. Smells great; bourbony and sweeter than the BCS. Tastes good, but definitely a smoother, milder barrel flavor than other BB imperial stouts out there. Nice on the palate too. Great beer, but not worth the hunt at this point IMO.

5
drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
12/23/10. Bomber, first taste care of cbfobes, my main man/lady! Solid, opaque pour with a small brown head that settles to a ring but lasts forever. Amazing sweet buttery coconut and vanilla aroma laced with bourbon booze, sweet chocolate, a hint of coffee, and more than I could explain. Ripe sweet chocolate vanilla flavor loaded with more vanilla, coconut, sweet cherries, dark fruits, brown sugar, and more than I can imagine. Silky smooth and simply amazing. This is heaven.

3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours deep darkness with weak tan head. The aroma is an even mix of molasses, chocolate and a mild level of vanilla then quickly getting toward firm near abrasive booziness. The taste has pleasing molasses, rich sweet malts, some vanilla, toffee and then chocolate – Wow! It then begins pulling up booziness that is kind of rough and raw and at odds with the non booze notes. Awesomely good until the booze kicks in about midway to the finish.


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