Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

 
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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, Im excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Ive 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Big thanks to Ben aka Hojaminbag for busting this one out at 3:30am the other night to compare to the 07 DL. Bottle poured into a taster glass. A - Pours opaque black with a nice half finger tall deep tan head leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass. The pour was just ok. S - Smells of rich bourbon heat, sweet chocolate, vanilla, espresso, and wood offer some contrast to all the dark roast hidden within this beers core. The bourbon heat was a little overpowering toward the end. Based on the smell this one could use a bit more time to mellow out. It actually kinda smells like the DL at this point. T - This one tastes just like you think it would. Tons of dark roast blends in well with the chocolate sweetness, vanilla, wood, and warming bourbon heat. This one is a bit more earthy than the DL. The finish is mostly roasted heat lingering for some time. I like how this one isnt overly sweet like the DL is, more of a well rounded barrel aged stout. The pappy barrels really did their magic on this one. Glad I finally go to try this one. M - Very heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. This is one heavy beer on the pallet with a mix of deep roast and bourbon heat in the finish. O - I thought this one was pretty good. I think it is still kinda rough around the edges but it should mature beautifully over the next few years. I look forward to having it again in the future.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2011
On draft at the GTMW. Pours Black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and molasses. Flavor is a perfect balance of the above. Ive waited for awhile to try this one and I was not disappointed. One of the smoothest Imperial stouts Ive ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Thanks Paul! This one pours black with little to no head formation. Lovely aroma on the nose with vanilla, coffee, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, chocolate, bourbon, oak, earth, a bit of booze as well. Extremely complex aroma that is typical of well done bourbon beers but with a bit more of an earthy edge to it than whats usual. On the palate, the beer is immediately sweet and rich with flavors of copious amounts of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, anise, bourbon, and oak. Dark fruits of raisins and dates on the tongue give this a rich decadent quality but this quickly disappears as there is an interesting raw edge in the finish. Not quite as smooth as whats usual in these types of beers but adds a nice quality to this and reinforces that this is indeed a beer. Very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Very big thanks to Ethan for sharing this BIG beer. Terrific looking pour, heavy, oily, but not merely muddy - instead, a rich deep brown with a real depth of color in a dark field. Mild milk choc colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. The nose was not what I expected, with a lot of sweet vanilla and amaretto along with the lovely Pappy and deep character of the base beer. Once you get into the flavors, after luxuriating with the silky body for a while, there are also some raisins and port qualities in there, all gathered together in Pappys tender embrace. Outstanding.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Had this after a line up of BCS 09, BCVS, and BCCS. Damn what a beer. I didnt think this beer could live up to the hype or he price tag... I was wrong... dead wrong. This beer is the pinnacle of the BCS line. The perfect meld of chocolate, vanilla, molasses and bourbon. I cant say enough great things about this beer and I must get another bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1945) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Got to taste this thanks to, "hannont" and one of his Illinois connections who was visiting in Portland a few months back. Colour... imagine black Pelican ink but with a thin tan head. Nose... insanely boozy with loads of burnt sugar and toffee galore. Palate... unbe-freakin-lievably thick, oily stuff! Mounds of caramelized sugar, molasses, black coffee, sirop, treacle, Don PX, and of course good ol Bourbon, with a finish that lasts and lasts. Truly one of THE best beers Ive ever had the pleasure to consume!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (14199) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark reddish brown hue with a minmal fizzy light brown head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody bourbon. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex toasted malt, vanilla and bourbon flavor and a heavy complex sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
bottle 4097 on 12/19/10. this seems to be more of the same... only amplified. oddly sweeter than the regular version.8/5/8/3/15

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1915) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
bottle shared by Ryan at his 5000 tasting - rich, creamy chocolate. vanilla bean, thick bourbon and dark malts. Tasty, but not substantially different that the regular or vanilla versions.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours black with a little tan head. Aroma is tons of vanilla, some coconut, chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows the nose. Lots of vanilla, some coconut and a little bourbon kick at the end. Really drinkable. Pretty phenomenal. I will lay the second one down for a bit to see how it ages.


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