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, 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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4.3
joergen (28177) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle at yesprs blindtasting. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and soy sauce with notes of bourbon. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, vanilla and soy sauce with notes of bourbon. Sweet and roasted finish.

4.4
yespr (45508) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2011
22 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Theis. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, caramelish and thick malty. Thick dark malty, liqourice and caramelish toffee. Smooth bourbon and sweet malty, light vanilla wooden note. Ends smooth and caramelish. Wooden.

4.2
kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle. Compliments of UMNBeerhunter. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, black brown color with a slight tan head. The aroma contains a multitude of smells including first and foremost the bourbon aroma the barrels imparted followed by molasses, dark chocolate, and some vanilla. I must be a little sensitve to the bourbon as in this beer it seems it almost burns the nose a little when you take a big whiff. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roasty, sweet, vanilla, oak, bourbon all hit your tongue at the same time and meld rather well together. The vanilla comes through pretty nice. Overall, a really good beer. I’d like to see the bourbon "heat" relax with some additional time and see where it goes.

4.4
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
bottle shared at the May Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with light-brown bubbles for head. Nose is of molasses, chocolate, licorice and bourbon. Very complex and potent stuff. Taste is delicious chocolate, molasses, bourbon and molasses. Incredibly tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with alcohol noticeable. Top-notch brew.

3.7
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle 3078. Thanks to Maltomeal for this beer. Pours a obsidian black with no head. Lots of head on this beer...wow. Nose of bourbon, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Flavor is HUGE alcohol...dark fruits, oak, and spices. Way too hot right now, but a delicious beer.

4.7
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Rating #1700. First off I love BCS and I think every variation of it is good to awesome. But really, this takes the place as one of the best. Dark oily black with a brown ring of a head. Rich aged malts old oak and bourbon aromas, like it’s been aging for about 5 years. Milky chocolate aged toasty roasty sweet flavors with mellow delicious bourbon. Creamy bourbony body a touch of spicy heat in the tongue long after the beer is gone. But overall ridiculously smooth. Great bourbon and roast like a bourbony chocolate shake. I’m lovin this beer. This has to be one of my favorite beers of all time. Amazing. 9/5/9/5/19

4.5
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours nearly black with a medium yellow/tan head. Aroma is tobacco, toffee, vanilla, ash, and booze. Flavor is toffee, chocolate, booze, truffle, coffee, and mollasses. Pretty full, oily body with tons of heat. Awesome.

4.4
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Shared by Kan at the hotel tasting of the last Jackie O’s release. I was completely expecting this to be some over-hyped piece of shit, but it was incredibly good. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, and molasses. The taste follows the aroma, is well balanced and unbelievably easy to drink for such a big beer. Well done!

4.4
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Shared bottle in the hotel at the Montana Brewfest in Bozeman from Savvy1982. Can I say thank you enough times to you Kyle? I really don’t think so. Pours solid black, pretty viscous with a brown head. Aroma of rum soaked stone fruits, soy, bourbon/vanilla/coconut, smoke, chocolate, it’s one of those beers that you smell something else seemingly every time you go for a whiff. Taste of sweet earthy chocolate and bourbony flavor, toffee, all of the aforementioned aromas blend nicely in the mouth. Thick body, smooth, silky, oily, soft carbonation. Thanks once more Kyle. This was a whale of a beer and it stood up past my expectations after doing a massive amount of beer tasting at the festival. Fortunately we did have that small break of around an hour of not drinking before you blew my mind and decided to crack this.

4.5
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2011
Pours black, nearly still. Just a tinge of carbonation. Nose is milder than the other BCS bottles, but SO complex. Vanilla, oak, and a deep, rich caramel complement the sweet, roasty molasses and chocolate normally present. The flavor explodes - the bourbon is toasted, and a hint of bitterness bubbles up from beneath. Only a bit of alcohol showing -- this is superbly smooth, and the real Pappy flavor just comes through at the end. Finishes dry. Masterful. Wish I had another that I could cellar for a couple of years.


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